Ontario is investing $1.1million to help at-risk children and youth in Thunder Bay access more supports and services to help them reach their full potential and succeed.
“Addressing these issues early is critical to ensuring that our youth have the opportunity to make positive choices and achieve their full potential,"Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan.
"This investment from our government shows its commitment to building healthier and safer communities and at the same time strengthening economic opportunities by supporting a higher skilled and more resilient workforce.”
The funding will help organizations address the root causes of youth violence by creating opportunities for youth in the city to find a mentor, help youth involved in, or at risk of, gang involvement and to develop skills to deal with conflict. The organizations selected to provide this new programming are:
- Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, in partnership with the Children’s Centre of Thunder Bay, to provide Stop Now and Plan (SNAP). This made-in-Ontario intervention program helps children aged six to 12 who are struggling with behaviour issues learn self-control and problem-solving skills to keep them in school and out of trouble.
- Thunder Bay Multicultural Association for the Youth Mentorship Program, which will pair youth with local mentors to help guide them towards better choices and career options.
- John Howard Society of Thunder Bay and District for the Restorative Justice and Conflict Mediation Program, a new program for students to manage school conflict through peer mediation while strengthening social interaction skills.
- Kairos Youth Centre for the Gang Prevention and Intervention Program, which will provide prevention and intervention programming to support Thunder Bay youth who are gang involved or at risk of gang involvement and help build their social and interaction skills.
- Thunder Bay Counselling Centre, in partnership with Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and St. Joseph’s Care Group, to provide two Youth Outreach Workers in the city to . connect at-risk youth to services and opportunities within their community to improve outcomes.
The programs are funded through the $55-million enhanced Ontario Youth Action Plan – Ontario’s largest investment to date to help children and youth in high-priority communities across the province.
“I am very pleased with our government’s commitment to positively enhance the lives of youth at risk in our community," said Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North.
"This investment in youth will enhance the program to better serve our at-risk youth, and connect them to the right services and supports.”
Every child deserves the opportunity to thrive and have the best possible start in life. Increasing supports for children and youth is one way Ontario is working to support families and create positive environments so all of our children and youth can reach their full potential.