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.

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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.

Upcoming opportunities:

  • Tuesdays – 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm (162 King William Street, Suite 103)
  • Wednesdays — 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm (Virtual)
  • Thursdays — 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm (162 King William Street, Suite 103)
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Student Navigation Program

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

On-going appointments available.

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ELITE – Empowered Leaders in Training @ E2

Empowerment Squared is hosting a Youth Leadership Program running this summer for two weeks for students who have completed grades six through nine. Participants in the program will gain essential skills to take on leadership opportunities confidently. Youth will complete learning activities around communication, teamwork, advocacy, and problem-solving.

Participant Ages: Completed Grade 6, 7, 8, or 9

Program Dates: July 11, 2022 – July 22, 2022

  • 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (lunch and snacks will be provided)

Location: In-Person at Empowerment Squared East

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Sports and Recreation (Basketball)