Youth, staff and Board members worked with Larry McFarland Architects and facility programmers to establish a workable floor plan to ensure good program integration as well as a culturally significant building in look, function, and design. The architectural team is leading the process to ensure the NYC will attain Gold Certification as a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building. This will help to keep down operational costs which, in turn, will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the Centre.
Computer generated pictures of the future Native Youth Centre
Donations to Date
The Native Youth Centre Project has gained overwhelming support from diverse individuals and groups throughout Canada. We now have $6 million in donations, and the land for the new Centre.
How will donations be recognized?
The Board of Directors has developed diverse ways through which donors will be recognized, including a Native youth-designed art installation that will be prominently displayed in the main foyer. You can view all recognition opportunities here. In addition, all donations valued at $20 or more may be eligible for a tax-deductible receipt.
In anticipation of our transition to the NYC, and to ensure we are adapting to our current growth and the needs of Native youth, we are continually assessing and redeveloping our organizational systems.
Since its inception, the Native Youth Centre Project has been building momentum, garnering a broad base of support through Capital Campaign Committee activities and provincial and federal funding agreements. Once more funding is secured, it will take approximately 18 months to construct and outfit the Native Youth Centre.
Our main goal is to raise the funds needed to build the Native Youth Centre. We also continue to focus on youth mentorship opportunities throughout all phases of development, community outreach, and in raising awareness of this initiative. In addition, we have already implemented three of the 14 new programs that will be in the Centre. Now, we just need a permanent home to enhance and expand these programs.