Resources

The YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone supports youth with:

Male Teen on Laptop

Housing - By advocating on behalf of youth to find housing, communicating with landlords on behalf of youth looking for housing, assisting with rental applications, and providing references.  Staff also advocate on behalf of youth facing eviction and facilitate connection with temporary housing agencies in the local community when youth require immediate housing support.

Weekly Food Program - Many youth accessing the Teen Drop-In Zone are dealing with food security concerns.  The Teen Drop-In Zone offers a weekly meal on Wednesday night, healthy afterschool snacks, and training in safe food handling enabling youth to help with meal and snack preparation and providing training and experience to help build a resume.

Clothing Closet - An on-site clothing closet provides teens with warm clothes and clothes for job interviews.

Employment Supports - Weekly resume workshop is offered to teens attending the Teen Drop-In Zone, 2 computers are set up with employment supports, and an employment board lists current employment opportunities, YMCA employment services located in the same building as the Teen Drop-in Zone enables easy access to employment counsellors.

Health - We have a partnership with the Waterloo Region Public Health to provide a Sexual Health Clinic for Youth.  Youth are welcome to drop in and talk with a Public Health Nurse (Wednesday at 3:30pm - 7pm) or a Nurse Practitioner (Wednesday 4:30-7pm).

Here are some helpful links for youth in our community: