The Power House Youth Centre

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The Power House Youth Centre serves as a place for youth to gather, learn, and connect with others. It is also a meeting place for Halifax Regional Council's Municipal Youth Advisory Committee.

Contact Information

If you have questions about programs and registration, inclusion and accessibility, or would like to arrange a first-time tour of the Power House, please contact Elyse using the email or phone number listed below.

Find us: 1606 Bell Road, Halifax
Call or text: 902-266-7451 
E-mail: powerhouseyouthcentre@halifax.ca 
Instagram: @hfxnextgen

Room Rentals

The Power House is available for rent to youth and community groups. There is limited availability, please contact us at powerhouseyouthcentre@halifax.ca to find out more. 

Available spaces: 

  • Henry Busch Boardroom (Holds 15 people) – $10 + tax per hour
  • Novelee Lounge & Kitchen (Holds 15 people) – $10 + tax per hour
  • Tamara’s Room (Small, 5-8 people) - $5 + tax per hour
Information on User Group Categories

Youth Rates Apply to:

Individuals up to and including 18 years of age. An affiliated youth sports team A sports team, 90% of whose players are 18 years of age or younger.
 

Community Rates Apply to:

Non-profit Co-operatives Non-profit Societies Registered Charitable Organizations
  • Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association

 

Drop-in programs at the Power House

Afterschool Drop-in Hours - Drop-in restarts September 19!

Drop-in programs do not require registration, just come by! Drop-in programs are open to all youth ages 13-24 (support workers and service animals welcomed too). For support workers, please contact us ahead of time to discuss requirements for accompanying a youth during programs.  

Stormy weather and holidays may affect drop-in hours, please check our online calendar below, text, or call us for up-to-date information. If schools are closed, typically our programs are cancelled as well.

Fall 2022 Afterschool Drop-in Hours (ages 13-24)

When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 3:30-7:30 p.m. (September 19th- December 14th)

Please Note: No drop-in programs Monday, October 10th

Description: Come hang out with us afterschool! Drop by the Power House Youth Centre between 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to enjoy our collection of video games and board games, art supplies, books and comics, sewing machines, musical instruments and more! We also have WIFI, phone charging stations, snacks, comfy chairs, and two all-gender washrooms located in a secure building with staff on site.

Cost: Free

Fall 2022 Weekend Drop-in Hours (ages 13-24)

When: Saturdays 11:30-3:30 p.m. (September 24th – December 12th)

Description: Need a place to chill out, play games, charge your phone, or grab a snack? Drop by the Power House Youth Centre between 11:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays!

Cost: Free

Registered Programs at the Power House

Registration opens for Fall programs on August 17th, 2022 (10:00 a.m.).

To register, you'll need the course code listed under each program and an account with Halifax Recreation. Creating an account is easy but we recommend you do it before registration day. 

To make an account or register using an existing account click here or head to https://recreation.halifax.ca/enterprise/account/login

Text or call the Power House at 902-266-7451 or reach us by email at powerhouseyouthcentre@halifax.ca if you need help registering. 

Fall 2022 Programming

Registration opens for Fall programs on August 17th, 2022 (10:00 a.m.).

Dungeons & Dragons

Arm yourself for adventure and join a Dungeons & Dragons group at the Power House Youth Centre! Player’s handbooks (5th edition) will be available, and our Dungeon Master will help you to build a unique character or choose from a selection of pre-made ones. No prior experience required; this program is open to all skill levels. 

Group 1 (ages 13-18):

When: Mondays 4:30-7:30 p.m. (starts September 19th) 11 classes

Please Note: No program Monday, October 10th

Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57231.

Cost: Free
 

Group 2 (ages 13-24):

When: Tuesdays 4:30-7:30 p.m. (starts September 20th) 12 classes

Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57232.
Cost:
Free

 

Group 3 (ages 16-24):

When: Wednesdays 4:30-7:30 p.m. (starts September 21st) 12 classes 

Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57233.
Cost:
Free

 

Group 4 (ages 13-24):

When: Saturdays 10:00-1:00 p.m. (starts September 24th) 12 classes 

Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57234.
Cost: Free

 

PD Day Dungeons & Dragons (one shot) 

Join us on your PD Day for a Dungeons & Dragons mini adventure played in a single session! No prior experience required; this program is open to all skill levels.

Dungeons & Dragons (one shot) - (ages 13-18):

When: Friday, October 28th 9:30-3:30 p.m.

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57368.

Cost: Free
 

Dungeons & Dragons (one shot) - (ages 13-18):

When: Thursday, November 17th 9:30-3:30 p.m.

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57693.

Cost: Free

 

Dungeons & Dragons (one shot) - (ages 13-18):

When: Friday, December 2nd 9:30-3:30 p.m.

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57369.

Cost: Free

Intro Improv Club (ages 13-24)

When: Mondays 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (starts October 17th) 8 classes

Description: Participate in a variety of improv-based games and scenes. A class for anyone who wants to explore their creative side with emphasis on fun, participation, and making friends.

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57334.

Cost: Free

PD Day Halloween Movie (ages 13-18) - Friday, October 28th

When: Friday, October 28th 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Description: Enjoy a cozy afternoon watching a classic Halloween movie and eating yummy treats! Costumes welcomed! Movie will be chosen by popular vote from attendees.

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 58444.

Cost: Free

PD Day Art Club (ages 13-18) - Friday, October 28th

When: Friday, October 28th 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Description: No school? Looking for something fun to do? Spend the morning at the Power House and try out a variety of fun and creative activities in this open-studio style art program which will encourage creativity and imagination.

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 58050.

Cost: Free

PD Day Games Club (ages 13-18) - Monday, November 21st

When: Monday, November 21st 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Description: No school? Looking for something fun to do? Join us at the Power House Youth Centre for Games Club and spend the afternoon playing board games and Nintendo! Bring your favourite games along to share or try out something new from our collection!

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57692.

Cost: Free

PD Day First Aid Training (ages 13-24)

When: Friday, December 2nd 9:00-5:00 p.m.

Description: Want to learn how to help others in need? Freshen up your skills, or boost your resume? Join us for Emergency First Aid and CPR training. This is a basic one-day course offering lifesaving first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for the workplace or home.

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57370.

Cost: $56.52

Music Lessons

Beginner Guitar (ages 13-24)

When: Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. (starts October 1st) 10 classes

Description: This is an introductory course that will meet participants at their current skill level with an emphasis on fun and participation. No prior experience or gear required; bring yourself and your creative curiosity! Students are welcome to use their own guitar or one of the guitars available on site

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57235.

Cost: $45.00

 

Returning Guitar (ages 13-24)

When: Saturdays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (starts October 1st) 10 classes

Description: Join us for a weekly workshop where a skilled instructor will dive into intermediate guitar techniques like learning to write and play full songs! This class is appropriate for those who have previously taken beginner guitar lessons or are self-taught. Students are welcome to use their own guitar or one of the guitars available on site.

Registration Information: Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 57237.

Cost: $45.00

 

 

Calendar of Events

Inclusion Support Information

Do you need support? 

Parks and Recreation invites youth of all abilities to participate in our recreation programs. We recognize that some youth will require assistance to participate via adapted equipment, program modification, and/or through the provision of one-to-one Inclusion support.

Please contact us in two weeks in advance of start date to explore options for additional supports to ensure a positive recreation experience for all.

Youth are welcome to bring their own support person but must provide centre staff with the following documents 2 weeks prior to the program starting:

  • Police Check including the Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Child Abuse Registry Screening
  • Signed One-on-one support person release form.

 

Access Information: 

The Power House is a partially-accessible heritage building located at the corner of Bell and Sackville streets across from the Public gardens in downtown Halifax.

  • The building is surrounded by dense, green, hedges and is constructed of red-brown bricks with green trim. It can be recognized by its unique circular turret room located directly above the front door. 
  • There are two sidewalks leading to the Power House from Sackville street only.
Building Access by Stairs
  • The sidewalk closest to the intersection leads to a set of 10 stairs which ascend to the front door.
  • There is a silver, metal, pad containing a round button at the top of the landing to the left of the door.
  • Press the round button on the pad and someone will unlock the door from inside. 
  • The front door is not power operated, if you need assistance opening the door or entering the building, please indicate after pressing the buzzer button by speaking, waving (into the camera), pressing the button more than once, or calling our front desk directly at 902-490-4309.
Building Access by Lift
  • The second sidewalk further from the intersection near a greenhouse provides access to the back entrance the building where there is an elevator style lift just past a set of stairs. 
  • There is a silver, metal, pad containing a round button on a post to the left of the lift. 
  • Press the round button on the pad and a staff member will come outside to turn the lift on and open the door.
  • Once inside the lift, the user or someone outside may operate it by pressing a black lever to go up or down.
  • There is a large, red, safety button that will stop the lift if needed.
  • If you need further assistance, please indicate after pressing the buzzer button by speaking, waving, pressing the button more than once, or calling our front desk directly at 902-490-4309.
  • The back door at the top of the lift is power operated and can be opened by pressing the silver button to the left of the door containing a wheelchair icon.
Additional Information
  • Two non-gendered washrooms (one is wheelchair accessible).
  • The first floor is level grade and made of smooth, laminate tiles.
  • The second floor is only accessible by stairs.
  • The space is well lit and both overhead and lamp lighting is available.
  • The space is well ventilated and has air conditioning/heating. Kitchen access. 
  • First Aid and Naloxone Kit on-site.
  • Support workers/persons and service animals welcome.

We aim to be a supportive and inclusive space for all youth. Discrimination will not be tolerated.

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