Meet the New Youth Advisory Board

Youth Advisory Board (YAB) 2017-2018

Youth Advisory Board (YAB) 2017-2018

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Meet the Youth!

Thank you to United Way Hastings Prince Edward and the Community Justice Fund for providing the funds to make this program possible!

Hi! My name is Jordyn Foster. I am 13 years old and I love music, acting and singing. My favorite colours are green and blue. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m very loud and talkative. I attend York River Public School, my favorite subject is Phys-Ed and I am happy all time! My friends call me “Jordondy” or “Jordfish”. I can’t wait to help out in my community!

Hi! My name is Jordyn Foster. I am 13 years old and I love music, acting and singing. My favorite colours are green and blue. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m very loud and talkative. I attend York River Public School, my favorite subject is Phys-Ed and I am happy all time! My friends call me “Jordondy” or “Jordfish”. I can’t wait to help out in my community!

Hi, my name is Jessica Riedl, I’m 14 years old. I volunteer in the community from working at the arena canteen to Experience Summer Camp and a co op at NHCT. I’m home schooled (since grade 3). I have 8 brothers and sisters and my favorite colour is yellow and I like country music.

Hi, my name is Jessica Riedl, I’m 14 years old. I volunteer in the community from working at the arena canteen to Experience Summer Camp and a co op at NHCT. I’m home schooled (since grade 3). I have 8 brothers and sisters and my favorite colour is yellow and I like country music.

Hi my name is Tanner and I like to ride snowmobiles, ATV’s and dirt bikes. My favorite music is country.  I like hockey, soccer and football. I participate in the Youth Advisory Board and that’s all you need to know.

Hi my name is Tanner and I like to ride snowmobiles, ATV’s and dirt bikes. My favorite music is country.  I like hockey, soccer and football. I participate in the Youth Advisory Board and that’s all you need to know.

Andrew J. Riedl was born in Kingston ON. When he was 5 his family moved to Bancroft. He enjoys rock, pop, punk and heavy metal music. He dislikes turtles but looks up to his brother Sam and his favorite colours are green and yellow. One downfall- (He is not modest)

Andrew J. Riedl was born in Kingston ON. When he was 5 his family moved to Bancroft. He enjoys rock, pop, punk and heavy metal music. He dislikes turtles but looks up to his brother Sam and his favorite colours are green and yellow. One downfall- (He is not modest)

Hey my name is James. I am 13 years old. I like to ride my dirt bike, snowmobile and play sports like hockey, soccer and football. I love county music. 

Hey my name is James. I am 13 years old. I like to ride my dirt bike, snowmobile and play sports like hockey, soccer and football. I love county music. 

My name is Emily Hudson, I’m 15 years old and I’m “4’10”, yes I’m short. I live in McArthurs Mills which is no man’s land with no service but I do have wifi, I couldn’t live without it. I love to play rugby. I’ve played for North Hastings High School for 2 years now. I love to go four wheeling on my spare time and I love Hunting and Fishing. In the winter time I go ski-doing as well. I am a shy person but I’m excited to be involved with YAB and making a change in our community.

My name is Emily Hudson, I’m 15 years old and I’m “4’10”, yes I’m short. I live in McArthurs Mills which is no man’s land with no service but I do have wifi, I couldn’t live without it. I love to play rugby. I’ve played for North Hastings High School for 2 years now. I love to go four wheeling on my spare time and I love Hunting and Fishing. In the winter time I go ski-doing as well. I am a shy person but I’m excited to be involved with YAB and making a change in our community.

Hello my name is Logan Kauffeldt. I joined the Youth Advisory Board because I want to make a difference in North Hastings. You may see me walking around in a T-shirt, yes, even in winter. I’m usually inside playing video games but I get up once in a while to get food or hang out with friends. I am a type of person that someone can talk to if you’re feeling down! And when life gives you lemons make chocolate milk and try to make people figure out how you did it.

Hello my name is Logan Kauffeldt. I joined the Youth Advisory Board because I want to make a difference in North Hastings. You may see me walking around in a T-shirt, yes, even in winter. I’m usually inside playing video games but I get up once in a while to get food or hang out with friends. I am a type of person that someone can talk to if you’re feeling down! And when life gives you lemons make chocolate milk and try to make people figure out how you did it.

Hi my name is Adriena Thompson. I recently moved to Bancroft from Oshawa. I laugh a lot. My best friend Emma and I laugh over everything. My favorite singer is Ed Sheeran. My friends (annoyingly) call me “auna” *like off of frozen*. I eat when I’m bored, mad, happy, so basically all the time. I’m very loud and I talk to many different people especially if they look upset, some people say I’m “too loud” but I call it friendly.

Hi my name is Adriena Thompson. I recently moved to Bancroft from Oshawa. I laugh a lot. My best friend Emma and I laugh over everything. My favorite singer is Ed Sheeran. My friends (annoyingly) call me “auna” *like off of frozen*. I eat when I’m bored, mad, happy, so basically all the time. I’m very loud and I talk to many different people especially if they look upset, some people say I’m “too loud” but I call it friendly.

My name is Brianne Crawford, I play tuba in music class and I like to listen to music. I also like to hunt and fish. I try to involve myself in our community so I have joined the youth advisory board because I feel like youth is a key part to our community’s future. I live in Maynooth and I love it there because it’s like everybody knows each other and is very tightly knit. The Maynooth public library is where I mostly like to hang out, it is a safe quiet thinking space for me and my friends and I feel like our community needs more of those types of places.

My name is Brianne Crawford, I play tuba in music class and I like to listen to music. I also like to hunt and fish. I try to involve myself in our community so I have joined the youth advisory board because I feel like youth is a key part to our community’s future. I live in Maynooth and I love it there because it’s like everybody knows each other and is very tightly knit. The Maynooth public library is where I mostly like to hang out, it is a safe quiet thinking space for me and my friends and I feel like our community needs more of those types of places.

Hi my name is Mike. I am almost 13 years old. I like sports such as hockey and football. I am also a huge hockey fan. My favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers. I have lived in Bancroft for 5 years. I am in grade 8 and go to York River Public School. Before I moved to Birds Creek, I lived in Lindsay. I have 2 brothers, 1 sister and 2 German Sheppard’s named Molly and Myra.

Hi my name is Mike. I am almost 13 years old. I like sports such as hockey and football. I am also a huge hockey fan. My favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers. I have lived in Bancroft for 5 years. I am in grade 8 and go to York River Public School. Before I moved to Birds Creek, I lived in Lindsay. I have 2 brothers, 1 sister and 2 German Sheppard’s named Molly and Myra.

Hi my name is Johanna. I have lived in Bancroft for 10 years. I am 12 years old. I go to York River Public School. At school I am part of “WE” club which is a club that works together to help change the world. I also skate 3 times a week at the Bancroft skating club. There is also a “canskate” program that I help with to teach kids how to skate. I live in a great community and I am excited to see what will happen next!

Hi my name is Johanna. I have lived in Bancroft for 10 years. I am 12 years old. I go to York River Public School. At school I am part of “WE” club which is a club that works together to help change the world. I also skate 3 times a week at the Bancroft skating club. There is also a “canskate” program that I help with to teach kids how to skate. I live in a great community and I am excited to see what will happen next!

Hi, my name is Emma. I have lived in Bancroft for my entire life, which is not very long considering I am only 12 years old. I love to volunteer, especially with little children. I love to help people and help make this world a better place. I love animals and I have 2 cats, a dog, a fish and a guinea pig. I love school and living in such a tight community. I look forward to making it a better place for my younger brother and sister to grow up in.

Hi, my name is Emma. I have lived in Bancroft for my entire life, which is not very long considering I am only 12 years old. I love to volunteer, especially with little children. I love to help people and help make this world a better place. I love animals and I have 2 cats, a dog, a fish and a guinea pig. I love school and living in such a tight community. I look forward to making it a better place for my younger brother and sister to grow up in.

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The End of the Gardening Era for the Infant Toddler Room.

As the colder months are headed towards us and the summer is dying down, the Infant Toddler Room said one last goodbye to the garden as the last tomatoes and carrots were pulled and eaten. It was a good and valuable experience not just for the children but also for the staff in the room. What we couldn't teach the children about gardening and the new experience of it, they taught us that even though it was such a small activity at first it grew into something bigger and more exciting for everyone. As we pulled the last of the tomato plants out of the garden, the children were able to see how the plans grew and stuck into the ground by the big roots. As we put the roots down on the ground the children gathered around all curious as to what they were. We let them explore what was different for them by looking at them and some of the children even got down on the ground to touch them and take a closer look. This was a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved!

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BACK TO SCHOOL! Just like that - Summer is over....... Our After School Programs are up and running again! Check out what's happening at each of our After School Programs

YORK RIVER: Welcome back York River Families! This year Amanda and Rhonda will be the educators in the program.  Amanda and Rhonda have introduced a leadership program! With this program children who have been a part of after school for a few years will become a buddy to the many new faces that have joined us. We have also have started a responsibilities board! The children are encouraged to sign up for one of the jobs for the week. Some of these jobs are snack helper, washroom buddy, art inventory and many more! We are looking forward to a fun school year!!

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Bird's Creek After School Program:

We are in full "back to school" mode at Birds Creek After School program. We are enjoying reuniting with our old ASP friends as well as making new friends. Julie and Melissa have now introduced "Messy Mondays"!  Messy Mondays is a fun exciting way for the children to investigate their senses through art, science and sensory. We look forward to a new school year!

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Senior Room Summer Antics!

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The Senior Room children have had a very busy summer filled with learning. One of their favourite activities was Wednesday Water Days! The children had a lot of fun splashing in the wading pool as well as covering themselves in shaving cream as a sensory experience.

Show and Share is a great literacy opportunity for the children and they love sharing this with their peers.

Looking forward, we are working to expand science opportunities for your children as well as setting up invitations of play to expand and explore upon their learning.

Val, Tasha & Donna

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Youth Advisory Board Recuitment 2017-2018

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Recruitment for the new Youth Advisory Board has started! For the 2017 -2018 year we are looking for passionate individuals between the ages of 13 and 18 to guide and participate in an exciting endeavour for the North Hastings community. Please apply if you are committed to making a difference and want to get both community hours and paid an honorarium for participating.   YAB members will be committed to meet once a month to provide input, direction and ultimately be part of bringing a NEW “Youth Centre” to our community. These meetings will include exciting training, food and opportunities for those involved to make an impact in North Hastings.

To apply access the application here.

The Infant Toddler Room - Enjoying the Veggies of our Labours!

While the snow was still on the ground, we decided to try our hand at a garden.  We chose our seeds of  peas and carrots. The children enjoyed filling egg cartons with soil, picking which seeds they wanted to plant, and watering the planted seeds. Once it was warm enough we moved our little seedlings to the outdoor garden. The children dug the holes and helped to put the plants into the soil. As we watched our garden grow, we noticed lots of flowers, then lots of peas. The children helped us pick the peas that were ready, they were sweet and delicious. Allowing the children to have a hand in the garden is showing them where some of our food comes from and how they can start their own gardens at home with their families. Gardening has taught them how to work together as a group to create something from beginning to end. Soon the children will be able to start picking the carrots out of the garden. 

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Update to What's Happening in the Junior Room - Gardening!!

The Children in the Junior Room were hands on today learning about seeds, and what they need to grow while we planted our Discovery Garden. We look forward to the opportunities that the children will have from this growing experience including collecting, smelling, touching and even tasting. Gardens play a significant role in supporting a child's connection to nature. Stay tuned for updates on our learning

What's Happening in the Junior Room?

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The Junior Room is planning to construct a Discovery Garden with the help of the program staff Tammy, Angela, and Donna, alongside each child providing their individual ideas, and insight learned from observing family members at home.

Gardening provides children with hands-on experiences that give them opportunities to collect, smell, touch, and taste. Gardens also play a significant role in supporting children’s connections to nature and learning that supports the characteristics of the environment with health and nutrition, social purposes, practical living skills and the process of growth and caring for living things; providing the children new knowledge about science and their outdoor environment.

We look forward to exploring our growing garden through observation, caring for, cooking, and much more learning through discovery.

STAY TUNED FOR PICTURES TO FOLLOW THROUGHOUT THE MONTH

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SENIOR ROOM.

The Senior children have been very busy over the winter months. A few children showed an interest in hair cutting so we took a trip to our local barber. Here we learned who cuts hair and the appropriate items that are used.

With the warmer weather approaching, our playground became an arctic experience including ice bergs! By chopping the ice with tools they were able to create a large pond for fishing and boating!

With spring here the children are quite excited to explore sand & water experiences and the natural world around them.

 

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Jail and Bail 2017

For many years North Hastings CHildren's Services has been involved in offering Experience SUmmer Camp for children 5-12 years old in North Hastings Community. Registration day for Summer Camp will be held on April 20th & 21st from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. This camp is not fully funded and depends on the community supporting it through fundraising and our funders.

Expereince camp works closely with many partners to provide employment for 19 local youth counselors including a counselor in training program, volunteer experience and mentorship opportunities for youth who aredirectly involved in the camp. With these partnerships it provides quality programming and an experience the children and youht wont forget.

In the past this event has been very successful and your support will ensue that Experience Summer Camp reaches its goal of providing over 250 children with a wonderful SummerCamp Experience. The goal this year is to raise $5000 and these funds will go directly to enhance local children'scamp experience.

This year our Jail and Bail event will be held on Friday May 26th, 2017 from 9 am - 2 pm (location to be realised soon, updates can be found on our calendars and Facebook page). You can support our cause by bailing someone out, keeping them in by making a donation or buying yourself lunch or a snack. Hope to see you there! Have fun and thank you for your support.

Nicole Beaudin

Experience Summer Camp Coordinator

What is the North Hastings Family Support Team

North Hastings Family Support Team is a new program in Bancroft that will be working closely with the Bancroft Community Safety & Well-being plan to reduce family violence in our community. Just under 9 million, or about one in three Canadian’s, have said that they have experienced abuse before the age of 15. Our main goal is to come together and strengthen family structures to develop and live safe and healthy lives. With our holistic and encompassing approach we ensure to address family, safety and well being within our community.

Through the lead agency, North Hastings Children’s Services, our goal is to focus on increasing protective factors that are affecting children and families affected by domestic violence while decreasing risk factors. With 7 key areas of focus we hope to address a safer and more vital community. The 7 key areas we will be focusing on are; Data Coordination, Technical Assistance, Fundraising/Funding, Public Information/Education, Social Navigation, Advocacy and Service Coordination. As well as focusing on 4 categories of primary prevention including; increasing knowledge and awareness, creating safer and supportive communities, promoting healthy families and relationships and targeting at-risk populations. 

Moving forward we hope to connect with all of our project partners, develop and deliver training on the social psychology of family violence and their associated risk factors, develop an efficient referral system for the families that don’t meet the acutely elevated risk threshold and finally, research and analyze local statistics and risk factors as they relate to family violence.

With our hard working and passionate program team as well as with funding from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services - Safer and Vital Communities Grant and assistance from our main community partners and allies including Bancroft OPP, Three Oaks Shelter and Services, Addictions and Mental Health Services of Hastings County, Children’s Mental Health Services, Hastings County Social Services, Town of Bancroft, Municipality of Hastings Highlands and many more.  We have an optimistic view on the future and implementation of the North Hastings Family Support Team!  

Jail and Bail

North Hastings Children’s Services for over 10 years has been involved in offering a Summer Camp Experience for children aged 5-12 in the North Hastings area.

This camp is not fully funded through our funders and depends on community supporting it through fundraising. Experience Summer Camp works very closely with many partners to provide quality programming, experience and employment for many Youth Counsellor’s. We also offer a Counsellor in Training program, volunteer experience and mentorship opportunities for youth who are directly involved in the camp.

In the past this event has been very successful and your support will ensure that Experience Summer Camp reaches it goal of providing over 400 children with a wonderful summer camp experience.

Our goal this year is to raise $10 000.00. These funds will DIRECTLY go to enhance LOCAL children in our community and expand upon their camp experience.

This year our Jail and Bail event will be held at the Bancroft Bible Chapel parking lot on Friday, May 27th from 9am until 2pm. You can support our cause by bailing someone out, keeping them in, making a donation or buying yourself lunch or a snack.

Registration for Experience Summer Camp!

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Experience Summer camp runs for eight weeks each summer. Children ages 5-12 (as of December 31, 2016) have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, swimming, games, sports, field trips, and theme-days in a fun day-camp setting. The fully integrated camp is free to NHCS members and has a very high camp-counsellor to child ratio, ensuring campers are well cared for and have lots of support and fun.

Camp runs in one-week long sessions, throughout July and August, and each session ends with a free barbecue. We are grateful for funding provided by the Hastings County & Ontario Child Benefit Reinvestment Fund, which makes this program possible.

In addition to providing a fun and enriching summer program for children, this program also provides youth employment opportunities.

Registration will be held from 8:30am until 4:30pm at the North Hastings Children's Services Centre and a $25 registration fee (per family) must accompany the registration form.

Community Safety March Break Event

The time has come yet again for our Community Safety March Break Event. Friday, March 18th is sure to be a day filled with fun for members of our community. This annual event is held at the Royal Canadian Legion from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

Participants in this free event can expect to partake in many fun activities such as a play dough table, mini putt, cookie decorating (donated by Foodland), button making and much more, while also taking part in exciting learning opportunities such as internet safety, making child safety kids and even a dental screening.

A snack will be provided courtesy of Bancroft and Area Kids in Need.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

We are excited to announce the date for our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

The Easter Bunny will be joining us at the North Hastings Children's Services Centre from 8:30am until 11:00am on Saturday, March 12th. The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit and yogurt parfaits, juice and coffee/tea, all provided courtesy of United Way of Quinte and will be served by staff of North Hastings Children's Services and the Youth Advisory Board.

Bring your camera and take a picture of your child/children visiting with the Easter Bunny while enjoying a warm meal with your family.

Youth Advisory Board In The News!

The Youth Advisory Board is getting some press over the coming weeks. This week, Sarah Myers and Jade McCarthy will be featured on The Moose 97.7 fm in an interview highlighting the Youth Advisory Board and their most recent project “Beading Boredom”, which you can find information on here http://www.nhcs.ca/whats-new/2016/youth-advisory-board-beading-boredom. Keep your radio on for the full interview.

 

The following week, on the evening of February 23rd, Jade McCarthy and Sam Riedl will be two of the featured guests on ‘Croft Talks with Barb Shaw. This event is hosted at The Village Playhouse with doors opening at 6:30pm and the show starting at 7:00pm. Jade and Sam will spend their portion of the evening focusing on discussions surrounding the Beading Boredom project and the Community Safety Plan. Admission for the event is $5 and they can be purchased at the door or online at the box office. Please come out and support our local youth as they support, encourage and educate about their commitment to our community.