Collingwood Youth Centre



CYC Youth Internships

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 so.


Contact to apply

Head Strong Initiative

Program Description: In Canada, any young person 12 years or older can ask for and receive mental health support without parental consent

Mental health support and 1-on-1 therapy sessions are now available to people between the ages of 12 and 18 at The Collingwood Youth Centre

Sign-up to Speak with a Therapist


Program Description: Led by local Chefs, this program will lead the youth participating in the program to create healthy meals primarily with rescued food from the Food Rescue program as well as Project Butterfly. The program involves meal planning, sourcing nutritional ingredients, prepping, and preparing the food.

The food prepared remains at the CYC for all to enjoy throughout the week.



On hold for kitchen renovations.

Film / Videography / Photography

Program Description: Work in our recording studio on podcasts, with our cameras on videography or photography. Come in and talk to staff any night of the week.

Past Programs

No Judge Club

Program Description: Our No Judge Club recognizes, embraces, and celebrates our differences. We provide a safe place for youth to support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation, bullying, racism, and gender identity and expression.

With support from The Collingwood Rainbow Club


Designed to engage youth in discussing nutrition as a source of energy and encouraging youth to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets.  Once a week, youth will work with members of the South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook to create some healthy SnaX for us to enjoy for the week.

Sponsored by the South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook.

Check out all the fun at SnaX

Youth Business, Youth Future

This program will use a 3-D Laser Printer, Glow Forge and other tools for youth to develop a business plan, design and produce products as well as develop selling skills. At the end of this 8 week program anything that has been produced the youth will have the opportunity to sell their goods and keep all of the profits from them.  





Girlfriends is an after-school program for all girls, and is run by women, for young women. It is hands-on and active in nature, with volunteer mentors and guest female professionals from the community providing positive leadership and serving as role models for the participants.
This program is designed to stress the importance of youth empowerment, food and nutrition, and how the mind, body and spirit connect to our overall wellness. Each session will include a healthy snack, a yoga flow, mindfulness practice and meditation.

The Crew

The Crew’s focus and dedication to educating youth on important topics, to have them involved in physical activities and to stress the importance of nutrition and environmental sustainability offers a program like no other. 

DJ Lessons

6-week program with Lucio De Rose – Funded by Larry Hogarth
Program Description Offering deejay lessons and hip-hop history lessons to help teach about the change in music from blues to hip-hop and techniques used while deejaying worldwide and in all genres of music.

Youth Kizahaay Anishinaabe Niin I am a Kind Man

Program Description: 12 week Pro-social program for indigenous youth in the area.  Recognize and understand the importance of wellness and balance specific to the Medicine Wheel Teachings. Positive Life choices relating to the Seven Grandfather Teachings.  Learn the connection to healthy relationships specific to self, family, community and nation.  Knowledge of traditional values about kindness and being Kizhaay Anishinabbe Niin.  Opportunities to learn traditional crafts and ceremonies.






This 6-week program will have you building and coding like a pro in no time.
All you need to do is show up, yummy refreshments and snacks provided.
No experience necessary, we start at your level.

Mutations Club

Join our Mutations Club and be a leader in initiating social change within your community. Tackle social issues and create positive change as only youth can.

Citizen engagement matters and is a powerful and effective tool for positive social change.

Winter Outdoor Adventure Club

Join us every Saturday for some outdoor adventures.  Tobogganing, snowshoeing, snow-fort building and more bone-chilling winter fun.

Junior Animal Welfare Certificate Course

Ages 13 to 16.

This course offers a unique opportunity for children and adolescents to develop a sense of compassion and a sense of justice and respect for the value of all living things. Through a program dedicated to animal welfare, participants will learn first about their own perception and treatment of animals and then how to develop a sense of self and social responsibility through hands-on activities involving animals. This program features field trips to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. Upon completion of this exciting series of workshops, students will be presented with a Junior Animal Welfare Certificate in recognition of their newly acquired abilities to resolve conflict, make responsible choices at home and in their social lives, and ultimately make a meaningful difference in their community.

FREE Standard First Aid with CPR-C

Ages 13 to 16.

The Collingwood Youth Centre in partnership with the Town of Collingwood are offering FREE Standard First Aid with CPR-C programs.

4 hours per week for 4 weeks – 8 spots available each session.
Minimum age is 14.

Smart Serve Training

Min Age – 16

The Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service Training Program is approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as a server training program for the Ontario hospitality industry.

HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development

This training will help front-line leaders (anyone working with children aged 6 to 12 – i.e. camp counselor, coaches, swim instructors) improve the quality of programs. It provides in-depth training in the HIGH FIVE Principles of healthy child development so front-line leaders understand what they need to do to ensure each child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs are met. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips and resources to enhance their programs as well as their relationships with children and other staff members. Topics also include bullying, conflict resolution, physical literacy, children’s mental health and moderate to vigorous physical activity.

This training has been tailored to meet the unique needs of a variety of different program types, including aquatics, arts, dance and those serving Indigenous children.

Sign up at the Youth Centre or call or email for more info.

Piano taster sessions for beginners

15 minute sign up sessions for beginners. Learn the basics of piano and even learning how to play up to date contemporary songs. Got a favourite song in the charts? Let us know and we’ll do our best to teach you how to play it. Sign up sheet next to the piano at the youth centre.