HeadStart Program

Headstart is a six-month full-time attendance program in Campbell River for up to five male youth between 14-18 years.  The youth reside in specialized family care homes in the community while attending the strength-based, experiential day program. All youth have access to individual and group counseling; teacher/counselor supported education; social, cultural, and recreational activities; and work/volunteer experience. If appropriate, youth are supported to engage in paid work opportunities. Youth are able to earn 20-25 school credits during their stay. The program helps young men to overcome the complex challenges they face and develop the needed pro-social skills to cope with these challenges..

Our mission is to promote and foster safer and healthier communities by providing appropriate programs for rehabilitation, education, prevention and healing for those who need an opportunity to achieve, maintain or regain a balance within their community.

Population Served


Address / Contact Info

The John Howard Society of North Island
140 - 10th Ave Campbell River, BCV9W 4E3

Phone Numbers

Phone: (250) 286-0222
Fax: (250) 286-3650

Hours of Operation

Regular hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Closed 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch

Web Links

Service Details

Program fee0.00
Program fee notesFree service
Referral protocolMinistry of Children & Family Development
Age ranges servedyouth 13-19

Location Map

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This program was last updated on: 20 Apr 2018.