At YES we dedicate ourselves to helping youth and their families achieve their goals while respecting their individuality and recognizing their diverse and sometimes challenging needs. Our commitment to healthy lifestyle choices creates an atmosphere where youth can feel safe and supported as they progress toward their goals. We believe everyone should be treated with equality, dignity, respect, and acceptance.

Services offered by YES include: youth and family counselling, community outreach, after hours pager access, referrals, assessments, specialized interventions, a missing youth system, assistance with health issues, advocacy, meeting basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, hygiene etc.), emergency crisis response (including emergency/crisis shelter services), community development, life skills training, independent living support/transitional planning, consultation and assistance with issues related to addictions, mental health, employments, housing, education, etc.

Food Services Offered by YES include:

The Alliance Club is a drop-in centre for youth 13 to 19 years old. It provides a safe, healthy alternative for youth to ‘hanging out’ in the downtown core and a connecting point for street entrenched youth who may wish to explore a more positive lifestyle. Services include an evening meal program (Mon-Thur 5-6 pm), shower and laundry facilities, hygiene products, clothing, computer and TV access, WiFi and drop-in counseling.

You(th) Can Garden is a community garden situated at the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter that provides youth with the opportunity to learn how to grow their own produce and take home healthy fruits and vegetables at no charge.

You(th) Can Cook is a free community kitchen and garden for at-risk youth. The program helps youth build nutrition, budgeting, and cooking skills. You(th) Can Cook is interactive and engaging, involving guest speakers, local chefs,  games and prizes. Youth are also given the opportunity to obtain their Food Safe certification.

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