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St. George’s YouthNet

Saint George's YouthNet is a service to youth in its north end neighbourhood. Through four main programs (wilderness, lunch, after- school, teen), YouthNet supports these children and youth, nurturing their gifts and encouraging their dreams, while building their self-confidence and self-awareness. During the summer months, we run eight weeks of intensive programming for approximately 40 children and youth in total. The majority of our youth come from financially and racially marginalized backgrounds. All of our programming is entirely free, thus removing any financial barriers that prevent accessibility for low-income families. Four of these weeks are dedicated to wilderness and camping expeditions, all at different levels, and directed towards different age groups. We take our young campers on two three-
night trips, where we reveal to them the beauty of Nova Scotia that belongs to them and show them how and why to take responsibility for it through being outdoors, facilitated discussions about environmental sustainability, and the development of wilderness and camping skills. Our campers learn to be simultaneously self-sufficient and interdependent: to set up their own tent, to cook their food over a camp-fire, and to rely on each other to overcome physical and personal boundaries. When the youth get old enough (age 12-18), they are welcomed on our more challenging expeditions: a four-night portage canoe trip through Kejimekjuk National Park, and a five-night hiking trip through Cape Chignecto. These wilderness trips are a YouthNet linchpin; youth tell stories about how they overcame their fears and did something they never believed they could. In fact, YouthNet has been going on our hike to Cape Chignecto for so many years now, that since the founding of the organization, that there are now two generations that tell stories of wilderness trips. In each of these four trips, our youth learn to appreciate the beauty that Nova Scotia has to offer, and learn to take ownership and responsibility for it in a way that they would not be able to given their financial barriers.

Parks we work in:

  • Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
  • Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
  • Kejimkujik National Park

Things we do:

  • campfire
  • environmental education
  • heritage conservation/education
  • hiking
  • nature walks
  • stewardship
  • trail building/stewardship

We're looking for volunteers in these areas:

  • Occasional volunteers

Where you can find us

  • 2222 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS, Canada

Get in touch!