Intersect offers a wide variety of programs, while also maintaining contact with many programs within the community for the benefit of Intersect clients.



Children's Comprehensive Resource Program

This is the core of our services at Intersect.

Photo of a room with child toysMental health clinicians offer assessment and referral services, along with individual, family and group therapy. Priority is given to children and youth suffering from a mental health disorder or who are at significant risk of harming themselves or others.

Children and youth who are experiencing severe emotional or behavioural disturbances and who have limited resources to assist them are also prioritized for service.


New Directions Program

New Directions is an outreach based counselling and support program offered to youth in conflict with the law and may be at risk of committing further offenses.

Massage saying that you don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be greatWorking closely with youth probation, young offenders that meet eligibility criteria are integrated into this ongoing support program. A supportive and therapeutic atmosphere is created to help the youth set individual goals, then develop the skills and access the resources needed to reach those goals. Ongoing contact and support are offered from their New Directions Counsellor to maintain continuity and promote accountability which is essential to their success in the program.

All referrals to this program are made through Prince George Youth Probation.


Youth Work Program

This program is for youths who are referred by Prince George Youth Probation, and have successfully completed and graduated from the New Directions program.

These youth are considered "at risk". "At-risk" behaviors namely include conflict with the law, however further "at-risk" behaviors may include homelessness, poor school attendance, unemployment, sexual exploitation, mental health concerns and drug and alcohol misuse.


Intersect School Program

A dynamic school program that provides educational services for youth aged fourteen to seventeen years old.

This service is only available to youth who are currently receiving counseling through Intersect and are not currently enrolled in other School District programs. The United Way of Northern United Way and Gaming and Policy Enforcement Branch currently support the Intersect Youth Care Worker position. This program relies on community donations so we can provide graduation ceremonies for those that complete all the required school work and other special events.


Switch Snowboarding Program

The Switch program provides opportunities for local youth (ages 12-18) to connect with healthy adults and learn how to snowboard.

For six consecutive weekends, social service professionals and adult volunteers accompany participants in snowboard lessons at Hart Highland Ski Hill. All transportation, lift passes, instruction, outerwear and equipment is provided. While there is no financial cost for participants, there is an expectation: to participate, to try and to try again.

We target local "at-risk" young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to ride. Certainly our definition of "at-risk" is broad. All of our snowboarding students are of a low-income demographic and facing multiple barriers: in conflict with the law; drug and alcohol misuse; mental health treatment; residential care; homelessness; sexual exploitation.

Youth participants are enrolled in snowboarding lessons with adult "chaperones": social workers, SD 57 support workers, drug and alcohol counselors, mental health workers and residential care providers. We operate on Saturdays and Sundays, January to March, in cohorts of roughly 20 youth participants. Accompanying each cohort, we enlist 5-9 social service professionals, 4 CASI certified Snowboard Instructors, 2 Switch program coordinators, 2 adult community volunteers and a bus driver! Participating chaperones are required to engage in all activities throughout the day, including snowboard lessons.

Every day of snowboarding is accompanied by a life lesson that includes one of our six weekly themes: PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE, COURAGE, BELONGING, RESILIENCE, and MASTERY.

Since the inception of the program in 2006, a number of businesses have generously donated to the project. Diversified Transportation Ltd. kindly donates all transportation annually and The City of Prince George provides a safe storage and meeting area. This program operates solely on donations from the community and community grants. Intersect received a onetime grant from the Ministry for Children and Families to purchase brand new boarding equipment.

Switch has been offered in the community since 2006 and as staff that have been involved in the project since the inception, we have witnessed the benefits to both local young people and the broader community. Not only has the program supported many youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to snowboard, but it has fostered relationships between local youth and social service providers. In addition, it has provided youth the opportunity to become involved in a healthy, fun activity surrounded by healthy, caring adults. For this, Switch is proud!

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Switch and the Logan Whitmer Legacy

Our son and brother, Logan Whitmer, developed mental health issues when he was about 16 years old. Logan had always been very active and loved to snowboard. As a part of his healing journey, Logan followed his passion, overcame challenges, and became a snowboard instructor at Tabor Mountain Ski Resort. Being on the mountain seemed to be a place of peace for Logan as he felt safe there. One of the programs Logan taught in was called ‘Chill’, which was run by Intersect. Chill was a 6-week snowboarding program in which ’at risk’ youth were given the opportunity and equipment, along with their Youth Care worker or counselor, to learn to snowboard. Each week the youth were taught an inspirational ‘word of the week’ that were snowboarding terms, but also life lesson words. Logan thoroughly enjoyed teaching in this program and felt he could pass on his love of snowboarding and finding a place in the mountains to other youth.

In 2013, Logan tragically passed away in a car accident, and our family asked for donations to go to Chill. Unfortunately, the same year Burton Boards, who supplied the funding for Chill, pulled their funding from the two Canadian sites and the Chill program was eliminated.

Two amazing Youth Care workers from Intersect, J.P and Meredith, met with our family to propose a new program and in 2014 ‘Switch’ evolved from the preexisting Chill program. Our family was so impressed with the program, the youth, and the support from Tabor, Diversified Transportation, and Intersect. Our family volunteers in program and The Logan Whitmer Legacy Fund has provided close to $29,000 since 2013 to help support the program. Our program has endured some challenges, such as: a lack of snowboard instructors one year, Tabor burning and closing, funding issues and of course, COVID-19. The program now runs out of the Hart Ski Hill, and big thanks to Jess Koope for all her support. This year, again due to COVID-19, the program has been scaled down, but Marly Whitmer with support from Intersect will be running the program for 8 weeks on Saturdays. For more information or if you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact Intersect Prince George at 250-562-6639, and as always, enjoy the ride.