Manitoba Youth Hubs

Integrated Youth Services Initiative

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 mental health and overall wellness of Manitoba’s young people (age 12-29) and ensure that they are able to access the coordinated care they need in a youth-focused way. Manitoba’s first integrated services Youth Hub was established at NorWest Co-op Community Health in 2017. Now, five new Youth Hub sites will be established in our province.

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.

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.

Manitoba has one existing Youth Hub site at NorWest Co-op Community Health. Five more sites were announced in March 2021, to be opened later this year. Scaling up the Youth Hubs model will transform mental health and addiction services for youth and young adults in our province.

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.

Building on the NorWest experience, Manitoba’s Youth Hubs Integrated Youth Services Initiative issued a Call for Proposals from organizations and communities across Manitoba interested in establishing a Youth Hub in late 2020. This process identified five new Youth Hub sites to be established in Manitoba. They are:

  • an Indigenous-led Youth Hub serving the Centennial and Point Douglas neighbourhoods, located at and led by Ka Ni Kanichihk in Winnipeg;
  • a downtown-based Youth Hub in the West Broadway area of Winnipeg, led by the Canadian Mental Health Association;
  • a Youth Hub for families in St. Boniface/St. Vital, including Francophone, newcomer and Indigenous youth, led by Youville Clinic;
  • a Westman-region Youth Hub in downtown Brandon, led by Westman Youth for Christ; and
  • a Youth Hub in downtown Selkirk serving Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from Selkirk, Peguis First Nation and other Interlake communities, led by Peguis First Nation.

FAQ

Here are the answers to questions you may have about the Manitoba Youth Hubs Initiative.

The Youth Hubs Concept
  • Youth Hubs is an initiative of the Government of Manitoba, together with Shared Health and a dedicated group of philanthropic partners, all committed to improving services for young people by supporting the expansion of the Youth Hubs model in Manitoba.
  • 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,
    • through significant consultation and sharing of lessons learned from other jurisdictions across Canada.
  • The Government of Manitoba is investing in the expansion of the youth hub model in Manitoba in partnership with several philanthropic partners (Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation Partnership, RBC Foundation, United Way Winnipeg, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Moffat Family Fund and the Réseau Compassion Network). Initial funding covers Youth Hub start-up, operations, coordination and service delivery over three fiscal years.
    • Youth Hubs 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 or access point.
    • 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.
    • Where and when feasible, this involves the co-location of youth-focused services. This way, youth and their families can go to a single place to access  all of the core health services they need.
    • Integrated Youth Services or IYS refers to a wide variety of services, including mental health and addictions services, that are brought together to treat and support a young person holistically, whatever their needs may be.
    • These services are ideally physically co-located, working collaboratively together with shared pathways for information sharing and coordinated support and care. There is a growing interest in the IYS model both in Canada and internationally.
    • Manitoba’s first Youth Hub site was established at NorWest Co-Op in Winnipeg in 2017. The Youth Hubs Initiative put out a Call for Proposals for additional sites in November 2020, and is now supporting the start-up of an additional five sites across Manitoba.
    • These sites are located in Winnipeg, Selkirk, and Brandon. Read more about each site here.
The Backbone Organization
    • The Backbone Organization will report to the Youth Hubs Initiative’s Strategic Steering Committee
    • The Backbone Organization will help to guide the implementation of vision and strategy and support a network approach towards scaling youth hub sites in Manitoba.
    • The Backbone Organization will be comprised of a small staff team, including an Executive Director and a Clinical Director, and will be responsible for supporting:
      • Hub Development
      • Clinical Care and Innovation
      • Community Engagement, Communications, and Branding
      • Fundraising Activities, and
      • Research, Evaluation, and Reporting
    • United Way Winnipeg (UWW) is well-positioned to take on this role given their expertise in bringing partners together to work on transformational initiatives.
    • In recent years, UWW has gained significant experience as the administrative host for collaborative efforts like the For Every Family Initiative and the Winnipeg Boldness Project.
    • The role of the Youth Hubs Initiative’s Administrative Host will be to steward and support an evolving network of integrated Youth Hubs across the Province.

Learn More About Youth Hubs in Manitoba, Ontario and B.C.

In late 2020, United Way Winnipeg hosted a series of webinars to provide information and support to communities, organizations and partnerships interested in establishing a Youth Hub.

Watch all four one-hour webinars below to learn more about the experiences of NorWest Youth Hub in Winnipeg, Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO), and Foundry centres in B.C.

Introduction to Integrated Youth Services (IYS) in Manitoba

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Lessons Learned from NorWest Youth Hub in Manitoba

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Lessons Learned from Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO)

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Lessons Learned from Foundry B.C.

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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)
  • The Réseau Compassion Network
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