We are happy to offer a series of programs designed to keep our youth engaged outside of school hours.
The Empowerment Project
The Empowerment Project is a series of workshops that happen once a month in the evening or on the weekend and are open to all students in Grades 6–12 in RETSD. This is a great space for students to express themselves, gain confidence, and meet new friends from other schools. The workshops cover a wide range of topics, such as gender equality, kindness, friendship, giving back to the community, mindfulness, goal setting, bullying, stress, and body image. Most workshops are held at Bernie Wolfe Community School, but other occasional events are throughout the division.
The Empowerment Club
The Empowerment Club is the travelling version of The Empowerment Project, condensed into four workshops to allow schools to host right after school. This was created to make The Empowerment Project more accessible to students who may have a more difficult time travelling to the divisional meetups. Workshop topics are the same as The Empowerment Project. Check with your school guidance counsellor to see if your school is hosting The Empowerment Club!
VolunTeen is a free, weeklong summer program that provides RETSD students in Grades 7–12 the opportunity to gain volunteer experience in a group setting. These experiences include community cleanups, local food banks, connecting with seniors, engaging with children, and everything in between! As youth complete the program, they receive a certificate and become part of a vibrant corps of youth volunteers.
VolunTeen is funded through the province of Manitoba—Urban Green Team. The camp runs for seven weeks and students have the option of choosing which week works best for them. During the application process, students will be asked to rank their top three choices. Due to overwhelming numbers each year, priority is given to new students to the program. The goal is to allow students to sample a number of opportunities, with hopes that they pick an organization to volunteer with after the camp.
In the past, the program has been held at Chief Peguis Junior High for the first half of the program and at Bernie Wolfe Community School for the remaining weeks. VolunTeen staff make their way to schools to promote the program in May and June.
Several schools offer after-school or evening programming for youth through Lighthouses, a youth crime prevention program run by Manitoba Justice. Lighthouses run October to November and January to April. Youth who do not attend the schools below are still welcome to register and attend the program.
- J.W. Gunn Middle School Lighthouse—John W. Gunn Middle School (Grades 6–8)
- Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m.
- Thursdays, 3:10–5 p.m.
- Valley Gardens Lighthouse—Valley Gardens Middle School (Grades 6–8)
- Mondays, 3:10–5 p.m.
- Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m.
- John Pritchard Lighthouse, John Pritchard School (Grades 6–8)
- Tuesdays, 3–5 p.m.
- Thursdays, 6–8 p.m.
Young Parents Connecting
We receive funds from Healthy Child Manitoba which allow us to offer an adapted Healthy Baby program once a week at Kildonan-East Collegiate. The program is specifically designed to support pregnant and parenting teens; drop-in participants receive all the same support and information that is available in other Healthy Baby programs. It offers early learning support for those with preschool children, as well as the opportunity for young parents to earn a high school credit. For further information, check out the program at Kildonan-East Collegiate or contact the program co-facilitator at 204.667.2960.
Youth Volunteer Program
Youth volunteers are needed to fill several positions within the community initiatives sector of RETSD. Volunteering is a great way to get extra credit, build your resumé, provide younger students with a positive role model, and give back to your community. Please click here for more information and an application form.