Participation in clubs, sports, and other youth organizations is a great way for your teens to make constructive use of their time, build supportive relationships, and develop skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and outreach. Here are just a few ideas for getting your teens involved in youth group activities. (This list focuses on opportunities in the Calgary area.)
- Cornerstone Youth Centre, of which our own Mr. Larry Leach is Board Chair and Miss Diana Stinn is Vice Chair, is right near Phoenix and serves youth Grades 6-9. www.cornerstoneyouthcentre.com
- The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is a charitable organization with a variety of services and programs to help vulnerable youth. www.boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca
- For your teen who loves animals, check out Calgary Humane Society’s Youth Ambassador Club for ages 13-16. According to their website, this program “provides youth with a positive and active involvement through interaction with the animals and designated structured fundraising activities.” https://www.calgaryhumane.ca/humane-education/parents-kids/youth-clubs/
- Scouts Canada has a long history of providing great opportunities for children and youth to develop wilderness skills, community spirit, and friendships. Here is where you can find a group close to you: http://www.scouts.ca/ca/netforum_Locator/search
- Phoenix offers sports programming and a variety of clubs for teens – see your Teen Program Guide for more information!
Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development, known as Developmental Assets, that help adolescents to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Visit us here every Wednesday to read about different ways that you, your family, and your community can take action to help equip our young people develop resilience and achieve success in life.