CES Spotlight blog posts shine a light on youth sector programs and initiatives in Ontario that are undertaking an evaluation journey in collaboration with YouthREX’s Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) at one of our regional hubs across Ontario. The blog posts describe the programs and initiatives and how evaluation supports their objectives to improve youth wellbeing.

In the summer of 2016, Blenheim Youth Centre (BYC) began an evaluation journey with our Southwestern Hub through our Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) program.

Blenheim Youth Centre
After School

TARGET POPULATION
All Youth

RELATED STEPPING UP THEME(S)
Health & Wellness

Strong, Supportive Friends & Families

CES START DATE
July, 2016

Currently receiving visits from approximately 30 youth per day, the BYC is the only Youth Centre available to the population within Blenheim and surrounding areas. The activities and programs available at their facility keep youth off the streets, prevent vandalism and violence, and allow youth to develop and build acceptable social, personal and professional relationships

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
BYC offers daily after-school programming that allows youth to develop social and life skills. The program encourages and facilitates being involved in the community and provides an opportunity for volunteer hours required for graduation.

“The Blenheim Youth Centre is now open every weekday to offer the young people of our community a safe and welcoming environment to hang out and participate in a wide variety of activities.”

– Blenheim Youth Centre website

The Blenheim Youth Centre offers a variety of programming opportunities for youth in their community including cooking classes, homework help, recreational activities, social skill building, employment resources such as resume writing and interview preparation, as well as leisure activities with access to computers with internet, video game consoles, and pool and ping pong tables.

“We have a lot of kids in right now and this is a huge opportunity because there are lots of people to be involved.”

– Blenheim Youth Centre

Why Customized Evaluation Supports? 

The Blenheim Youth Centre wants to be able to show funders the impact that they are making. They have a lot of kids who don’t necessarily have to be there but come for the social aspects. They also have kids who really need the centre and so reporting this back to funders is important.

Currently, the Blenheim Youth Centre is in Step 3 – Planning and Focusing Your Evaluation, of our Framework for Evaluating Youth Wellbeing.

“The youth are very active, they really want to get involved.”

– Blenheim Youth Centre

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