What is Jericho Youth Services about?
Jericho Youth Services has been providing recreational programming for the children and youth in the Town of Georgina since 1982, currently serving over 2,000 individual participants in a variety of locations throughout the municipality. Although it started as a church group, Jericho has no religious affiliation. Jericho is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization.
Jericho is a member of Parks & Rec. Ontario, Georgina Chamber of Commerce and Linking Georgina. Jericho partners with YRDSB, YMCA, Town of Georgina, Georgina/East Gwillimbury Momstown, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and more.
Jericho currently receives funding from United Way of York Region, Region of York, Ministry of Tourism, Sports & Culture, RBC and Ontario Trillium Foundation.
In November 2013, Jericho entered into a social enterprising venture with the Gem Theatre in Keswick. The idea is to be able to expand events and programming for children and youth at the Gem Theatre and to create a much needed community centre in Keswick. Currently we provide an After School Program, Day Camps and special events at the Gem Theatre.
Over the years, Jericho’s target audience and programs have changed and evolved. Our largest target audience is children aged 6-12 followed by youth aged 13-18. We offer 6 After School Programs whereof 5 are 5 days a week; 3 Gym programs; Martial Arts classes at 3 different locations (Pefferlaw, Sutton and Keswick); Family Adventures (crafts and games for the whole family), a thriving Youth and Leadership Training Program starting with Leaders In Training at age 12+ and a recurring cooking program at the schools called Mix It Up!
Most of Jericho’s programs are free of charge as there is a great need for affordable and accessible programs in Georgina, but we do run Day Camps and Summer Camps at very low rates as well as hold pre-teen dances approximately once a month during the school year as a fun event for pre-teens as well as a fundraiser for our programs.
Although Jericho is not a membership-based organization, we consider our participants, staff and volunteers as members of the Jericho family.
On-line registration and website: https://jerichoyouthservices.recdesk.com