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EPIC creates and administers innovative educational programs for youth and adults in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Our mission is to advance marginalized learners through innovation, empathy, volunteerism, diversity and partnerships.

The Youth Peer, Breakthrough, and Parents PEACE Program

three educational programs under one roof serving kids, teens, young adults and adults

What People Are Saying…

I like coming here. It’s like the only joy in my whole day. Outside of here, I have no friends, but here it’s like I’ve got the motherlode.

Youth Peer Participant

“It’s difficult to talk about my mental illness. It’s chemical. It’s genetic. It’s unfair. The Youth Peer Program has been my safe haven. It is the constant in my life where people understand me.”

Youth Peer & Breakthrough Participant

Question to Tutor: “Would you like to come back in September? If so, why?”
Answer: “Yes, to help kids! It feels great when a kid learns something because of you.”

Tutor/Mentor Volunteer

“The volunteers show them there is good in the world. They actually show them the good in themselves through positive reinforcement. They raise the bar for them, but not so far that they cannot reach it.”

Partner Agency, NS Addiction Services

“Some children need to get away to learn. The environment at Youth Peer is so open minded to children’s needs that they grow and actually want to continue learning because they are complimented and encouraged on an individual basis. The one-on-one makes them feel important and they are greeted warmly and feel they are missed if they do not attend.”

CB Regional School Board

“My son always felt different than other people his age and was picked on relentlessly in school. With this program, he benefits from the social aspect more than you can know. He gets attention and young people actually talk to him and make him feel respected and accepted within a group. His self-esteem is improving and he’s always smiling when he gets home from tutoring.”

Parent of Youth Peer Participant

“Youth Peer Program has forever changed my…life. As a volunteer and now an assistant…I am more outgoing, my leadership skills have sharpened, and I am always keeping an open, accepting mind. This job made me more positive. I am on the right path to becoming a teacher and I am so grateful. No job has been more challenging yet SO rewarding in my life. I am thankful to have ever had the opportunity to work with such wonderful people for an amazing program.”

Former Program Assistant

RECOGNITION

*Donner Foundation Award for
Excellence in Delivery of Social Services


2010 & 2013
William H. Donner Award
OVERALL WINNER

2012
Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management

Services for Children Awards
2014 FINALIST
2013 WINNER
2012 WINNER
2011 WINNER
2010 WINNER
2009 WINNER
2008 FINALIST
2007 WINNER


2013 FINALIST
ATLANTIC BUSINESS ETHICS AWARD
CHARITY CATEGORY

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