YOW

The YOW program, funded by The Ministry of Child and Youth Services, connects and refers youth aged 12-20 years to a broad range of social, recreational, and legal services in the Ottawa area. The program's priority is to bridge the gap that exists between youth in the community and the larger organizations to which they require access.

Collaboration with existing community partners is also a fundamental aspect of the YOW program. Creating and maintaining partnerships with various social service providers is essential in supporting program goals and priorities. Such partnerships are maintained and created by YOW workers regularly attending community functions related to young people and their families. Community BBQ's and organized recreational sports games are both examples of occasions that allow the YOW team to collaborate with existing organizations and reach out to new youth in the process.

YOW consists of a team of four professionals working in a variety of communities across Ottawa. Each team of two is responsible for three catchment areas: the West team serves the communities of Dumaurier, Ritchie/Britannia Woods and Michelle Heights; the South team tends to the areas Banff/Ledbury, Confederation Court and Heatherington. As both YOW teams work in partnership with organizations, such as community houses and community health centres, they are easily able to inform youth of the appropriate resources, opportunities and programs that they may not have otherwise known about. YOW workers often facilitate the process by which youth are connected to the supports and services that they need.

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Contact YOW

YOW Ottawa South

Kristina Saunders
Youth Outreach Worker
Youth Opportunities Strategy
Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa
Tel: 613-978-4336
ksaunders@bgcottawa.org

Sadia Abdullahi 
Youth Outreach Worker
Youth Opportunities Strategy
Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa
Tel: 613-978-4340
Sabdullahi@bgcottawa.org

YOW Ottawa West

Omar Alhattab
Youth Outreach Worker
Youth Opportunities Strategy
Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa
2825 Dumaurier Ave
Ottawa, ON, K2B 7W3
Tel: 613-978-4338
Oalhattab@bgcottawa.org

Mindy Arsenault
Youth Outreach Worker
Youth Opportunities Strategy
Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa
2825 Dumaurier Ave
Ottawa, ON, K2B 7W3
Tel: 613-978-4339
Marsenault@bgcottawa.org

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