The Hub (Youth Engagement Advisory Hub)

A safer space for youth

What is the Youth Engagement Advisory Hub?

The Hub is a weekly drop-in wellness space for youth aged 13 to 25 — complete with snacks, access to technology, comfy couches and art supplies. This is also a place where youth can get information and support accessing community resources to meet their needs (including resources related to mental health, housing, employment, sexual health, support for LGBTQ+ youth and more). Along with other youth to connect with, there are also supportive staff in the space available, including a Wellkin therapist, a Community Resource and Support Worker and our Youth Engagement Facilitator. Youth from Wellkin’s Youth Engagement Advisory (YEA) were leaders in creating this space — developing the idea for the space, writing the grant application for funding, designing The Hub and co-planning with Wellkin staff throughout the process. Youth from YEA will often be available as Peer Mentors in The Hub.

When and where can youth access The Hub?

The Youth Engagement Advisory Hub is located at 912 Dundas Street in Woodstock.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily providing The Hub virtually. To participate, please choose a date below to register for on Eventbrite:

Mindfulness: Thursday, May 7th 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Youth Yoga: Thursday, May 14th 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Youth Employment: Thursday, May 21st 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Arts-Based Wellness: Thursday, May 28th 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Oxford LGBTQ2S+ Youth Programs: Thursday, June 4th 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Fitness Activity: Thursday, June 11th 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Building a Strong Foundation for Home: Thursday, June 18th 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Technology & Wellness: Thursday, June 25th 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

What you can expect:

  • A virtual “drop in” space to connect with supportive staff and other youth through Zoom
  • Information on supports related to mental health, employment, housing, addiction and more
  • A structured wellness activity each week that you can participate in

How can youth get involved in creating community wellness projects like The Hub?

The Hub exists because of dedication from youth who are part of the Youth Engagement Advisory to create change and further wellness in their community. Youth aged 13-25 are welcome to join the Youth Engagement Advisory! To find out more about what we do as part of Youth Engagement and to get involved, email one of our Youth Engagement Facilitators.

Jessica Ross, Youth Engagement Facilitator for Elgin: jross@wellkin.ca
Jenna Mitchell, Youth Engagement Facilitator for Oxford: jmitchell@wellkin.ca

How can other service providers and adult allies support this project?

The more resources and community partners that we have part of this project, the better able we are to connect youth to the best support for their needs! If you would like to share information about your services for youth and how youth can access services, facilitate a wellness activity in the space or support in another way, please contact Jenna Mitchell (Youth Engagement Facilitator) at jmitchell@wellkin.ca.