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Boys/Girls Clubs

Programs that provide a wide range of supervised recreational activities and delinquency prevention services for children and youth of all ages and backgrounds, but particularly for disadvantaged youth, through membership in boys and/or girls clubs. Club members are entitled to use recreational facilities and may have access to counselling, tutorial services, employment assistance, gang programs, drug abuse and alcoholism prevention and other activities and services that direct their energies toward positive social goals and facilitate healthy personality development.

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Faith Based Youth Programs

Programs that provide a variety of recreational and social activities for young people with the objective of strengthening their religious values and meeting their spiritual needs as well as supporting their growth and development as individuals.

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Guiding Programs

Programs that provide opportunities for girls and young women to develop individual and group initiative and responsibility, self-reliance, courage, personal fitness, discipline and other desirable qualities of character through participation in a wide range of organized recreational, educational and civic activities under the leadership of qualified adult volunteers. Troop members work on developing their skills in camping, swimming, citizenship, communication, conservation, cooking, community living, first aid and a wide variety of other areas, and usually earn merit badges when they have demonstrated mastery of the skills that are required for a particular activity.

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Scouting Programs

Programs that provide opportunities for boys, girls and young adults age 5-26 to develop individual and group initiative and responsibility, self-reliance, courage, personal fitness, discipline and other desirable qualities of character through participation in a wide range of organized recreational, educational and civic activities under the leadership of qualified adult volunteers. Troop members work on developing their skills in camping, swimming, citizenship, communication, conservation, cooking, community living, first aid and a wide variety of other areas, and usually earn merit badges when they have demonstrated mastery of the skills that are required for a particular activity. There are a number of independent scouting associations in Canada, the two largest being Scouts Canada and Association des scouts du Canada. Most Canadian programs are coeducational and welcome youth of both genders.

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Youth Agricultural Programs

Voluntary, informal education programs that emphasize the total development of young people who are members through work on the animal, engineering, family/consumer, health, resource, plant or social science project of their choice in consultation with their parents and supervising adult volunteers. Members also participate in camping activities, leadership conferences, awards programs and community service activities.

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Youth Business Programs

Programs that utilize volunteers from the teaching profession, business and industry to provide firsthand information about the business world for students and/or school-age children and youth and opportunities for them to learn about economic principles and the economy. Some clubs may also initiate small business ventures under the guidance of adult volunteers.

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Youth Community Service Programs

Programs that provide opportunities for students and/or school-age children and youth to make a contribution to their local community through volunteer service projects or other forms of assistance. The purpose of the program is to develop leadership skills and good citizenship practices in youngsters who are interested in service to others.

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Youth Enrichment Programs

Programs that offer a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, academic programs, sports, reading clubs, workshops and other recreational, leisure, cultural, social and civic activities for school-age children and youth in out-of-school hours. The objective of youth enrichment programs is to promote healthy social interaction and help participants maximize their social, emotional, physical and academic potential.

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Youth Military Cadet Programs

A youth leadership program administered by the Canadian Armed Forces which has three core components: Army Cadets, Air Cadets and Sea Cadets. The program is designed to teach young people age 12 to 18 the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while promoting self-esteem, teamwork and self-discipline. In addition to weekly activities during the school year, the summer programs provide opportunities for travel and the chance to participate in inter-provincial and international exchanges. Military cadet programs also introduce young people to possible careers in the military. 

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.


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