These are the programs that provide ‘soft and hard skills’ to program participants.
A. The ASK Learning Centre’s Arts Program: Provides recovery programming qualified as ‘soft skills’ to program participants.
The curriculum includes classes focused on fun and creative activities, etc. Staff and volunteers share the task of delivering all classes which include but which is not limited to the following subjects:
- Discovery Adventures – offers recreational opportunities.
- Cry of the Street Magazine – provides opportunities for creative writing, design, editing, etc.
- Messengers Troupe – is an acting group that brings the stories from Cry of the Street Magazine to life, through dramas that could be presented to high schools, jails, etc.
- Boom Team – is offered in the form of craft classes.
- Health and Fitness – is a weekly outing to the gym.
- Shock talks – are informal talks given by participants who have recovery stories to pass on. These talks could be offered to high schools, group homes, jails, etc.
B. The ASK Learning Centre’s Recovery Program: Provides recovery programming qualified as ‘hard skills’ to program participants.
The curriculum includes classes focused on abuse and abuse awareness and family of origin issues, development of positive attitudes, academic, etc. Staff and volunteers share the task of delivering all classes which include but which are not limited to the following subjects:
- Choices – a class dealing with family of origin issues, etc.
- 12-Steps – a recovery group dealing with individual issues in a group setting.
- Wave Lenghts – a forum where guest speakers tell their stories of success, etc.
- Parenting – a class for all participants to learn how to break the cycle of abuse in the lives of their children.
- Expressions – a class providing journaling opportunities with feedback from program staff.
- Academic – classes offering correspondence courses in Math, English and other academic topics.
- Relapse Prevention classes
- Nutrition and Cooking – a class teaching participants how to shop on a budget, how to cook simple and affordable meals and covering food facts, nutrition and food safety.
- Volunteering – an opportunity for participants to give some time to an outside agency (i.e. food bank).
- Career Network – a class designed to raise success in job seeking endeavours by improving competency and basic skills.
- Budgeting – a class teaching participants to design and live within monthly budget.
- Advanced programs – specialized programs for very sick or mentally ill participants and for participants with additional challenges such as fetal alcohol syndrome/effect or social and developmental disabilities etc.