Youth Services & Programs
The Town of Whitecourt works to develop community partnerships and provide support to non-profit organizations that offer preventative social programming for youth and families.
Youth Advisory Committee
A committee of community youth liaises with Town Council representatives to ensure the needs and voice of other community youth are communicated. Youth are also responsible for promoting awareness of youth services and programs in their schools. Youth appointed to the Committee receive an annual bursury for their service which will be provided upon proof of enrollment to a post-secondary institution or program.
Applications to the Youth Advisory Committee are accepted annually, and appointments for the 2017/2018 school year have already been made. We encourage you to apply to sit on the Committee for the 2018/2019 school year when the positions are advertised in the fall of 2018. For more information contact the FCSS Program Coordinator at 780-778-3637 ext. 417.
Mayor For A Day
Annually, the Whitecourt Youth Advisory Committee promotes the Mayor For A Day initiative. Youth in grades 6 through 12 are asked to submit their idea for how Whitecourt can be improved for the chance to shadow the Mayor and be Mayor For The Day. The application deadline for 2017 has passed. Please watch for advertisements in the fall of 2018 for the next intake.
Spirit of Youth
Do you know a youth in Whitecourt aged 12 to 18 who does outstanding things in our community? Highlight what they do by nominating them for the Spirit of Youth Award. By recognizing the goodness in these youth, we are supporting them in their pursuit to build developmental assets. For more information on the program contact the Whitecourt Boys & Girls Club.
A collaborative effort with emergency services (RCMP, fire and ambulance) and health services (health promotion) that endorses five key messages while promoting smart risk and decision-making in youth.
In-School Mentoring Program
A school-based program that teams community adult volunteers with a school aged child, fostering success in the child physically, socially and academically through fun weekly activities. Training is provided for volunteers. For more information on the program contact the Whitecourt Boys & Girls Club.
Block Parent Association
Provides greater protection to children and adults in the community through its community window sign project and educational awareness.
Fee Assistance Programs
- Canadian Tire Jumpstart - A community chapter that identifies and provides financial support allowing financially disadvantaged children the opportunity to participate in organized sport and recreational activities. Chapter members include: Family Community Liaison, RCMP, Boys & Girls Club, Early Childhood Development/Parent Link and Community Services.
- KidSport - A local committee of volunteers raises funds to provide financial support to children 0-18 in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.
For more information, or to obtain an application form, please contact Fay at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre at 780-778-3637 ext. 417.