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Sweet Treats, Jump Shots & the Impact of Nexus Youth Services

Friday, September 2, 2016

The following is a guest post by Danielle Gayton, who is an associate in RBC’s Career Launch program for new graduates. Danielle is currently on a 3-month placement with Nexus’s sister agency, Peel Children’s Centre. Below, Danielle shares her conversation with Christian, a Nexus Youth Outreach Worker, about working with Nexus and supporting youth outreach and engagement during two of Nexus's most popular annual events.

Being involved with Nexus Youth Services is something special. Between the relationships built between youth and staff, as well as its clearly defined mission to work for and with youth, it’s clear that Nexus is an amazing resource that continues to have a positive influence in the community. Christian, who is currently working as a Youth Outreach Worker at Nexus, is an example of how youth can be actively involved in fundraising events and outreach programs that positively impact youth in Peel Region. “I initially got involved with Nexus by completing some community hours I needed for high school,” says Christian. “I always knew about this organization because it was located in such an ideal place.”

The month of August alone was action-packed for Christian and Nexus. On Sunday, August 21st Mohamed Yusef and his team at Marble Slab Mississauga welcomed staff and youth volunteers for a special afternoon in support of Nexus. From 1pm until 5pm Christian and his fellow Youth Outreach Worker, Kim, were on-site to talk to customers about Nexus and its role in the community. Anthony, a regular volunteer at Nexus Youth Centre, was also on-hand to help out. “It was a really fun talking to people about Nexus and what we do there,” says Anthony “The ice cream was great too.”

The event raised more than $150 for Nexus, as Mohamed generously donated 20 percent of proceeds earned throughout the afternoon. The object of fundraising events like this is not only to raise money for Nexus but also to educate the public by raising awareness about the organization and its services for youth in need. Says Christian, “Nexus is important to me because I know how beneficial their different programs and services are to youth. It is also a great place to meet peers and to form relationships with one another. I took on the position of being an Outreach Worker because I want youth to be aware, within the community, of the different services we offer.

Following the Marble Slab event was the annual Nexus Basketball tournament on Tuesday, August 23rd. The event was a hit with youth and the community, as over 50 youth brought their basketball skills to Celebration Square in Mississauga. In addition, members of the Peel Regional Police Community Mobilization and the Diversity Teams were in attendance, mingling with youth and challenging their skills on the basketball court. Staff noted the familiar faces from past tournaments also in attendance, illustrating the importance of community building that the annual event continues to support. Jesse, a Youth Engagement Worker at Nexus and the organizer of this year’s event, made sure food and refreshments were available. A BBQ with hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as watermelon and water bottles, ensured everyone stayed hydrated and full of energy. Christian also played a vital role in the event, assisting Jesse with organizing youth and making sure everything ran smoothly and efficiently.

Christian, who is currently in school for Child and Youth Studies, continues to develop his skills in working with youth, utilizing events such as the Marble Slab fundraiser and basketball tournament as a great learning and professional development opportunities. There is truly nothing more rewarding than working WITH youth, FOR youth as Christian has learned, saying, “Throughout my work with Nexus, I have developed a strong rapport with the youth. I really am happy that I was able to get this opportunity to work in Nexus because it was such a good experience being able to talk to the different staff and getting to know the youth there.”
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PVP Raises $20,000 for Nexus & Youth Mental Health

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Now in its second year, the PosVibes Project (PVP) is an independent, non-profit, formal event that aims to proactively tackle the stigma surrounding mental health. As they...
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Fasting 5K Toronto Raises $12,000 for Nexus!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Earlier this summer, Nexus Youth Services was delighted to be selected as the charity of choice by Fasting 5K's Toronto chapter. Fasting 5K is a US-based organization that...
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NexTalks 2016: Youth share stories of hope & resilience

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

On March 9th, approximately 40 Nexus youth, staff and supporters gathered at the Nexus Youth Centre for NexTalks, a youth speakers' forum aimed to end the stigma of mental...
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Fun, Floats, & Fundraising!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The following is a guest post by Sam Tibshirani, who is an associate in RBC’s Career Launch program for new graduates. Sam is currently on a 3-month placement with Nexus’s...
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Courtside Reporting: On the Sidelines of the Nexus Youth Services 4th Annual Basketball Tournament

Monday, August 24, 2015

The following is a guest post by Sam Tibshirani, who is an associate in RBC’s Career Launch program for new graduates. Sam is currently on a 3-month placement with Nexus’s...
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Taking Action Against Bullying: Simrat's Story

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The following is a guest post by youth kindness and anti-bullying advocate, Simrat Heer. Simrat recently completed grade 11 at Streetsville Secondary School in Mississauga....
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Nexus Youth In Living Colour

Monday, September 29, 2014

Had you visited the Nexus Youth Centre on any given Wednesday between January and June this year, you would have found a group of budding young artists, carefully...
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Measuring Success at Nexus Youth Services

Friday, September 12, 2014

Measuring the impact of our services is an important part of the work we do at Nexus Youth Services. This involves surveying youth who access services like Step One to...
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Nexus Thanks Marble Slab Mississauga!

Monday, August 18, 2014

On Saturday, August 9, Mohamed Yusef and his team at Marble Slab Mississauga welcomed staff and youth volunteers for Celebrity Scoop Night in support Nexus Youth Services....
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What Does Kid Cudi Think About Mental Health?

Monday, July 7, 2014

January 28th was a big day for mental health in Canada. Also known as Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 28th was a day when people across the country rallied together to raise...
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10 Tips for Good Mental Health

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables, staying hydrated, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are key ways we can maintain our physical health. Being...
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Engaging With Youth at Nexus Youth Services: Sumaira's Perspective

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The following is a post written by one of our Peer Youth Workers, Sumaira Khan. It has been adapted from a presentation she gave at the Children's Mental Health Ontario...
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Thank You for a Great Jolly Gingerbread Night!

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Nexus Youth Centre had a big holiday celebration this past Friday (December 13, 2013) inside the Glass Pavilion at the Mississauga Central Library. The event was called...
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​5 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It’s the holiday season, and for many people this time of year is full of happiness, laughter and merrymaking. But for some, the weeks leading up to Christmas, Hanukkah,...
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5 Reasons Gratitude is Good For You!

Monday, December 2, 2013

T’is the season of giving!  Regardless of which holidays you may choose to celebrate, the weeks between December 1st and the New Year is often a welcome period of time...
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​What is #GivingTuesdayCA?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

If you’ve been following us on Twitter and Facebook for the last little while, you may have noticed we’ve been promoting something called #GivingTuesdayCA, and you may be...
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1-2-3 FOCUS!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

You’re in the middle of writing a big test, but you can’t block out the sound of the clock ticking behind you. Your best friend told you a long story but you have no idea...
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​Anger, Stress & How to Cope

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Have you ever found yourself taking out your anger or frustration on a friend or loved one who has absolutely nothing to do with the reason you're upset? We've all been...
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What is NaNoWriMo?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

You may have heard that Nexus Youth Services is offering a writing group on Tuesdays during the month of November, but what you may not know is that it was inspired by a...
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Sleep: Why We Need It & What Happens Without It

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Many of us already know that sleep is important. Most people function much better when we get the recommended daily 7-9 hours of sleep, but did you know that sleep is...
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24 Comics That Capture the Frustrations of Anxiety Disorder

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A few weeks ago on our blog we shared a BuzzFeed post featuring 21 comics about depression. Recently, BuzzFeed published a follow-up to that post, this time featuring 24...
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Coping With Stress

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

You slept through your alarm and now you're late for work -- again.  You recently applied to a competitive college program and you're worried your grades aren't high...
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All About Anxiety

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Did you know anxiety is the most common psychiatric illness in the world?  Recently, our friends at shared an infographic from Global Medical Education all...
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10 Free Mental Health Apps for Your Smartphone

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Have you been looking for a smartphone app to help you meditate, track your mood or simply cope with your mental health challenges? Our friends at recently...
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Nexus Youth Services Celebrates Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 14, 2013

On Wednesday, October 9th Nexus Youth Services hosted a Thanksgiving Celebration in the Glass Pavilion of the Mississauga Central Library. This event was an opportunity to...
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32 Ways to Improve Your Body Image Throughout the Day

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Did you know? You can and should feel good about your body! Your body is an incredible machine and it should be celebrated every day, but sometimes feeling good about how...
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Are You Worried About Something?

Monday, September 30, 2013 is a great website with lots of super helpful mental health resources, including articles and coping tools. Recently, they shared a blog from their Content...
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You Are What You Eat: Healthy Eating Tips for Youth

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Studies have shown that teenagers often consume only half of the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and...
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How Exercise Makes Us Happier

Friday, September 27, 2013

You've probably heard that when you exercise, your body releases feel-good hormones called endorphins, which can make us feel better and happier. But how exactly does this...
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21 Comics That Capture the Frustrations of Depression

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This week, one of our awesome counsellors Andria stumbled across a great article on BuzzFeed highlighting some comic strips that deal with the frustrations of living with...
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Nexus Youth Services Annual Report Now Available Online

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nexus Youth Services is proud to celebrate another great year with our 2012-2013 Annual Report. It's been a defining year and we've achieved a lot, including the launch of...
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Check out our new video!

Friday, July 5, 2013

In our latest video, youth who come to our drop-in space talk about what an awesome, fun and friendly place it is to hang out in. Newcomers are always welcome! Come visit...
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Nexus celebrates Child & Youth Mental Health Week with a new video!

Friday, July 5, 2013

May 5th-11th, 2013 is Children's Mental Health Week, and to support this event Nexus Youth Services has released a new video called It's Okay to Ask for Help featuring...
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