Who we are…EPIC is an educational, social and recreational center, intended primarily for use by children ages 12 to 18 years. We are focused on providing outreach programming to all teens; especially those who are at risk or socially marginalized. Epic Youth Services is dedicated to providing a safe place for kids to make positive social connections, and erase cultural divides that have existed in the past. We support opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship, and recognition. We believe that youth who are able to make positive personal connections are more likely to enjoy adolescence, adapt to life’s many challenges and successfully transition to adulthood. Simultaneously, they are far less likely to succumb to typical pitfalls associated with these formative years. We believe that giving them tools and creating those connections, while allowing their individuality to remain, are keys to achieving these goals.
Our Mission…Our mission is to help youth navigate and overcome challenges and successfully transition to post-secondary education or the work force. Our goal is to ensure that our programs are affordable and barrier-free for all youth in Cardston and surrounding areas. We aim to provide programs and services that connect youth to their community, while enhancing positive social interactions and skill development.
What we do…Being a teenager is extremely difficult and Epic provides tools and resources to help youth successfully transition into adulthood.
- Organized instructional programs
- Creating authentic Mentor connections
- Academic and arts programs
- Unstructured social activities
- Resource center (Resume writing, Job connections, STEP grant links, Addictions referrals, University application assistance, etc.)
- Life Coaching (Personal counselling services, leadership, budgeting and peer mediation)
Youth thrive when 3 or more caring adults are involved in their lives.
When a youth has 3 or more caring adults in their lives (besides parents) it :
✓ Decreases mental health issues
✓ Decreases drug and alcohol abuse
✓ Decreases depression
✓ Decreases chances of criminal activity
✓ Increases chances of graduating
✓ Increases desire to be holistically healthy
✓ Increases hope for the future
✓ Increases chances of a successful career