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Eau Claire YMCA’s S.T.A.R.S. Program

Grade 6 is a great time for exploring and learning about your community. Often times, however, we find that youth around the grade 6 age become apathetic towards physical activity and community engagement. The Grade 6 Memberships were created to help combat this apathy. But what else can we do to keep active and stay involved over the summer?

The Eau Claire Y has decided to create a program that gets our Grade 6 Members out into the community once a week to learn more about what it has to offer! We will be meeting every Wednesday to explore our community and get involved in new and interesting ways. From community art projects to capture the flag, Eau Claire’s STARS program will have it all! In STARS, Students Thrive and Reach for Success!

This program is free for all of our Grade 6 Members and will be registered by the week. Program is scheduled to run every Wednesday from 9:00am-2:00pm. A schedule for the summer is being created and will be posted on the website once it has been finalized.

If you are interested in participating in this fantastic opportunity, please download a registration form by clicking here! Please fill out the forms and return the to the branch as soon as possible. Spots for the program are limited and are on a first come first serve basis.

For more information or with help registering, please contact Sarah Thornton, Eau Claire Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or e-mail her at sarah.thornton@calgary.ymca.ca

What is Youth Engagement?


Youth engagement is the meaningful participation and sustained involvement of a young person in an activity, with a focus outside of him or herself. The kind of activity in which the youth is engaged can be almost anything – sports, the arts, music, volunteer work, politics, social activism – and it can occur in almost any kind of setting.


One way of thinking of youth engagement is in terms of where it occurs. The following are some different kinds of activities, organizations, and contexts in which engagement can occur:

• community organizations (e.g., doing volunteer work helping people)

• youth organizations (e.g., help plan events, run programs)

• music (e.g., playing in a band, school orchestra)

• sports

• ethnic/cultural organizations

• work/career/employment

• school

• social activism (e.g., working on an issue for social change)

• politics (e.g. volunteering for a political party)

• religion/spirituality

If you are currently looking for a way to become engaged and are between the ages of 12 and 18 years old, please contact your local Branch of YMCA Calgary.

Nikol McDonald–Robart

Youth Director, Saddletowne , YMCA Calgary

T: 403-237-2393 M: 403-537-2719 E: nmcdonal@calgary.ymca.ca