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.  

Spirit of Youth

Celebrate the 2021 Spirit of Youth Award recipients with the Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County! The Spirit of Youth is awarded to Whitecourt youth who are devoted to helping others within the community and who display leadership and dedication in their involvement in programs, activities, and all that they do. Congratulations to our 2021 Spirit of Youth Award recipients!

 

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 of $500 for their service which will be provided upon proof of enrollment to a post-secondary institution or program.

To be a member of Whitecourt's Youth Advisory Committee you must be between 13 and 18 years of age as of December 31 of the current year.   Applications to the Committee are accepted annually - and the 2021/2022 deadline is October 20 at 12 noon.  

Mayor For A Day

Annually, the Whitecourt Youth Advisory Committee promotes the Mayor For A Day initiative.  Youth in grades 6 through 8 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.   

What would you do?  Let us know what you would do if you were MAYOR FOR A DAY and what improvements you would like to see made.  Submissions must include a completed application form and an essay attachment.  Two winners will be selected by Town Council based on a panel recommendation, and will be awarded a prize and declared MAYOR FOR A DAY on a specified date.   

Watch for application information for the 2022 program coming soon!

P.A.R.T.Y. Program

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 780-778-6300.

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.

Do you have questions about the Youth Advisory Committee or want to learn more about the Youth Mentoring Program? Contact the FCSS Program Coordinator at 780-778-3637 ext. 417.