The Newcomer Youth Matrix is a collection of resources and supports available to young people up to age 30 in Windsor-Essex.

These supports encompass language and skills training, settlement assistance, mental health support, counseling for youth, recreational activities and after-school programs, resources specifically tailored for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, employment guidance, academic support, and various other resources to address the diverse needs of young people. 

Click on the items below to explore the different categories and areas of the Newcomer Youth Matrix:

Language and Skill Training Programs within the youth matrix (below) offer targeted resources and guidance to help young individuals develop language proficiency, acquire new skills, and enhance their employability, enabling them to thrive in diverse educational and professional settings.


Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) – Young Women in Leadership, Employment and Development (L.E.A.D)

Location: 647 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J4

Contact: 519-256-6621

Description: In this program, participants will undergo 8 weeks of full-time employability essentials training and then engage in a 10-week work placement. The L.E.A.D program covers essential components like job search, communication, computer skills, professional development workshops, certifications (WHIMIS, CPR/First Aid), and industry expert-led classes.

Links: https://www.westofwindsor.com/young-women-in-leadership-employment-and-development/

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. – Empowered Diverse Group for Education & Employment (EDGE)

Location: 647 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J4

Contact: 519-256- 6621

Description: The EDGE project, also known as Girlz Crew-Youth Leadership, empowers young women in Windsor-Essex by offering opportunities to enhance their leadership skills, gain volunteer experience, develop employment skills, and learn about the local community. Participants have the chance to expand their network, form lasting friendships, boost their confidence, contribute through community volunteering, and further develop their skills. The program is open to young women aged 14 to 24.

Links: https://www.westofwindsor.com/edge/


Centre Communautaire Francophone Windsor-Essex-Kent (CCKWEK) – The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (SECJ) Program

Location: 720 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1C2

Contact: Lina Kobeissi (coordinator of the SECJ program)

519-948-5545 ext. 157

Description: The program offers activities to enhance employability skills and overcome barriers to employment for young people. Tailored support is provided, with a focus on those facing barriers. Services include CV writing assistance, free certifications, mentoring, career support, workshops, and interview practice. Eligibility requires being between 15 and 30 years old, not attending full-time post-secondary education or working as a permanent full-time employee, and being a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.

*Note: French Eligibility in this program

Links: https://ccfwek.org/strategie-emploi-et-competence-jeunesse-secj/


New Beginnings YJC (Youth Job Connection)

Location: 1049 Janette Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 5A4

Contact: Siobhan Pantin 519-254-2363

Description: Youth Job Connections offers comprehensive services to youth aged 15-29 facing multiple employment barriers, including paid pre-employment training, job matching, mentorship, and support for education and work transitions, going beyond traditional job search and placement assistance to provide more intensive support.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility. This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/youth-opportunities-strategy

New Beginnings YOS-PYOW (Youth Opportunity Strategies – Provincial Youth Outreach Worker)

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

1049 Janette Ave Windsor Ontario N9A5A4

Contact: Siobhan Pantin 519-254-2363 Ext. 416

Description:  The Youth Opportunities Strategy supports young people in achieving their full potential by providing various services, including the Provincial Youth Outreach Worker (PYOW) program, Youth in Transition Worker support, the Youth Job Connection Program, and the Risk Intervention and Prevention Project. PYOWs operate in prioritized neighborhoods, assisting youth aged 12-21 in accessing community services and supports, advocating for their needs like employment, volunteer work, assistance applications, housing and connecting them with community events.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility. This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/youth-opportunities-strategy#:~:text=Youth%20Opportunities%20Strategy%20assists%20young,Provincial%20Youth%20Outreach%20Worker%20(PYOW)

New Beginnings – (YITW) Youth in Transition Worker

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

1049 Janette Ave Windsor Ontario N9A5A4

Contact: Siobhan Pantin

(519) 254-2363 Ext. 416

Description: The Youth in Transition Worker program aims to assist youth in smoothly transitioning from the child welfare system to adulthood. The program offers support in various areas including housing, education, employment, life skills training, health and mental health services, and legal services, with the goal of helping youth achieve their goals and access the necessary resources for a successful transition.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility. This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links: https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/youth-opportunities-strategy

Youth Settlement Services (below) offer tailored support services and assistance to young individuals including settlement guidance, employment services, academic assistance, and legal aid to ensure a smooth transition and integration into their new environment.


NCCE – Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS)

Location: Windsor and Leamington Public & Catholic School Boards

ContactRima Nohra (SWIS Manager)

rnohra@ncce1.org

519-890-9660

Description: Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) support newcomer students and families in their school and community integration by offering information, referrals, and connecting them to resources available in other agencies, schools, and community programs.

Links: https://www.ncceinc.org/settlement-workers-in-schools/


New Beginnings – (YITW) Youth in Transition Worker

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

1049 Janette Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 5A4

Contact: Siobhan Pantin

(519) 254-2363 Ext. 416

Description: The Youth in Transition Worker program aims to assist youth in smoothly transitioning from the child welfare system to adulthood. The program offers support in various areas including housing, education, employment, life skills training, health and mental health services, and legal services, with the goal of helping youth achieve their goals and access the necessary resources for a successful transition.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links: https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/youth-opportunities-strategy


YMCA of Southwestern Ontario – YMCA Integration & Leadership Program – Mapping the Way for Newcomer Youth (YMAP)

Location: YMCA Windsor Learning Centre – 500 Victoria Ave, Windsor ON

Contact: Maysam Shbeeb (Youth Settlement Advisor) 226-280-6349 maysam.shbeeb@swo.ymca.ca

Description:

YMAP is a YMCA Integration & Leadership Program – Mapping the Way for Newcomer Youth. YMAP’s main goal is to provide support and enrichment opportunities for newcomer youth to ease the adjustment to Canadian life. YMAP focuses on self-governance and opportunities for newcomer youth to establish social and professional networks.

YMAP is funded by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada as a settlement program for newcomer youth. Through sessions based on themes such as life-skills training, career exploration, community involvement, and leadership development, we support newcomer youth to achieve their goals and become active community participants. Throughout the year, YMAP hosts several special events that provide participants with the opportunity to practice their developing leadership skills and to engage in their community.

Program Eligibility: Newcomer youth between the ages of 12-24 who are Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, CUATE, and Afghan Refugee.

Links: https://www.ymcaswo.ca/programs/community/newcomer-youth

Mental Health Services (below) within the Youth Matrix provide vital support, counselling, and resources to address the mental well-being of young individuals, promoting emotional resilience, offering coping strategies, and fostering a safe space for open discussions about mental health challenges.


Service Canada – Wellness Together Canada/PocketWall

Location: All over Canada, Virtual

Contact: https://ca.portal.gs/

Description: The Canadian government offers an online portal called PocketWell that provides tools and resources to support Canadians in addressing various mental and physical well-being concerns, such as low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation, and relationship issues. Additionally, they have launched a free companion app to the portal that allows users to access online mental health and substance use resources, measure, and track aspects of their mental well-being, and receive immediate support.

Links: https://ca.portal.gs/


New Beginnings – (RIPP) Risk Intervention & Prevention Program

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

Contact: Colleen Higgins

519-563-8224

chiggins@newbe.ca

Description: The Mobile Program targets youth aged 12-20 who exhibit various risk factors, including involvement in conflict with the law, potential for reoffending, higher risk of criminal violence, residing in high-needs communities, and facing multiple challenges such as substance abuse, mental health issues, familial issues, housing instability, unemployment, poverty, and education difficulties.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility. This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/clinical-programs

New Beginnings – (NRAC) Non-Residential Attendance Centre

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

Contact: Kristin Durham

(519) 971 – 0973 Ext. 122

Description: For youth aged 12-17 who have encountered legal issues, there is a non-custodial sentencing option available as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Referrals for mental health counseling can be made through the WECDSB (Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board).

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility. This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/non-residential-attendance-centre


Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Essex County Diversion Program Overview – REBOUND Life Choices Program

Location: 1168 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

Contact:  Direct inquiries to Jessica Busi

519-253-3340 or at jbusi@essexcountydiversion.com

Joanna Conrad (Executive Director)

519-253-3340 ext. 225

Email: executivedirector@essexcountydiversion.com

Referral forms can be faxed to 519-253-6476  Oo emailed to youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com

Description: Rebound offers a 10-week social skills group for at-risk youth aged 12-17, providing interactive sessions to address challenges with school, parent/teen interactions, and potential legal issues. Through the Life Choices program, participants develop positive attitudes, problem-solving skills, self-awareness, and responsibility, covering various topics such as communication, decision making, teamwork, anger management, and drug awareness. Sessions are available in January, April, and September.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links: https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Rebound-Life-Choices.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Referral-Form.pdf

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Youth Diversion Program – M.E.S.S.A.G.E & R.E.S.P.E.C.T Program

Location: 1168 Drouillard, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

Contact:  Direct inquiries to Jessica Busi at 519-253-3340 or at jbusi@essexcountydiversion.com

Referral forms can be faxed to 519-253-6476 or emailed to youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com

Joanna Conrad (Executive Director)

519-253-3340 ext. 225

Email: executivedirector@essexcountydiversion.com

Description: M.E.S.S.A.G.E is a program for at-risk girls aged 12-17, focusing on motivational education and sexting seminars. R.E.S.P.E.C.T is a program for males of the same age range, promoting ethical conduct and providing relationship education on sexting.

The M.E.S.S.A.G.E and R.E.S.P.E.C.T programs aim to combat the risks of “sexting” among youth and raise awareness about its serious consequences. These innovative programs focus on reducing the incidence of “sexting,” educating the public, addressing issues like self-exploitation, bullying, and the potential legal and personal consequences associated with this behavior.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links: https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Program-Overview.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Referral-Form.pdf

Canadian Mental Health Association – Youth Diversion Program – Beyond Bullying

Location: 1168 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

Contact:  Direct inquiries to Jessica Busi at 519-253-3340 or at jbusi@essexcountydiversion.com

Referral forms can be faxed to 519-253-6476 Or emailed to youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com

Joanna Conrad (Executive Director)

519-253-3340 ext. 225

Email: executivedirector@essexcountydiversion.com

Description: This evidence-based bullying program aims to educate teenagers about the risks associated with bullying, as it has been found to be linked to various forms of anti-social behavior. The program seeks to raise awareness about the consequences of bullying, including legal repercussions and the negative impact on all parties involved. By training youth in alternative conflict resolution methods and educating them about bullying, bias-based offenses, and hate crimes, the program aims to reduce the likelihood of repeated bullying behaviour.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links: https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Beyond-Bullying.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Program-Overview.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Referral-Form.pdf

Canadian Mental Health Association – Youth Diversion Program – Teen Intervene (Prevention/Early Intervention Substance Abuse Program)

Location: 1168 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

Contact:  Direct inquiries to Jessica Busi at 519-253-3340 or at jbusi@essexcountydiversion.com

Referral forms can be faxed to 519-253-6476 or emailed to youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com

Joanna Conrad (Executive Director)

519-253-3340 ext. 225

Email: executivedirector@essexcountydiversion.com

Description: Teen-Intervene is a brief intervention program that assists youth in understanding their reasons for using alcohol or drugs, exploring the impacts of substance abuse, and developing healthier choices. The program typically consists of 2-3 sessions, with the first two being individual sessions with the teens and an optional third session involving parents for educational purposes.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links:  https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Teen-Intervene.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Program-Overview.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Referral-Form.pdf

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Youth Diversion Program – Substance Abuse Program

Location: 1168 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

Contact:  Direct inquiries to Jessica Busi at 519-253-3340 or at jbusi@essexcountydiversion.com

Referral forms can be faxed to 519-253-6476 or emailed to youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com

Joanna Conrad (Executive Director)

519-253-3340 ext. 225

Email: executivedirector@essexcountydiversion.com

Description: The substance abuse program consists of 12 individual sessions, focusing on cognitive-behavioral treatment for coping skills, relapse prevention, and risk management. The goal is harm reduction, covering topics such as vulnerability, consequences, motivation for change, emotion management, relapse prevention, resilience, coping skills, relationships, boundaries, and support networks. Additional sessions can be added as needed.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links:  https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Program-Overview.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Substance-Abuse-Program.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Referral-Form.pdf

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Youth Diversion Program – L.O.S.S (Lessons on Offender Accountability Shoplifting and Stealing)

Location: 1168 Drouillard, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

Contact:  Direct inquiries to Jessica Busi at 519-253-3340 or at jbusi@essexcountydiversion.com

Referral forms can be faxed to 519-253-6476 or emailed to youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com

Joanna Conrad (Executive Director)

519-253-3340 ext. 225

Email: executivedirector@essexcountydiversion.com

Description: L.O.S.S is a single educational session that focuses on educating young people about the consequences of shoplifting. Through interactive discussions and video presentations, participants learn about the impact of shoplifting on themselves, their families, the victims, and the community. The goal is to deter youth from engaging in shoplifting behaviors in the future.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links:  https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-LOSS-Program.pdf

https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Referral-Form.pdf

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Youth Diversion Program – Youth Justice Committee Forums

Location: 1168 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

Contact: Direct inquiries to Jessica Busi at 519-253-3340 or at jbusi@essexcountydiversion.com

Referral forms can be faxed to 519-253-6476 or emailed to youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com

Joanna Conrad (Executive Director)

519-253-3340 ext. 225

Email: executivedirector@essexcountydiversion.com

Submit referrals to the attention of the Youth Outreach Program Coordinator via fax at 519-253-6476

Description: The Youth Justice Committee Forum is a one-time mediation session involving trained staff, the victim, the victimizer, and, if desired, their parents. Its purpose is to repair harm, address the reasons for hurtful actions, and hold the victimizer accountable. The forum gives the victim a voice, provides closure, and aims to reduce future negative behavior. Topics such as teen bullying can be discussed in this safe and controlled setting.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links:  https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Youth-Diversion-Brochure.pdf

Canadian Mental Health Association – Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare – Regional Children’s Centre

Location: 3901 Connaught Street Windsor, Ontario N9C 4H4

Contact: 519- 257- 5215

Description: We provide services for children and youth aged 6-18, including crisis support for those aged 0-15. Our focus areas include mental health, developmental disabilities, and youth justice, catering to individuals facing social, emotional, or behavioral challenges in different settings, as well as those involved with the justice system or with developmental disabilities, including autism.

*Note: Referral form is required

Linkshttps://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Hotel-Dieu-Grace-Healthcare-Regional-Childrens-Centre.pdf


Youth Diversion Program – #Keepyourprivatesprivate

Location: 1015 Highland Avenue, Windsor ON N9A 1R6

Contact: 519- 253-3340 to have a referral completed over the phone

Email referral form at youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com or fax at 519-253-6476

Description: The #KYPP program offers a series of programs that explore various topics related to online safety and healthy relationships. These topics include cyberbullying, consent, respect for self and others, internet crimes, digital footprint, pornography, healthy relationships, self-esteem, online privacy, and more. The program is tailored to the age and gender-specific interests of youth, addressing the risks they may face online and providing proactive strategies to make their online experiences safer. The #KYPP program series is divided into seven separate programs, catering to primary males (ages 6-10), junior males (ages 10-12), males (ages 12 and up), primary females (ages 6-10), junior females (ages 10-12), females (ages 12 and up), and an adapted program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links:  https://ecyouthdiversion.ca/programs/messagerespect-programs/

https://ecyouthdiversion.ca/educators-justice-partners/referral-process/


WE Connect Kids

Location: HDGH Regional Children’s Centre (The George Albert Huot Building)

3901 Connaught St., Windsor, Ontario N9C 4H4

(HDGH’s RCC serves our community by acting as the “front door” for child and youth mental health services. Through WEConnectKids, individuals will receive the most appropriate service based on their needs.

Mon-Thurs 8am-6:30pm (last appointment time)

Friday 8am-3:00pm (last appointment time)

Contact: 519-257-KIDS (5437)

Description: WEConnectKids is a free and confidential mental health service in Windsor-Essex, serving children, youth, and families. It is a partnership among the core service providers for child and youth mental health and addiction services in the region. Whether you’re unsure about the type or location of mental health services you need, WEConnectKids is the starting point to access the appropriate support.

Links:  https://www.hdgh.org/CYMHCoordinatedAccess

https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/socialservices-/Childrens-Services/connecting-families-to-the-community/Documents/WE%20Connect%20Kids%20Poster-POSTER_8.5%20by%2011.pdf


Youth Wellness Hubs – Primary Care

Location: 3640 Wells Street Windsor ON N9C 1T9

Contact: Michelle Rocheleau (Operations Manager)

Description: Nurses provide confidential one-on-one sessions to address youth’s sexual health, physical health, and mental health needs. Trained professionals are available to discuss any questions or concerns in a supportive environment.

Links: https://youthhubyqg.com/programs/


Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – The Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

Location: Teen Health: 1361 Ouellette Avenue, Unit 101, Windsor, ON N8X 1J6

Contact: Teen Health Site, Marlow Downey, SAPACCY Caseworker – 519-253-8481 ext. 290

Description: SAPACCY is a community-based program specifically designed for African, Caribbean, and/or Black youth (ages 12-29) and their families. It aims to promote improved mental wellness by providing holistic, anti-oppressive, Africentric, and culturally safe mental health and substance use services. The program recognizes the unique challenges faced by Black youth and their families, such as anti-black racism, criminalization, poverty, and other forms of discrimination. SAPACCY’s clinical teams approach their work with a focus on Africentric values, youth empowerment, non-judgment, anti-oppression, anti-racism, harm reduction, intersectionality, feminism, and strength-based approaches. They provide support to youth of African descent and their families/caregivers, helping them address mental health and substance use concerns and work towards recovery.

*Note: Referral form is required

Links: https://wechc.org/conselling-general/the-substance-abuse-program-for-african-and-caribbean-canadian-youth-sapaccy/

Youth centres, recreation centres, and after-school programs (below) within the youth matrix provide engaging and enriching activities for young individuals, fostering personal growth, social interaction, and skill development in a safe and supportive environment.


New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc. – Youth Resource Center (YRC)

Location:

NCCE Inc. Main Office – 660 Ouellette Avenue – Windsor
NCCE Inc. Windsor-West Branch – 3235 Sandwich Street – Windsor
NCCE Inc. Midtown Branch – 1214 Ottawa Street – Windsor

ContactJillian Toman (Youth Programs and Services Manager)

jtoman@ncce1.org

519.258.4076 ext. 1205

DescriptionNCCE Inc.’s Youth Resource Centre provides engaging and diverse programming, tailored to the needs and interests of IRCC eligible youth – ages 12-17 and 18-24. Programs and services range from daily academic support, to tech, digital and media literacy, leadership development, music lessons and mindfulness sessions, and organized sports and field trips.

Linkshttps://www.ncceinc.org/youth-programs-and-services/


Hub of Opportunities (UHC) – Connecting Newcomer Youth – Ages 14-24 (Evening programs)

Location: Caesar Windsor Cares Community Kitchen

6955 Cantelon Dr, Windsor, ON N8T 3J9

Contact: 519-944-4900 or email uhc@uhc.ca

Registration form is on the webpage: https://www.uhc.ca/connecting-newcomer-youth-ages-14-24-evening-programs/

Description: Newcomer youth can join the Caesar Windsor Cares Community Kitchen program to learn cooking, make friends, and take-home nutritious meals. Sessions run on Mondays for 6 weeks, from 4pm-8pm.

Links: https://www.uhc.ca/connecting-newcomer-youth-ages-14-24-evening-programs/

Hub of Opportunities (UHC) – Computers for Youth – Ages 7-12 (Summer Program)

Location: 6955 Cantelon Dr, Windsor, ON N9T 3J9

Contact: 519-944-4900 or email at uhc@uhc.ca

Registration for this program is on the webpage at  https://www.uhc.ca/computers-for-youth-ages-7-12-summer-program/

Description: The Newcomer Kids Program offers children aged 7-12, whose parents are attending our newcomer programs, an opportunity to learn various software used in schools. The program provides a fun, interactive, and friendly environment where children can also engage in arts and crafts, games, and make new friends. It is available to permanent residents and convention refugees. The program runs from July to August, Monday to Friday, with two sessions: 9:00am – 12:00pm and 12:30pm – 3:30pm.

Links: https://www.uhc.ca/computers-for-youth-ages-7-12-summer-program/

The Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women – Newcomer Art Project (N.A.P.)

Location: 1368 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON N8X 1J9

Contact: 519-915-5588 ext. 603

Email: NAP@wwwwiw.org

Description: This program offers newcomers the chance to explore art forms like drumming, visual arts, vocals, and dance. Through these activities, participants can build a sense of community and identity while engaging with social issues.

Links: https://www.wwwwiw.org/youth-homework-support-arts-project/

New Beginnings After School Youth Program

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

1049 Janette Ave Windsor Ontario N9A5A4

Contact: Siobhan Pantin

519-254-2363

Ext. 416

Description: The Youth Opportunities Strategy supports young people in achieving their full potential by providing various services, including the Provincial Youth Outreach Worker (PYOW) program, Youth in Transition Worker support, the Youth Job Connection Program, and the Risk Intervention and Prevention Project. PYOWs operate in prioritized neighborhoods, assisting youth aged 12-21 in accessing community services and supports, advocating for their needs like employment, volunteer work, assistance applications, housing and connecting them with community events.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/youth-opportunities-strategy#:~:text=Youth%20Opportunities%20Strategy%20assists%20young,Provincial%20Youth%20Outreach%20Worker%20(PYOW)

Youth Wellness Hubs – Recreational Activities

Location:3640 Wells Street Windsor, ON N9C 1T9 (Cottage 6)

Contact: Michelle Rocheleau (Operations Manager)

519-800-8640

info@youthhubyqg.com

Description: Yoga, art, board games, music, gardening, sports, etc.

Links:  https://youthhubyqg.com/programs/

Children’s Aid Society – Music and Art Enrichment

Location: 1671 Riverside Dr. E. Windsor, ON N8Y 5B5

Contact: 519-252-1171

info@wecas.on.ca

Description: The Music and Art enrichment programs provide a safe and creative space for children and youth to express themselves. Led by professionals, activities include vocal and instrumental music, painting, and other forms of art. An annual concert and exhibit highlight the talents of the participants.

*Note: This program is for those under the care of the Children’s Aid Society

Linkshttps://www.wecas.on.ca/programs-and-services/

Noah’s House – Art Night

Location: 2341 Pillette Rd. Windsor, Ontario N8T1P7

Contact: info@noahshouse.ca

519-250-9096

Description: Join us for our weekly crafting sessions where we explore the therapeutic benefits of creativity. Research shows that crafting can alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Each week, we engage in a new craft project and focus on activities that promote positive mental health.

Links: https://www.noahshouse.ca/services-1

https://www.noahshouse.ca/simpl-e-schedule

https://themcc.com/contact-us/

MCC Newcomer Youth Program

Location: 7651 Tecumseh Road East (MCC East End)

Contact: Ian Sandie / 519-255-1127 x. 224 / isandie@themcc.com

Description: This program provides a safe and active environment for youth to develop skills, self-esteem, and friendships. Services include a homework club for academic support, employment support for newcomer youth, a summer group for socializing and skill-building, leadership development through the Rotary Interact Club, and opportunities for field trips, guest speakers, and community projects.

Links: https://themcc.com/community-connections-program/

Youth Counselling Programs (below) within the youth matrix offer professional support and guidance to young individuals, addressing their mental health needs, fostering emotional well-being, and providing a confidential space for them to explore their thoughts, emotions, and challenges..


New Beginnings – (RIPP) Risk Intervention & Prevention Program

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

Contact: Colleen Higgins

519-563-8224

chiggins@newbe.ca

Description: The Mobile Program targets youth aged 12-20 who exhibit various risk factors, including involvement in conflict with the law, potential for reoffending, higher risk of criminal violence, residing in high-needs communities, and facing multiple challenges such as substance abuse, mental health issues, familial issues, housing instability, unemployment, poverty, and education difficulties.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/clinical-programs

New Beginnings – (NRAC) Non-Residential Attendance Centre

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

Contact: Kristin Durham

(519) 971 – 0973 Ext. 122

Description: The Youth Criminal Justice Act offers a non-custodial sentencing option for youth aged 12-17 who have been involved in criminal activity. The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) can refer these youth for mental health counseling. Various therapeutic program interventions are available, such as “What Got Me Here,” Relationships and Communication,” “Anger Management,” “Youth Domestic Violence,” “Trauma Program,” “Substance Abuse Counseling,” “Art Therapy,” “Girls Group,” “Pro-Social Skills,” “Life Skills,” “Job Readiness,” “Literacy & Tutoring,” “Victim Awareness,” and “Embracing Differences.”

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/non-residential-attendance-centre


Youth Wellness Hubs – Mental Health Counselling

Location: 3640 Wells Street Windsor ON N9C 1T9 (Maryvale – Cottage 6)

Contact: Michelle Rocheleau (Operations Manager)

519-800-8640

info@youthhubyqg.com

Description: Mental Health Counselling offers confidential one-on-one talk therapy facilitated by a master’s Level Social Worker, utilizing evidence-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Therapy, with a drop-in model allowing flexible access. Additionally, clinical groups focus on addressing distressing emotions such as anxiety and depression through evidence-based treatments, providing opportunities for skill-building and coping strategies in a supportive group setting, without requiring a referral.

Links:  https://youthhubyqg.com/programs/

Youth Wellness Hubs – Addiction Counselling/Addiction support

Location: 3640 Wells Street Windsor ON N9C 1T9

Contact: Michelle Rocheleau (Operations Manager)

519-800-8640

info@youthhubyqg.com

Description: Addiction Counselling offers personalized, evidence-based therapy for individuals seeking support in managing substance use, gaming, or gambling issues. Youth can access one-on-one sessions without waiting and participate in specialized groups that provide skills, support, and education related to addiction.

Addiction Support provides personalized assistance for individuals addressing substance use, offering a client-centered approach with a focus on coping strategies, relapse prevention, cravings, and education on addiction and healthy relationships.

Links: https://youthhubyqg.com/programs/


Windsor Essex Community Healthcare Centre (weCHC) – Counselling

Location: 

Teen Health: 1361 Ouellette, Unit 101, Windsor, ON N8X 1J6
Contact: 519-253-8481

Street Health: 711 Pelissier Street, Windsor, ON N9A 3H5
Contact: 519-997-2824

Sandwich: 3325 College Avenue, Windsor, ON N9C
Contact:  519-258-6002

Leamington: 33 Princess Avenue, Unit 450, Leamington, ON N8H 5C5
Contact:  519-997-2828

Description: We provide confidential general counseling services for individuals aged five and above, aiming to enhance the well-being of our clients through a collaborative and supportive process.

*Note: Call to book an appointment. Must be aged 12-24 years of age for eligibility.

Links: https://wechc.org/counselling-general/

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (weCHC) – Youth Addictions Counselling

Location: Teen Health: 1361 Ouellette Avenue, Unit 101, Windsor, ON N8X 1J6

Contact: 519-253-8481 ext. 239

Description: Teen Health provides Youth Addictions Counselling for individuals aged 12-17 who are seeking support and guidance in managing substance use behaviors and navigating the challenges of change and recovery. They also offer confidential one-on-one consultations for parents, aiming to address concerns and support the family’s healing and recovery journey.

*Note: Self Referral is required.

Links: https://wechc.org/counselling-general/youth-addictions-counselling/

Employment and training services (below) equip young individuals with the necessary resources, guidance, and skills to successfully navigate the job market, providing them with opportunities for professional growth, career exploration, and access to employment pathways.


NCCE – Youth Employment Skills Strategy

Location: 660 Ouellette Avenue – Windsor

24 Oak Street –Leamington “Virtual”

Contact: 660 Ouellette Avenue -Windsor

Rola Mansour (YESS Lead) 519-890-2547

Description: 

The Skills and Employability program is designed to support youth in overcoming barriers to employment. It includes skills assessments, training in professional, life, and financial skills, employability skills development, education and career exploration, mentorship and networking opportunities, resume development, job placements, and more. Eligibility for the program includes being between 15 to 30 years old and having permanent residence or convention refuge status.

This program encompasses a variety of key components, including:

  • Skills assessments
  • Comprehensive training in professional, life, and financial skills
  • Development of employability skills, such as time management, accountability, and commitment
  • Support for education and career exploration
  • Trade tours, and educational field trips
  • Establishment of mentorship relationships and valuable networking connections
  • Creating professional resumes, practice interviewing, and making suitable job matches
  • Offering opportunities for job shadowing, placements, volunteer positions to aid in exploration, and much more.

Links: https://www.ncceinc.org/employment-and-training-services/


Centre Communautaire Francophone Windsor-Essex-Kent (CCKWEK) – The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (SECJ) Program

Location: 720 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1C2

Contact: Lina Kobeissi (coordinator of the SECJ program) – 519-948-5545 ext. 157

Description: The program offers activities to enhance employability skills and overcome barriers to employment for young people. Tailored support is provided, with a focus on those facing barriers. Services include CV writing assistance, free certifications, mentoring, career support, workshops, and interview practice. Eligibility requires being between 15 and 30 years old, not attending full-time post-secondary education or working as a permanent full-time employee, and being a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.

*Note: French Eligibility in this program

Links: https://ccfwek.org/strategie-emploi-et-competence-jeunesse-secj/

Centre Communautaire Francophone Windsor-Essex-Kent – Guidance Center for Teenagers 

Location: 720 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1C2 

Contact: Marie- Eve P. Stroesser (Manager of the Teen Orientation Center)

519-948-5545 ext. 149

Email: centreado1@ccfwek.org

Description: The Guidance Center for Teenagers is an exclusively French-speaking living environment for teenagers. The Teen Center team provides different services and opportunities such as employment counselling, physical activity planning, tutoring, and food.

*Note: French Eligibility in this program

Links: https://ccfwek.org/services/centreado/


YMCA of Southwestern Ontario – Y Works

Location: YMCA Windsor Learning Centre – 500 Victoria Ave, Windsor, N9A 4M8

Contact: Sam Szcyrek (Employment Specialist)

519-258-9622 ext. 2654

samantha.szcyrek@swo.ymca.ca

Cheyene Shuart

(Employment Specialist)

519-258-9622 ext. 2654

cheyene.shuart@swo.ymca.ca

Description: Y Works is an unemployment program for youth and young adults (ages 15-30) that helps them overcome employment barriers. The program offers a variety of activities over a 5-week period, including individual and group-based support, employability skills workshops, and job placement or training opportunities. Participants who enter the workforce receive an additional 12 weeks of tailored support for long-term success.

Links: https://www.ymcaswo.ca/y-works


Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. – SEAT (Science, Engineering, Artistry and Technology) Program for Girls

Location: 647 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J4

Contact: Seita Sadoo-Thomas (Project Coordinator)

Email: seita@westofwindsor.com

Phone: 226-773-5063 or 519-256-6621 ext. 290

Description: The SEAT Program is designed to empower young women aged 15-30 to explore careers in STEM/STEAM fields. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to collaborate on a community-based project focused on creating positive change. Through the SEAT Program, you can meet new people, develop leadership skills, learn about robotics, work on a group project, connect with mentors in STEAM fields, build employability skills and create a resume, earn community service hours (120 hours), go on industry tours, and attend the Social Impact Exhibit. It’s a comprehensive program that offers valuable experiences and support for young women interested in STEM/STEAM.

Links: https://www.westofwindsor.com/seat-science-engineering-artistry-and-technology-program-for-girls/


Service Canada – Job- Bank for Youth (career planning and labour market information, school to work transition tool)

Location: Online – All over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre, 103-400 City Hall Sq, Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Service Canada Southwest Outreach team general delivery mailbox:

ESDC.CSB.OutreachTeam-EquipeServicesMobiles.DGSC.EDSC@servicecanada.gc.ca Or

Elisabeth.brito@servicecanada.gc.ca

Description: The Career Planning page on the Job-Bank Youth portal now provides a step-by-step overview of career planning and offers relevant tools, assisting users in planning their career moves and accessing resources, while the “Field of Study Tool” has been renamed the “School to Work Transition Tool” to help users find education programs that lead to positive employment outcomes by quickly assessing their labor market prospects.

Links: Youth – Job Bank

Canada Summer Job Program

Location: Online – All over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre, 103-400 City Hall Sq, Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Service Canada Southwest Outreach team general delivery mailbox:

ESDC.CSB.OutreachTeam-EquipeServicesMobiles.DGSC.EDSC@servicecanada.gc.ca Or

Elisabeth.brito@servicecanada.gc.ca

Description: Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) offers wage subsidies to employers, including not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and small private sector organizations with up to 50 full-time employees. The program aims to facilitate the creation of valuable summer job opportunities for young individuals aged 15 to 30, allowing them to gain quality work experiences.

Linkshttps://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html

Service Canada – Federal Student Work Experience Program

Location:  Online – All over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre, 103-400 City Hall Sq, Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Service Canada Southwest Outreach team general delivery mailbox:

ESDC.CSB.OutreachTeam-EquipeServicesMobiles.DGSC.EDSC@servicecanada.gc.ca Or

Elisabeth.brito@servicecanada.gc.ca

Description: The Federal Student Work Experience Program provides youth with the opportunity to discover numerous career paths and a wide range of job opportunities available throughout Canada within the Government of Canada.

LinksFederal Student Work Experience Program – Canada.ca

Service Canada – Internship and Volunteering

Youth Employment Skills Strategy (YESS)

Location:  Online – All over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre, 103-400 City Hall Sq, Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Service Canada Southwest Outreach team general delivery mailbox:

ESDC.CSB.OutreachTeam-EquipeServicesMobiles.DGSC.EDSC@servicecanada.gc.ca Or

Elisabeth.brito@servicecanada.gc.ca

Description: The YESS program offers funding to organizations for activities aimed at helping youth overcome employment barriers, gain valuable skills, and participate in the labor market. Support is customized to meet the specific needs of youth facing obstacles to employment.

LinksYouth jobs and internships – Canada.ca

Volunteer Opportunities for youth – Canada.ca


New Beginnings YJC (Youth Job Connection)

Location: 1049 Janette Avenue

Contact: Siobhan Pantin, 519-254-2363

Description: Youth Job Connections is a program that offers comprehensive support to youth aged 15-29 facing multiple employment barriers, including paid pre-employment training, job matching, mentorship, and assistance with education and work transitions.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/youth-opportunities-strategy

New Beginnings – Youth Employment Experience Program (YEEP)

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

1049 Janette Ave Windsor Ontario N9A5A4

Contact: Kristin Durham, (519)-254-2363 Ext. 122

Youth Opportunity Strategy Program Manager at spantin@newbe.ca

Description: This program was created to meet the employment needs of youth associated with the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society. It offers training and employment opportunities to youth, allowing them to gain valuable work experience while still attending school. Part-time positions are available during the school year, while full-time positions are offered during the summer.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links: https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/fee-for-service


The Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Location:  Online – All over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre

103-400 City Hall Sq

Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact:  Service Canada Southwest Outreach team general delivery mailbox:

ESDC.CSB.OutreachTeam-EquipeServicesMobiles.DGSC.EDSC@servicecanada.gc.ca Or

Elisabeth.brito@servicecanada.gc.ca

Description: The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digits number needed to work in Canada or to have access to Government programs, and benefits.

LinksSocial Insurance Number – Overview – Canada.ca


UHC – Hub of Opportunities – Youth Job Connection

Location: 6955 Cantelon Drive, Windsor ON N8T 3J9

Contact: Brandy Pyne  bpyne@uhc.ca

Phone: 519-944-4900, Ext. 124

Description: For Youth are having difficulties in their career path, UHC provides 60 hours of paid pre-employment training to help transition you into employment.

*Note: Eligibility: Must be 15 – 29 years old, currently unemployed, not be attending full-time school or training, and an Ontario resident

Links: https://www.uhc.ca/youth-job-connection/


UHC – Hub of Opportunities – Youth Job Connection – Summer

Location: 6955 Cantelon Drive, Windsor ON N8T 3J9

Contact: Brandy Pyne  bpyne@uhc.ca

Phone: 519-944-4900, Ext. 124

Description: For students looking for part-time employment, UHC connects you with an employer for up to 8 weeks and possibly 10 hours per week throughout the school year. 

*Note: Eligibility: Must be 15 – 18 years old, currently unemployed and is offered during the summer months only up to 8 weeks.

Links: https://www.uhc.ca/youth-job-connection-summer/

Academic Supports (below) within the Youth Matrix provides young individuals with resources, tutoring, and guidance to enhance their educational journey, ensuring they have the tools and assistance needed to succeed in their studies and reach their academic goals.


The Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women – Academic Counselling/Homework Support

Location: 1368 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON N8X 1J9

Contact: 519-915-5588 ext. 603

Email: NAP@wwwwiw.org

Description: This program supports immigrant students aged 13 to 24 in achieving their academic goals. It helps with study habits, organization, time management, and homework support, with a focus on natural and human sciences courses in high school. Open to both girls and boys.

Links: https://www.wwwwiw.org/youth-homework-support-arts-project/


Centre Communautaire Francophone Windsor-Essex-Kent – Guidance Center for Teenagers 

Location: 720 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1C2 

Contact: Marie- Eve P. Stroesser (Manager of the Teen Orientation Center), 519-948-5545 ext. 149 Email: centreado1@ccfwek.org

Description: The Guidance Center for Teenagers is an exclusively French-speaking living environment for teenagers. The Teen Center team provides different services and opportunities such as employment counselling, physical activity planning, tutoring, and food.

*Note: French Eligibility in this program

Links: https://ccfwek.org/services/centreado/


Adult Language and Learning – Youth Services

Location: 304 St Clair

Contact: 519-354-7424

Email: info@adultlanguageandlearning.ca

Description: Youth Services/ Youth Centre for newcomers aged 13-24, providing supports and services in youth’s integration and adaptation journey in Canada. The program helps youth connect to community services, help with homework, information sessions, career exploration & job search, etc.

Links: http://adultlanguageandlearning.ca/


Service Canada – Explore option for post-secondary education.

Location: Online – All over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre

103-400 City Hall Sq

Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Explore options for your post-secondary education ‐ How-to Guides ‐ Youth Digital Gateway ‐ Canada.ca

Description: The Explore Options section on the Canada.ca Youth portal – Digital Gateway offers resources for students to determine their interests, explore potential post-secondary education options, and compare them with available fields of study and current employment trends.

LinksExplore options for your post-secondary education ‐ How-to Guides ‐ Youth Digital Gateway ‐ Canada.ca

Service Canada – Paying for your education.

Location: Online – All over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre

Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Paying for your education ‐ How-to Guides ‐ Youth Digital Gateway ‐ Canada.ca

Description: The “Paying for your Education” section within the Canada.ca Youth portal – Digital Gateway assists students in discovering various methods of financing their education.

LinksPaying for your education ‐ How-to Guides ‐ Youth Digital Gateway ‐ Canada.ca

Service Canada – The Apprenticeship Incentive Grants

Location: Online – All over Canada

Windsor Services Canada Centre

103-400 City Hall Sq Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Apprenticeship Grants – Canada.ca

Description: The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a financial incentive designed to assist apprentices in advancing their Red Seal apprenticeship program.

Links: Apprenticeship Grants – Canada.ca

Service Canada – The Canada Apprenticeship Loan

Location: Online- All Over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre

103-400 City Hall Sq Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Canada Apprentice Loan – Canada.ca

Description: The Canada Apprentice Loan is a government initiative that provides financial assistance to apprentices pursuing a Red Seal trade, helping them successfully complete their apprenticeship program.

LinksCanada Apprentice Loan – Canada.ca

Service Canada – The Student Financial Assistance: Student Aid (Grants, Loans, Scholarships)

Education Savings (RESP, Canada Education Saving Grant, Canada Learning Bond)

Location: Online – All over – Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre

103-400 City Hall Sq Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Student aid and education planning – Canada.ca

Description: The Student Financial Assistance page provides guidance and resources for students to effectively plan for their education, including strategies for saving, budgeting, and exploring student aid and career opportunities.

Links: Student aid and education planning – Canada.ca


New Beginnings – Compass

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

Contact:  Kristin Durham

(519) 971 – 0973 Ext. 122

Description: The Compass Program provides a classroom environment for up to twelve youth facing expulsion or at risk of expulsion from public or Catholic schools. It is a collaborative partnership between the Greater Essex County District School Board and New Beginnings, offering individualized plans and support to help students successfully complete the program and transition back to school.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/specialized-classrooms

New Beginnings – (NRAC) Non-Residential Attendance Centre

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

Contact: Kristin Durham

(519) 971 – 0973 Ext. 122

Description: The Youth Criminal Justice Act offers a non-custodial sentencing option for youth aged 12-17 who have engaged in delinquent behavior. The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) provides referrals for mental health counseling. Various therapeutic programs are available, including interventions focused on relationships, communication, anger management, domestic violence, trauma, substance abuse, art therapy, girls’ group, pro-social skills, life skills, job readiness, literacy and tutoring, victim awareness, and embracing differences.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/non-residential-attendance-centre

New Beginnings – Transitions

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

Contact:  Kristin Durham

(519) 971 – 0973 Ext. 122

Description: Transitions is a specialized classroom program for 18 youth on probation, offered in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, The Greater Essex County District School Board, and New Beginnings. It provides therapeutic supports, credit-earning opportunities, co-op placements, and additional education options. Referrals, progress review, and discharge planning are conducted by a Selections Committee, and referrals from the Children’s Aid Society are also accepted.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/specialized-classrooms

New Beginnings – Connections Program

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

The Bridge 310 Shrek St. Leamington, Ontario N8H3L1

Contact: 519-971-0973 Ext. 122

Description: The New Beginnings Connection program supports youth in transitioning back to their community home schools after a suspension. It offers customized programming with a licensed social worker, focuses on individual goal-setting and problem-solving skills, and provides a supervised classroom setting with a certified teacher to continue academic progress.

*Note: To apply for this program, contact the office for an application to determine eligibility.
This program is designed to meet the needs of the most high-risk youth in our community.

Links:  https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/connections-program


Youth Wellness Hubs – Educational Support

Location: 3640 Wells Street, Windsor ON N9C 1T9 (Cottage #6)

Contact: Michelle Rocheleau (Operations Manager)

519-800-8640

info@youthhubyqg.com

Description:  If you need help with homework, you can check the events calendar to see when tutors are available at the Hub. They provide assistance and support to students with their academic work. Simply refer to the calendar to find the scheduled tutoring sessions and make use of this resource to get the help you need.

Links: https://youthhubyqg.com/programs/


Children’s Aid Society – Back to School Backpack Program

Location: 1671 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor, ON N8Y 5B5

Contact: 519-252-1171

info@wecas.on.ca

Description: The Back-to-School Backpack Program provides 900 children and youth supported by the Children’s Aid Society with new backpacks filled with school supplies. This program ensures that every child starts the school year with the necessary resources, boosting their self-esteem and ensuring they have a positive start to their education.

*Note: This program is for those under the care of the Children’s Aid Society.

Links: https://www.wecas.on.ca/programs-and-services/

Children’s Aid Society – Homework/Tutoring Program

Location: 1671 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor, ON N8Y 5B5

Contact: 519-252-1171

info@wecas.on.ca

Description: The Homework/Tutoring Program offers one-on-one support to approximately 40 students each year. Tutors, including retired teachers, professionals, and students, help enhance academic performance and boost self-confidence. Students have access to iPads and a smart board tracks their progress. The program has been successful in improving skills and fostering interest in studies.

*Note: This program is for those under the care of the Children’s Aid Society.

Links: https://www.wecas.on.ca/programs-and-services/

Children’s Aid Society – Education Programs – Bursaries

Location: 1671 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor, ON N8Y 5B5

Contact: 519-252-1171

info@wecas.on.ca

Description: Bursaries provide financial support for youth pursuing apprenticeships, college, or university education. They help cover tuition costs and living expenses, allowing students to focus on their studies. These bursaries aim to support youth who may have limited support systems and encourage positive change by empowering them to achieve their educational goals.

*Note: This program is for those under the care of the Children’s Aid Society.

Links: https://www.wecas.on.ca/programs-and-services/

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario – Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP)

Location: 500 Victoria Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 4M8

Contact: Kristie Matte (Bilingual Youth Outreach Worker), 519-965-9335
Email: kristie.matte@swo.ymca.ca

Description: The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program provides free educational prevention programs to raise awareness of youth gambling, promote healthy living, and make informed decisions. They offer accurate information and interactive workshops for youth aged 8 to 24, as well as educational workshops for parents, teachers, and professionals. The program also supports youth-driven initiatives that encourage expression and community action related to gambling.

Links: https://www.ymcaswo.ca/programs/education-enrichment/youth-gambling-prevention


Centre Communautaire Francophone Windsor-Essex-Kent – Guidance Center for Teenagers  

Location: 720 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1C2 

Contact: Marie- Eve P. Stroesser (Manager of the Teen Orientation Center), 519-948-5545 ext. 149
Email: centreado1@ccfwek.org

Description: The Guidance Center for Teenagers is an exclusively French-speaking living environment for teenagers. The Teen Center team provides different services and opportunities such as employment counselling, physical activity planning, tutoring, and food.

*Note: French Eligibility in this program

Links: https://ccfwek.org/services/centreado/


South Essex Community Council – Newcomer Youth Program

Location: Windsor Office – 1168 Drouillard Rd Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

               Leamington Office – 215 Talbot St East Leamington, ON N8H 3X5

Contact:  Windsor office: 519-915-5362

               Leamington office- 519-326-8629

Description: The Newcomer Youth Program offers a secure and welcoming space for youth ages 12-24 who are new to Canada and reside in Leamington. The program provides a range of activities, including leadership development, volunteering, community engagement, sports, and academic support, along with employment services, while fostering social interaction.

Links: https://www.secc.on.ca/help-for-newcomers/newcomer-youth-program/?program=Newcomer%20Youth%20Program


Service Canada – Canada.ca for Youth including the “State of Youth” 2021 report.

Location: Online – All over Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre

103-400 City Hall Sq Windsor – ON – N9A7K6

Contact: Canada.ca Youth portal Youth in Canada – Canada.ca

State of Youth report 2021 State of Youth – Canada.ca

Description: The State of Youth Report aims to increase awareness of the well-being, opportunities, and challenges experienced by youth in Canada, using their own perspectives. It provides valuable insights to inform government policies, programs, and decisions, with a new report released every four years to support improved support for Canadian youth.

Links: Youth in Canada – Canada.ca

State of Youth – Canada.ca

Service Canada – The Employment Opportunity for Student with Disabilities

(under the Federal Student Work Experience program provide support to student employees with disabilities)

Location: Online – All Over – Canada

Windsor Service Canada Centre Windsor – ON N9A7K6

Contact:  Employment Opportunities for Students with a Disability

Description: A public service that embraces and values the diverse identities, cultures, perspectives, and experiences that reflect Canada’s makeup. Certain student jobs and programs are exclusively available to individuals who have self-declared as belonging to an employment equity group, allowing applicants to indicate if they identify as a woman, an Indigenous person, a member of a visible minority, or a person with a disability during the application process.

Links: Employment Opportunities for Students with a Disability

Service Canada – Resources to recruit for employers.

Location:  Online – All Over – Canada Windsor Service Canada Centre Windsor – ON N9A7K6

ContactRecruit Indigenous peoples – Job Bank

Recruit persons with disabilities – Job Bank

Hiring Services and Information

Description: The Government of Canada offers resources to help businesses hire employees, students, foreign workers, apprentices, and attract suitable talent for their organizations.

Links: Recruit Indigenous peoples – Job Bank

Recruit persons with disabilities – Job Bank

Hiring Services and Information


New Beginnings – (WE CAPP) Windsor Essex Child and Parent Place

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

1049 Janette Ave Windsor Ontario N9A5A4

Contact: Carolyn Binder

(519) 971-0625

Description: The Windsor Essex Child and Parent Place (WECAPP), supported by the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS), provides a neutral and secure environment for children and families experiencing transitions, such as separation and divorce. WECAPP offers supervised access visits and exchanges, ensuring the well-being and safety of the children involved. This service is available in Windsor and Leamington.

Linkshttps://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/windsor-essex-child-and-parent-place

New Beginnings – (YITW) Youth in Transition Worker

Location: 1015 Highland Ave Windsor Ontario N9A 1R6

1049 Janette Ave Windsor Ontario N9A5A4

Contact: Siobhan Pantin

(519) 254-2363 Ext. 416

Description: The Youth in Transition Worker program aims to assist youth in smoothly transitioning from the child welfare system to adulthood. The program offers support in various areas including housing, education, employment, life skills training, health and mental health services, and legal services, with the goal of helping youth achieve their goals and access the necessary resources for a successful transition.

Links: https://www.newbeginningswindsor.com/programs/youth-opportunities-strategy


Canadian Mental Health Association – Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare – Regional Children’s Centre

Location: 3901 Connaught Street Windsor, Ontario N9C 4H4

Contact: 519-257-5215

Description: We provide services for children and youth aged 6-18, including crisis support for those aged 0-15. Our focus areas include mental health, developmental disabilities, and youth justice, catering to individuals facing social, emotional, or behavioral challenges in different settings, as well as those involved with the justice system or with developmental disabilities, including autism.

Link: https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Hotel-Dieu-Grace-Healthcare-Regional-Childrens-Centre.pdf


Youth Diversion – Time to L.A.G (Learn about Gaming)

Location: 1015 Highland Avenue, Windsor ON N9A 1R6

Contact: 519- 253-3340 to have a referral form completed over the phone

Email referral form at youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com or fax at 519-253-6476

Description: Time to L.A.G is an educational program that addresses unhealthy behaviors related to excessive gaming and screen time. It covers topics such as gaming and mental health, addiction, exposure to harmful content, and digital resiliency. The program aims to educate youth about the risks and benefits of gaming and help them make balanced choices for a healthier lifestyle.

Links:   https://ecyouthdiversion.ca/time-to-l-a-g/

https://ecyouthdiversion.ca/educators-justice-partners/referral-process/

Youth Diversion – See Different

Location: 1015 Highland Avenue, Windsor ON N9A 1R6

Contact: 519-253-3340 or faxed to 519-253-6476

Or email to youthoutreach@essexcountydiversion.com

Description: The See Different program promotes diversity and inclusion among youth. Participants examine the impact of their identity on their worldview, reflect on the influence of bias and stereotypes, and recognize the potential for prejudice and discrimination. By the program’s conclusion, youth gain the ability to define and identify personal biases, stereotypes, prejudices, and acts of discrimination.

Links:   https://ecyouthdiversion.ca/see-different/

https://ecyouthdiversion.ca/educators-justice-partners/referral-process/


Youth Wellness Hubs – Primary Care

Location: 3640 Wells Street Windsor ON N9C 1T9

Contact: Michelle Rocheleau (Operations Manager)

Description: Nurses provide confidential one-on-one sessions to address youth’s sexual health, physical health, and mental health needs. Trained professionals are available to discuss any questions or concerns in a supportive environment.

Link: https://youthhubyqg.com/programs

Youth Wellness Hubs – Family Navigation

Location: 3640 Wells Street, Windsor ON N9C 1T9

Contact: Michelle Rocheleau (Operations Manager)

Description: Our family navigator offers personalized assistance in navigating community services for youth and their families, providing tailored options and recommendations based on individual needs. This support aims to simplify the process of accessing appropriate services and resources, making it easier for families to find the assistance they require.

Linkhttps://youthhubyqg.com/programs/


Children’s Aid Society – Youth with Cameras Program

Location: 1671 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor, ON N8Y 5B5

Contact: 519-252-1171

info@wecas.on.ca

Description:  The Youth with Cameras program teaches photography while fostering self-confidence and building friendships. Participants receive a new camera and, guided by Society staff and photography experts, visit local landmarks and destinations to explore their new hobby.

Link: https://www.wecas.on.ca/programs-and-services/


Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (weCHC) – Eating Disorder Support

Location:

Teen Health: 1361 Ouellette Avenue, Unit 101, Windsor, ON N8X 1J6

Contact: Teen Health: 519-253-8481

Description: Patients can contact our centralized intake phone number at BANA (1-855-969-5530) to receive triage by a Social Worker and appropriate service referrals. If suitable for the Teen Health Eating Disorder program, their intake will be faxed, and a receptionist will schedule an initial assessment appointment with the Nurse Practitioner. The NP will conduct a one-hour assessment and refer to other services within the Teen Health Program as needed. If hospitalization or admission to an inpatient program is necessary, we will assist the family with the process.

Link: https://bana.ca/weiop/