Community Programming

Community Outreach Services offers one-on-one support services as well as engaging and accessible community programming. Meaningful community programs are critical to building a healthy, welcoming and inclusive community that fosters connections between residents and builds resiliency at the individual and collective level.  
  


Regular & Ongoing Programs


KAOS July Calendar 2020


KAOS: Kids Adventures of the Summer/School-Year

Activities for youth 10-12 years old

The community identified that many senior elementary school kids spend a lot of their time at home alone during the summer months and on non-school days. To address that gap in our community, Community Outreach Services created KAOS: Kids Adventures of the Summer/School-Year for youth ages 10-12. KAOS is a community collaboration with different businesses and organizations hosting activities and events that are free for children to attend. To find out what's happening for school-aged children, visit Jasper Parents of Elementary School-Age Children on Facebook.



Waivers & Permission Forms:


In person programs require parents to sign a waiver and acknowledgement of risk, and complete the COVID-19 screening tool.

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Twisted Tuesdays

Summer activities for teens


In the summer months, Community Outreach Services offers a program that offers youth fun activities each week during the school break. In the past, teens have gone paddle boarding with Translucid Adventures, enjoyed s'mores and an outdoor movie in the backyard at COS, made sushi and enjoyed a town-wide scavenger hunt/race organized by Outreach Worker, Anna DeClercq. To find out what's happening for youth and teens, "friend" Anna Cos DeClercq on Facebook or find her on Instagram @JasperTeens.

Waivers & Permission Forms:

In-person programs require parents to sign the Twisted Tuesday waiver and acknowledgement of risk, and complete the COVID-19 screening tool.

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Teen Rec Room
Weekly teen hangout


Every Wednesday night, Teen Outreach Worker Anna DeClercq hosts Rec Room at the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion. Rec Room was launched in 2018 to provide a safe, fun space for local youth to socialize with their peers. This program is made possible by a partnership with the Legion, which offers their games room free of charge. To find out what's happening for youth and teens, "friend" Anna Cos DeClercq on Facebook or find @JasperTeens on Instagram.


JasperLIFE Program


This program offers healthy, balanced lifestyle options through programming, events, clubs, and workshops for adults living, working, and playing in Jasper. JasperLIFE strives to facilitate community connections and help newcomers make the most of their time in Jasper. To find out what's happening in the community, visit JasperLIFE's Facebook page.

Check out the Jasper Survival Guide for helpful information about how to find a home, how to find a job, how to manage your hard-earned cash and who to call when you need a hand.


Advocates for Special Kids (ASK)
Contact: Middle Childhood Outreach Worker at 780-852-6544

Advocates for Special Kids (ASK) provides a confidential, supportive environment for children, parents and caregivers where they can learn about community resources available for children with special needs. 


Annual or Seasonal Events/Programs

 

Family Dances


Family Dances are held each year in the Jasper Activity Centre’s multi-purpose hall. Each dance has decorations, crafts, activities, and music based around an imaginative theme. Families are encouraged to participate by dressing up and bringing a tray of finger food relevant to the theme. An average of 250 community members attend each dance while youth volunteers work along-side outreach staff to host crafts and activity stations. Family Dances are a great venue for parents, youth and children to gather, socialize and have some fun.
        

New Staff Orientations

Contact: Young Adult Outreach Worker at 780-852-6541


As the seasons change and new staff arrive in town, orientation programming provides an opportunity to meet friends and learn about Jasper’s social service networks. Presentations, interactive education, and comfortable social gatherings set the stage for a memorable and healthy stay in the community.

Snow Angels

Contact: Adult Outreach Worker at 780-852-6536

It can be challenging for some of our residents to keep their sidewalks shoveled, ice free and safe. Snow Angels is a community-based program facilitated by Community Outreach Services (COS) that encourages volunteers to shovel snow for community members who are unable to clear their own sidewalks. A Snow Angel can be especially helpful to older adults, people with limited mobility and anyone else needing help, even on a temporary basis. How it works:
1. Residents in need of help, can contact COS (780-852-6536) for a Snow Angel sign to display on their lawn, indicating they need a hand this winter. COS will deliver the sign and set it up.
2. When it snows, community members can look for a sign and volunteer their time, shoveling snow for fellow Jasperites who need the help.