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Services to support kids and teens through life’s challenges.

Due to COVID-19, some programs may be paused. Connect with each agency for more info.

A free, confidential, and anonymous support program for families and friends of people whose lives have been affected by alcohol. Mondays at 8:00pm, Grace Anglican Church, 157 Mill Street North, Waterdown.

Alternatives for Youth
Alternatives for Youth (AY) offers confidential counselling for youth and families of Waterdown District Secondary School that are experiencing difficulties related to the misuse of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. The AY program focuses on: the prevention of substance abuse, the reduction or elimination of problem substance abuse, and the provision of strategies to reduce the number and severity of relapses. Support for family and friends is also available so that they can understand and encourage the client’s efforts at learning to make positive lifestyle changes, and choices. This program is offered at Waterdown District Secondary School and is for those attending this school only. All others please call AY’s main office for an appointment. For more information call 905 527 4469 or visit www.ay.on.ca

Canadian Tire JumpStart Program
Canadian Tire JumpStart is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need aged 4 – 18 participate in organized sports and recreation such as hockey, dance, soccer and swimming so they can develop important life skills, self esteem and confidence. For more information on the JumpStart program or wondering if you would be eligible for funding please contact Flamborough Connects 905 689 7880 and we will facilitate this process.

Contact Hamilton: Child and Adolescent Services
Support to children and youth aged birth to their 18th birthday and their families who are presenting with social, emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and/or developmental concerns. Call Contact Hamilton 905 570 8888.

  • Services for children and youth with social, emotional, behavioural or psychiatric concerns are referred to as “children’s mental health services”.
  • Services for children and youth with developmental concerns are referred to as “children’s developmental services”.
  • Some children and youth require services from children’s mental health services and children’s developmental services because they have needs in both areas (often called “dual diagnosis”)

DC4K – Divorce Care for Kids
This 13 week program offered every January helps children heal from the hurt of divorce by “providing a safe fun place where children will learn to understand their feelings, express their emotions appropriately, feel better about themselves and develop coping skills.” The sessions start at 4:00pm, and supper is served to the kids and parents at 5:30pm. SINGLE & PARENTING will run simultaneously. Bethel Church, Kerns Rd. and Hwy 5, beside City View Park.  Phone:  905 689 7796, Email:  office@bethelcrc.ca, or check us out at  www.bethelcrc.ca.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area
Family Support Program: Is your teen between the ages of 12 – 17? Are you experiencing challenges and need support with:

  • Understanding Adolescent Development
  • Communication
  • Setting Limits & Boundaries
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Anger
  • Stress

For further information please contact, Margaret Fuca 905 522 4446 x258 or mfuca@jhshamilton.on.ca