The Outreach Program strives to assist marginalized youth to improve the overall quality of their lives, physically, socially and emotionally.
The Outreach Program was developed to meet the diverse needs of youth at risk who have a variety of issues that are not being met. The fundamental purpose of the program is to enhance all aspects of these youths’ lives, including their physical, social and emotional development. The Outreach Program’s aim is to reach youth who have “fallen through the cracks” of traditional service programs, connecting them with services that they may be unaware of or have had difficulties accessing. The Outreach Worker’s challenge is to guide and support these youth back into the use of traditional and non-traditional supports and services. Through the use of these supports, youth at risk will be able to achieve a more productive and meaningful lifestyle.
The Outreach Program targets young people who inhabit public places and the streets of Thunder Bay, forging a lifestyle of survival which may include engaging in unhealthy lifestyle choices such as: involvement in the sex trade, shoplifting, vandalism, substance misuse, and panhandling. The Program works with youth who are struggling to find their own way, are experiencing issues with their mental health and are living in poverty. Priority populations include: homeless youth and “couch surfers” who are experiencing problems in their home environment and running on a consistent basis; young parents/single mothers; pregnant teens; and youth/young adults struggling to live independently. Although the Outreach Program works with youths between 12-24 years old, the majority of clients are between 16 and 20 years of age.
Outreach Program Brochure
Download a copy of our Outreach Program brochure below:
- Outreach Brochure (.pdf)