Youth Engagement Group

Lanark Youth Making a Difference (LYMD)

The Youth Engagement group brings together like-minded youth who are interested to create change and make a difference in the community in a safe and inclusive environment. It is a smaller, more focused group of youth who engage in planning events and projects within the community, spreading awareness of mental health, encouraging mental wellness and positive coping initiatives. The youth are working towards projects that take action to create positive social change through youth-adult partnerships and in exploring social and political issues that are relevant for youth in their community.

Age: 14-21 (with some flexibility)

When: Every 2nd Wednesday from 4-6pm

Location: Carleton Place Office, 130 Lansdowne Avenue

Activities Can Include: Brainstorming/planning ideas for projects, volunteer work, group discussions, attending events, creating posters/content, opportunities to attend conferences, meetings with other agencies or lead partners

Previous projects:

  • Provided a youth perspective to management at Open Doors and the community

  • Hosted a youth leadership event that brought together youth engagement groups from around Lanark county for a full day workshop on mental wellness

  • Attended the Disable the Label conference 2 years in a row

  • Travelled to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a leadership training at The Neutral Zone (a youth-led creative space)

  • Supported a grant application for the Aviva Better Together campaign to contribute to the creation of a Youth Innovation Space in Carleton Place.

  • Helped in hosting the Open Doors Youth Awards Night at the Grand Hotel

How to Get Involved?

Come to our Peer to Peer Support Group first to check it out for a few groups. If you’re still committed and interested to join the Youth Engagement group, facilitators will have a meeting with the youth to determine their future involvement with LYMD.

**Youth do need to show sense of commitment and desire to be involved in the community/work on projects to be suitable for attending this group**

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