Outline
The Elmwood Community Resource Centre (ECRC) pride on an after school drop-in program that provided youth with a supportive, safe space to learn and grow, featuring multi-cultural teaching as well as arts and crafts, nutrition, recreational activities, academic supports (homework program) and life skills training. These multitudes of programming allow youth to belong, develop marketable skills and have a sense of pride and duty in their community through

  • Homework and Education for Elmwood Youth (HEEY)
  • Youth Counselling Sessions – access by youth and their families if necessary

Homework and Education for Elmwood Youth (HEEY)
The HEEY program’s holistic wrap-around model supports youth to overcome social issues –
poverty, crime, low literacy rate and mental health issues through a mix of academic, social and
recreational activities that stimulate active learning that lays a foundation for a unique, effective
academic success. During high school calendar year and three times a week (Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday) from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Elmwood High school’s library, HEEY
and in coalition with Elmwood High School administration,

  • Will provide a safe academic space for youth to do their homework
  • Will provide tutoring in mainstream subjects, exam preparation, scholarships and
    mentorships program
  • Will offer interactive and developmentally-appropriate activities that becomes more
    challenging to supplement in classroom materials
  • Will offer counseling sessions and workshop

Youth Counselling Sessions and Workshops
To fully support youth at HEEY program, the counselling sessions will be intended to strengthen
youth that are struggling with school, with addiction, family issues, grief, trauma and gang and
violence. HEEY will promote an inclusive, self-growth environment where a youth can attain
full potential growth. The HEEY program will also provide access and referrals to government
and community based organizations.

Workshops Topic
*Purpose and Identity                                   *Mental Health Awareness

*Healthy Relationships                                  *Mindfulness & Leadership Skills

*Civic engagement                                       *Role of youth in Communities

*Communication skills                                  *Employment and Reconciliation
& Building bridges

Benefits of HEEY program to Youth
*Improved grades
*Motivate creativity
*Improved mental health and youth issues

*Increased school attendance
*Build self-confidence
*Lower gang involvement/violence

The Important of HEEY in the Elmwood Community
Supporting youth to maximize their potential is one of the mandates and initiatives that is
embedded in ECRC’s mission and vision. Part of ECRC’s environmental scan that addresses
social issues such as poverty, crime, low literacy rate and mental health issues is to offer
programs such as HEEY to be a prerequisite that empowers youth and their families to compete
in mainstream capacities including enhancing wellbeing and growth i.e. youth pursuing higher
education, stables homes as well as develop marketable skills.
HEEY will motivate Elmwood area and communities at large through volunteerism, activities
and participations. HEEY will rely on volunteers from communities to deliver support that is
necessary.