The program’s name “Un-Plugged” was created to serve as an emphasis to remind everyone about the concern that we have with the amount of screen time that our youth are being exposed to in the after school time period. This program is to help reduce the amount of screen time students spend watching TV, playing video games, browsing the internet and using smart phones in the after school time slot. Elementary and High Schools partner to offer the Participation Nation program using Grade 10 and Grade 11 students as Volunteers Program Leaders for grades 4-6. We also allow for grades 4-6 and  7-9 using Community Members and Teachers as facilitators.

Thank you to our funders, the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador – Department of Children, Seniors & Social Development. Through their financial support, we are able to offer free High Five Principle of Healthy Child Development ($125 value), a  hoodie and T-Shirt to be worn when students volunteer( $85 value) . Once student leaders have filed their 30 hour hour volunteer commitment with us , we will provide an hourly honorarium for them to continue with the program until they graduate from their High School.

We train our PN Unplugged High School Students Volunteers with the High Five ‘s Principles of Healthy Child Development. If you want to know why we provide this training free of charge please check out the links below.

High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development

Other funds are distributed to purchase fruit and vegetables as a snack in the program , and small equipment.  The amount of the grant will depend on your geographical location and number of students in your program.  Resources are available from Eat Great & Participate to help students plan a healthy snack.

A school must apply to be a part of PN Unplugged . In May, we open an application process to apply for the program for the following school year .  To apply for this program you must be a member of SSNL and also meet at least one of the following criteria: a) your school is not currently implementing an after school program; b) you have a program that requires volunteers to expand; c) your high school students would love the opportunity to volunteer and you agree to coordinate the training of the students with us; d) you agree to run the program a minimum 2 days a week immediately after school from November to end of March. For more information please call the Specialized Program Coordinator Amy Butt  at 729-3544 or by email .


2018-2019 Participating Schools

  • St. Matthews Elementary in St. John’s
  • Baltimore School in Ferryland
  • St. Catherine’s Academy in Mount Carmel
  • Dunne Memorial Academy in St. Mary’s
  • St. Lawrence Academy/ Community Youth Network in St. Lawrence
  • Catalina Elementary in Catalina
  • Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge
  • Smallwood Academy in Gambo
  • Glovertown Academy in Glovertown
  • Holy Cross School Complex in Eastport
  • Fitzgerald Academy in English Harbour West
  • Memorial Academy in Botwood
  • Fogo Island Central Academy in Fogo Island
  • Twillingate Island Elementary
  • Green Bay South Academy in Robert’s Arm
  • Dorset Collegiate in Pilley’s Island
  • Valmont Academy in Kings Point
  • Indian River Academy in Springdale
  • Indian River High in Springdale
  • Hampden Academy in Hampden
  • St. Thomas Aquinas in Port au Port East
  • Stephenville Elementary in Stephenville
  • St. James Elementary/St. James Regional High in Port aux Basque
  • Belanger Memorial in Doyles
  • Cloud River Academy in Roddickton
  • Viking Trail Academy in Plum Point
  • Gros Morne Academy in Rocky Harbour
  • Mary Simms All Grade in Main Brook
  • Labrador Straits Academy in L’Anse au Loup
  • J.R. Smallwood School in Wabush
  • J.C. Erhardt Memorial School in Makkovik
  • Riverwood Academy in Gander Bay
  • Lourdes Elementary  in Lourdes
  • Random Island Academy in Hickmans Harbour
  • Canon Richards Memorial Academy in Flowers Cove
  • Bayview in Cape St. George
  • Stephenville Middle School in Stephenville
  • Grandy’s River Collegiate in Burnt Islands
  • E.A. Butler All Grade in McKay’s
  • Matthew Elementary/ Discover Collegiate in Bonavista
  • St. Lewis Academy in Labrador
  • St. Michaels Elementary in Stephenville Crossing
  • Hillside Elementary/ Cape John Collegiate in La Scie
  • St. Francis of Assisi in Outer Cove
  • Admiral’s Academy in Conception Bay South
  • St. Mark’s School in King’s Cove
  • John Watkins Academy in Hermitage
  • St. Joseph’s -Lamaline