youth_balanceConnections provides a drug-and-violence-free place for Richmond youth to socialize access community resources and supports, receive one-to-one assistance, and participate in a variety of activities and programs including: homework clubs, spring and summer camps, volunteer opportunities, leadership training, community improvement projects, recreational activities, evening and weekend programs, outreach programs and services, school based support, employability programs, cultural supports and special events.
Youth are actively involved in the creation and planning of programs and activities. Currently the centre offers the following programming:

Connections Kids Clubs

Connections Kids Club is a licensed Before and After School Program is for students K to Grade 7 at several elementary schools.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Clubs are part of our Connections Kids Club sites and provide healthy snacks and regular breakfast days to participants at these clubs. We are always looking for partners that want to come in as a team and engage the kids to make breakfast! This is a fun team building activity.

Day Camps

During summer, winter and spring breaks, our agency offers affordable day camps for elementary students (ages 7-12) that include crafts, cooking, physical activity, group games, fun outings and more.

Generation Homework Club 

This after-school program held at several locations provides opportunities for elementary students (Grades 4-7) to have fun, make friends and develop confidence in core subjects. We are always looking for new places to help make learning fun! Get in touch with us to participate or find out more.

Stay in School Awards Program

Funded by the Children’s Aid Foundation and Scotia Capital, this program supports children and youth to stay in school through recognition of achievement and overcoming personal challenges. We work with community partners, youth workers, schools and our staff to identify kids and youth that have overcome challenges, or worked hard to succeed and stay in school. The program provides financial recognition for their efforts that include an award, and a contribution towards their education fund! We work with our partner Vancity to engage kids and parents about the values of a Registered Education Fund, and some of the matching funding available through government.

Youth Outreach Program

The Youth Outreach Program offers one-to-one support with academic, career planning, counseling, life skills, and pre-employment to youth ages 13 to 24 in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

RBC Youth Works

The RBC Youth Works Program is program that supports youth between 16 and 29 that are currently in care or that have exited care towards independence. The goal is to help youth successfully transition to independence by helping them finish school, connect with training and skill development supports and to find employment. Youth are able to receive group and one to one support including: mentorship, career/employment workshops, help finding training and education programs, job search support, work experience placements and help accessing other resources. The program has been made possible through funding from the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation and support from the CHildren’s Aid Foundation of Canada.

Station Stretch Program

The Stretch Program provides support to youth ages 13 to 17 who struggle with academic troubles, social and emotional challenges, drug misuse, involvement with the justice system, and truancy.

Generation Connect

Generation Connect is a free community program where seniors (ages 50+) and youth (ages 25 & under) connect to build community through mentoring and learning from one another.