For over 18 years, The FORT has operated with the goal of empowering youth to make positive and successful life choices by providing free recreational programs and services. Our three locations in Grimsby, Smithville, and Caistor have become key resources that many community members rely on, attracting a combined 12,000 youth visitors every year.
There is something for everyone at the FORT. Our daily programs include sports, games, workshops discussing relevant topics (like peer pressure, body image, and mental health), cooking classes, music lessons, homework help, and more. Additionally, The FORT offers supplemental support in the form of emergency crisis services, homelessness intervention, and, as of recently, quick and free access to mental health support and professional counselling. All of our services are free of charge and work proactively and reactively in order to build a foundation of support for youth in our community, regardless of financial ability.