Since 1982, YOU has helped lead youth in London and Middlesex County toward success. We believe that investing in youth and strong communities go hand in hand. We know that many youth need guidance and support to reach their true potential.
YOU began as a community based initiative and has continually developed and strengthened community partnerships. We work with our business, community and government partners (more than 22) to maximize opportunities for youth and to address their most pressing needs.
We help youth reach their potential through education, skills training, employment supports and referrals they need to lead positive lives. Each year YOU serves over 3,600 youth between 16 and 30 years of age in London and Strathroy. There is a wide range of services including health & dental care, housing, education, workshops, job search and on-the-job skills training.
YOU has been a national leader in social enterprise since opening our first one in 1996. It generates revenue from business to contribute back to the organization and eventually offset the need for funding. Now YOU operates four social enterprise businesses to offer on-the-job skills training to youth. We serve all youth from those at risk to those seeking summer employment. We have numerous supports and services in place and a caring staff to meet their needs successfully.
As a non-profit registered charity, YOU receives funding from all levels of government, national, regional and local businesses as well as foundations.