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YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program

Right now, online gambling is happening in many homes, on laptops, tablets, gaming consoles and phones. We’re all looking for ways to pass the time, be entertained and distract ourselves a little from everything that’s going on around us. However, we need to be mindful of the risks involved and how to stay safe; in particular, we need to keep our children informed and safe from underage gambling opportunities available via video games.

The Youth Gambling Awareness Program now offers several workshops in virtual webinar format for young people and adults or professionals who work with young people. YGAP’s workshops cover a variety of topics including media literacy, financial literacy, how the lines between gaming and gambling are blurred and stigma as it relates to gambling. YGAP uses a balanced, neutral approach while sharing information on how to stay safe if one chooses to gamble or game.


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4 ways to stay safe if you’re gambling online

Read these starting points to help make sure that, if you choose to gamble online, it stays safe and fun.

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Physical distancing, working from home, self-isolating...these are all critical practices, but everyone responds differently, from boredom, to stress, to loneliness. If you or a loved one needs help managing substance use in this stressful time, we can help.

Our counsellors support youth age 14 to 24 with substance use issues, helping them stay safer and make healthier choices that work for them. Right now, we’re offering two types of safer, judgement-free zones where you can get the support you need:

Free, confidential, one-on-one counselling

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Harm reduction webinar

When registration opens, we’ll post the details here.

Educational workshops on substance use and harm reduction

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YMCA Youth Community Action Network

This innovative national program engages leaders across Canada to address community needs through service projects. As part of the Canada Service Corps initiative, YCAN gives youth chances to make a difference for a cause that’s meaningful to them.

Youth meeting to discuss community issues

Right now, the network consists of 15 YMCA Associations from coast to coast that are working together to build stronger communities in Prince George, Greater Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, the Greater Toronto Area, Sudbury, Barrie, London, Montréal, Québec City, Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, St. John’s (NL), Moncton, Saint John (NB), and Charlottetown.

YCAN is for you if you are:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 30
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Passionate about learning new skills, building connections, and doing good in your community
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YMCA Youth Leadership Development Program

We offer safe, supportive (virtual!) spaces where youth ages 11 to 18 can grow into the trailblazers they were meant to be. In YLD, you will:

  • Build valuable leadership, teamwork, and social skills
  • Make new friends
  • Share your views and become a leader in the community
  • Gain volunteer experience and collect the volunteer hours you need for school
  • Enjoy mentorship opportunities
  • And so much more!
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At 12 years old, Keion Bisnath knew he was different. It wasn't until he did a bonding exercise in the YLD program that he found the courage to identify as 2SLGBTQ+. "At the Y, I was in a space that was welcoming," says Keion. "I felt close with the facilitators and other youth."

Right now, we’re delivering YLD online.

Learn more about how you can get involved by emailing or calling Call 1-800-223-8024 Call (416) 928-9622

Fun workshops with our YMCA Employment team

Teen Scavenger Hunt

Quick! Look around your house! Who can find the smallest item? Who can find something fuzzy? Join us for some fun and friendly competition while we see who’s the best scavenger among us.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

To register for teen workshops, please send your name, telephone number, and email address to

Teen Pop Culture Trivia

This fun trivia game will test your pop culture knowledge, teach you some interesting things about the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and leave you with some job search tips! Make sure you have a Kahoot account.

Wednesday, July 8, 1:00PM – 2:00PM
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

To register for teen workshops, please send your name, telephone number, and email address to

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