HeartWood's mission is to work directly with youth, adults, youth-serving organizations and broader systems to build better communities through youth engagement and leadership.
HeartWood's vision is that all youth possess the passion, skills and insight to be powerful community leaders.
About HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development
HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development is a non-profit, registered charity that delivers direct youth programming, provides capacity-building services to others working with youth, and supports transformation changes in the systems that affect youth. We have provided our services within Nova Scotia since 1988; we also have affiliations and partnerships nationally and have delivered programs across the country.
HeartWood is a values-based organization that strives to create transformational experiences. We use an appreciative approach, founded on core principles of youth engagement that include relationship building and asset-based community development.
At the heart of our work is creating amazing experiences for young people so they feel valued, they recognize their own assets and build new skills, and they positively engage in the systems and communities that affect them, whether these are organizational, geographical, or institutional.