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Why We Exist


Choices for Youth has been serving youth in our community for over 20 years. This work has given us shining examples of what's possible when programming works, and shown us the shocking results of gaps in support systems.

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Why We Exist


Choices for Youth has been serving youth in our community for over 20 years. This work has given us shining examples of what's possible when programming works, and shown us the shocking results of gaps in support systems.

In 2013, we partnered with the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health to bring the National Youth Screening Project to St. John's, where we surveyed 107 young people to get a clearer picture of the health of our young community. Of youth 12-24, we discovered that 41% had prior legal system involvement and 59% had experienced thoughts of suicide. Of our 12-16 year olds, 47% of females were actively abusing problematic substances, and 57% of males identified with both substance abuse and mental health concerns.

When our Shelter for Young Men has a readmission rate of 69%, we know our work is needed, and we know we need to grow  in the reach and scope of our programming, and in the expertise and innovation we bring to those programs.

With the right supports, at-risk youth find stability, not another new place to sleep. Young parents find independence, not isolation and uncertainty. Youth caught in the system find healthy transitions to adulthood. 

Choices for Youth has served thousands of youth since opening our doors in 1990. We continue striving to reach those we aren't reaching, and serve those we work with more effectively, in concert with the support systems available across Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Work With Us


While constantly evolving to meet the needs of the youth we serve, our staff have built an engaging, respectful, and collaborative work environment. Join us to make your work about supporting change in the lives of young people, and improving the health of our communities.

Work With Us


While constantly evolving to meet the needs of the youth we serve, our staff have built an engaging, respectful, and collaborative work environment. Join us to make your work about supporting change in the lives of young people, and improving the health of our communities.

Equity in employment is essential to a just society. Choices for Youth enthusiastically welcomes applications from all qualified people, including racialized people, people of all sexual orientations, women and trans* people, Aboriginal and First People, those with disabilities, mental illness, and from all social strata.

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Fundraise


We're working year-round to inspire the participation and generosity which enable our programs to provide stable housing, employment, and education to at-risk youth in St. John’s.

There's lots of room for you to join in and make a difference. Drop off a donation of much-needed items, bundle up for the Coldest Night of the Year, or host your own fundraiser!

Fundraise


We're working year-round to inspire the participation and generosity which enable our programs to provide stable housing, employment, and education to at-risk youth in St. John’s.

There's lots of room for you to join in and make a difference. Drop off a donation of much-needed items, bundle up for the Coldest Night of the Year, or host your own fundraiser!

the coldest night of the year

A fun, family-friendly walk fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless, and hurting in 80 communities across Canada. This year, Choices rallied 30 teams, over 200 walkers, and surpassed our goal of $25,000!

Thank you to everyone who joined Choices for Youth this year in fundraising, donating, and walking (2 or 5km!) on Saturday, February 21st!

For more information: Coldest Night of the Year
Contact: Mica McCurdy


The holiday campaign

Every holiday season, Choices for Youth shares stories of hope, kindness, and possibility with the St. John’s community, hoping to inspire greater understanding, action, and generosity.

Whether it’s a contribution of new art supplies, groceries for our open-door lunch program, or the stability you can provide by signing on as a monthly donor, the Holiday Campaign is an annual opportunity to significantly impact the lives of at-risk youth in our community.

See more of last year's 25 Stories of Hope, 25 Days of Kindness Campaign.
Contact: Ayon Shahed


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in-kind donations

So many of our programs run on the generosity of the St. John’s community, and we always appreciate donations of items like clothing, stationery, and hygiene products.

Other gifts related to community activities can also make a real difference. Items like sports equipment, musical instruments, art supplies, or even pumpkins, skates, and gardening supplies all give youth a reason to come together, build community, and develop new skills!

Follow the hashtag #wednesdaywishes for more ideas!

Drop Off: 12-16 Carter’s Hill Place  Hours: 10-4pm
Contact: Angela Picco


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Personal fundraising

Have a special occasion like a birthday, shower, or anniversary coming up? Have an idea for a dinner, tournament, or auction? Join our fundraising team! Bring your networks to a great cause while learning even more about programming and supports for at-risk youth.

Individuals and groups across the province have turned great reasons to come together into important contributions to the work of Choices for Youth.  Ask us how simple it can be!

Some ideas to get you started:

  • "A-Thons" - walk, read, dance, skip, clean, bowl
  • Sales - garage, BBQ, bake, craft, car wash
  • Tournament - soccer, video game, ping pong, tennis, golf

Contact: Mica McCurdy

  

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Partner With Us


Choices for Youth has the privilege to partner with numerous organizations in mutually beneficial and productive relationships.

Partner With Us


Choices for Youth has the privilege to partner with numerous organizations in mutually beneficial and productive relationships.

strategic partners

 
 
 
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Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness

Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council

Premier's Advisory Council on Crime and Community Safety

Community Advisory Board, End Homelessnes St. John's

 
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Mayor's Advisory Committee on Affordable Housing

Municipal Plan Review Committee

 


COMMUNITY PARTNERS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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corporate PARTNERS

 
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foundation PARTNERS

 
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Choices is also proud to be a part of Eva’s Initiatives, a program mobilizing local capacity to end youth homelessness in Canada, and The Learning Community, a national learning community on youth homelessness.