MISSISSAUGA – Local youth are invited to Square One Youth Centre on Thursday, December 3, 2009, 4 pm – 6 pm, for a celebration of the holiday season and a chance to bid farewell to the Youth Centre’s current location in the Square One Shopping Centre.
Youth will enjoy a hot meal and an opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of the Youth Centre since it first opened its doors in 1996.
“With the support of Square One Shopping Centre, Nexus Youth Services has been able to offer youth this outstanding drop-in facility for the past 13 years,” said Humphrey Mitchell, executive director of Nexus Youth Services.
“The Youth Centre has created opportunities for thousands of youth,” Mitchell said. “Reconnecting with family, returning to school, making new friends, finding a job, learning to live independently … these are some of the many achievements of the youth who have used the Youth Centre.”
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 Youth Centre also encourages youth to get involved in their community through volunteering.
The Square One Shopping Centre has been a strong supporter of the Youth Centre since its inception, providing space in the shopping mall free of charge.
“We are extremely grateful to Nance Macdonald (General Manager) and Al Cabral (Operations Manager) of Square One for their generous support throughout this period,” Mitchell said.
With a decision by Oxford Properties, the owner of Square One, to convert the Youth Centre’s space to commercial use, Nexus Youth Services had to locate a new home for the Youth Centre.
It has successfully done so, reaching an agreement with the City of Mississauga to relocate the Youth Centre to the second floor of the Mississauga Central Library effective December 14, 2009.
“Nexus Youth Services is delighted to be strengthening our partnership with the City of Mississauga,” Mitchell said. “The City’s Youth Plan aligns directly with our mission at Nexus to provide services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs and voices of youth.”
The Youth Centre will continue its culture of youth engagement under the new name of the Nexus Youth Centre. Mitchell added that the move to Central Library will allow for increased access to resources for clients and will increase awareness of the Youth Centre and its services.
Information: Mora Thompson, Manager, Corporate Communications and Development