Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) based in London, ON works with approximately 4,000 youth each year, providing training, skills development, supports and referrals to assist youth in developing their potential and leading positive lives.
The initiative: The Cornerstone is a renovated three storey heritage building in downtownLondon. It is home to:
- 28 units of transitional housing for youth
- Youth Action Centre, a multi-service drop in centre
- 2 alternative education classrooms
- YOU Made It Café- a social enterprise
- Rooftoop meeting room available for community use
Impact for youth:
- Efficient access to basic needs, harm reduction supports, affordable housing and a host of other integrated supports
- Increased employment: in-house learning environments provide paid opportunities for youth
- Skills development to enhance success in the labour force
- Linkages to the broader community through supported referrals to agency partners
- Increased self confidence: youth seeing themselves as directing their own lives and removing barriers to their own success.
- A safe and affordable environment in which to live and explore choices while gaining independence