Resources and updates

At Youth HQ, our primary objective is the healthy growth and development of every young person who accesses our programs and services. We’re proud to offer this compilation of resources for our youth and families during this time when our physical programming isn’t accessible.

Our leadership continues to pay very close attention to Alberta Health directives with respect to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

What We’re Doing


  • In response to the Alberta Government’s recent health emergency announcement and introduction of additional restrictions due to COVID-19 Youth HQ will be temporarily suspending all in-person programs and services until further notice.
  • The 49th Street Youth Shelter will continue to remain open and available to all youth and families in crisis.
  • BGC has gone to virtual platforms to keep youth engaged. Staff will be contacting youth with details.
  • BBBS encourages continued engagement with littles through virtual means, by phone and by following Alberta Health protocols.
  • Our facility is closed to the public until further notice.
  • A remote working protocol has been implemented for program staff.  Programming staff do not have access to their phone extensions or voicemail at this time. Please communicate directly with Program Coordinators and Team Leaders by email.)



  • In-School Mentoring and Teen Mentoring programs are currently running virtually, should matches choose to do so, and will be supported to run year round should they choose to do so.
  • Community-based matches are running virtually.
  • Waitlist and some match activities will continue to be run virtually at this time.
  • Interviews and home visits will still be completed virtually at this time.

Based on closures of schools and city facilities where we run programming, coupled with direction from the government, we have decided to implement the following measures:

  • Program Coordinators and team staff will be accessible by phone and email as required.
  • Virtual programming is accessible to youth attending regular Club programming. Check your Scoop emails for more information on monthly program offerings.
  • Camp Alexo’s 2021 registration is open.  Refunds will be provided in the instance that summer camps are unable to run.

Kids need Connections

In these challenging times, children and families are isolated. struggling to cope and understand and are forced to wrestle with other mental health issues. Every child deserves the chance to exceed beyond the circumstances that surround them.

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The 49th Street Youth Shelter will continue to operate as normal. The Shelter has existing practices, protocols and policies regarding Infectious Disease Control and consistently enforces these protocols daily. We have also implemented additional sanitation precautions as per guidelines delivered by Alberta Human Services, which continue to ensure the safety and health of youth accessing our facility. We will make every effort to ensure continued accessibility of our facility and outreach services.

We have proceeded with opening our 2021 Camp Alexo Registration and are planning to have the programs running. The decision on whether overnight summer camps ultimately lies in the hands of the Government of Alberta. We are offering you the opportunity to view our schedule and have the chance to reserve your child’s week(s) at Camp Alexo with a minimum $50 deposit. Monthly payments will also be accepted at this time. If we are unable to operate, due to COVID-19, then families will be refunded the full amount.

Camp Alexo’s programming is based on adventure, discovery, and play in group settings where children and youth can develop healthy relationships in a safe and unique nature setting. Additionally, we have our ActivKids programming which is similar, providing high energy activities to engage kids in active living, sports discovery, creative and artistic expression. We are looking forward to running these programs during the coming summer.

Here to Help

As we continue to innovate our programming as best we can to support our youth and families, we also want to offer information to help ensure our Youth HQ families get access to the resources they may need at this time.

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