Who We Are
The Sandwich Teen Action Group is committed to providing programs for positive life experiences in a safe and caring environment, which enables youth to find support, cope with problems, and make responsible life choices. The Sandwich Teen Action Group was founded in 1991 by two police officers, who set out to establish a place for area girls identified as at-risk for unplanned pregnancies. Two members of the Windsor Police Force, Mike Mackenzie and Dave Doidge, asked Labour Leader Red Wilson to provide the funds necessary to renovate a vacant school (St. Edwards Catholic School, which had been vacant for 7 years) in Sandwich Towne. Their dream was to prepare the building for the newly founded Sandwich Teen Action Group.
Programs and Services
- Peer group meetings, to focus on life issues such as relationships, health, sexuality, date rape, etc.
- Computer Resource Lab for project research, studying, internet access, etc.
- Crisis Intervention and Referral by our staff
- Group recreation events like basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, etc.
- Game rooms including pool tables, ping-pong, air hockey, foozeball, etc.
- Health, Fun, and Friendship Project-a self esteem boosting program
- Mini-Theater room with VCR and Wide-screen TV
- Homework Club-Available Monday to Friday from 3:30-6 PM, includes a healthy snack
- Cooking Club
- Boxing program
- Personal fitness programs for males and females, including weight training
- Volunteer oppurtunities
- Weekly Youth Group meetings
- Boys Groups and Girls Groups
- Friday night Rec Club
The Results in Action
- Address poverty, isolation, racism, hunger, etc. for minority and at-risk youth
- Build self-esteem and self motivation among youth
- Provide role models and relationship building oppurtunities
- Increase positive life experiences among at-risk and low income and minority youth
- Offer opportunities for a blending of ethnic diversity
- Offer a sense of “One Language, Different Cultures” within the group facility
- Reduce racial and gender conflict among youth
- Reduce area gang fights among youth from different cultures
- Offers a safe place for youth to “hang”, provides a place away from strife at home and on the streets