BGC Yukon

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Yukon were founded in 1999 as the Whitehorse Youth Centre Society, in partnership with the City of Whitehorse. The club was initially designed as a grassroots society that operated out of a trailer parked at the Second Haven Skateboard Park, and served as a place to connect with youth ages 12-18. Throughout the years it became more apparent that the youth of Whitehorse and the Yukon needed a safe place to gather. In 2008, after a thorough series of application, inspections and reviews, Boys & Girls Club of Yukon full members of the national movement and renovated their space. In 2010, BGCY piloted the Weekday Warriors program to offer after-school programs to children ages 6 -12. As of 2015, the Boys and Girls Club of Yukon (BGCY) has had to move to a new, larger facility, and has expanded enough to require a second facility to house the organization’s Operation Department. The organization now spans two locations within Whitehorse (Daycare and a Youth Centre), offer programming at two additional program sites, and has begun expanding services across Yukon. Throughout our many years of efforts within the Yukon we have served thousands of children and youth across the territory and helped them to become healthy, confident, and connected citizens. In adopting the BGC Brand, BGCY committed to ensuring the highest standards of practice as well as deepening the value of programming through the introduction and integration of the 40 Developmental Asset Model (Search Institute: https://www.search-institute.org/our-research/development-assets/, as viewed on February 15, 2018). Today, the need for personal and social development programs that support and complement community services such as; intervention, advocacy and school programs, that build individuals’ capacity to deal with adversity is even more pressing. Children, youth and families are struggling with an increasing number of pressures in the Yukon and across Canada. Rates are climbing for family break-ups, and for youth exploitation, deliberate self-harm, obesity, inactivity, gangs, addictions and bullying (including Cyber-bullying), as well as depression and suicide. Youth employment and housing are serious issues. And poverty levels-- especially in single-parent, Aboriginal and immigrant families-- remain high. BGCY’s role in our community continues to be as valuable as the day the doors opened. BGCY programming continues to focus on asset development programming that supports the capacity development of our individuals and our communities through stronger connections to themselves, their communities and the Land. BGCY addresses negative behaviours, choices and prevention factors, specifically the root causes related to individuals, peers and community/neighbourhoods, through the delivery of prevention and re-integration programming. We focus on building the capacity of the individual to ensure they are aware of their choices, their supports, their personal power and connection to their own positive future. Moreover, the pilot project’s role in promoting and providing services intended to empower young people. Their voice in valued leadership roles, which community members acknowledge and value as well as addressing the 40 Developmental Asset pertaining to Empowerment; community values youth, youth as a resources, service to others and safety, as well as enhancing youth’s connection to a positive view of personal future.