The Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) has transitioned its programs over to a virtual platform in order to continue offering programming to children and youth in the community.
“We are so excited that we are still able to offer programming to youth during this time,” said Morgen Chernick, PYC program director.
Most of the programs run Google Meet so an email address is required for each youth. A Google Meet invite will be emailed to each youth’s address prior to the start of the program.
In order for youth to participate, they need to have a completed registration form.
A signed consent from their parent or guardian is also required, which can be sent through an email or text sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-963-2418.
Programs for ages five to 11
After School Program runs on Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 3:30 p.m.
The program uses Google Meet and during the program, the youth can participate in planned activities, games, story time and catching up with friends and staff.
The Torch Leadership Club runs on Monday afternoons, starting at 3:30 p.m. using Google Meet.
During this time, members focus on the five main pillars of Torch: Giving back to the club and community, Teamwork, Leadership, Learning for life and Healthy Choices.
On Tuesday and Thursdays at 1 p.m., a video is loaded PYC’s Facebook page. On Tuesdays, Mollie Farley runs an art-based project. On Thursdays, Jenni Irwin leads a STEAM based project.
Every week, there are activity packs made up for youth and families. The activity packs consist of various art projects, games and activities that youth can do at home.
The packs are available for pick up outside of our office, Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Prior to every week, there is a weekly newsletter posted on Facebook and sent to parents. The newsletter lets parents know what the projects for the week are and what supplies they need to have on hand.
Programs for ages 12 to 17
Kickstart runs on Tuesdays, starting at 3:30 p.m. The program uses Google Meet and during the program, the youth can participate in planned activities, games, learn new skills and catch up with friends and staff.
The Keystone Leadership Club runs on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 3:30 p.m. using Google Meet.
Teen Drop In runs Thursday afternoons, starting at 3:30 p.m. using Google Meet. During this time, the youth can pop in and out, participate in planned activities and connect with their friends and staff.
Thursdays at 8 a.m., a video is loaded on our Facebook page. During the video, Jesse shows us new life skills such as checking the oil in your vehicle, how to make smoothies, etc.
Our Raise The Grade academic support programs runs on Wednesdays with flexible time slots for youth to connect with Fez. If youth are needing assistance with schoolwork, they can email Fez at email@example.com to set up a time slot.
Our Dungeons and Dragons program runs Friday afternoons starting at 3:30 p.m. using Google Meet.
– Submitted by Ponoka Youth Centre