youth development services

Youth Development Services

Investing in the positive growth and development of our young people is paramount to their future success and ensuring we all enjoy the benefits of vibrant, healthy communities. Let’s take that investment commitment to heart and do whatever possible to create opportunities for children and youth to thrive, gain the 21st century skills and knowledge to succeed, and nurture a sense of charity and responsibility to the communities in which they live.

We all recognize that youth are our future, yet many nonprofits struggle to find new ways to be relevant and adaptive to the needs of this new generation.

Let’s connect today to explore how we can reimagine youth engagement in your organization and our communities.

Below is a brief highlight of Keith Publicover’s professional background in youth education, recreation, employment preparedness and personal development.


Keith Has Been Engaging Youth For Over 30 Years

JA Canada (Junior Achievement) – President and CEO

The largest youth business education organization in Canada with a national office and 16 Charters and ADMs (Alternate Delivery Models) serving students from coast to coast. JA Canada works in partnership with educators, volunteers and businesses to educate students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

JA Canada serves over 245,000 school aged children and youth, primarily from Grade 5 to 12, across diverse urban and rural communities.

Saint Francis Xavier University – Vice President, Recruitment and Student Experience

StFX is one of Canada’s leading primarily undergraduate universities located in Nova Scotia. The Office of the Vice President was responsible for student recruitment and admissions, a broad range of student services, health and counselling, varsity athletics and campus recreation, campus safety and security, residence life and food services.

StFX has an undergraduate enrolment of approximately 5,000, with close to 2,000 living in campus residence.

Tim Horton Children’s Foundation – National Executive Director

One of Canada’s leading youth charities operating year-round camps across Canada and in the United States. Led the strategic development and execution of the youth leadership program, community sponsorship program and the installation of two new camps. These transformational initiatives have become pillars for the Foundation.

In 2003, THCF served almost 10,000 youth from low-income families across communities wherever Tim Hortons stores were located. By 2018, approximately 20,000 youth are served annually.

YMCA’s of Greater Toronto, Saint John and Halifax – General Manager/Director

Serving in a variety of mid-management and executive leadership roles; youth engagement and operational management roles encompassed youth community programs, youth leadership training, camping and outdoor education, adventure travel, athletics, aquatic instruction, international youth exchange and fundraising campaigns.

Each of these YMCAs serve their communities broadly and through camps serve 1,000s of children and youth annually from diverse backgrounds.

Brigadoon Village – Interim Executive Director

Served as both a Board member and the Interim Executive Director through the inaugural year of operation. Contributed to the development of the program and operating model, and the succession search and orientation of the new executive director.

Brigadoon serves children with chronic illness, in partnership with a variety of health partners,  at their overnight camp facility.

Keith has contributed to youth development as a conference presenter, university lecturer, program leader and organization board member.


Good Habits Formed At Youth Make All The Difference ~ Aristotle