Nexus Youth Services builds a culture of youth engagement with new funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation

MISSISSAUGA – Nexus Youth Services (Nexus) clients and staff launched the development of an action plan for engaging youth within Nexus Youth Services and the community at large in a two-day workshop, “The Art of Youth Engagement,” held on December 5 and 6 at the Living Arts Centre.


Expert guests facilitated the workshop and shared the latest research and experience with youth engagement in the child and youth mental health field. Nexus welcomed:


  • Cathy Dyer, Youth Engagement Consultant for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health;
  • Peter Gindl, Youth Advisory Member, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa; and
  • Brenda Allard, Youth Program Leader, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.


The workshop was the first event in a youth engagement project made possible with a three-year, $225,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in March. Luz Del Rosario, a member of OTF’s Halton-Peel Grant Review Team, was on hand to witness the workshop’s energy and excitement.  The Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.


“Nexus is thrilled to receive this multi-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Nexus’ Executive Director, Humphrey Mitchell, in thanking OTF for the new funding. “This generous support will help us transform how we create opportunities for youth by ensuring that our clients are meaningfully engaged in governance, program development and service delivery at Nexus.”


Serving over 2,100 youth each year, Nexus Youth Services is a fully accredited, community-based counselling and resource service for young peoples ages 14 to 24.


Nexus operates two programs: Community Counselling and the Nexus Youth Centre (NYC). NYC is a dynamic youth drop-in environment located on the second floor of the Mississauga Central Library. It provides services, resources and opportunities for under-resourced youth.


“As the only accredited youth-serving agency in Peel that provides community-based mental health treatment for youth, Nexus fills a critical service need in our community,” said Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga–Brampton South, where Nexus’ Community Counselling program is located.


“The Nexus Youth Centre is helping to build a vibrant community by hearing the voices of youth and helping them to achieve their goals,” said Mississauga East–Cooksville MPP Dipika Damerla, who represents the Nexus Youth Centre location.


Building on OTF’s support, Nexus leveraged further support for the youth engagement workshop from the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Nexus receives ongoing funding from the United Way of Peel Region, Regional Municipality of Peel, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and City of Mississauga.


Karen Anslow, Clinical Supervisor  905-795-3500 ext. 2200
Mora Thompson, Communications Specialist  905-795-3507

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