Skills and Education Programs

 

Youth Leadership Program

[lead] leadership excellence asset development is a 12 module leadership development certification for youth ages 11-16. Are you interested in volunteering in your community?  Want to work on your leadership skills and meet new friends?  The [lead] Program is a 12 module certification program for youth age 11-16 that teaches many leadership skills in a fun and exciting way.  Youth will work on modules such as but not limited to: Program Development, Working in The Community, Teamwork, Communication, Safety and Risk Management.  This certificate is needed to volunteer in children’s camps and programs and looks great on a resume!

 

 

Youth Force – Youth Employment Program

Employment and skills training workshops and opportunities for youth aged 15 – 29 years old. If you are interested in program information, skills training, employment or have any questions please contact Mallory at malloryf@kinbridge.ca

Youthforce is a pre-employment and life skills training program that uses community development approaches to engage youth! The program partners with The Region of Waterloo Housing, Carizon, Greenway Chaplin Neighbourhood Association and Langs to provide employment opportunities and skills training in the Region of Waterloo. In 2018, The Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded Kinbridge a 3 year Grow Grant to expand Youthforce into an all ear round skills training and employment readiness program!

 

 

Strong Start – Get Ready for School

Get Ready for School™ is a program for preschoolers during the six month period before entering Junior Kindergarten. Over the 44 classes, children build vocabulary, learn letter sounds and practice classroom behaviours. The program is particularly beneficial for children who are learning English as a Second Language or are from a low to middle socio-economic background. The Get Ready for School program is available at 200 Christopher Drive and community centre locations across Waterloo Region. Call 519-624-3855 for registration information.

 

Counselling and Support Programs

 

Family Outreach – Community Outreach Program

The Community Outreach Program, funded by the Region of Waterloo and administered by the House of Friendship, is committed to supporting families with children who are experiencing low-income. This community based program is designed to assist families in finding and accessing community supports. The Family Outreach Worker (FOW) is able to link eligible families to resources for employment and education, food resources and assistance, recreation for your children, resources and information around shelter, childcare and children’s equipment, transportation to attend appointments and meeting, clothing, and counselling. For needs where there are no existing programs to provide assistance the FOW may be able to provide some direct support through the program.

Low cost or free community programs and services

Fee assistance for recreation activities for children

Support for food and transportation needs

Parenting and family issues

 

Who to call:

If you are in need of some assistance, please contact the Family Outreach Worker in your neighbourhood to determine if you are eligible for the program.

If you live in the Christopher Champlain or Southwood neighbourhoods, please contact Marjorie at: 519-498-7633 (call or text) or marjoriek@houseoffriendship.org

 

Marjorie is onsite in our neighbourhoods on the following days:

Southwood Resource Centre: Monday 9am-12pm, Tuesday 10am-4pm

Christopher Champlain Resource Centre: Wednesday 1pm-6pm, Friday 10am-12pm

Kinbridge Main Location: Friday 1pm-4pm

 

Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP)

Kinbridge is a Certified OESP Application Centre. Save money on your electricity bill. If you are a customer of an electricity utility and in a lower-income home, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill.

Book an appointment call 519-624-3855

 

Employment Counselling

Kinbridge Community Association is pleased to offer you onsite employment development and counselling and support through a partnership with Lutherwood Employment Services.

Book an appointment to meet with an Employment Specialist at any Kinbridge location by calling Lutherwood at 519-623-9380. Be sure to mention you would like to meet at one of our three (3) resource centres for convenience.