Headstrong Initiative

Mental Health help for ages 12 – 18


The Collingwood Youth Centre is a drop-in centre where you can hang out, meet new people, have fun, learn new skills, find information and get help.

Welcome to the Collingwood Youth Centre

Strong Bodies and Strong Minds

In February 2024, the Collingwood Blues teamed up to support the Collingwood Youth Centre Head Strong Initiative. Together, we raised just over $3000 and are on the way to achieving our goal of $10,000 to support local youth with mental health by providing 1-on-1 therapy sessions with psychotherapists for young people between the ages of 12-18.

Help improve the mental health of youth in Collingwood!


Culinary Internship

Program Description: Looking to make money in programs you really enjoy? The CYC is offering culinary internship positions. Get out of the classroom and get hands-on experience in a comfortable environment that’s designed to prepare youth for the working world. Operated exclusively by CYC staff in co-operation with local professional chefs; the culinary internship will hone kitchen skills, food safety, meal preparation, menu design as well as confidence and independence. With friendly co-workers and capable staff, the culinary internship is the perfect place for teens of all ages to not only sharpen their skills but get paid to do.


Learn more at:

Culinary Arts

Please reach out to info@collingwoodyouthcentre.ca if you have any questions

Welcome to the Collingwood Youth Centre

Become The Change


Welcome to your after-school and weekend hang-out! The Collingwood Youth Centre is your safe space to socialize with friends and mentors where you will feel included and welcome. The Collingwood Youth Centre is for youth grade 7 to age 18 to meet in a safe, supportive, and fun environment.

At CYC, we’re interested in what you’re interested in. If you want to know more about cooking, computers, drumming, drawing, or whatever you’re into, we’re here to help. We can also help you get a job or start your own business. Even if you just need someone to talk to, this is an inclusive place where you are welcomed and accepted.

Like most youth centres, we always have informal drop-in time but we also offer very cool programs for students to further pursue their passions. As an example, the digital media equipment will be available for use during all open hours and sign out after hours.

We aim to provide programming and activities that are appealing to you. Every week we run regular programs for things like music, tech, art and cooking. Once you learn about the amazing programs, you won’t just come to the CYC to hang out and play video games, you will come to learn how to make your own video games!


Some Cool Things You Will Find at CYC:

  • Friends
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Loud music – including the kind you make yourself
  • Comfy couches and big screens
  • Cold drinks and delicious snacks
  • Theme nights focused on fun
  • New things to learn
  • Technology to try
  • Good times
  • Good advice
Project Butterfly is a food security initiative spearheaded by The Collingwood Youth Centre, The Environment Network, and Elephant Thoughts. Over the course of the next year, the project will have many different programs that will include food drives, expansion of community gardens, virtual and in-person cooking programs, as well as a planned community fridge and pantry with all contents free to the public. We believe that food security is the bedrock of a strong Collingwood community and just like a butterfly, it can bring transformation and change.


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The CYC is operated by two of Collingwood’s coolest educational organizations

Questions? Drop us a line, we would love to hear from you.