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The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program is a free service offering educational prevention programs designed to raise youth awareness with regards to gambling, healthy/active living and making informed decisions.

Our educational prevention programs are focused on youth aged 8-24 years old.

Together with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the YMCA believes educational awareness raising programs are essential to enhancing personal development and creating healthier communities.

Educational workshops for parents, teachers, health professionals, and other agencies and organizations play a key role in helping students and young people understand the signs of problem gambling. The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program offers a series of educational workshops/presentations including the new Health and Physical Education Curriculum. These interactive sessions:

  • Offer students accurate information about gambling and develop the skills to make informed life decisions around risk-taking behaviours
  • Create a general understanding of risk assessment and harm reduction strategies
  • Discuss possible consequences of, and decisions relating to gambling
  • Offer curriculum activities based on Ministry of Education requirements
  • Give participants access to community resources and other local service providers that can help them with a potential gambling problem
  • Provide interactive sessions for adults involved in young people’s lives

For more information call 705-726-5572 or email  ymca.youthservices@sm.ymca.ca.

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