More help for London Intercommunity Health Centre
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The London Intercommunity Health Centre (LIHC) will be able to hire one more youth outreach worker, thanks to new funding from the Ontario government.
Health Minister Deb Matthews shot some hoops with London Lightning star Gabe Freeman while joining students at Clarke Road Secondary School as she made the announcement Friday.
LIHC is now able to employ five outreach workers serving youth in the Argyle and East London neighbourhoods.
Since 2007, the Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) program at LIHC has helped thousands of young people in the Northeast London area.
“It’s so important that our young people have strong mentorships to help them make more positive choices,” said Matthews in a release. “This new worker will be able to reach out to more youth in our community and give them the tools they need to be the best they can be.”
The YOW program supports young people by meeting them where they live and socialize and provides mentorship and guidance in a non-judgmental way.
Workers identify at-risk youth and connect them to the right services and supports in their community. Workers often come from the same neighbourhood.
As a result, they share relevant life experiences with the young people they help.