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Prevention begins with awareness.

The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP) is a free service fudned by Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care offering educational prevention programs designed to raise youth awareness with regards to gambling, healthy/active living and making informed decisions.

Book a Presentation

The Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP) is offered in 19 locations across Ontario. For more information or to book an appointment please call your local Youth Outreach Worker at 289-260-8635.

Our educational prevention programs raise awareness about gambling.

  • For youth aged 8-24 years old 
  • Offer youth accurate information about gambling and develop the skills to make informed life decisions around risk-taking behaviours 
  • Give youth access to community resources and other local service providers that can help them with a potential gambling problem 
  • Provide interactive sessions for adults involved in young people's lives 
  • Educational workshops for parents, teachers, health professionals, and other agencies and organizations 
  • Referral to gambling treatment services 
  • Community involvement and support 

Free educational prevention programs 

Together with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the YMCA believes educational awareness raising programs are essential to enhancing personal development and creating healthier communities. 

Book an awareness-raising interactive session (ages 8 - 24)

We offer educational workshops for parents, teachers, health professionals, and educators who play a key role in helping their students understand the signs of problem gambling. The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program offers a series of educational workshops/presentations including the new Health and PHysical Education Curriculum. These interactive sessions:

  • Offer students accurate information about gambling and opportunities to develop the skills to make informed life decisions around risk-taking behaviours
  • Create a general understanding of risk assessment and harm reduction strategies 
  • Discuss possible consequences of, and decisions relating to gambling 
  • Offer curriculum activities based on Ministry of Education requirements 
  • Give participants access to community resources and other local service providers that can help them with a potential gambling problem 
  • Provide interactive sessions for adults involved in young people's lives 

 

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Program funding provided by the Ministry of Health c/o YMCA of Greater Toronto.