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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


3D Program (Males aged 15-19)

3D Pilot Project - Breakdown

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:



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 15 - 18)

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 - Monday – Thursday 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:




Rexall Prodigal Sonz Basketball Program (Males aged 12 - 25)

The Prodigal Sonz is a basketball team made up of at-risk youth and mentors. They play 12 games per year throughout Ontario. The Prodigal Sonz program is to help at-risk youth direct their energy to a positive team sport.
The goals of this program include:
  • Having fun
  • Winning games
  • Inspiring others to escape or avoid lives of poverty and crime
The team practices twice per week and engages in a competitive game once per month with various High School and Rep teams. All the practices and games lead up to the annual Liberty and Justice Unity Basketball Event which takes place in June.
There is no cost for eligible youth to be a part of Prodigal Sonz. All that is required is a need for commitment and a desire for a positive lifestyle. 
The Prodigal Sonz is always looking for opportunities to play teams or for speaking engagements at schools.
If you would like them to speak at your school or event, please contact: Frederick Dryden at 905-297-7929 or email at frederick@libertyforyouth.org
REGULAR PROGRAM - Mondays & Fridays 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Peoples Church - 510 Mohawk Rd. W (In-kind gymnasium donation)

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Pick Up

7:00pm – 7:30pm: Lesson

7:30pm – 10:00pm: Drills/Game


Funding for this project is provided by:



Character Development & Leadership Awareness (Males aged 12 - 25)

Youth plan and implement community initiatives to develop leadership and identify strengths. Planning and implementing these activities empower the youth to give and have an understanding of accountability and responsibility to others.

Sundays (10:00am – 2:00pm)

Wednesdays ( 2:00pm - 6:00pm)

Transportation and Meals provided 

Partial Funding for this program provided by:



For Eligibility and Registration please contact Cliff Simon - Program Facilitator



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