In early 2015, the North Oakville neighbourhood was identified as a vulnerable neighbourhood but with great opportunities to support youth. Some concerns about the community included high social risk index, high bullying and low social cohesion, high interaction between youth and police, high number of CAS calls, and high referrals for mental health.
The Oakville YMCA and Halton Region have identified this neighbourhood as high needs and are focussing their planning and effort to address concerns, as well the municipal government has identified development opportunities. Professionals who work with youth in North Oakville are community-minded, and the neighbourhood has representation by both school boards.
Youth in the community have established the North Oakville Youth Development Council and aided by adults allies are actively engaging the community and each other to create positive change in their neighbourhood and beyond.
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