Youth outreach workers prevent and intervene in negative behaviour, promote civic participation and develop social and leadership skills. To ensure that young people receive the best possible supports and mentorship, all youth outreach workers will be trained in a common set of skills.
Expanding the Youth Outreach Worker program is part of the McGuinty government's province wide Youth Action Plan, which is getting guns and gangs off the streets, providing positive alternatives for youth and ensuring safer communities and neighbourhoods for all Ontarians.
â€œI am very pleased with our governmentâ€™s commitment to positively enhance the lives of youth at risk in our community. This addition of a youth outreach worker in Thunder Bay will ensure more youth receive the one-on-one care and support they need.â€â€” Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North
â€œStrong mentorship from youth outreach workers can help young people from disadvantaged communities stay on track and make positive choices. Todayâ€™s announcement of an additional youth outreach worker for Thunder Bay will enhance the program to better serve our at-risk youth, and connect them to the right services and supports.â€â€” Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
â€œYouth outreach workers share life experiences with the young people they serve and are sensitive to the issues they face so that they can provide our kids with the best possible mentorship. We want our youth outreach workers to have maximum impact on the lives of the young people they serve, so we will be targeting these new outreach workers to better reach under-served communities.â€ â€” Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Children and Youth Services
â€œAs youth outreach workers, we strive to be positive role models and empower youth to draw on supports and opportunities that exist in their community. It is rewarding to see how youth in under-served communities become engaged citizens.â€ â€” Likwa Nkala, Lead for the East Quadrant Youth Outreach Worker Team
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