Powerhouse

Registered Name: Young Carers Initiative

Business Number: 833370356RR0001

Young Carers Initiative is recognized nationally as the leader in service, awareness and empowerment for young caregivers and their families. Young caregivers are children and youth ages 5 to 25 who are family caregivers for loved ones with illness (physical and mental), disability (physical or intellectual), addictions or a language barrier.

Young caregivers are a hidden population of family caregivers and experience a range of risks that include increased stress and depressive symptoms, low self-esteem, high anxiety levels, loneliness and isolation and difficulty relating to peers. Our unique program called Powerhouse is  designed to empower young caregivers while teaching them skills to help them be successful at home and school.

Our highly trained staff and volunteers work hard to support hundreds of young caregivers and their families in the Niagara, Haldimand and Norfolk Regions. Our belief that caregiving is a family event is the backbone for all we do along with the view that young caregivers are experts in their own lives. Our vision is a Canada where young caregivers and their families are recognized, supported and empowered to achieve their full potential. 

 

What People Are Saying

"Powerhouse is the only place I can go in and express my feelings without people judging me. I have been at Powerhouse since I was 7 and I am now 14. At Powerhouse kids listen to each other who go through similar things and learn more about how to deal with the stress at home and school. "

— Young Caregiver

"I wish medical professionals would listen to me and know that when I talk about my father, I know what I am talking about. I see it every day. I am the one caring for him every day."

— Young Caregiver

"Powerhouse Project is the reason I am who I am today. Nothing else has always been there for me to teach me how to be less stressed and help with my anxiety and depression. Powerhouse Project is the reason I have been able to come out of my shell and be who I am today."

— Young Caregiver

"It is very difficult as a mom being ill and having your own child take on so much responsibility and have the maturity to assume the role of your caregiver. Our children can feel isolated and alone in a role that we didn't intend on them assuming. "

— Parent of Young Caregiver

"Powerhouse is the only place I can go in and express my feelings without people judging me. I have been at Powerhouse since I was 7 and I am now 14. At Powerhouse kids listen to each other who go through similar things and learn more about how to deal with the stress at home and school. "

— Young Caregiver

"I wish medical professionals would listen to me and know that when I talk about my father, I know what I am talking about. I see it every day. I am the one caring for him every day."

— Young Caregiver

"Powerhouse Project is the reason I am who I am today. Nothing else has always been there for me to teach me how to be less stressed and help with my anxiety and depression. Powerhouse Project is the reason I have been able to come out of my shell and be who I am today."

— Young Caregiver

"It is very difficult as a mom being ill and having your own child take on so much responsibility and have the maturity to assume the role of your caregiver. Our children can feel isolated and alone in a role that we didn't intend on them assuming. "

— Parent of Young Caregiver

"Powerhouse is the only place I can go in and express my feelings without people judging me. I have been at Powerhouse since I was 7 and I am now 14. At Powerhouse kids listen to each other who go through similar things and learn more about how to deal with the stress at home and school. "

— Young Caregiver

"I wish medical professionals would listen to me and know that when I talk about my father, I know what I am talking about. I see it every day. I am the one caring for him every day."

— Young Caregiver

"Powerhouse Project is the reason I am who I am today. Nothing else has always been there for me to teach me how to be less stressed and help with my anxiety and depression. Powerhouse Project is the reason I have been able to come out of my shell and be who I am today."

— Young Caregiver

"It is very difficult as a mom being ill and having your own child take on so much responsibility and have the maturity to assume the role of your caregiver. Our children can feel isolated and alone in a role that we didn't intend on them assuming. "

— Parent of Young Caregiver

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