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Youth Programs

Hope for Community Development provides newcomer and marginalized black youth ages 12-29 with a diverse scope of programming that helps them to succeed in their academic and personal pursuits, build their confidence, and empower them to become great leaders, business owners, and assist them to make safe and healthy decisions in their day to day life. All youth programs offered by Hope for Community Development are free of charge. Hope for Community Development online programming will begin the week of March 26, 2022.



Hope for Community Development’s After School Homework program helps newcomer black youth from grades 6 to 12 and their families in building self-confidence and school readiness for positive engagement in the education system. Our staff and volunteers work with program participants to put them on pathways to access post-secondary education.

Current Programming Times starting January 4, 2022:

  • Tuesdays – Grades 6 – 8 (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Thursdays – Grades 9-12 (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm)

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Hope for Community Development’s Sports and Recreation programs promote healthy lifestyles, skill-building, and social-emotional competencies for children in grades 6-12. Through participation in meaningful physical activity and creative arts, children and youth learn strategies to overcome challenges, build relationships, and make healthy choices.

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Hope for Community Development provides marginalized youth with guidance to those facing uncertainty about career and job-related decisions. They also established workers seeking to pivot into alternative professions. Hope for Community Development’s Pathways to Employment activities support youth job seekers from newcomers and members of Black and marginalized communities with a broad set of employment readiness activities, delivered as both individual coaching and support, and through group seminars. Topics include but are not limited to resume and portfolio building, interview skills and mock interviews, job search guidance, and preparation for success in the workplace.



Hope for Community Development’s Summer Literacy program is built to assist participants from the age of 10 to 18 with strengthening their learning skills, working habits and increasing their language skills. We provide opportunities for children from grade 5 through grade 12 to develop reading and research strategies as well as targeted interactive writing exercises through games. Mentors in our program work with participants to identify literacy goals and bridge academic gaps to help struggling students

Student and Family Advocacy (Youth and Adult)


The Student and Family Advocacy Program provides culturally relevant, community-based advocacy, information literacy, and system navigation for Black and newcomer students ages 12-29 and families in Kitchener-Waterloo, including educational advocacy and mediation, and assistance in engaging with government agencies and systems.



Youth leaders are participating in an Advanced Entrepreneurship Program where they are engaged in researching and developing a social enterprise during the program. The enterprise is aligned with the youth’s passions and provides employment
opportunities and leadership training for the participants and the broader youth community.

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