NEWS May 10, 2013
Ontario is partnering with Griffin Centre Mental Health Services to help more young people reach their full potential by adding 2 additional youth outreach workers for North York.
These new youth outreach workers will provide young people in North York with mentorship and guidance. They identify at-risk youth and connect young people to the right services and supports. Youth outreach workers often come from the same neighbourhood and, as a result, they can share relevant life experiences with the young people they assist.
Expanding the Youth Outreach Worker program is part of Ontario’s Youth Action Plan, which is providing young people with more jobs and opportunities to succeed while making communities safer.
“We know that strong mentorship can help at-risk young people make more positive choices. The 2 additional Youth Outreach Workers in North York will help to reach more youth in need of guidance and go a long way to make our community stronger.”
David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale
“Youth outreach workers are hired directly from the neighbourhoods/cultural communities they work in to ensure they are aware of, and sensitive to, issues facing local communities. They know the
best and most effective ways to work with young people and how to steer them in the right direction.”
Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
Griffin Centre is very excited to have 2 additional workers. We currently provide services to the Bathurst-Finch priority neighbourhood. The new workers will have a specialized focus on outreach to LGBTQ youth and to youth with a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental health needs) both of which build on the Centre’s experience and significant commitment to engaging with youth whose interests and needs cross a diverse spectrum. We are grateful to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Laurie Dart, Chief Executive Officer, Griffin Centre Mental Health Services
Ontario is adding 35 new youth outreach workers in nine communities across the province through the expanded Youth Outreach Worker program.
Since 2006, nearly 128,000 young people have benefited from the support and mentorship of a youth outreach worker in the province.
Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives, including expanding the Youth Outreach Worker program.
The 2008 Review on Roots of Youth Violence recognized the significant role played by youth outreach workers in connecting marginalized, isolated and disengaged youth with their schools and communities.
In total, 97 youth workers will deliver the Youth Outreach Worker program through nearly 50 agencies in several Ontario communities.
The 2013 Ontario Budget proposes to establish a Youth Jobs Strategy of $295 million over two years to create jobs and mentorship opportunities for about 30,000 youth, and promote entrepreneurship and innovation.
Read Ontario’s Youth Action Plan.
Find out more about Ontario’s Youth Outreach Worker program.
Griffin Centre Mental Health Services www.griffin-centre.org
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