Youth Achievement Centre (YAC)
YAC provides day and after-school programs that promote trust, respect and responsibility in youth at risk and young people in the youth justice system.
Day programs include:
- education outreach
- fitness and nutrition
- other life skills programs
After-school programs include:
- community service work
- recreational opportunities
Prevention programs such as frustration management, alcohol and drug awareness and self-esteem programs are also offered through YAC.
In order for a young person to attend a YAC program, a completed referral application must be submitted.
Our prevention programs have scheduled start and end dates. Call to find out when the next program begins
Life without Trouble
This is a program to help youth, who may have Youth Criminal Justice Act, involvement, develop protective factors and increase their pro-social skills.
Let’s Talk Drugs
This is an educational program for youth experimenting with alcohol and drugs. This program focuses on information about addiction, drug classifications, specifics about marijuana and alcohol, as well as exploring personal substance use issues.
Let’s Talk Drugs Coaching
This is offered to all youth who have completed the Let's Talk Drugs program and want to receive one on one support on reducing the influence of alcohol and drug use.
An educational approach to help young people develop skills needed to manage frustration, anger, and other emotions.
YAC provides programs during the day and evening for young persons aged 12-17 involved within the criminal justice system, and youth at risk. The centre currently offers prevention, education, vocational training, supervision, and recreation programming.
We offer a variety of recreational programming which focus on specific skill development, and the importance of recreation in daily life. Please note these programs are not offered every quarter. Contact us to inquire about availability.
Rides can be provided to youth who need support to get to school, YAC, or work.
Education Outreach (EO)
A tutorial and transition program for youth who are unable to attend school and are interested in improving skills, working on credit courses or receiving assistance with returning to school or work. Education Outreach sessions aim for one-on-one and small group instruction with individual scheduling for each youth. Support is provided to youth who may wish to explore other educational and vocational options.
An opportunity to explore an interest in woodworking. The Workshop offers projects for all levels and is a positive and structured environment for hands-on skill development. For youth looking for more, the Workshop is a great program to be introduced to the carpentry and cabinetmaking trades as a possible career opportunity.
Helping Hands Work Experience
Designed to help serve the community and have fun helping others. It’s an opportunity to complete your community service work and volunteer hours. Work experience can also be arranged for youth in the EO program, or youth looking to get into the work force.
An opportunity to understand your skills and assets; develop a resume and cover letter; learn how to look for jobs; learn job interview skills and discuss the skills necessary to keep your job.
Program Facilitators at YAC provide assistance to youth in many areas of life, health and on-going education. These can include:
- Assistance with obtaining a driver’s licence; including studying for the driver’s test
- Independent living support; searching for an apartment, links to Adult Services, financial resources, support and education on how to budget
- Community support; referrals to and information about other agencies
- Life skills support; obtaining identification, setting up a bank account, etc.
Breakfast and Lunch Program
Breakfast and lunch can be provided for youth who need a place to eat and who will share in clean-up chores. Youth can access recreational activities and computers.
Food & Nutrition
Learn to prepare a complete, simple and delicious meal that will be shared for lunch. Focus will be on understanding the four food groups and using nutritious and cost effective alternatives to prepare traditional foods as well as flavours from around the world. Culinary skills and safety will be taught in this delicious program.
Recreation & Fitness
Most sessions consist of pre-arranged activities such as biking, canoeing/kayaking, and hiking in the summer. In the winter, snowshoeing skiing/snowboarding, and swimming are common areas of interest. Sporting activities and fitness centre workouts are also popular and offered year round.
Youth Achievement Centre (YAC)
Business hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3759
Youth Achievement Centre (YAC) (501)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Location: 501 Taylor Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]