Manitoba Youth Hubs

Integrated Youth Services Initiative

Call for Proposals

The Need in Manitoba

Youth across Canada and in Manitoba can face many barriers in accessing the services and supports they need.

Pathways to accessing mental health care, addictions support, primary care and other social services are often unclear and unknown to youth.

Navigating the system to find the right support can be difficult and overwhelming. Young people can easily fall through the cracks.

The Youth Hub model strives to improve the wellness of Manitoba’s young people (age 12- 29) and ensure they are able to access the coordinated care they need in a youth-focused way.

About the Initiative

The launch of Manitoba’s Integrated Youth Services Hubs Initiative is an important step forward in supporting Manitoba youth and their families.

This collaborative effort has been developed and informed by:

  • The 2018 Province of Manitoba strategy on Improving Access and Coordination of Mental Health and Addictions Services (the VIRGO Report),
  • Our partners in government, community, and philanthropy, and,
  • Significant consultation and sharing of lessons learned from other jurisdictions across Canada.

Through this initiative, the Government of Manitoba, together with Shared Health and a dedicated group of philanthropic partners, is committed to improving services for young people by supporting the expansion of the Youth Hubs model in Manitoba.

Scaling up the Youth Hubs model will transform mental health and addiction services for youth and young adults in our Province. Through this initiative, at least three new Youth Hub sites will be established in Manitoba.

The Youth Hubs Concept

The Youth Hubs movement calls for re-envisioning our system(s) of care and moving to a more integrated and youth-focused approach. 

The Youth Hubs model we want to promote is grounded in a shared belief that young people and their families should have a voice in their care and that finding the right support should not be difficult.

Youth Hubs, located in communities across Manitoba, will provide low barrier, integrated services for young people and their families in a “one-stop-shop” model.

The intent of Youth Hubs is to bring together mental health, addictions services, primary care, peer support and other social services into a single, easy-to-access location.

Youth Hubs require a network of organizations and service providers to work closely together to provide integrated services, across the continuum of care, in a youth-friendly manner and environment.

Youth Hubs may differ throughout Manitoba, based on the specific needs and characteristics of different communities.

Current State

Manitoba’s first Youth Hub site was established at NorWest Co-Op in Winnipeg in 2017.

The NorWest Youth Hub is an integrated youth service centre operated in partnership with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC) and Youth Employment Services (YES).

The partnerships that have been established enable the NorWest Youth Hub to provide a wide continuum of youth-friendly services under one roof, in a convenient location, and with hours of operation that provide accessibility for youth in the community.

Call for Proposals Process

Thank you for your interest in establishing a Youth Hub in your community and joining an emerging network of Youth Hubs in Manitoba.

Manitoba’s Youth Hubs Integrated Youth Services Initiative has issued a Call for Proposals from organizations and communities across Manitoba interested in establishing a Youth Hub. The goal of this process is to identify up to three new Youth Hub sites in Manitoba by February 2021.

Questions?

Manitoba Youth Hubs Integrated Youth Services is an initiative of the Government of Manitoba in partnership with:

  • Bell – Graham Boeckh Foundation Partnership
  • United Way Winnipeg
  • RBC Foundation
  • The Winnipeg Foundation
  • The Moffat Family Fund (held at The Winnipeg Foundation)
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