Youth Inclusion Program
The Youth Inclusion Program (YIP) provides neighbourhood based programming and individual support created to fit the needs of youth ages 12 to 24.
Youth Inclusion Program (YIP) is a crime-prevention program that aims to proactively increase protective factors and address risk factors for crime and victimization, and also connect youth to programming and services to help keep them safe.
Our goal is to create a safe and positive environment for youth to reach out for extra support when needed.
Our program is youth centred and led. Built into this program are opportunities to access healthy adults and peers who can provide guidance, support and mentorship. A strengths-based approach is adopted with a focus on promoting positive youth development, and proactively supporting youth to overcome challenges and optimize their well-being.
Once a trusting relationship is established, our Youth Navigator works with each youth to identify their strengths and develop Case Management Goals. These goals are individualized personal development goals; related to employment, housing, well-being, education, skill and leadership development, mental health and pro-social cultural and recreation opportunities, and so on.
The Youth Inclusion Program offers neighbourhood based drop in programming for ages 12 to 24. Group programming is based on consultation from young people within each neighbourhood and can include anything from life skills, art, recreation activities, to community outings.
One on One Support
Youth Navigators with the Youth Inclusion Program, welcome referrals to work with youth to identify their strengths & provide one-to-one support for e.g. employment, housing, well-being, education, mental health and pro-social cultural and recreation opportunities etc.