Engage, Educate, Empower

After-School Program for Young Men in Grade 7 & 8

York Region District School Board

Free of Cost to Participants! 

Our after-school program runs for 10 sessions with a group of up to 15 male students at a time. Throughout the program, we really get to know the group of young men who participate. With team-building exercises and group bonding activities, friendships are formed within Next Gen Men that last beyond our program and the classroom and school setting.

In each 90-minute session, we facilitate activities, games, and engaging discussions around our pillars of self (acceptance, esteem, love, and awareness), health (mental, emotional, and physical), and others (inclusiveness, diversity, empathy, and relationships)

We begin our sessions with a check-in circle that gives everyone the chance to be seen and heard, and reserve some time for having fun and building friendships through team sports and group games.

The goals and objectives of our after-school program are to:

Explore concepts of masculinity and positive, healthy ways to be a man

Challenge gender roles and stereotypes

Develop leadership skills, self-confidence, and self-awareness

Build skills for mental health prevention and promotion

Celebrate diversity and learn from others different from ourselves

Develop connection and support among peers

Practice empathy and increase emotional intelligence

Explore what a healthy relationship looks like, how to practice consent, and how to be a good friend

We believe that by engaging, educating, and empowering boys, we can ensure that the next generation of men will make a positive impact on their communities.

Next Gen Men is classified as a Special Interest Group in the York Region District School Board and thanks to the generous support of our funders and partners, we are able to provide our program to participants and their families at NO COST. In addition to our after-school program, we also deliver workshops and presentations with schools and communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

If you are interested in bringing Next Gen Men to your school or community, please send us an e-mail or leave us a message!

FAQs for Parents

Who can participate in Next Gen Men’s after-school program?

Next Gen Men’s after-school program is offered at designated schools each year, and is open to male-identified students in grades 7-8, between the ages of 12-14 years old. Our program is voluntary, and we have space for up to 15 students per session.

When can I register my child for Next Gen Men’s after-school program?

Program registration will open up at our designated school’s approximately 2-3 weeks before the program starts. Late registrations may be allowed up until the 3rd week after the program starts.

How much does it cost to register for Next Gen Men’s after-school program?

Next Gen Men’s after-school program is offered to participants and their families FREE of cost!

Does my child have to bring a snack for Next Gen Men’s after-school program?

Next Gen Men provides snacks for our after-school program, which follow York Region District School Board policies to ensure everyone’s safety. We ask parents/guardians to please indicate if their child has any allergies on our registration form.

During field trips, we usually ask that parents/guardians to cover the cost of food and drink for their child.

How long is Next Gen Men’s after-school program?

Next Gen Men’s after-school program runs for 90 minutes, once a week, in 10-session blocks throughout the school year. We break over Winter Break, March Break, and major holidays and P.A. days.

Does my child have to attend every session Next Gen Men’s after-school program?

Late registrations may be allowed up until the 3rd week after the after-school program starts, and we understand that participants may not be able to attend every session for various reasons. If an absence is anticipated, please let Jermal know in advance.

For more information and any other questions, please send us an e-mail or leave us a message


Alexander Muir P.S.

Spring 2016
75 Ford Wilson Blvd, Newmarket, ON

Bogart P.S.

Spring 2016
855 College Manor Dr, Newmarket, ON

Baythorn P.S.

Spring 2016
201 Bay Thorn Dr, Markham, ON L3T 3V2

Oak Ridges P.S.

Spring 2015, Fall 2015 / Winter 2016
160 Coons Rd, Richmond Hill, ON

Ashton Meadows P.S.

Spring 2015, Fall 2015 / Winter 2016
230 Calvert Rd, Markham, ON L6C 1T5

Redstone P.S.

Fall 2015 / Winter 2016
235 Redstone Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 2E2


King City Secondary School

Workshops and Presentations 2015-2016

2001 King Rd., King City L7B 1K2

(905) 833-5332



Black River P.S.

Workshops and Presentations 2015-2016
Black River Public School

Lakeside P.S.

Workshops and Presentations 2015-2016
213 Shorecrest Rd, Roches Point, ON L0E 1P0

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