Drop-In Centre

The Drop-In area at EGADZ is the hub of activity where the youth come and hang out outside of school hours. It is a safe, inclusive, and supervised environment where young people can access a broad range of services that increase their developmental opportunities and enhance their quality of life, including cultural programs, education and training programs, health programs, support, and information. The objective of the program is to provide a safe, supportive environment where children and youth experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, develop positive relationships, and build confidence and the skills of life. This past year 1136 youth, children and families accessed the Drop-In Centre 6202 times. This included some youth who accessed services just a few times to others who accessed services close to 300 times.
Staff asked a group of youth what EGADZ means to them.
Comments included:
“Friendship”
“Everybody”
“More of a family than my blood family”
“Every time I have a bad day, I come to EGADZ because it’s my family here. I leave here happy.”

Drop-In Center Download Pamphlet

The main floor is a large open space with many recreational activities available for youth which includes:       

  • Tables and chairs, games and cards.
  • Foosball table, ping-pong table, pool tables, comfortable furniture and a stereo system.
  • T.V.’s for movies or video games and for youth to keep up with televised world events.
  • Industry Canada funded Community Access Program computer access area where youth can utilize computers and surf the net through high speed connections.
  • Help with resume writing, letter writing, academic learning programs and taxes are also available from staff.
  • Multitude of sport activities including bikes, rollerblades, ball equipment, sledding gear, etc.
  • Posters and calendars of events and happenings, in addition to youth artwork, decorate the walls throughout the building.

The Center has a kitchen on the main floor which is coordinated by the youth workers and a kitchen support worker. The kitchen is utilized by various programs throughout EGADZ in addition to serving a nutritious meal everyday at 5pm for the youth. Typically EGADZ serves meals to  an average of 15 kids per day, as well as nutritious snacks. The youth are expected to contribute by assisting with clean-up, some youth attend regularly to assist with meal preparation on a volunteer basis.

All activities at EGADZ are based on youth’s input, interests and needs. The main goal of EGADZ is to provide a safe environment where youth can drop in, as well balance that with giving them information, support, and positive opportunities that allow them to grow as individuals. EGADZ invites presenters on topics such as Diabetes, dental hygiene, education, teen dating violence, culturally appropriate topics, and sexual heal to educate the youth.

Staff engages in one-on-one counseling, advocacy and referrals in the community to help address the needs of the youth. This is all possible through the trust and confidence built with the youth through relationships, and the ability to allow the youth a say in their case plan. The majority of needs of this population addressed regularly are food, housing, education challenges, mental health, physical health, advocacy, and recreation.

Hours of Operation               

Administration: Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Centre Drop In Hours: Monday through Friday 3:30pm-9:00pm

Saturdays and Holidays 1:00pm-9:00pm

Youth are able to access programs or support services at anytime of the day Monday through Friday

EGADZ Physical Activity and Recreation Download Pamphlet

EGADZ Physical Activity and Recreation projects occur throughout the year and include multiple funders. The projects focus on removing the barriers that prevent the youth who attend EGADZ Youth Centre from regularly accessing and benefiting from sport and recreation activities in their communities. The projects introduced youth to positive opportunities that focused on increasing their level of physical activity while building self-esteem and confidence, making it more likely they will access these activities on their own. EGADZ has the support of multiple funders for the various projects.

Funding and projects include:

EGADZ Sports Participation Nights (ESPN) - The City of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Lotteries

Jumpstart Activity Nights - Canadian Tire Jump Start Program

EGADZ Summer Recreation Project - Saskatoon Foundation Youth Endowment Strategy, Community Initiatives Fund, Government of Canada- Human Resources and Skills Development (Summer Student)

 

Wakaw Lake Camp - Dave Deplaedt Foundation, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Government of Canada - Human Resources and Skills Development (Summer Student)

Water-Skiing Project - City of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Lotteries

Art Nights - Facilitated by SCYAP

Nutrition

The EGADZ Nutrition project is funded through the generosity of the Community and the United Way. Its goal is to improve the overall nutritional health of the youth. The project utilizes a kitchen support worker who manages the kitchen facilities and organizes a daily nutritious supper meal as well as healthy snacks for the youth 6 days a week. Having access to a supper meal helps the youth feel better and more energetic, allowing them to be better prepared to participate in other programming and supports offered at EGADZ. Participants contribute to the daily meals by helping with chores, clean up and food prep. Those who are interested in preparing meals are given a multiple choice kitchen questionnaire that focuses on kitchen safety, basic cooking skills, and general knowledge of nutrition. Throughout the project there are cooking modules with the Teen Parent Program as well as a weekly cooking nights every Saturday at the Centre. These cooking nights focus on preparing nutritious meals, cooking on a budget, and working as a team in a kitchen setting. 

 

EGADZ Cultural Connections

The EGADZ Cultural Connections project provides youth who access EGADZ with weekly cultural activities within EGADZ Drop-In Centre and the surrounding community. The program is funded by the Community Initiatives Fund with the objective of giving Aboriginal youth the opportunity to participate in their culture for the benefit of a balanced well-being. Youth enjoy activities that engage cultural teachings through Elder visits, Beading Workshops, Drumming, Sharing Circles, Moccasin Making, Archery, Sage Picking, Smudging, Traditional Foods, Round Dances, Sweat Lodge Ceremonies, and teachings of the Cree Language.

  EGADZ Cultural Connections provides the participants with opportunities to participate in their culture that they otherwise struggle to access on their own due to no one to trust, no one to go with, no money, lack of knowledge, and no transportation. EGADZ works to eliminate these barriers through the project by providing regular activities and access to cultural supports within the community.