In December, 1997, a group of interested Edmonton organizations began meeting to look at creative ways to provide youth around Whyte Avenue with a secure place to gather. This place would allow youth to be safe, to grow, to be supported, and to meet people. As a result, the Old Strathcona Youth Co-op was established in 1998. We are dedicated in being a non-judgmental, flexible, street level resource concerned with protecting the safety, self-worth and dignity of youth. OSYS has become a focal point for youth to access information and resources to meet their needs.
• Provides information and referrals to high-risk and street involved youth by creating trusting, supportive relationships when youth drop in.
• Hosts outreach workers from partnering agencies who come and present workshops, health services, and information. Some agencies that come to the OSYS are: Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health, Community health nurses, Edmonton John Howard Society, Youth Empowerment and Support Services, and Streetworks.
• Provides one hot meal per week at a collective kitchen in a nearby church.
• Provides art and music opportunities.
• Provides recreational activities such as swimming, basketball, movie night, drumming circle, and music circles.
“Charlie’s Hope” began in 2009 with a grant from Health Canada
• Works with youths on a 1:1 basis to provide support and harm prevention regarding addictions.
• Provides alternative recreation opportunities such as healthy relationship workshops and self–help workshops.
• Provides information on drugs, effects, addictions and harm reduction.
• Allows youths who participate the opportunity to enroll in an activity of their choice such as piano lessons, gym membership, art classes, etc.
- See more at: http://www.osys.ca/about-us#sthash.hxqHe47w.dpuf