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About Us
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History of the Community Youth Network
The Community Youth Network (CYN) was established in 1999 as one of the initiatives under the National Child Benefit (NCB) Provincial Reinvestment Plan. The CYN is suported though the Office of Public Engagement, Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mandate is to develop an array of services for youth living in or at risk of living in poverty. CYN services are intended to enhance opportunities for youth to participate in social and economic development by focussing on the five lines of business:
  • education/learning;
  • employment/career exploration;
  • capacity-building/community-building;
  • support services & recreation.
The Network is currently coordinated through the Provincial Office of Public Engagement.

CYN centres are designed to serve youth in the 12-18 year age range, with some flexibility depending on local circumstances. The target population is identified in the CYN mandate as youth living in, or at risk of living in, poverty. The rationale given for an open approach is to avoid the stigma associated with targeting at-risk youth only.
 
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CYN is committed to become youth driven and youth friendly by providing support for youth, ages 12 -18. To offer programs and services that focuses on the needs of youth and assist with the development of healthy families and communities. CYN is committed to providing opportunities to youth that will help them become motivated, experience life choices and further their education and career goals.

The vision is to provide prevention and early intervention programs and activities that will enhance leadership, entrepreneurial, and organizational skills of youth in a safe, non-violent, alcohol/drug/smoke free environments.

A volunteer board of directors comprised of community stakeholders including youth, municipalities, health professionals, RCMP and Educators, governs the organization. Currently, the organization operates four drop in youth centers and has one full time executive director, three full time community staff and three part-time staff. Other activities of the organization have and continue to include workshops and seminar delivery in a variety of topics including leadership and motivation, drug and alcohol awareness & sexual health.

All CYN programs are now focusing to address the following three areas:
  • Youth Leadership
  • Youth Engagement
  • Civic Engagement
 
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Our Board of Directors
Board of Directors as of September 2009

Agnes Pike, Chair
Sheila Downer
Linda Belben
Doreen Penney
Kathleen King
Cpl. Kemble Vardy
Regan Burden , Youth Rep Port Hope Simpson
Olivia Lavalee, Youth Rep, Labrador Straits
Joshua Diamond, Youth Rep, Flower's Cove
Gregory Way, Youth Rep, Flower's Cove
 
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