Learn more about who we are, how we started, and how we continuously work to foster a safe space for the youth of LaSalle.
HOW WE BEGAN
The LaSalle Hangout For Youth (The Hangout) was created in 2015 with a vision and mission to provide an accessible and safe space for the youth in the Town of LaSalle to come together. The Hangout was established after recognizing a general absence of available after-school programs as well as a concerning amount of young people on the streets. The need became increasingly apparent after consulting with local businesses and the LaSalle Police Service. In response to this need the, LHFY was founded, beginning with two kids in the basement of a Church, two days a week.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
Today, the Youth Centre is open 5 days a week from 4:00pm to 7:00pm during the school year and has an average of 12 to 18 kids in attendance. To us, that’s eighteen youth doing their homework, working on resumés, socializing and learning life lessons versus creating a disturbance on the streets of LaSalle.
HOW WE OPERATE
We offer an after-school drop-in program that runs Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m, a March Break program available Monday-Friday 2 p.m.-7 p.m., and a summer program that is available from 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. We provide a safe, adult-supervised space that offers a variety of services including homework assistance, job preparation, snacks, meals, access to professional counsellors and personal development programs designed to encourage physical and academic growth.
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As a volunteer-run program, we rely on volunteers to operate!