Why does Cardston need a youth center?
It has been said in Cardston for several generations, that “there’s nothing for youth to do in this town!” For several years now, Cardston has experienced a noticeable gap in social programming for youth. Epic Youth Services fills that gap! Our goal is to provide youth with opportunities to connect with each other and to their community, while having a safe, supervised place to relax and have some fun.
Who is allowed to attend Epic Youth Services programming?
Youth who are in Grades 6-12 are invited to attend (no exceptions). If your child will be entering Grade 6 in the fall, they are welcome to attend Epic Summer Camps. The Jr. High (grades 6-8) attend on days opposite of the Sr. High (grades 9-12).
What are Epic’s Hours of Operation?
Regular programming is offered Mon-Thurs, from 2-6pm. As stated above, the Jr. High and Sr. High attend on opposite days. Look for our monthly calendars, which will be posted on this website, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages! (Occasionally we will offer a weekend activity that is different than our regular weekday programming–these dates will always be posted on our monthly calendar.)
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing competence, coping and character. Epic Youth Services provides mentors that serve as developmental role models for young people looking for direction. We support whatever their journey looks like and offer tools to reinforce success and development.
Who participates in the mentor program?
Epic has over 50 community members who have signed on to be mentors to our amazing youth! All of our mentors are trained and RCMP security cleared. Epic Youth Services is a proud partner of Alberta Mentoring Partnership, which provides us with terrific resources for ongoing mentor training.
What sort of funding does Epic Youth Services receive?
As the program is still in its initial launch phase, permanent funding has not yet been established. We have several partners, including “Bridges of Hope” (visit their website here) and “Cardston Family and Community Support Services (F.C.S.S)”. If you are interested in partnering with us, or sponsoring a youth, please see our “Donate” page!
How much will it cost youth to participate in Epic Youth Services programming?
While there may be a small fee for summer day camp admissions and other workshops, all of our standard programming is available, free of charge, to youth within our service area (Cardston, Leavitt, Mt. View, Glenwood and Hillspring)! Youth outside of this service area, must also have a parental consent form signed and are required to pay a nominal $5 drop-in fee.