Healthy Youth Network (HYN) is a Waterdown local based charity that provides resources to assist youth of all ages and parents to help families navigate the challenges of mental health and opportunities open to our youth.
As a program of HYN, “What’s Your Path?” helps young people refine their skills, passions & interests in order to develop a path for the future based on their priorities and goals. Through building confidence, reducing barriers, and connecting them to the resources and support they need, they work to ensure young people are future-ready.
A 2015 survey of grade 7-12 students in East Flamborough revealed that:
- Only 32% know how to plan ahead & make decisions
- Only 26% feel that adults in the community value them
- Only 38% are given useful roles in the community
- Only 53% of Grade 11 and 56% of Grade 12 students are optimistic about their future.
HYN provides up-to-date and extensive information, resources, supports and opportunities to our young people through a variety of channels. It is essential to help provide guidance for parents, friends and caring adults to be able to properly provide guidance and encouragement.
Through the HYN Youth Portal, youth can explore opportunities, find information, and get help to put them on a path to a future career.
Through the HYN Parent Place, parents can access information that will help them guide their teens into making informed decisions.
Youth can begin to discover the possibilities, engage in school, build skills and confidence, learn how to plan ahead and make decisions, and be optimistic about their future. Throughout their journey, HYN meets them wherever they are at and make sure they continue to move forward on a path that will ensure their success.