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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

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Life Unscripted Interview

May 11th, 2022

Our Executive Director Mike Lethby was interviewed by Janice Arnoldi from Life Unscripted. "I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Janice Arnoldi on her show “Life Unscripted” on CKTB. The interview covered the RAFT’s history and our unique and successful service for youth in Niagara." - Mike Lethby, RAFT Executive Director

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