Indigenous Youth Urgent Needs Program (IYUN)
To reduce youth mortality, by connecting with youth before they get involved in street activity or become street entrenched. If youth have already become street involved by the time we meet them, we take a harm reduction approach and strive to provide options that support them in seeking healthy alternatives.
Provide non-judgmental and culturally appropriate support to youth
Provide at-risk Aboriginal youth with healthy alternatives to street-involvement
Encourage youth access to supportive programs and services in the community
Work diligently to ensure youth have a stable foundation including shelter, food, income, and connections to positive supports.
Working from a strength based perspective, build on youth’s strengths to promote independence.
Promote connections to positive people, places and things.
Foster increased partnerships among service providers and community organizations to positively respond to the needs of Aboriginal
Who We Serve:
Youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Youth who because of history and mental health challenges are likely to become street entrenched.
Youth who are aging out of the foster care system
Youth who have no identified natural family in the region;
Youth who are drug and/or alcohol involved.
Youth who are not connected to school or employment;
Youth who present with multiple barriers, or complex life circumstances that would impact their successful transition to adulthood.
Youth on placement at ANYSH.
Program Coordinator: Chelsey Grier
Intake Phone Number: 604-584-2625