In-School Programming (Gr. 7-12)

Grab 'n Go
Community Outreach Services, together with Alberta Health Services and the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre, provide a healthy snack every Wednesday afternoon (on school days) to all Junior/Senior High School and Ecole Desrochers students in Jasper. 

Youth Community Helpers
Formerly known as "Peer Support," Youth Community Helpers is a a group of teens lead by Outreach Worker, Anna DeClercq. The group is comprised of a network of teens who are interested in helping their friends and building on their existing interest and skills as helpers in their community. Youth Community Helpers learn a variety of techniques and strategies that they can use to support friends or family members. The group also organize a variety of initiatives throughout the school year that benefit the student body and the community as a whole. Youth Community Helpers is behind the Elephant in the Room campaign (aiming to reduce stigma and increase awareness around mental health) and the Trick or Eat campaign which sees teens collecting food bank donations at Halloween - raising awareness about the issues of hunger and food security while, at the same time, giving their time to support a local organization. 

Community Helpers Training
This one-day workshop is offered by Community Outreach Services to both youth/teens and as well to adults in a slightly different format. The Youth Community Helpers Training is offered periodically throughout the year and facilitated by Outreach Worker, Anna DeClercq. The training covers: knowing when others need help, mental health, depression, suicide, the helping skill, limits and strategies and local resources. The training is $20 per person and includes lunch. The training can be offered on request. Please contact Anna directly with inquiries: or 780-852-6543 

Jasper's Elephant in The Room Campaign
Inspired by a national mental health awareness campaign, Jasper's Elephant in The Room initiative aims to reduce stigma associated with Mental Health Issues while, at the same time, raising awareness, acceptance and compassion for individuals and families affected by mental health. The campaign specifically sees youth identify adults in the community who they feel are "safe" to talk to about mental health. These adults are given a blue elephant to display. The campaign takes place over the course of a week during which Community Outreach Services, along with Youth Community Helpers, organize several events in the community that promote mental health awareness. 

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Community Outreach Services' Outreach Worker, Anna DeClercq, coordinates a group called the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) which intends to promote acceptance and support to the teen gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgender/questioning (GLBTQ) community. The GSA are active within the Junior/Senior High School and Ecole Desrochers, organizing events, campaigns and programs that engage the student body and promote a welcoming and inclusive school community. The GSA also works alongside Jasper's community agency, OUTJasper, to promote awareness and support for the GLBTQ community in Jasper. 

Youth and Teen Volunteer Program
Community Outreach Services aims to connect teens with meaningful volunteer opportunities that provide the chance to develop leadership skills and relationships with other youth as well as adults, children and seniors in the community. Outreach Worker, Anna DeClercq, receives numerous inquiries from teens who wish to volunteer and takes the time to work with them to review volunteer opportunities available in the community and then assess which ones might be a good match for their skills, availability and interests. Community Outreach Services also coordinates opportunities for youth to volunteer in the community as a group.

Youth Volunteer Appreciation Event
Each year, Community Outreach Services organizes a fun event that celebrates the youth and teens in the community who have spent time volunteering over the year. The event usually includes a meal and some form of entertainment or group activity. In the past, the event has featured a magic show, a fancy dinner out and/or a trip to the bowling lanes in Hinton. The event shows appreciation and encourages youth to continue giving back to their community. 

Grade 8 Sexual Health
Together with Alberta Health Services' Sexual Health Nurse, Community Outreach Services offers a unit to grade 8 students on sexual health to Jasper Junior/Senior High School and Ecole Desrochers students in Jasper. 

Twisted Tuesdays
In the Summer months, Community Outreach Services offers a program that offers youth something fun and different to partake in each week during the school break. This past year, teens made their own pillows with local artists, Mountains and Monsters, went paddle boarding with Translucid Adventures, enjoyed s'mores and an outdoor movie in the backyard at COS, made sushi and enjoyed a hilarious town-wide scavenger hunt/race organized by Outreach Worker, Anna DeClercq.