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Media Release - United Way Peel Region Supports Youth-Led Homelessness Project with $2,000 Youth in Action Grant

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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For immediate release
December 2014

MISSISSAUGA – Nexus Youth Services’ Pro-Ject Leadership Group (PLG) is a recipient of a 2014-15 Youth in Action grant from United Way Peel Region. With this $2,000 grant, the PLG will create a short Amazing Race-themed documentary that aims to raise awareness about youth homelessness and mental health in Peel.

The documentary, called NexRace, will profile existing youth resources in the Peel community, as well as youth stories so that audiences can learn about how homelessness and mental health impact youth directly. The project will also address issues of youth unemployment, poverty, and transitions to independence and adulthood.

“The youth leading this project are a very committed and team-oriented group,” says Nexus Youth Services (NYS) Supervisor John Choi. “They are excited to be working on a project that reflects the lived experiences of many young people who access the Nexus Youth Centre. This project was inspired in part by friendships with youth who are coping with homelessness.”

Youth in Action Grants are a one-time grant opportunity focused on youth-led projects that offer creative youth-initiated ideas to address community issues in Peel Region. Youth and/or groups of youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are eligible to apply for this grant, and requests can be made for up to $2,000 per project.

NYS creates opportunities for youth by providing high quality services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs and voices of youth ages 14 to 24. It is an accredited, community-based, publicly funded, mental health agency serving youth living in Peel region. As a youth-serving agency, NYS is committed to youth engagement practice and is dedicated to creating a community that values the diverse voices of youth and young adults through action, partnership and growth.

NYS helps more than 2,000 youth annually through its Community Counselling program and the Nexus Youth Centre (NYC), located in the Mississauga Central Library. NYC is a fully accessible drop-in centre, providing mental health counselling services, daily activities and group programs to youth with no referral required.

For more information on NYS programs and services, call the Nexus Youth Centre at 905-566-1883 or visit www.nexusyouth.ca.

Media enquires:
Alexandra Macgregor, Communications Specialist - Social Media
905-795-3500 ext. 2297

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