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. We are also proud to offer recordings from past events, which will be uploaded shortly after each session on our Hub Resource page:
Virtual Hub Walk-Through
What you can expect:
- A virtual “drop in” space to connect with other youth and supportive staff through Zoom.
- Access to staff who can provide information on supports and resources.
- A structured wellness activity (often youth-led) 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: email@example.com
Karla Enns, Youth Engagement Facilitator for Oxford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you have any questions about The Hub, please contact email@example.com
The Hub is supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. Stay tuned for upcoming updates on ways we are scaling-up the Hub to provide further support to local youth!