Community Youth Network,

Organization Sponsor: Newfoundland and Labrador, Government - Department of Advanced Education and Skills

Organization Partner: Community Youth Network, St. John's


Program Description

The Community Youth Network (CYN) is a Provincial initiative whose mandate is to provide a variety of services for youth living in or at risk of poverty. Its inception resulted from a need to decrease barriers to education and/or employment, and improve the quality of life for young people.

The Community Youth Network increases opportunity for youth primarily 12-18 years of
age to avail of the supports they need to mature into healthy, educated, employable
members of the community.
Meeting youth where they are, helping youth go where they want to go, and supporting youth to be who they want to be.

CYNs are located throughout the Province provide youth with opportunities in their communities to participate in:
recreational activities

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

The CYN is funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Dept. of Human Resources, Labour & Employment.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The Community Youth Network will comprise 41 locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador aimed at serving thousands of young people between the ages of 12 to 18 on a daily basis.

Impact Of Program: 

A CYN enables youth to be engaged in programs and services that enhance their decision-making in regard to education and career planning. As well, a CYN offers young people the opportunity to build good social and inter-personal skills, engage in leadership development activities and participate in sport and leisure activities. This strengthens community life and fosters participation.

Evaluation Tools: 

The summative evaluation was conducted between November 17, 2007 and March 31, 2008. Data was gathered through focus groups, telephone surveys, interviews, document review, and best practice review. Feedback was sought from past participants, employers, and internal and external stakeholders.Overall, the findings of the evaluation are very positive. These programs have largely fulfilled their stated goals. Participants and employers agree the programs are worthwhile and have had positive impacts by providing work experience and financial support to young people in this province.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

To assist youth, primarily 12-18 years, achieve their full potential and enhance the capacity of youth serving agencies.

Guiding Principles:
All individuals deserve equal opportunity
All youth services must be youth friendly and nondiscriminatory regarding gender, religion, culture, race, sexual orientation, etc.
All services must be located in safe accessible environments
Focus on the assets of youth
To provide support to youth serving agencies
Positive focus and energy

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Some youth, however, are facing increasing social problems, such as alcohol and substance abuse, idleness, disillusionment, and conflict with the law. Many problems are associated with low self-esteem, lack of a sense of self-worth and little optimism about the future. These problems, coupled with increased levels of stress and depression, have meant that the mental health and emotional well-being of young people are declining. Such stress also reduces interest in the pursuit of education.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The first CYN opened in 1991.

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