Today's date: Thursday March 22, 2018
column width padding column width padding
The Wellington Advertiser Masthead Logo

We Cover The County...
40,251 Audited Circulation

WEEKLY POLL   |   Community News   |   EQUINE   |   Schools & Buses

Facebook Slug
column width padding column width padding

Supporting youth

by Patrick Raftis

When the North for Youth initiative was launched publicly in October of 2014, the stated aim was to address issues facing rural youth in north Wellington County “in a timely, coordinated and inclusive manner.”

Stated goals included ideas like fostering “networks to strengthen coordination and partnership around community-based skill development,” and “reducing barriers and increasing access to social and civic participation for youth,” while “increasing their ability to address issues that are important to them.”

While these may have sounded like pretty lofty goals at the time, this initiative has resulted in concrete actions and outcomes in a relatively short period of time.

On Feb. 13 youth resiliency worker Gabby Ieropoli provided Mapleton council with an update on activities coordinated through  the North for Youth initiative. As she explained, in 2013, a new organization called the North Wellington Coalition for Youth Resiliency conducted consultations with local service providers and community members to better understand the needs of local youth. They found a need for youth engagement efforts to improve youth well-being and reduce substance misuse in northern Wellington.

Since then, initiatives have included: Northern Wellington Youth Connections Day, local leaf cleanups powered by students, employment information provision, workshops on a wide range of youth-oriented topics, a distracted driving video contest for local teens and a new Youth of the Year Awards program. Youth Action Councils have also been formed in both Mapleton and Minto. The group has also conducted research with a north Wellington focus on such topics as: rural transportation options, youth harm reduction, and rural youth homelessness from a Wellington County perspective.

The initiative is accomplishing its goals in effective and visible fashion in support of one of this community’s greatest assets: local youth.

Originally, North for Youth was established with a $216,300 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and other funding has been accessed since the group got rolling. However, with initial grant funding depleted, it is essential that new sources of funding be accessed to allow this important initiative to continue.

Local municipalities are being asked to kick in, as Mapleton has done with a $5,000 cash commitment and additional in-kind support, and other funding sources are being investigated. But community support may be the key to keeping the program rolling long-term.

From what has been shown so far, any forthcoming support is well deserved.



February 23, 2018


Tell Us What You Think

Login to submit a comment

Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser. Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive, unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed. You must register or log in in order to post a comment. For more information, read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines.




Community Guide Spring 2018

Buzz: current record does not exist


Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Bruce Whitestone
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Stephen Thorning
Stephen Thorning


Dave Adsett: When youre done ...

Digital Publications

 •  Browse Our Publications
 •  Highland Games 2015 Pictorial Book
 •  Acton Fall Fair
 •  Canada 150 Special Edition
 •  Community Guide
 •  Business Leader
 •  The Community News
 •  Drayton Fair Book
 •  Digital Flyers
 •  Erin Fall Fair
 •  Estate and Funeral Planning
 •  Fergus Fall Fair
 •  Groves Foundation
 •  Guelph Township Horticultural Society
 •  Fergus Scottish Festival
 •  Inside Wellington Archives
 •  Lions Club Home & Leisure Show
 •  Mapleton Community Guide
 •  Minding Our Business Archives
 •  NEXANS Celebrating 50 Years in Fergus
 •  Purebred Sheep Breeders of Ontario
 •  70th anniversary of D-Day Feature
 •  Equine
 •  Wellington County Plowing Match
 •  Wellington North Guide
 •  Wellington OPP Annual Reports
 •  Wellington Weddings
 •  Wellington Advertiser - Newspaper Week

column width padding column width padding column width padding

The Wellington Advertiser





Digital Publications


Twitter Logo

Free Press News Network Logo