Redefining the Future for Vulnerable Youth in NL

Change is on the horizon for at-risk and homeless young people in Newfoundland and Labrador, driven by a push from community organizations and a renewed focus from government. With the implementation of the recommendations of the All-Party Committee on Mental Health and Addictions and the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes, the development of a Provincial Housing and Homelessness Plan, and the expansion of Choices for Youth’s services to communities across the province, now is the time to come together.

We look forward to working with all of you at the summit. Thank you for helping to lead this important work!

DAY 1 - JUNE 4th

Time           Activity  
  8:30 AM           Registration & continental breakfast  
  9:30 AM           Land acknowledgements  
  10:00 AM           Remarks from Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliment, Labrador  
  10:15 AM           Remarks from Lisa Dempster, Minister, Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development  
  10:30 AM           Break  
  10:45 AM           Panel: Perspectives on systems change for youth in NL  
  11:45 AM           Table Discussions: Drafting statement of principles for work with vulnerable youth (Round 1)  
  12:30 PM           Lunch  
  1:15 PM           Panel: Labrador success stories  
  2:15 PM           Break  
  2:30 PM           Table Discussions: Drafting statement of principles for work with vulnerable youth (Round 2)  
  3:30 PM           Afternoon keynote: National perspectives from Melanie Redman and Stephen Gaetz  
  4:30 PM           Youth only roundtable (remaining attendees are finished with formal content for the day)  

Day 2 - June 5th 

  Time           Activity  
  8:30 AM           Registration & continental breakfast  
  9:00 AM           Morning keynote: Towards A Provincial Plan by Terrilee Kelford and David French  
  9:45 AM           Concurrent Sessions: Youth employment and labour market access & Indigenous homelessness  
  10:45 AM           Break  
  11:00 AM           Concurrent Sessions: Intergenerational trauma & Integrated service models  
  12:00 PM           Lunch  
  12:45 PM           Panel: Improving services for LGBTQ2S youth  
  1:45 PM           Concurrent Sessions: Housing First for Youth & Harm Reduction  
  2:45 PM           Statement of principles document update and next steps  
  3:15 PM           Closing remarks  

Click here to download the detailed agenda.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joshua Smee, Provincial Expansion Coordinator at 709-725-3049.

Suggested SUMMIT Pre-Reading



The conference will all take place in the event rooms at Hotel North Two, 382 Hamilton River Rd, Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Be careful not to end up at Hotel North. The event rooms are upstairs - the hotel has elevator access to these rooms. If you are staying elsewhere, the hotel is a short cab away.



There is no public transportation in Happy Valley-Goose Bay; the number for Cooney’s Taxi is 709-896-3311. You may also choose to rent a vehicle from the airport; if you’re planning on doing any exploring in the area or tacking on meetings with local partner organizations.