A FUN, SAFE & FREE PLACE FOR TEENAGERS TO BE AFTERSCHOOL

About the YDC

At the Youth Drop-in Centre we’ve created the ultimate space for teenagers to hang out after school. From the lounge areas to our gaming rooms to the color on the walls, this place was made for you.

Fun Facts about the ydc

10
YEARS IN OPERATION
1743
STUDENTS REGISTERED
400+
# OF PINGPONG BALLS LOST
6500
LITRES OF CHOCOLATE MILK CONSUMED

Our History

In 2005, BP Church was looking for ways to meet the needs of our immediate and surrounding communities. We paired up with local agencies with similar objectives to find out what those needs were. The two major needs that were identified were language services for new immigrants and a safe, positive place for teenagers during the ‘critical hours’ of after school (weekdays from 3-6pm).

BP Church decided to meet both those needs (see also Agape Language Centre). In 2005, BP Church purchased and renovated an old church building and in 2006 we opened our doors. Wilf and Audrey Kimball (a local senior couple) would volunteer their time and provide mentorship and delicious, home-cooked meals every day to our few handfuls of students. By 2009 we were providing a safe after school space for over 130 students every week.

What's up now?

In 2009 the City of Calgary launched a ground breaking initiative with the development of a comprehensive, city-wide after school programming for kids and teens (the first of it’s kind in Canada). You can read more about the city’s initiatives here. The Youth Drop-in Centre came into partnership with the City of Calgary and their after school initiativies in early 2010 (click here to see our listing on calgary.ca). This partnership has enabled us to fully staff the YDC which has boosted our program operation from two days/week to 4 days/week (Monday-Wednesday 3:00pm-5:30pm).

We are as committed as ever to providing the teenagers in our community with a fun and safe environment during after school hours.

Where?

We meet at “BP Church – Student Centre” which is located at 183 Beddington Drive NE.

When?

Every Monday-Wednesday from 3pm-5:30pm. **We line up with regular school closures (holidays, spring & summer breaks, PD days…etc).

Who?

Students in grade 6-12 are allowed to participate at the YDC.

Meet our team

MANDI GILLIS

YOUTH PASTOR

MANDI GILLIS

HUNTER GILLIS

SR.HIGH DIRECTOR

HUNTER GILLIS

 

 

SARON MEHARI

DROP-IN STAFF

SARON MEHARI

LINDA KAUNDA

DROP-IN STAFF

LINDA KAUNDA

TOLA GBALAJOBI

DROP-IN STAFF

TOLA GBALAJOBI

The YDC is really fun. I like having a place to hang out with my friends. Before, I’d just go home and do nothing

— Evan Burton —

What We Offer

An after school environment for teenagers to bring their friends and make new ones. It’s a great place to hang, eat, play, laugh, learn, game & dream.

Fun & Safe

Fun & Safe

Whether you want to play video games, pool, ping pong, air hockey, eat or just lounge around with your friends, we’ve created a great environment for teenagers from all different backgrounds.

Mentorship

Mentorship

We hire only the highest quality adults at the youth drop-in centre. You’ll find out very quickly that our staff care about how your day went, will listen to you vent, and give great advice when you need it.

Free

Free

Listen, we’re not charging you a dime. There’s no program costs, administrative costs or one time registration fees. The games, chocolate milk, juice, fruit, chips and full blown meals are free.

Want to learn more?

Get in Touch

 

WHAT THE STUDENTS SAY:

  • Everyday after school I go to the YDC to chill with friends and talk to the staff. Its a really good environment for those who have nothing to do after school plus its a good way to stay out of trouble.It’s also a good place to do your homework because there is always people there that can help you.

    — Tes G. —
  • I like youth drop-in because it brings people together & has helped me realize that the decisions I make today affect my future.

    — Patrick B. —
  • I have realized that at first I came to the YDC only for the hot food, chocolate milk and the video games, but I ended up making friends here that have lasted through the years.

    — Harman S. —
  • The drop in centre for me is a safe place for me to be myself. It’s a fun place for me to hang out with great people and also a great place to do homework because there are so many people there that can help me with it.

    — Ethan J. —
  • The youth drop-in centre means the world to me. It gives me a place to hang out and be with friends. The leaders are the bomb! They’ve helped me through so much. I love it!

    — Sabrina O. —

FAQ

You've got questions, we've got answers!

We’re open Monday – Thursdays from 3pm-5:30pm. We do close in conjunction with the public and catholic school calendars. For example: stat holidays, summer break (and spring break this year), and when both schools have PD days.
Students in grade 6-12.
No! This program is absolutely free. We do have a cafe that students can purchase concession type items from; however, we do provide free food (and often meals) as well.
Yes. There is a short registration process. This helps us know which schools/grades we are serving and also keep track of registrations and the demographics of the teens and families we serve. In the event of an emergency, we NEED the contact info of the students’ parent(s)/legal guardian.
We do have activities/sports planned for students and offer homework help. Students often want to learn how to cook, play an instrument, or prepare a resume which we can help with. The majority of the time, students just want to come and hang out with there friends. That’s ok too.
Our adult staff and volunteers all have to clear a police check. We also adhere to a comprehensive safety policy called “Plan to Protect” (click here for more info).
Great question. We encourage all parents to come to the YDC and meet our staff. You’ll be given the grand tour and see what happens at the YDC firsthand.
The Youth Drop-in Centre is only part of the picture. We run events every Friday night for students from 7:30-10pm. We also do weekend trips as well. You can learn more at www.transitsm.com
The YDC was birthed out of a real need in our community in 2006. BP Church put into action a plan to meet that need. The program takes place & is funded by BP Church and others who believe in what we’re doing in our community. BP Church also oversees the day to day operation of the YDC and the hiring and training of all staff and volunteers.  
Our focus is on the communities of: Beddington, Huntington, Thornecliffe, North Haven, Sandstone and Macewan. We also serve many families from Panorama Hills, Coventry Hills, Country Hills and Harvest Hills. Our feeder schools are: Notre Dame, Diefenbaker, St. Helena, Colonel Irvine, and Sir John A. McDonald.
We’re located right off Centre Street. The bus lines are: #2, #3, #46, #88, and #146. (Click here for map)

 

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

We’d love to have the opportunity to answer them!

The youth drop-in centre means the world to me. It gives me a place to hang out and be with friends. The leaders are the bomb! They’ve helped me through so much. I love it!

— Sabrina O. —

Media

mandi@bpchurch.ca

403-275-7474

183 Beddington Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta
Bus Lines: #2, #3, #46, #88 & #146

Contact

We'd really love to hear from you so why not drop us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Address: 183 Beddington Drive NE, T3K5N3, Calgary AB
Phone: 403.275.7133
Email: Mandi@bpchurch.ca
Hours or operation: Monday – Thursday: 3:00-5:30pm


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