Raising awareness about LCYC programs and services is always on our radar. Transportation is often an issue for teens. We are very happy to report that as part of our outreach services we now offer scheduled pickups at local schools in our community which enables youth to visit LCYC and take part in the Centre’s activities. Coordinating community activities and special events for youth, creating and maintaining partnerships with local organizations and businesses, and facilitating volunteer opportunities for youth also fall under the LCYC outreach umbrella. We want teens to be fully aware of all that their community has to offer. LCYC Outreach staff regularly connect with community members, organizations and businesses in an effort to create new opportunities for youth. We encourage community involvement and provide guidance to youth as they build their own support systems and opportunities.
The youth leadership committee will aspire to make a difference for LCYC and the local community. The youth who are selected will make honest, humble and positive contributions to the Youth Centre. We are guided by 4 main principles: youth voice, community responsibility, fun, and leadership. The main functions: 1. Planning special events and youth nights, developing a timeline and inputting monthly activities. 2. Getting other youth’s ideas and putting them to action. 3. Building a budget and making purchasing decisions. 4. Leading by example with LCYC rules and guidelines. 5. Involvement in LCYC fundraising and community events. LCYC also offers the Youth Red Shirt program where youth are given the opportunity to take on extra responsibilities at LCYC. This program has a limit to numbers so please chat with LCYC staff if you are interested in this program.
Hot Meal Program
At the Centre, we have a hot meal program in place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 5-6pm. The staff prepares a free dinner for the youth, which they can choose to eat if they would like. A few examples of a typical meal at the Centre would be grilled cheese, chicken Caesar salad, baked spaghetti, taco in a bag, hash brown casserole and much more. We also have fresh fruit available every night at no cost as well, courtesy of Sobey's Lloydminster.
The Teen Talk Program is a educational program where members of the community do presentations to the youth on their area of expertise. Last year we had partnering organizations participate, including Synergy Credit Union, Rotary Club, Streets capes, Prairie North Health Region, Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre, Lloydminster Interval Home Society, and mother community members speak to us on various topics. Some topics covered were: Healthy Relationships, Online Safety(cyber bullying, texting), Body Image, Drug Awareness, Community Involvement, Leadership, Resume Building and Bullying. After the talks, the youth get a chance to enjoy an activity outside of the centre, some activities we did were swimming, mini-golf, going out for ice-cream, etc. The Teen Talks and activities that follow are all available at NO COST to the youth! Teen Talks will be posted at the centre in advance, and the youth are responsible for signing themselves up if they would like to attend.
The Summer Program
The Summer Program is designed to challenge and engage youth in outdoor activities. These activities include: canoeing, white water rafting, camping, paint balling, hiking, days at the beach, Calgary Zoo, tennis, basketball camps, ultimate frisbee, beach volleyball, touch football, water balloon fights, and much more. The program runs from the end of June to the end of August each year. We will also have backup plans for those days where the weather may prevent us from being outside. From more information on the Summer Program please contact The Youth Centre at (306)825-3113.
The LCYC Drop-in Centre/Recreational Program
Lloydminster Community Youth Centre is a drop-in centre with plenty to offer. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment to every youth who walks in our doors. We are currently open four nights a week, and for youth ages 12-18. Our hours are: Wednesday 3-9pm Thursday 3-9pm Friday 3-11pm Saturday 6-10pm What we offer for entertainment every night: A Pool Table, X-Box 360 and One, Computers, Playstation 3 & 4, Wii, A wide selection of Movies, Gym activities (Friday and Saturday), Musical Instruments, Board Games, Homework Help, and much, much more!