Our goal is to ensure that our programs are affordable and barrier-free for all youth in Cardston and the surrounding area. We endeavor to provide programs and services that connect youth to their community while enhancing positive social interactions and skill development.
To create a wide range of developmental opportunities for youth of Cardston and area.
To increase youth “attachment” to the center and the community.
To provide opportunities for isolated and at-risk youth to get involved in community activities.
To reduce negative and risk behavior of our youth.
To provide mentoring and tutoring for youth to develop marketable and social skills.
To provide support to youth in distress and referral services to appropriate agencies.
To promote public awareness of youth issues and needs.
What we do
Epic Youth Services is a social and recreational centre intended primarily for use by youth in Junior and Senior High school. Epic supports opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship, and recognition. The name EPIC is an acronym for a defining statement of our overarching theme: Empowering People, Inspiring Change. We believe that youth that are able to make positive personal connections are more likely to enjoy adolescence, adapt to life’s many challenges and successfully transition to adulthood. Simultaneously, they are far less likely to succumb to typical pitfalls associated with teens. We believe that giving them tools and creating those connections, while allowing their individuality to remain, are keys to achieving these goals.
Epic Youth Services operates in direct response to the growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks at school or mainstream social circles. Epic offers at-risk youth the opportunity to make a dramatic change in their lives.
Youth who are overcoming stressors in their lives, such as poverty, discrimination, abusive situations, addictions, unstable homes and academic life, are the primary focus of Epic Youth Services. The goal of the program is to identify those youth who are likely going to have a turbulent transition into adulthood and offer a positive support system, to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives.
Epic Youth Services provides mentors that serve as developmental role models for young people looking for direction. Epic offers group activities that can serve as a powerful reinforcer of hopeful behavior. Mentoring programs foster positive changes through goal setting, self-discipline, skill development, and friendship.
Drop-In Counselling Service
Drop-in counselling refers to a single 40 to 50 minute session. Unlike ongoing counselling, we do not go into a lot of personal background details. This service allows both the youth and the counsellor to focus on a current issue and a specific goal for the session.
Youth will leave the session with a lot of tools and community resources. Most importantly, they can expect to have their feelings validated and come out with hope that things will get better. For life’s challenges, our NO-COST drop-in counselling services are now available to youth in the community. Epic’s Life Coach will focus on strengths and abilities, to help create a plan for the change youth most want in their lives. We require parental consent for this service for youth under 16 years.
Epic Youth Services offers individual and group counselling and mediation. Our services also include referrals to additional services that will support the changes desired. In addition to the individual counselling, we also use a team approach so that youth can benefit from many different perspectives.