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OUR MISSION

YOU supports youth to build skills, confidence and independence to reach their potential

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OUR VISION

A community where youth are embraced and will thrive.

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OUR VALUES

In all we do, we remain:

Accountable, Collaborative, Compassionate, Courageous, Innovative, Persistent

YOUTH AT THE CENTRE

YOU provides a caring, active place for youth to build skills, confidence and independence. We help youth reach their potential through education, skills training and employment. We work with more than 22 partners to maximize opportunities for youth.

Each year YOU serves over 3,600 youth in London and Strathroy. If you are between 16 and 30 years of age, YOU can help. There is a wide range of services including health & dental care, housing, education, workshops, job search, and on-the-job skills training.

YOU has been a national leader in social enterprise since opening our first one in 1996. Now YOU operates five social enterprise businesses to offer on-the-job skills training to youth.

As a non-profit registered charity, YOU receives funding from all levels of government, national, regional and local businesses as well as foundations.

Build Careers – Train Youth – Provide Opportunities

Housing

Need to find a place to live, tenancy support?

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Education

Need to go back to school, upgrade your skills?

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Employment

Need to find work, help with resumes, job skills?

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Social Enterprise

Need to get on-the-job training,
work?

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Events

Want to know what’s happening at and about YOU?

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Donate

Want to help support local youth and a great cause?

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WHAT CLIENTS SAY

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"The YAC has helped me with the basic needs to stay healthy." – Eleanor

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"The YAC has not only helped me to stay away from a bad life by surrounding me with good people and allowing an escape, but also has kept me focused on things which matter most; being the improvement of my life and lifestyle. I couldn’t wish for more than I have gotten." – Dean
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"The YAC helped me grow with some of my social aspects. They are always a place I can go and will feel comfortable. They have also helped me to improve my daily lifestyle." – Anonymous

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YOU SKILL CENTRE YOUTH & STAFF

"The YAC not only provided me with food, it provided me with genuine care from staff and other clients. I was at a very dark stage in my life and the YAC brought forth a lot of light, which helped me out tremendously. I also learned a lot of cool things such as knitting, playing the bongos, guitar, yoga, and a lot more. Thank you for everything." – Roberto,
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YOU NEXT WAVE – B&W GROUP

"The YAC, a place, humble as it is that has lifted many difficulties youth had, especially in regards to shelter and food. The YAC has blessed me with their opportunities even on the first day that I had visited. Thanks to the staff whom professionally handle the support, I have come a long way because of them. Gratitude!!" – Kal
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"I would like to thank you a lot for what you did for me! You helped me a lot with the resume,
cover letters and with all your positive energy and encouragements!"


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"The workshops that I have done will make a pretty big impact in my life, because it has improved my knowledge about things I didn’t really know much about and it also has helped me figure out what I want to do for a career in the future."
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"I get to work with great people. It’s a nice environment to work in, gives me good work experience. And it helps me get trained to gain employment." – Elizabeth
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YOU SKILL CENTRE YOUTH & STAFF

"During my 3 month with YOU, I acquired various skills and training that enabled me to secure a permanent position. I learned about different recyclable materials and how to handle them safely." –Eric D
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YOU NEXT WAVE – B&W GROUP

" I would like to thank you a lot for what you did for me! You helped me a lot with the resume, cover letters and with all your positive energy and encouragements! " – Adam
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Our Investors

Youth


14520

Hot Meals

served at Youth Action Centre

5396

Launched Careers

through workshops and placements

1075

Youth Employed

though YOU support

97

Laptops Given

to help youth reach their potential

93

Gained Job

skills in YOU Recycyling, Woodshop, MQP, Kiosk Cafe and Catering

54

Youth Without

doctor registered with the nurse practioner at Cornerstone Primary Health Clinic


Community


50154

Fresh Meals

prepared for Children/Seniors with health needs

14322

Visits to YAC

(Youth drop-in)

7647

Received Basic

Need Support (other than meals)

548

Emergency Visits

diverted through referals and support

66

Housed

in Strathroy and London


Environmental Impact


8.8

MWh Energy

generated from solar panels at YOU's Conerstone Building in 2015. 35.5 MWh since December 2011 (26.8 MWh can power 2 football stadiums for 1 day!)

24.2

Tons of Carbon offset

2 Acres of forest Since Dec 2011

841471

Pounds Of Cardboard

diverted through recycling with YOU

94205

Pounds Of Office

white paper diverted


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