Native youth are significantly over-represented in areas such as school dropout, incarceration, and suicide. We are working hard to address these challenges, but we do not simply focus on the negative. Our primary goal is to provide meaningful opportunities to youth so that they can gain the skills and confidence they need to pursue and achieve their goals.
The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples report that "Urban Aboriginal youth centres are a key component to providing that vital weave of support for Aboriginal youth. Time and again, Aboriginal youth emphasized... the need for facilities where they could come together in a comfortable and welcoming environment. They talked of a a safe place, free from alcohol and drugs, where they could be with their peers, develop their interests, learn from elders or simply hang out."
How the NYC will Contribute to Positive Change
The needs of urban Aboriginal youth are complex and the solutions are not simple. The NYC will facilitate hope and change. Based on the Circle of Courage model, our programs emphasize the principles of Belonging, Independence, Mastery and Generosity. The vision for the NYC is to develop programs and services that meet the needs of Aboriginal youth, ensuring that they can excel, rather than fall into a circle of despair. To view a listing of current and proposed programs that will be in the Native Youth Centre, click here.