Youth programs

Empowerment Squared provides newcomer and marginalized youth with a diverse scope of programming that helps them to succeed in their academic and personal pursuits, build their confidence, and empower them to make safe and healthy decisions in their day to day life. All youth programs offered by Empowerment Squared are free of charge. Empowerment Squared online programming for the fall will begin the week of October 5 2021.

Homework Circle

Empowerment Squared’s Homework Circle program supports newcomer youth from grades 1 to 12 and their families in building self confidence and school readiness for positive engagement in the education system. Our volunteers work with program participants to put them on pathways to access post-secondary education.

Current Programming Times starting October 5, 2021:

  • Tuesdays – Grades 6 – 8 (4:30pm – 6:00pm)
  • Wednesdays – Grades 9 -12 (4:30pm – 6:30pm)
  • Thursdays – Grades 1 – 5 (4:30pm – 5:30pm)

Home alone safety

Empowerment Squared’s Home Alone Safety Program is a four session online program aimed at empowering youth from the ages of 10-13 to make decisions that will keep themselves and their siblings safe if they are facing a crisis. This course is based on the Home Alone Safety for Kids program developed by SOS 4 Kids! This course does not certify youth to babysit.

Current Programming Times starting October 5, 2021:

  • Wednesdays – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Student and Family Advocacy

The Student and Family Advocacy Program provides culturally relevant, community-based advocacy, information literacy, and system navigation for Black and newcomer students and families in Hamilton, including educational advocacy and mediation, and assistance in engaging with government agencies and systems.

On-going appointments available.

Summer Literacy

Empowerment Squared provides newcomer and marginalized youth with a diverse scope of programming that helps them to succeed in their academic and personal pursuits, build their confidence, and empower them to make safe and healthy decisions in their day to day life. All youth programs offered by Empowerment Squared are free of charge.

Program Currently Closed.

Kids playing soccer

Sports and Recreation

Empowerment Squared’s Sports and Recreation programs promote healthy lifestyles, skill building and social-emotional competencies for children in grades K-12. Through participation in meaningful physical activity and creative arts, children and youth learn strategies to overcome challenges, build relationships, and make healthy choices.

Program Currently Closed.