Helping youth to live a better life
About Portal Youth Outreach Association
The Portal Youth Outreach Association (formerly THe Valley Refuge Association) oversees the Portal Youth Centre. The people at The Portal Youth Centre act as a safe place for youth. Each young person can come as they are. Youth can access services and supports by coming to The Portal or contacting us. The Portal is like a resource centre that weaves actions of prevention, outreach, and partnership. Adults and youth, together, provide a compassionate response to the pain and challenges that youth in our communities face. Our priority is young people 16– 21 years of age from all walks of life. in 2018, our focus will be rallying the community around a 10 year plan to end youth homelessness. The plan can be seen online.
SERVICES AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE: Drop in - "intentional hanging out”; helping youth & families deal with a crisis; someone to talk to: supportive counseling; programs/workshops for resiliency; mentoring: youth/ adult partnership; advocacy: Someone to help you speak up; supporting families in transition; and connection to transitional housing.
What People Are Saying
"when no one else seemed to be able to help me, the Portal gave me a voice and stood by me...helping me find my way"
— youth that was formerly homeless