New Youth Centre Set To Open Soon

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
New Youth Centre Set To Open Soon

It’s called Foundry Prince George, one of five new youth centres opening its doors in BC this Spring. Foundry will bring existing services under one roof so families and young people can access one-stop shopping for primary-care, mental-health, substance-use, and social services. The centre will be targeting youth between the ages of 12 and 24 years.
“By launching Foundry Prince George, we’re opening doors to youth and families through an integrated and personal approach,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “We are empowering young people to take charge of their lives and begin the journey to better emotional, physical and mental health.”
Foundry Prince George is one of the five sites announced in June 2016, as part of a provincial network of easily accessible youth-service centres providing  services such as mental-health, substance-use, primary-care and social-services which will be hosted by local organizations. The model will allow for earlier therapeutic interventions. Intervening early can help to prevent challenges with mental health and substance use from becoming more serious.
The Centre will be operated by the YMCA of Northern BC, building upon an established relationship with Youth Around Prince George, where the new centre will be located.
“Foundry will bring together a multitude of existing youth services from our valued partners in Prince George,” said Amanda Alexander, CEO of YMCA of Northern BC. “These services will be easy to access, youth friendly, aim at earlier intervention and will work together to ensure that all of a youth’s needs, whether that be mental, physical, emotional or vocational are met.”
An interdisciplinary team offering services at Foundry will be comprised of general practitioners, nurse practitioners, mental-health and substance-use clinicians, youth and family peer support and navigation workers, youth and guardianship workers, income assistance and supported employment support, outreach workers, outreach workers, Aboriginal child-service social workers and other Aboriginal services.
The other Foundry centres announced were North Shore, Kelowna, Campbell River and Abbotsford.

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