Nexus Youth Services Awarded $103,812 Provincial Sport and Recreation Grant
Friday, September 29, 2017For immediate release
MISSISSAUGA – Nexus Youth Services (Nexus) has received a $103,812 grant from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) to support the implementation of “Nexercise”, a program that will promote the physical health and well-being of 200 Peel youth. The program will run out of the Nexus Youth Centre (NYC), located on the 2nd floor of 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.
The OSRCF provides Ontarians with more opportunities to become physically active, including groups who experience barriers to participating, and those who are traditionally less active. Funded by the OSRCF, the Nexercise program will provide youth ages 14 to 24 with opportunities to participate in sport, cardiovascular and strength training activities. Fourteen Peer Youth Workers and program volunteers will also receive training in physical literacy, principles of youth engagement and positive youth development.
“We’re aiming to expose youth to a range of physical activity options based on their interests,” says Nexus Supervisor John Choi. “For example, some youth have expressed an interest in learning to swim but don’t have access to a pool or lessons, so the team is working on a plan to bridge that gap with the hope that Nexercise will give youth the opportunity to learn how to swim in an accessible and inclusive environment.” Choi adds that the benefits of exercise on mental health are well-known and that Nexercise will also support participants’ mental well-being.
Nexus Youth Services is an accredited, community-based, publicly funded, mental health agency serving youth living in Peel Region. Nexus helps more than 2,000 youth annually through its Community Counselling Program and the Nexus Youth Centre. For more information on Nexus programs and services, call 905-795-3518 or visit www.nexusyouth.ca.
Alexandra Macgregor-Amde, Communications Specialist
(905) 795-3500 ext. 2297