Give Squamish Youth the Bright Future They Deserve
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Squamish Youth Need Your Support
The need for youth supports has never been greater in Squamish. As Canada’s sixth fastest growing community, it has one of British Columbia’s largest per capita populations of children. In fact, the child population (aged 0-14) in Squamish grew by 14% from 2011-2016, far above the national average of 4%.
Foundry Squamish is Coming
Young people in our community need a safe space where they can not only meet up and have fun, but also find the help they desperately need – when they need it
Squamish has been selected as one of eight communities to open a new Foundry Centre, offering critical supports and services for youth mental health and wellness.
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced June 15 that Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS) will be lead agency responsible for opening and operating “Foundry Squamish.” As lead agency, SSCS will receive up to $800,000 to establish the centre.
Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated health and social service centres providing young people, ages 12-24, with a safe and judgement-free environment, where they can feel comfortable asking for help and accessing the services they need. Foundry centres provide comprehensive care through integrating mental health, substance use services, primary care, social services, and peer support.
Foundry Squamish will provide a combination of recreational, educational and clinical programming. It will be a safe place for Squamish youth to find the care, connection and supports they deserve.
Foundry Squamish is the result of a ground-breaking and community-wide partnership between SSCS, Squamish Youth, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH), Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD), Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions (MMHA), District of Squamish (DoS), Squamish Nation and School District 48 (SD48).
The project is also the direct result of the District-led Youth Strategy program; “For Youth, By Youth.” This is the framework for youth engagement in our community, and Foundry Squamish will be at the heart of it all!
Programs & Services
Foundry Squamish will offer a diverse slate of recreational and educational programs, health and wellness resources, services and supports—all in one convenient location!
Located on the ground floor of the Buckley Affordable Housing Project, a 76-unit housing development, Foundry Squamish will sit next to Howe Sound Secondary School and a public park, and close to transit and downtown Squamish.
Future location of Foundry Squamish
I like coming to the Youth Centre after school to have a safe, warm place to hang out.