Youth United projects completed in 2013
“You Are Not Alone” Project – New Path Youth and Family Services
• Description: Over the past year there has been a number of youth who committed suicide by jumping from the overpass bridges in our community. We would like to paint the Kids Help Phone logo and other resources by the overpasses. We would also like to talk to the Barrie council about improving lighting around the bridge and raising the metal rails for safety.
• Purpose: Youth will have a support/alternative in their moment of desperation so they don’t feel alone. Other community members will also have the chance to learn about available resources and where to access help in the community.
“Health is Wealth” Project – RVH Foundation
• Description: We want to teach people how to make smart choices in their lifestyle and promote ways for them to live healthier. We will talk to people and educate them about issues that make people have unhealthy lives. Issues such as smoking and obesity are important things to address in the community. We are targeting a teen audience to try to change the way people live their lives and encourage them to teach their families about health.
• Purpose: Promote healthier lifestyles to youth through healthy eating, exercising, and being non-smokers. Our region has higher rates of smoking and obesity than the provincial average. We want to see a change in our youth, the future generation, to see how to lead healthy long lives and improving the overall health of our community.
“Inclusive Youth Leadership Retreat” – Simcoe County Services & Georgian College
• Description: Our project is to organize and run a youth retreat during March Break for high school-aged youth in the Simcoe County area. This retreat will be open to any youth, regardless of ability, but will have an emphasis on serving youth with disabilities.
• Purpose: The retreat will focus on developing social, recreational, and life skills by engaging activities put on by the Therapeutic Recreation students and community partners. We hope to engage over 50 youth with this project. It is our hope to continue to offer this event every year, alternating between an over-night retreat, and day-only sessions.
“Kitchen Connections: Connecting Youth to Health” – Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre/Chigamik CHC
• Description: Our project idea is to run a “cooking on a budget” project designed by youth for youth. We have tailored this project to include skill building, cooking basics, how to spend less at the grocery store, cheap-eats and healthy treats, and a take-home recipe book for all youth participants. We seek to engage Aboriginal youth in this project, as they are 2.5 times more likely to be obese in Canada compared to the rest of the population.
• Purpose: We feel this project is important for youth to be confident and independent in the kitchen. This project will provide youth in Simcoe County will the necessary skills to make healthy alternatives which will assist in addressing the dramatic increases in obesity rates. This project will achieve status by being the first youth-led cooking program in North Simcoe. Youth who participate in the project will develop skills required to become future leaders in their community.