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Youth Reconnect

These programs provide connections to support and housing services for at-risk youth within their community.


What is Youth Reconnect?

This service is designed to help youth without secure housing access services and supports within their own community.

By helping youth remain in their home communities these young people can give back both socially and economically.

In the past, housing support services were not available in the community and at-risk youth often found themselves forced to leave their community to secure housing.

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Youth Reconnect Programs act as portals to the supports and services offered in each home communities.

Programs are available in:

  • Fort Erie
  • Port Colborne
  • Grimsby
  • West Niagara
  • St.Catharines
  • Welland
  • Niagara Falls

The Youth Reconnect Programs bring all of the services and assistance of the RAFT to these communities.

The programs also work to connect individuals with the services they need as well as provide advocacy when it is needed.

Who is the target population?

The RAFT focuses on supporting high-risk youth who are:

  • without stable family, peer or community supports;
  • experiencing difficulty accessing current community support services;
  • homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
  • in danger of dropping out of school;
  • engaging in unhealthy lifestyle choices including drug abuse, addiction and criminal behaviour

What does a Youth Reconnect Worker do?

A Youth Reconnect Worker:

  • coordinates access to services to ensure basic individual needs of youth are met
  • links individual youth to appropriate services locally and regionally
  • supports youth in transitional housing

Find out more about Youth Reconnect or other programs

News & Updates

Two Years of Shelter Diversion: Learnings and Lessons

Aug 9th, 2021

This report examines the effectiveness of a Centralized Shelter Diversion program in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada between April 2019 and April 2021. The dataset consists of information gathered by a team of Shelter Diversion workers who had 2,643 interactions with 1,181 unique people as they sought access to shelter provided by the RAFT’s Youth Shelter, Southridge Community Church’s Adult Shelter, or the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara’s Nightlight Youth Shelter. The report plots the n...

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