Youth Outreach Workers – Brantford & Hamilton


The purpose of the Provincial Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) program is to help marginalized and at-risk youth (12-21*) and families better navigate and connect with services and pro social opportunities in their communities to improve youth outcomes. The Provincial YOW program in Hamilton and Brantford is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS) and led by Wesley. The Hamilton YOW team works in partnership with Good Shepherd and the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre. The program focuses on at-risk youth who live in an identified priority communities and/or belong to a distinct priority population (e.g. Syrian specific). These youth may experience increased barriers in accessing the opportunities that can help them to develop their capacity to make healthy life choices and achieve their goals

*YOWs and EYOWs may use their discretion to serve at-risk and high risk youth ages 6 to 11, and up to the age of 25.

Based on a positive youth development model, YOWs build relationships with youth and their families to:

  1. Help youth and their families to identify and articulate their needs;

  2. Use an evidence-based process to support youth to make positive changes in their lives;

  3. Raise awareness of, and facilitate access to, locally available prevention and intervention resources through information-sharing and referrals that respond to individual needs and risk factors and reinforce strengths; and Foster communication and linkages among community agencies / organizations (e.g. health care providers, employment services, schools) to improve access and reduce barriers to services and supports.


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