The move to 1881 Rogers Rd. also brought with it opportunity for us to strengthen partnerships and assisted us in beginning the creation of a one-stop-shop for local youth. We made the move with our partner Lanark County Community Justice, and we both moved in with the building’s existing users/organizations: Fire Services/ Firedawgs, 4 Bay Fitness, and the Table CFC. Throughout the year we also encouraged groups to come and use the centre. Groups that frequently used the centre this past year include: Community Living, Girl Guides Canada, the Canadian Federation University of Women (CFUW), and Big Brothers Big Sisters. We also have a satellite Perth Library Teen section available for youth to read/borrow; and a free food kiosk for any community members to come and anonymously take food as needed. Just recently we have added Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth who have booked our boardroom to run monthly group sessions.

As per our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, we will continue to create a central Child and Youth Service’s Space in Perth. Other jurisdictions have proven success with this approach; it has been shown to be extremely helpful in supporting youth as they transition into adulthood. We have recently secured funding with Ontario Trillium Foundation for the next two years to strengthen and build on the hub framework and increase the number of user groups.

If you are interested in booking space or want to come for a tour to see what we can offer or how we can work together- please email yakbookings1881@gmail.com with all interests.

Community Letters of Support for us to collaborate and create this central services space at 1881 Rogers Rd.:

The Table, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lanark County Community Justice, Open Doors, PDCF