AYP Charitable Tax Number: 

 #: BN 131529281RR0001

www.canada.ca/charities-giving

Relationships     Trust     Empowerment     Growth     Creativity     Playfulness

ABOUT US

Our Mission: "To provide programs for children ages 6-12 that encourage the development of effective living skills, the pursuit of healthy lifestyle choices, and the connection of families to the community." 

 

Since 1986, AYP has been providing free life-skills programs for children ages 6-12 who live in high-risk North East Edmonton communities. Whether it be our flagship Community Outreach & Living Skills In-school program, our Community Explorers program or our ART with AYP program, our wide variety of after-school and evening program offerings foster the healthy development of each participant's sense of self-esteem and self-worth. 

With each of our programs, our focus is to create a learn-through-play environment and encourage the development of effective living skills, the pursuit of healthy lifestyle choices, and the connection of families to the community. 

Today, AYP offers 8 auxiliary programs, and 13 after school programs in various Northeast Edmonton locations. In 2018, AYP supported 428 unique children and 316 unique families. 

Through our Healthy Snack Program we have offered 7733 healthy snacks to 498 unique children. 

Meet our staff!

Some of us are bilingual

Jessica - Executive Director

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love working at AYP for sooooo many reasons! I believe in the skills we teach, love meeting all the kids in our programs and enjoy coming to work every day. I think the values we teach and relationships we create are so important and can last us a lifetime!

Fun Fact about me!

I once won an international snowball fight tournament called Yukigassen!  

Why do you love working for AYP?

AYP is extremely special to me because of the relationships we get to build with children every day. Our participants are all unique and great. With playfulness being one of our core values, I get to see that not only through our children but with our staff members as well; it is the best coming to work every week and knowing that there is fun to be had and a difference to be made!

 

Fun Fact about me!

: Dogs, mountains, and staying active are a few of my favorite things. Especially dogs :)

Taylor - Program Manager 

Randi - Team Lead

Why do you love working for AYP?

AYP is such a special program to  me!

I was fortunate to join Abbottsfield Youth Project as a practicum student assisting in the Community Outreach and Life Skills (COLS) program. Getting to learn through play with our participants is one of my favorite things!

Fun Fact about me!

I love to breakout in dance and song whether it be in the office or while running groups. Participants can always expect some goofy dance moves from me while in AYP.

Janelle 

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love working at AYP because of the opportunities to meet new people, to create relationships, and to learn some fun new games!

 

Fun Fact about me!

One fun fact about me is that I like to eat apples dipped in vinegar!

Dennis

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love working for AYP because it gives me a chance to make new friends regardless of what age they are. Working with kids sometimes reminds me what is really important in life!

Fun Fact about me!

I am the only male staff at AYP at the moment.

I also speak Korean!

Brittany

Why do you love working for AYP?

AYP has taught me that education was the right profession to chose. I love working with the students and the AYP staff. I love hearing the kids stories and seeing how creative they can be. I love learning new facts, especially about animals, and just seeing the world through a different lens. Abbottsfield Youth Project is such an important and amazing organization and I’m so happy to be a part of it!

 

Fun Fact about me!

I’m in a combined BSc/Bed program at the University of Alberta hoping to be a Biology teacher someday :)

Marae

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love AYP because of the great people I get to interact with everyday, from my fellow staff, to the parents, to the kids. I love having the ability to watch kids grow, learn and have FUN at AYP.

Fun Fact about me!

I love sports. I have played soccer, basketball, baseball, rugby

Brittany

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love AYP because of the opportunities it gives to help to build a sustainable and lasting change in the community.

 

Fun Fact about me!

I love cooking brunch!​

I also speak French!

Jeannie

Why do you love working for AYP?

The kids! They are the reason why I feel so lucky to work at AYP. Every day I learn something new and have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the kids! I also love the culture at AYP. I feel so lucky to work in an organization that is so supportive of me.

Fun Fact about me!

My fun fact is that I have traveled to over 10 countries! Feel free to ask me what my favorite one is :)

Shayla

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love AYP because of the community involvement and I believe every child should be given the opportunity to grow, learn and play in a safe environment. 

 

Fun Fact about me!

I love anything outdoorsy, foodie, or travel related!

Jenan

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love AYP because it confirmed my dream to work with children and how developing positive relationships with them fill my heart with joy! The experience I have got here will help me achieve my goal of becoming a Child Psychologist in the future. I love watching our children here grow and become amazing people through our educational yet fun programs. I am always excited to come into work every day and the relationships I have developed with the staff here are bonds that I will never forget!

Fun Fact about me!

A fun fact about me is that I love to laugh. You will catch me always making jokes!

I also speak Arabic! 

Randi 

Why do you love working for AYP?

Why I love working for AYP: I love being playful and love working with kids, and AYP puts such a huge value on both of those things! I believe kids are a crucial part of our communities, and that pouring into them leads to healthy communities as well healthy children and families, so I really value being involved in the lives of children from a mentorship perspective. 

 

Fun Fact about me!

I love music! I play guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, and am teaching myself to play piano! I’ve also produced two EP’s for young local musicians.

Britanny

Why do you love working for AYP?

When I first started working at AYP, I thought it would be temporary and after a year I would find another job. I ended up loving the schools I worked at so much that I decided to stay for another year. That turned into deciding to go back to school for an after degree in psychology and art & design, while continuing to work part-time at AYP. My plans are to work with kids in the future. So grateful for the sweet amazing kids I get to work with at AYP and the coworkers who have become such good friends 

Fun Fact about me!

I lived in Ukraine for 6 month when I was 19 teaching English 

I also speak French, and tiny bit of Ukrainian, Russian and Italian. 

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