A Haven for Vulnerable Youth
In December, 1997, a group of interested Edmonton organizations began meeting to look at creative ways to provide youth around Whyte Avenue with a secure place to gather. This place would allow youth to be safe, to grow, to be supported, and to meet people. As a result, the Old Strathcona Youth Co-op was established in 1998. We are dedicated in being a non-judgmental, flexible, street level resource concerned with protecting the safety, self-worth and dignity of youth. OSYS has become a focal point for youth to access information and resources to meet their needs.
Our Mission: To provide purposeful resources and create a safe and supportive environment that fosters youth empowerment and development.
This student-made video was created, filmed, and produced at the Old Strathcona Youth Society, and features stories from the youths that frequent the co-op and artwork produced by them. Thank you, Carly, Nicole, Don, & Henry!
The best way to help homeless youth is hardly ever used
BY OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ON JANUARY 25, 2016
"...there’s new evidence that drop-in centers — safe havens with fewer rules and no older adults — could open doors to jobs, sobriety and housing that is safe and secure."
"Drop-in centers tailored to their needs and age have greater appeal for the hardest-to-reach kids."