Get Creative: Poetry Slam

January 15 to March 11, 2024

Ages 13 to 16 | $145 | Monday 6:00 to 8:00pm

All youth deserve access to a safe and supportive environment where they can express their emotions in a healthy and productive way. Through the art of poetry, Get Creative provides creative sanctuary that emphasizes self-expression, personal growth, and empowerment. Guided by trauma-informed practices, youth will engage in writing workshops, spoken word sessions and group discussions, enabling them to express their thoughts and feelings in a supportive community environment. By embracing creativity as a tool, Get Creative aims to:

  • Instill confidence
  • Promote person growth
  • Navigate life’s challenges with a renewed self-worth
  • Build resilience
  • Cultivate a sense of self-assurance
  • Celebrate individual uniqueness

Location: 8 Forster Street, St. Catharines (Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre)

Proudly sponsored by:


Cathy’s Kids

January 24 to March 13, 2024

Ages 6 to 12 | $110 | Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00pm

We believe that all children should be provided with a safe and nurturing space to explore, learn, and grow through creative expression. Through a variety of artistic mediums such as linoleum carving, cyanotype creation, sculpting, and storytelling, Cathy’s Kids encourages children to foster resilience in a safe and supportive environment. Emphasizing trauma-informed practices, Cathy’s Kids integrates purposeful elements into artistic activities, allowing children to express themselves freely, while also learning coping strategies and building self-confidence. Participants will learn through purposeful play, encouraging children to:

  • Find their unique voice and embrace inner strength
  • Instill integrity
  • Enhance confidence and instill a sense of personal purpose
  • Strengthen self-esteem
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves
  • Practice perseverance

Location: 425 Carlton Street, St. Catharines (Kiwanis Centre)

Proudly sponsored by the Collins family in memory of Cathy Collins, longtime friend of the Centre. 

Club Acorn

February 10 to March 16, 2024

Ages 6 to 12 | $80 | Saturday 10:00am to 12:00pm

Every child should be provided with the opportunity to engage in an enriching camp experience. Club Acorn, designed to encompass all the elements of our well-known Camp Acorn, creates this exciting camp experience, but in two short hours. Centered on fostering leadership, resilience and confidence, Club Acorn is structured to help children reach their full potential. Through engaging games, collaborative challenges, and expressive crafts children are encouraged to communicate effectively, work together and lead by example. Ultimately, Club Acorn aims to equip children to:

  • Explore their strengths
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Focus on self-discovery and personal growth
  • Promote leadership skills
  • Navigate challenges effectively
  • Instill a sense of self-assurance

Please ensure that children come with appropriate outdoor clothing and bring a reusable water bottle. 

Location: 8 Forster Street, St. Catharines (Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre)


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Subsidy for any participants is available upon request.

If your child has been through an investigation or interview with Family and Children’s Services Niagara or the Niagara Regional Police Service, our programs may come at little to no cost to you and your family. Please contact us to continue registration and to find the program that best suits your needs.


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