Youth growing up in poverty face much greater risks in terms of positive life outcomes. This is especially true when poverty is concentrated within particular neighbourhoods where local services and facilities are lacking for youth.
The United Way has identified 13 priority neighbourhoods where these risks are the greatest; seven of these are in Scarborough. Too many young people have lost hope for their future and are choosing to leave school early, living with violence and becoming involved in negative social behaviours.
Our youth workers connect individually with youth who are struggling, helping them to overcome barriers that they may face with education, employment, housing or the courts. We listen to their concerns and their hopes for the future and connect them to services or programs that can help them to achieve their goals.
We also provide social and recreational programs that offer positive alternatives, help youth build new skills and social networks and promote leadership in their community.