Due to COVID-19, our afterschool youth programs are cancelled until the schools reopen, but we have found creative ways to connect and engage with our youth during this time.
The 196 is a youth program for students in grades 6 to 8. Our goal is to empower 60 young people experiencing poverty to pursue a post-secondary education after completing high school. A collaboration between Mission Services of Hamilton and Mohawk College, we aim to create positive attitudes about education among kids who may not be thinking about attending post-secondary.
We are grateful to the Hamilton Community Foundation, The Children’s Fund, and TransCanada Corporation for supporting the program.
Youth Food Programming: Mini Chefs
In January 2018 Mission Services started a new Youth Food Program, and hired a Youth Food Coordinator with funding from the Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund. The Youth Food Coordinator runs our food literacy and food skills program, Mini Chefs, as well as other food programming activities with the goals of increasing food knowledge, food skills, and healthy habits. Mini Chefs teaches cooking skills and food knowledge by having one head chef lead in the planning, preparation, cooking and serving of a meal.
The goal of the Youth Food Coordinator’s programming is to improve the health and wellness of youth in our community by teaching important lessons, and skills, surrounding food security and healthy eating.
Youth Afterschool Meal Program
Mission Services’ Afterschool Meal Program applies a strengths-based, youth-led approach to community food security. Opened in 2016, the program offers bagged lunches for youth, a drop-in hot meal program for 85 children and youth each weekday, as well as special workshops and activities around healthy eating for parents. Our goal is to improve access to healthy food in order to enhance health outcomes among young people and their families in our neighbourhood.
Funding for Mission Services’ youth programs comes from individual donations in the community as well as the Hamilton Community Foundation (ABACUS and the Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund), Mischa Weisz Foundation, PC Children’s Charity, Charity of Hope, Children’s Fund (CHML), the City of Hamilton’s City Enrichment Fund, and TransCanada Corporation.