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Youth Opportunities Strategy  assists young people realize and reach their full potential.  We work to help youth learn skills, gain confidence and become connected to the community that they live, learn and play. We have multiple services that may help:
  • Provincial Youth Outreach Worker (PYOW)
  • Youth in Transition Worker
  • Youth Job Connection Program
  • Risk Intervention and Prevention Project
Provincial Youth Outreach Worker (PYOW)
PYOWs   work in identified priority neighbourhoods to help youth 12-21 access services and supports in the community to meet their needs and advocate on their behalf. Youth Outreach Workers can help with a variety of issues like finding a job, completing volunteer hours, applying for assistance, finding housing and meeting other basic needs such as clothing, food, and hygiene care. They also provide opportunities and links to events in the community.
Neighbourhoods involved are: 
City Centre - ‘N9A’
University - ‘N9B’
Sandwich Town - ‘N9C’
Forest Glade - ‘N8R/N8T’ (East of Lauzon)
Drouillard – ‘N8Y’
http://www.youthconnect.ca/ - Website providing information and government services for all youth.
To connect with a Youth Outreach Worker please utilize the contact information at the bottom of this page.
Youth in Transition Worker Program
The goal of the Youth in Transition Worker program is to support youth in their successful transition out of the child welfare system into adulthood. The Youth in Transition Worker helps youth to develop and pursue their goals, and supports them to identify, access, and navigate adult service systems relevant to their specific needs. They support youth to connect to existing supports and resources within their communities including, housing supports, education resources, employment services and training, life skills training (e.g. financial management, household management), health and mental health services, and legal services.

The YITW program collaborates with local community agencies to share information about the program as well as to provide knowledgeable referrals for youth to appropriate community services. Services are provided to youth in both community based and drop-in settings with flexible service hours.

We work closely with the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society (WECAS) to ensure that youth leaving care know about the Youth in Transition program, and also to help to navigate the referral process.

To connect with a Youth in Transition Worker please utilize the information found at the bottom of this page.
Youth Job Connection Program 
 The Youth Job Connection program serves youth aged 15 to 29 who experience multiple and/or complex barriers to employment by providing more intensive supports beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities.
Supports include:
  • Paid pre-employment training to promote job-readiness;
  • Job matching and paid job placements, with placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers;
  • Mentorship services; and
  • Education and work transitions supports.
Youth Job Connection consists of two components:
  • year-round component, which provides intensive employment supports for youth aged 15 to 29 who are not in employment, education or training and who experience multiple barriers to employment. This program is a continuous intake at New Beginnings with training sessions offered every other month.
  • summer component – Youth Job Connection: Summer – which provides summer, part-time and after-school job opportunities to high school students, aged 15 to 18, who are facing challenging life circumstances and may need support transitioning between school and work. Applications must be submitted by June 1st to be considered for the summer component.
To apply to this program please contact our office for an application form. Once we receive your information we will schedule an appointment with you to determine your eligibility and complete an intake.

If you are interested in becoming an employer with this program please contact our Employment Staff. 

For more information, please contact our Youth Employment Worker (contact information below)
Risk Intervention and Prevention Project
The Risk Intervention and Prevention Project is a mobile program for acute at-risk youth ages 12-20. This program provides service to youth that demonstrate a variety of risk factors including those who are in conflict with the law and/or have been sentenced and at risk to reoffend and/or are at a higher risk of criminal/violent behaviour and poorer outcomes, reside in a high needs community, have multiple risk factors and challenges such as: substance abuse issues, mental health issues, familial issues, housing, unemployment, poverty, education etc.

We strive to include families and other services providers through a wraparound approach to service coordination. Program staff will also assist youth in navigating systems to enhance opportunities to access services whether those are mental health and addictions, health services or financial support and housing.  Program staff will work beside youth to address the basic issues/needs that can present as barriers to participating and engaging in school/work/leisure, which ultimately promote a sense of inclusion, engagement and overall wellbeing.

Prevention programs are developed for the specific group/area and can include psychoeducational groups, recreation event’s and parents forums to address the needs in a specific area, community or neighbourhood.

The Risk Intervention and Prevention Project (RIPP) services: Windsor, Tecumseh, Belle River, Lakeshore, LaSalle and Amherstburg.

For more information, please contact a member of the Risk Intervention and Prevention Project team (information below).
Contact Information:
Mary Jane LeClair
Co-Ordinator of Community Programs
(519) 254-2363 x416
Program Manager
Mary Jane LeClair
Coordinator of Community Programs and Agency Compliance
519.254.2363 x416
Provincial Youth Outreach Workers (PYOW)
Nicole Stach
YOW - Team Lead
519.254.2363 x417
Kerry Kennedy
YOW - Priority Populations
519.254.2363 x411
Toni Soldevilla
YOW - Youth & Family Engagement
519.254.2363 x418
Georgina Tsitsas
YOW - Education & Skills Development
519.254.2363 x420
Savanah Newton
YOW - Events and Activities - Bilingual
519.254.2363 x419
Risk Intervention and Prevention Project (RIPP)
RIPP – Team Lead
Chase Santavy
Bilingual Risk Intervention Worker
519.254.2363 x413
Colleen Higgins
Risk Intervention Worker
519.254.2363 x412
Youth In Transition Worker (YITW)
Jeff Kozolanka
Youth In Transition Worker
519.254.2363 x415
Youth Job Connection (YJC)
Kim Gratto
Youth Employment Worker
519.254.2363 x410
Sieler-Van Every
Youth Employment Worker
519.254.2363 x410
Youth Opportunities Strategy (YOS)
1049 Janette Ave., Windsor, ON N9A 5A4
Phone: (519) 254-2363
Fax: (519) 254-0251
Email: yos@newbe.ca

Outreach Satellite Offices (By appointment only):

Sandwich Town
Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG).
3735 King St. Windsor, ON, N9C 1P7
Drouillard / Ford City
Gino A. Marcus Community Centre
1168 Drouillard Rd., Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1