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.
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.
Since our launch in the Spring of 2015, we have had eight different cohorts participate in our after-school program at six different York Region public schools. We have also been invited for a number of customized and tailored workshops and presentations at schools across the region.
Alexander Muir P.S.
201 Bay Thorn Dr, Markham, ON L3T 3V2
Oak Ridges P.S.
Ashton Meadows P.S.
235 Redstone Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 2E2
King City Secondary School
2001 King Rd., King City L7B 1K2