The Power House Youth Centre

The Power House Youth Centre

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

 

Inclusion 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.
Drop-in programs at the Power House

Drop-in hours:

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). 

Winter weather could affect drop-in hours, please check our online calendar below, text, or call us for up-to-date information when weather is poor. If schools are cancelled, typically our programs will be cancelled as well.

Afterschool Drop-in Hours Monday’s & Wednesday’s 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Need a place to hang out afterschool? Looking to make some new friends? Drop by the Power House Youth Centre between 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday’s and Wednesday’s to  enjoy our collection of video games and board games, art supplies, books & comics, sewing machines, guitars and more! We also have WIFI, phone charging stations, free snacks, comfy chairs, and two non-gendered washrooms all located in a secure building with staff on site!
Ages: 13-24
Cost: Free

Registered Programs at the Power House

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. 

Summer 2022 Programming

Registration opens for Summer programs on April 27, 2022 (10:00 am)

Dungeons & Dragons

Arm yourself for adventure and join a Dungeons & Dragons group this summer 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. Ages 13-24. FREE!

Group 1: Tuesdays starting July 5, 2022
5:00 pm
7 classes
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 52444
Cost:
Free

Group 2: Wednesdays starting July 6, 2022
9:30 am
7 classes 
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 52443
Cost:
Free

Group 3: Wednesdays starting July 6, 2022
1:30 pm
7 classes

Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 54073
Cost:
Free

Group 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays starting July 5, 2022
9:30 am
8 classes (Ends at the end of July)
Registration Information:
Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 55015
Cost:
Free

Group 5: Tuesdays & Thursdays starting August 9, 2022
9:30 am
6 classes (Ends at the end of August)

Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 52441
Cost:
Free

Dungeons & Dragons (one shot)

Join us at the Power House Youth Centre this summer for a Dungeons & Dragons mini adventure played in a single session! No prior experience required; this program is open to all skill levels.

Monday, July 18, 2022 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 55130
Cost: Free

Monday, August 15, 2022 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 55131
Cost: Free

Chess Club

Do you love chess? Want to make new friends and learn how to play? Or share your knowledge and teach others? This is the club for you! No prior experience needed.

Thursdays starting July 7, 2022.
7 classes. 
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 53865
Cost: Free

Art Club

Join the Power House summer art club and share your creative side! An Artist Facilitator will guide youth through a series of fun and creative art activities and at the end of the summer, participants will put on a mini gallery show to display artworks at the Power House! Materials are provided but participants are welcome to bring their own supplies and/or projects to work on.

Tuesdays starting July 5, 2022.
7 classes. 
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 53874
Cost: Free

Garden Club

Join the Power House summer garden club and help us care for our little community garden! Youth will gain practical knowledge and skills as they dig into the dirt and learn all about growing and harvesting their own food. 

Thursdays starting July 7, 2022.
7 classes.
10:00 am - 12:00 noon. 
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 53863
Cost: Free

Games Club

Join the Power House summer games club and immerse yourself in a new adventure every week! Be a game leader and bring along your favourite games to teach others or try out something new from our collection of board games, video games, and lawn games.

Tuesdays starting July 5, 2022.
7 classes.
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 55034
Cost: Free

Wednesdays starting July 6, 2022.
7 classes. 
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 53859
Cost: Free

Music Club

Come hang out at the Power House and share your musical side with others! This is a youth-led program where participants can try out instruments and/or play music together. Please note this program is supervised but there is no music instructor. Staff will provide instruments and help set up the space. The Power House has acoustic guitars, an electric guitar and amp, chord charts, keyboards, shakers, and a microphone. Youth may borrow equipment or bring their own along.

Thursdays starting July 7, 2022
7 classes
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration Information: Click here to make an account online and sign up for this program by searching course code 54068
Cost: Free

 

Calendar of Events text with image of a youth space at the Power House

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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