The Breakfast Club
Sometimes, the world can be overwhelming. We can help.
The Breakfast Club is a co-ed program for youth, 9 to 17 years old, who are struggling with stress or conflict, emotional or self-esteem issues, an inability to cope, or who are making poor decisions and engaging in risky behaviour. The program helps participants see that other youth deal with some similar issues and gives them tools and strategies to cope with them. The program is also a great chance to meet new friends in the Grande Prairie area.
my teen has become more confident and open with me since he joined The Breakfast Club
If you have a teen in your life, in grade 7-12, they are eligible to join The Breakfast Club at a weekend retreat and continue with optional regular Support and Friendship evenings. If your youth is not currently struggling, this program can still be beneficial and fun for them. To learn more about retreats and follow-ups, click here.
Dates - Teen Retreats:
Retreat dates for fall to be determined.
I will open up to people more and deal with stress better
If you have a youth in your life, in grade 4-6, they are invited to join The Breakfast Club at a one- or two-day workshop and follow ups. To learn more about workshops and follow-ups, click here.
Dates - Preteen/grades 4-6 Workshop:
Workshop dates for fall to be determined.
The Breakfast Club requires consent from parents, foster parents or guardians for youth to participate in the program. There is no cost, other than transportation. If travel is a barrier, please contact our office as we may be able to help.
Anyone can make a referral to The Breakfast Club, including youth, parents, guardians, teachers, friends or community members. Teens and youth must be able to participate in the retreat or workshop, be able to benefit from it and be able to function in a group. If you believe you, or someone you know, would benefit from The Breakfast Club, please submit a registration/referral form, or call our office at 780-539-7142 to fill it out over the phone.
All teens have stressful things in their lives. The weekend retreat is a fun chance for youth to connect with others their own age and start to figure out how to cope better with teen life.
think of ways to help myself instead of giving up
The teen program begins with a fun weekend retreat. This weekend is a chance for teens to have a break from daily stress, connect with others their own age, talk about some of that “stuff that no one talks about” and gain some skills to cope with it in a healthier way. The weekend helps teens see that everyone has struggles in their lives and that they are not alone in dealing with them.
Throughout the weekend we gain a better understanding of different topics, answer questions in a safe environment, come up with strategies to cope with these difficult or sometimes scary topics and learn who to go to for help. We also do a lot of fun games and activities.
I will try to cope with my problems in the ways that we learned this weekend. I will try to speak to a guardian about problems when needed about me or my friends
Youth that attend this program may be currently struggling with stress, friendships etc. or more severe issues such as self-harm or suicidal ideation. This program is also beneficial for youth that are not currently at-risk to help prevent unhealthy coping in the future and to build support networks.
Retreat Topics & Activities
- Art Projects
- Drugs & Alcohol
- Self Esteem
- Grief & Loss
- Funny movies (including "The Breakfast Club")
- Understanding Suicide
- Junk Food
- Fear Factor & much more!
There is no cost, other than transportation. If travel is a barrier, please contact our office as we may be able to help.
Support & Friendship Nights
After the retreat weekend, teens are always invited to our regular Support and Friendship nights that are a chance to continue learning and practicing coping skills as well as meeting other Breakfast Club teens. These free nights frequently include large fun events at local places such The Jumpyard, Centre for Creative arts, Muskoseepi Park, Laser Tag central etc. These events are for Breakfast Club teens only.
The Breakfast Club is meant to enhance, not replace, any support or counselling participants may already be receiving.
The preteen years can be very difficult for some youth as they learn to navigate friendships, school and new stress in their lives.
she has used some of the techniques taught to resolve problems at school
This program consists of one- or two-day workshops throughout the school year with several weekly follow ups. These workshops are a great chance to make some new friends and see that other youth sometimes struggle with big and small issues. The goal of this program is to provide youth in grades 4 to 6 with tools and ideas to deal with their concerns in healthy ways. This program is a wonderful resource for youth who may be struggling with friends, emotions, family concerns etc. It is also a great opportunity to prepare youth who are not currently struggling with tools and ideas for the future. All workshops are free and a lot of fun for everyone.
Workshop Sessions & Activities
- Art activities
- Self esteem
- & much more (topics are adapted to meet the needs of each group)
Several fun weekly follow-up sessions will take place after the workshop. The topics for these nights will be chosen by the workshop group and will vary. These nights are a great chance to learn some more coping skills, ask questions and strengthen new friendships.
my child really enjoyed the program and has gained a lot of skills as well as had a lot of fun
As the preteen program is not ongoing throughout the year (i.e. does not have Support & Friendship nights), we strongly encourage parents/guardians to aid their youth in continuing new friendships by exchanging phone numbers and helping them to keep in contact with each other.