MISSISSAUGA, November 25, 2009 – Today, City Council approved a recommendation to enter into a licence agreement with Nexus Youth Services to relocate the youth centre, currently located at Square One, to the second floor of Central Library effective December 14, 2009.
“The relocation of the youth centre to Central Library helps meet the needs of our Mississauga Youth Plan by offering low cost and no charge drop-in programming in a priority neighbourhood and maximizing communication with youth regarding the opportunities available to them,” said Sheila Wilson, manager Community Programs, Community Services. “It also aligns with our Strategic Plan by ensuring that youth have the opportunity to thrive in our City.”
Wilson explained the City’s Youth Plan targets those between 12-24 years and addresses a full range of needs and interests. Developed directly with Mississauga youth, a key principle of the plan is the need to actively facilitate and build partnerships with community partners who have the mandate, specific expertise and opportunities to deliver on the recommendations identified in the plan.
The youth centre, operated by Nexus Youth Services, and closely aligned with Peel Children’s Centre, offers drop-in programs and services such as counselling and computer access as well as formal programs aimed at developing life skills and healthy relationships. The Centre also encourages youth to get involved in their community through volunteering.
“We are excited to be strengthening our partnership with the City of Mississauga,” said Humphrey Mitchell, executive director, Peel Children’s Centre and Nexus Youth Services. “The City’s Youth Plan aligns directly with our mission at Nexus Youth Services to provide services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs and voices of youth.”
Mitchell added that the move to Central Library allows for increased access to resources for clients and will increase awareness of the Centre and its services.
As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens’ quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: “Leading Today for Tomorrow.”
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