The Spot, Where YOU(th) Wanna Be, is located in the Yorkgate Mall and offers programming for youth between the ages of 13—29 years of age.
The Spot is a safe and accessible space created to support vulnerable youth to optimize their personal, social, and vocational competency in order to achieve his or her full potential, ultimately reducing the effects of poverty. The focus of The Spot’s work is youth-centered and designed to promote the overall health of youth by building on their strengths. Our youth programs are committed to increasing and building the leadership skills of youth. We support youth to realize and reach for opportunity.
Services and opportunities for youth include:
- Employment training, support, and opportunities
- Academic support
- Education and skill development
- Settlement support for newcomers to Canada
- Advocacy and social justice in the Jane and Finch community
- Community engagement
- Social, Recreational and physical activities
- Access to an effective and efficient network of community support services
The Spot works with partnering organizations to deliver even more programs to youth by sharing space, providing support, and collaborating on programs together.
“Elevated-Women” is a pilot program of the Jane/Finch Centre focusing on women, aged 16 to 35, who would like to make a difference in their socio-economic or educational situation. The Jane/Finch Centre supports women in their efforts to achieve financial independence by creating pathways to effect change personally, financially, and professionally.
“Elevated” draws from adult learning principles to effectively improve the lives of women who are negatively affected by the social determinants of health and economic disparity in general.
We believe that with the right support, women can improve their quality of life by lifting themselves and their families out of poverty. Our long-term vision is to see an increase of participation of women in all facets of society.
We provide a holistic approach to skill building and life skills enhancement, starting from women’s self-identified economic circumstances.
We provide the supports, skills, resources, and networks necessary to create strategic career or educational pathways to realize these plans for each participant. The current pilot will be for a 6 months period, 2 days a week, 2.5 hours a day, with childcare and refreshments provided to ensure equity and accessibility.
For more information about our work, please contact us at (416) 663-2733 ext 290 or visit our website at www.thespotyouth.org.