Youth In Action – Summer 2019

Youth In Action is a summer program that provides young people with the opportunity to expand their communication, social, leisure, work and life skills while participating in community projects. YIA is broken into one and two week sessions that each has a unique focus. Each week includes one great day trip, cool activities and practical learning experiences. Youth in Action also offers two overnight camping trips.

These amazing summer sessions are designed to provide youth aged 14-21 years with the opportunity to expand their social, recreational and independent living skills while learning about who they are! Examples of these skills include how to effectively take city transit, preparing and cooking a meal, nutrition and money management!

  • Interactive workshops and activities are incorporated into the sessions to promote skill development and a healthy lifestyle.
  • YIA Youth Workers support youth to participate in all skill-building activities and recreational adventures!
  • Two 3-day, 2-night camping trips where youth plan meals, help build campfires and experience tent

This year we are excited to announce that each of our Toronto day trips will be extended and youth’s pick-up time will be later. Further details will be given upon registration and confirmation!

* our trip to Blue Mountain will also be extended *

Empower Simcoe makes every effort to provide supports that meet the needs of all individuals. The youth program offers a 1:4 ratio during all summer sessions, if a 1:1 Support Worker is required for a youth to participate this must be arranged by the family.

In order for a family-employed Support Worker to accompany a youth to this program, that Support Worker must either:

  1. Submit a Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening that has been completed within the last 90 days from the time of submission, or
  2. Must be a screened CHAP worker (Community Helper for Active Participation) through supportyourway.ca/respiteservices.com

Confirmation must be provided at the time of registration that the 1:1 support worker meets the above criteria

Registration has ended for 2019 – Thank you for making this program a success!


Be Your Best Hero: July 2nd - 5th

YIA HeroBE YOUR BEST HERO  July 2nd-5th
4-DAY SESSION – LOW PHYSICAL INTENSITY – FEE: $190.00
Please Note: no program on Monday July 1, 2019 due to the Canada Day holiday

This week is all about heroes! This session will include visits to the fire department, Base Borden’s Military Museum and more! We will be learning all about the people that make our communities a safe place to be! Be prepared for a lower intensity week to start off the summer, full of superheroes and community heroes!

Be Your Best Athlete: July 8th - 12th

YIABE YOUR BEST ATHLETE July 8th-12th
1-WEEK SESSION—HIGH PHYSICAL INTENSITY– FEE: $235.00

This week will be jam-packed with all things sports—both real and wacky! From swimming, to mini golf, basketball and more! This week’s activities are sure to be awesome including a day-trip to Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame and a late lunch at the Spaghetti Factory.

Be Your Best Leader: July 15 - 19th & July 22nd - 26th

YIABE YOUR BEST LEADER  July 15th-19th & 22nd-26th
2 WEEK SESSION – MODERATE PHYSICAL INTENSITY– FEE: $470.00

This session is all about leadership and how to set a good example! We will focus on team-work, communication, and developing the important skills we need to be leaders. This session includes a camping trip from July 24th-26th to enhance our leadership skills further! Priority registration is given to those youth that are attending both weeks.
*Please note that indoor sleeping arrangements are not accessible

Be Your Best Self: July 29th - August 2nd

YIA ProgramBE YOUR BEST SELF      July 29th– August 2nd
1 WEEK SESSION – LOW PHYSICAL INTENSITY – FEE: $235.00

This week is all about you, because there is no better you , than YOU! We will talk about self-esteem, respecting ourselves and celebrating who we are! Be prepared for a low intensity week of learning to love the most important person– YOU!
Please Note: This session we will only utilize city transit; transportation will not be provided by Empower Simcoe.

Be Your Best Traveller: August 6 - 9th & 12 - 16th

YIA ProgramBE YOUR BEST TRAVELLER  August 6th-9th & 12th-16th
2 WEEK SESSION – HIGH PHYSICAL INTENSITY– FEE: $425.00

Please Note: no program on Monday August 5th due to the Civic Day holiday
This session is all about experience! From a day-trip to Blue Mountain and a visit to the ROM in Toronto this week is sure to be a blast! This session includes a camping trip from August 24th-26th where we will travel to Bonita Glen for a few days of camping experience! Priority registration is given to those youth that are attending both weeks.
*Please note that indoor sleeping arrangements are not accessible

Be Your Best Scientist: August 19th - 23rd

BE YOUR BEST SCIENTIST August 19th– 23rd
1-WEEK SESSION – MODERATE PHYSICAL INTENSITY – FEE: $235.00

Science rules! This session is all about scientific discovery and the world around us. We will be taking trips to community locations, and a day trip to Toronto’s Science Centre to make the most of our scientific exploration! This week is sure to be full of discovery and awesome experiments to wrap up summer 2019!

Criteria for Eligibility/Involvement:

The Youth Program is available to all high school aged youth.

How to Access Services/Service Request:

Services can be accessed by contacting the Youth Worker directly at 705-726-9082 ext. 2911 in Barrie or 705-327-5391 ext. 3266 in Orillia.

Funder/Relevant Acts:

Supervisor of Programs and Services
705-726-9082 ext. 2309

Manager of Programs and Services
705-726-9082 ext. 2239

Director of Programs and Services
705-726-9082 ext. 5281

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