Youth Peer & Outreach
The little program with a big heart
EPIC's longest running and primary program, Youth Peer is a free after-school program for kids 8-18 at four centres in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Kids are matched with an older university or high school volunteer who tutors and mentors them one afternoon a week throughout the school year. Art, music and wellness workshops and healthy snacks are are provided.
Graduating High School Students
Annual $500 scholarships to graduating students in 3 communities to "Further the Education of a Graduating Student Distinguished by High School Staff for Commitment to Community or Perseverance in Overcoming Obstacles to Advancement"
Deserving High School Students
The Patriarch Vincent Waterman Humanity Award began in 2019 as a tribute to long-time EPIC Board Member and community volunteer, Vincent Waterman who died in January 2019.
Wrap-around support for families
Parents meet with an EPIC Facilitator one night a week throughout the school year to discuss parenting issues. The emphasis is on improving family relationships, educating oneself on community resources and becoming a resilient parent.