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 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 are accepted annually in the fall. Watch for advertisements for the 2019/2020 school year.
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.
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. One in middle school (Grades 6-8) and one in high school (Grades 9-12). Winners will be awarded a prize and declared MAYOR FOR A DAY on a specified date.
Watch for information in the fall of 2019 for the 2020 program.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 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.