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Programs

Liberty For Youth is recognized for our innovative Mentoring Program Model designed to build positive inner character, instead of just addressing outward negative behaviour. Our Staff and Volunteers use an intensive mentoring model that inspires youth to take an active part in turning their lives around to escape a life of poverty, substance use, and crime. We provide a non-judgmental, safe environment, and a set of structured activities that result in the development of:

  • Social skills that improve self-perception, boost confidence, encourage self-respect and respect for others

  • Life long learning skills and an understanding of the importance of achieving a high school education (at minimum)

  • Personal interests and practical skills that lead to employment opportunities and job satisfaction

  • Physical health and wellbeing through a routine of regular exercise and good nutritional habits

  • Moral and ethical values that promote inner discipline and inspire faith and a hopeful future

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3D Program (Males aged 15-19)

Our new 3D program is designed to address some of the reoccurring issues youth are facing in Canada.  Liberty For Youth staff assist youth in discovering their future potential through various self-discovery exercises and provide hands on training opportunities through the following 3 stages:

Discovery “Having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, thoughts, beliefs, motivation and emotions. Self-awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them.”

Step 1: Career Life testing – soul discovery (self-analysis)

Step 2: Strategic Plan/SWOT Analysis completed with each individual

Step 3: On-site visits to fields of Interest (to assist with career choice)

Development - “Give youth mentors, safe and non judgmental places to learn, being honest about their starting point so skill sets can be built upon.”

            Step 1: Provide professional mentors

            Step 2: Provide Co-op partnership/placement or job shadowing opportunity

            Step 3: Provide Certification/Award

Deployment - “Youth apply their learned skills in chosen career path/employment”

Step 1: Internship, Apprenticeship, Scholarship

Step 2: Social Innovation/Youth start their own business or are employed by a business; established by Liberty For Youth

            Step 3: Exchange Program

Each of the 3 listed stages (Discovery, Development & Deployment) will run for 6 month cycles; upon completion of the level - there will be a formal graduation ceremony and youth will obtain a certificate of completion.   For youth that have fallen behind, have been in/out of gangs/jail etc., we will provide a trained staff who will work directly with these youth to meet their specific needs.

 
REGULAR PROGRAM - Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm & Saturday  12:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Liberty For Youth Centre - 1925 King St. East, Hamilton

Funding for this project is provided by:


 

OUR CORE PROGRAMS

Liberty For Youth's Mentoring Program includes three core component programs that together cover the full spectrum of the youth we serve and supports the intensive one-on-one mentoring. These component programs provide the youth with an opportunity to participate in structured activities and find support and camaraderie among their peers.
 

Bright Choices (Males & Females aged 14 - 21)

The Bright Choices program is for youth who want mentorship to help with the challenges they are having in school. It is also for those who would like to get back into school. Through this program we offer free of charge:
 
  • Homework Supplies and Work Space
  • Help with Projects/Homework
  • Alternative Booklet Help
  • Snacks
  • Xbox Kinect Gaming
  • Computer Access
  • Printer Access
  • Gym Access and Transportation for Recreation

 

DAY PROGRAM – Mondays & Wednesdays 10-12pm

 

Youth who are not currently attending secondary school will receive assistance in the process of completing secondary school.

 

REGULAR PROGRAM - Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-6pm

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Youth Pick up (only on Mondays & Wednesdays – youth will be provided bus tickets for Tuesdays & Thursdays)

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Activities/Game

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Lesson/Meal

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Homework Time/ Homework Completion Plan

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Activities/Games

6:00 pm – Drop off 

 

GIRLS ONLY – Saturdays 12-6pm

 
 
Partial Funding for this program is provided by:
 
 

       

 

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Character Development (Males & Females aged 12-25)

Mondays - Fridays (various times) & Sundays (10:00am – 2:00pm)


Perhaps the most important element of our Character Development component is that it exposes youth to meaningful, stable and honourable experiences that gives them a new paradigm to work from. Our Character Development component gets youth involved in community-based service projects. Projects vary in length and intensity, from one day to several months. Shorter projects produce the immediate satisfaction that comes from showing compassion and helping others. Longer more involved projects provide youth with opportunities to learn and apply skills like goal setting, planning, budgeting, service delivery and evaluation. These projects naturally test character traits like determination, commitment and responsibility, among others. Also, LFY recognizes that many youth have a desire to lead in one form or another, so we build in opportunities in the Character Development projects for youth to learn and experience what it feels like to be a true leader.

 
Partial Funding for this program is provided by:
 
 

 

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Prodigal Sonz (Males aged 12-25)

Mondays & Fridays

Prodigal Sonz is a basketball team made up of at-risk youth and mentors. It serves as a vehicle to help youth develop positive character traits and skills they will need to succeed in life. Prodigal Sonz provides opportunities to:

  • Learn how to work in a team
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Improve health and personal hygiene
  • Show gratitude to others
  • Forge new peer to peer relationships
  • Speak publicly about things that matter in their lives

The team practices twice per week and play 12 games per year. Prodigal Sonz play against various High School and Rep teams in schools throughout Southern-Ontario, as well as youth detention centres. All the practices and games lead up to the annual Liberty and Justice Unity Basketball Event, which takes place in June.

Each practice session begins with a discussion lead by a Program Facilitator and youth-mentor-in-training.  These conversations focus on developing the necessary character traits needed to overcome life’s challenges. Special influential speakers are also invited to address the team. The stories they share about surmounting their own personal hardships, serve to inspire the youth and give them hope for their own futures. Program facilitators and other speakers also use this time to talk about the importance of personal health and hygiene. Before moving on to warm up drills and practice time, players join a circle on the court to stretch and comment about that evening’s topic.  An intentional reflection concludes the circle time.

At each of the games the youth are given an opportunity to develop leadership skills by modelling what they have observed from the various speakers they have heard throughout the month. They get a chance to prepare and deliver talks that deal with issues relating to mental health, poverty, crime, drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide and negative peer pressure. These public speaking opportunities provide a great way for youth to build confidence and self-esteem, and share their own stories of challenge and success.

At each monthly game the youth also present a Most Valuable Teacher Award. This gives them the chance to demonstrate appreciation and recognition of others Character and Leadership.

Finally, as an act of service, a demonstration of personal responsibility and as a way of showing gratitude, at the end of every session everyone participates in cleaning the gymnasium and preforming a building security check.

 
Partial Funding for this program is provided by:

 

 

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