Family Services of the North Shore’s YouthLAB

YouthLAB Wraps Up Another Successful Year!

 

YouthLAB had a very exciting year in 2015/16. YouthLAB members began the year learning about critical mental health issues for youth such as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, relationship violence, and bullying.  Valued community partners such as North Shore Multicultural Society’s Neonology team, Safe Teen International, and the Indian Residential School Survivor Society shared skills and insights to support YouthLAB members’ deeper learning around the social context in which mental health difficulties emerge and are sustained.

 

On December 9 & 10, two of our YouthLAB members presented to over 60 conference participants at the “BC Collaborates to Stop Sexual and Domestic Violence” conference on how to engage youth in a supportive counselling process.

 

December’s Family Services of the North Shore Winter Family Ball is always a wonderful, bonding experience for YouthLAB as their community ambassadorship is highlighted and they truly take in the scope of the FSNS community and supporters.

 

In the spring, after several months of planning and preparation, we really started getting the word out!

 

May 2016 saw our hard work come to fruition with meaningful community outreach. Over 260 North Shore high school students participated in interactive youth-led presentations to address common mental health struggles, the stigma surrounding them, as well as empowering solutions. These presentations were highly praised and well received.

 

Additionally, seven North Shore secondary schools were decorated with our impactful print campaign: Stars and Sticky Notes—exposing the student populations to important messages around mental wellness and getting help when it’s needed.

 

Finally, FSNS was thrilled that YouthLAB won the District of West Vancouver’s Outstanding Team Youth Award. Additionally, one fantastic YouthLAB member was awarded a Community Enhancement Award for her work with YouthLAB over two years at both the District of West Vancouver and North Vancouver District Awards. There was much nostalgic connectivity and appreciation as YouthLAB wrapped up and celebrated our successful year!

 

“This year’s YouthLAB team proved again that youth are the best ambassadors for issues important to them. Every time we have these conversations in the community we get closer to erasing the stigma of mental health issues.”    ~ YouthLAB Coordinator

 


Supported by the Northshore Auto Mall, Coast Capital Savings and Young Foundation.

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