Current Programs Available

SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!! Just a Reminder to watch for FREE YOUTH SUMMER EVENTS…Coming Soon!                          ** AGES:  14-25 years!                  Come spend your Sizzlin’ Summer with us!                        We hope to see you there!
SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!! Just a Reminder to watch for FREE YOUTH SUMMER EVENTS…Coming Soon! ** AGES: 14-25 years! Come spend your Sizzlin’ Summer with us! We hope to see you there!

Child/Youth Programs

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Program NameProgram DescriptionAge

Simplifying Mental Illness plus Life Enhancement Skills (SMILES)

This is a 4-day program for children who have a parent, sibling or close family member experiencing some form of mental health (schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression or anxiety).

The SMILES Program is designed to achieve:

  • Increased ability to cope effectively,
  • Increased awareness and understanding of mental health
  • Increased resiliency
  • A new freedom for self-expression
  • Development of creativity
  • Reduction in feelings of isolation
  • Increase in self-esteem…… and much more!

This is achieved through:

  • Education about mental illness
  • Communication exercises
  • Interactive exercises
  • Artwork & music
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Problem solving
  • Peer support

*Lunch and Snacks will be provided

Dates: July 2-5

Days: Tuesday-Friday

Times: 10:00-1:30 PM

Location: Family Centre-65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener

Facilitators: Ahren Steinman, Melissa Adem and Honora Harvey (WCS)

8-12 years old
Creative Space

Creative Space is a safe space where children and youth can freely express their feelings and find a sense of belonging through the transformative power of art. In a vibrant community where, young minds can unleash their creativity, express their emotions, and discover the joy of artistic discovery.

Through hands-on activities and guided exploration, they will have the opportunity to design, draw, paint and many more.

Where: 65 Hanson Ave, Kitchener (Family Center)

Day: Monday's and Wednesday's

Time: February 12th- June 2024 6:00-7:30 PM

6–17-Year-olds
Music Academy

The music academy is a place for everyone to come and explore the joy of making music. We play musical games, learn how to improvise, write our own songs and make covers of our favourite hits.

Participants can learn how to play an instrument of their choosing. We can provide instruction in ukulele, guitar, and piano as well as provide an instrument for you to borrow for the duration of the program.

Children and youth will also learn about electronic music, playing with synthesizers, making cool beats all while exploring sound design. The academy offers a wide variety of musical exploration in a fun and friendly laid-back environment. Sign up today!

Where: 65 Hanson Ave, Kitchener (Family Center)

Day: Tuesday's

Time: February 13th - June 2024 6:00-8:00 PM

6–17-Year-olds
Mini Act TheatreMini Act Theatre is a weekly, free one-and-a-half-hour theatre workshop designed for children and youth.

Mini Act Theatre offers a welcoming environment and concludes with a performance showcasing the creative work of the participants.

Where: 65 Hanson Ave, Kitchener (Family Center)

Day: Thursdays

Time: February 15th - June 2024 6:00-7:30 PM

6–17-Year-olds
Resilient Rebels

The RR group allows opportunities for youth to gain valuable experience/skills, personal growth, leadership, empowerment, local/global awareness, positive peer connections/social interactions, community connections and earn volunteer hours, that can be put towards resumes, job applications and high school community service hours. Youth will also enjoy a delicious homemade meal each night.

Where: 65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener (Family Centre)

Day: Tuesdays (Bi-Weekly)

Time: 5:00-7:30 PM

Dates: October 10-June 18, 2024

14–25-year-olds

Mindful Kids GroupA group where children will learn a variety of easy mindfulness techniques to support them to better adjust and cope with common everyday stresses.

In partnership with Langs Community Centre

Where: 1145 Concession Rd., Cambridge

Day: Mondays

Time: 4:15-5:00 PM

Dates: April 15-May 27

***Co-delivered with Langs Community Centre. FACS staff to obtain verbal consent for the sharing of client contact information with Langs Community Centre prior to submitting the referral.

9-11 years of age

Incredible Kids

This fun after school program is packed with interactive activities that support children to develop tools, such as to improving their relationships with both children and adults, empathy, self-esteem, identification and labelling of feelings, problem solving mindful and many more!

1064G Courtland Shelley Ave., East, Kitchener (Courtland Shelley Community Centre)

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 4:00-5:30

Dates: April 16-May 28

***Co-delivered with House of Friendship. FACS staff to obtain verbal consent for the sharing of client contact information with House of Friendship, prior to submitting the referral.

Children 6-12 years of age

Inspire GroupInspire is a free, afterschool group for youth in Grades 4-6.

Join us for fun and games, where they will discuss topics including bullying, family changes, building empathy within the world around us to support a healthy future and much more.

In partnership with Women’s Crisis Services and Muslim Social Services

Where: 65 Hanson Ave, Kitchener (Family Center)

Day: Thursdays

Time: 5:00-6:00 PM

Dates: May 16-June 20

***Co-delivered with Women’s Crisis Services of the Waterloo Region and Muslim Social Services. FACS staff to obtain verbal consent for the sharing of client contact information with WCSWR & Muslim Social Services, prior to submitting the referral.


9-11 years of age, Grades 4-6

Caregiver Programs

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Program NameProgram DescriptionAge

Trusting Loving
Connection

A 10-week group for caregivers parenting children between birth and 12. The program seeks to offer support to caregivers to gain a better understanding of how their own childhood experiences and attachment relationships affect their parenting and their relationships with their children. During Covid, we will not be able to incorporate the parent/child interaction component where the Circle of Security concepts are explored.

Where: 700 Heritage Drive, Kitchener (Anselma House)

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 10-11:30 AM

Dates: April 17th-June 12

***Co-delivered with Women’s Crisis Services of the Waterloo Region. FACS staff to obtain verbal consent for the sharing of client contact information with WCSWR, prior to submitting the referral.

Caregivers Identifying as female.

Circle of Security (Virtual)

An 8-week program to support caregivers to see their child’s behaviour through an attachment lens. The program supports caregivers in understanding their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs. The caregivers learn ways to help their child manage emotions, develop better self-esteem, and enhance their attachment.

Where: Virtual

Day: Thursdays

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM

Dates: Thursdays-April 25-June 13

***Co-delivered with Women’s Crisis Services of the Waterloo Region. FACS staff to obtain verbal consent for the sharing of client contact information with WCSWR, prior to submitting the referral.

Caregivers of children ages 0-12

Connect

A 10-week program that seeks to promote sensitive and effective parenting.

It focuses on their teen’s attachment needs and emotional state and explores different ways for parents to respond with sensitivity and attuned responses, while still maintaining clarity of limits and expectations

Where: 65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener (Family Centre)

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Dates: April 16-June 18

Caregivers parenting youth between 13-17 years of age
Coffee and ConversationJoin us for a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some social time. This program is designed for community members to connect with their neighbours and peers and chat about a variety of topic and themes.

Refreshments will be provided.

Where: 1064G Courtland Shelley Ave., East, Kitchener (Courtland Shelley Community Centre)

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 9:30-10:30 AM

Dates: April 23-May 28

***Co-delivered with House of Friendship. FACS staff to obtain verbal consent for the sharing of client contact information with House of Friendship, prior to submitting the referral.

Caregivers



Caregiver and Child

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Program NameProgram DescriptionAge