Why we exist: To provide alternatives of hope to youth and their families through caring relationships and developmental opportunities for the whole person (physically, socially, mentally, and spiritually).
Who: Our programs are open to youth between the ages of 13-18.
What we do:
- Mobile Drop-in, Friday nights from 7-9pm. A free, youth-oriented environment in which teens can connect with their peers and positive adult role models. We have a variety of activities for youth, including pool, fooseball, xBox, wii, arts, basketball, and many other activities. Each month, we host karaoke nights, pool tournaments, and hot topics nights. We offer a snack bar with snacks at a nominal fee, and have free food available to youth as well.
- Throughout the week The Door Youth Centre (TDYC) offers a variety of programs, and sometimes they change according to the needs of our youth, so the best way to stay up to date is to check our facebook page, which is updated weekly. The page with specific youth content can be found here (and no facebook account is needed to log in).
- We also participate in Project Serve, which you can learn more about below.
What to expect: A relaxing environment, where people connect in many different ways. There is typically lots of music, interaction with staff, free yummy food, and lots to do. TDYC is a warm, welcoming environment, and by the end of the night, youth will have met most of our staff, and many youth. Our programs are built on safety and respect, and our goal is that a) we offer a safe space for youth to be, and b) youth are respected by the staff and their peers, and also respect others and the facility themselves. We see youth from all walks of life, and that leads to an amazing diverse community experience.
Staff: Director, Danielle White, and a team of volunteers. Our volunteers are all screened to work with our organization, and receive continual training so that they can better serve our youth.
Campus Life is a program that focuses on creativity, healthy relationships, trips and events. Campus Life exists to partner with local schools both high school and elementary. Currently we are working closely with CCI in a number of different ways.
Campus Life also partners with other Campus Life programs to run a March Break trip to Florida. Here teens get the chance to meet tons of new friends, experience a trip out of their own country, and have the time of their life.
The heart of Campus Life is really about the hope that we can build solid relationships with teenagers and help them bring out their full spiritual potential.
Every Tuesday during the school year our team of volunteers set up a mobile coffee club at the Evangelical Missionary Church on Cameron St, across from CCI. Here youth from the high school have the option to get free Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, and an large selection of toiletries and even clothing should they have a need. Every Tuesday we see on average 50-60 youth at this program.
March break can be a lot of fun and a welcome relief after months of a cold, dark winter… but it’s even better when it’s spent in sunny Florida! Our Southbound Trip is a huge hit with many teens coming back every year. We all load up into a great big coach bus for the 25 hour long drive. In that environment, it’s hard not to get close to someone! We spend a week at a camp ground in Polk County, Florida filling our days with contests, games, swimming, shopping and a day out to Disney, Universal, Epcot or Bush Gardens.
To say we have a good time is a definite understatement. Southbound is also a chance for the youth to grow, to ask questions, to dig deeper in who Jesus and to forge bonds with the staff and with each other.
Campfire is a 4 day long camping trip every August that includes but it not limited to: Hiking Trips, Team Competitions, Crazy Games, Beach, Eating, Swimming, Water Sports, Laughing an evening program, and much more!
It takes place in a provincial Park near Goderich, ON and its Only $80!!!
Project Serve is an opportunity for youth in Grade 10 and up. It provides youth opportunities for meaningful engagement in their communities and beyond. This is a significant commitment to youth, as they participate in thorough training, fundraising, and the service projects themselves. This is a progressive program, with youth participation depending on successful completion of early service projects. Youth receive volunteer hours for training and trips.
- Local Opportunities: These come up seasonally and as needs arise. These are open to anyone, and there is no training involved. In the past, we have participated in sorting food for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hampers, local clean up initiatives, and Christmas Kettle Drives.
- Level I – This trip is to inner-city Toronto, with a focus on serving the houseless, and supporting organizations that provide housing and food. Youth need to apply to join the Level I team, and commit to 8 training sessions pre-trip (focusing on understanding poverty, serving, and team dynamics). While in Toronto we partner with a number of shelters, missions, and meal providers. These trips happen on a weekend in April and November, and cost less than $50.
- Level II – This trip partners with a camp in the Muskokas that serves First Nations youth. While at the camp, we are either preparing the camp for the summer season, or winterizing the camp. There are 3 weeks of training in preparation for this trip, that work through serving when those we are serving are not present. This is a labour-intensive trip. Level II happens on a weekend in May and September, and costs less than $30. Youth must have successfully completed Level I to participate.
- Level III – This is an international trip, with past trips going to Haiti, Mississippi, and Costa Rica. This trip is typically a mix of construction and relational opportunities, reflecting the destination we are working in. Youth must complete 8 training sessions before the trip, and participate in both team and individual fundraising to offset the trip cost. The cost and dates of this trip vary according to the destination, but youth will be aware of the trip details during the Level II trip, and be able to work on fundraising as a team. A passport and vaccinations may be required. Youth must complete Levels I and II in order to be eligible for this trip.
For information on current trips, please contact Aaron or Danielle at 705-445-5445.