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2016 WYC Evaluation Report

This report describes the survey results of the Windsor Youth Centre (WYC) program activities. The final program evaluation report will include these results in addition to results from future focus groups and an art-based display/portrayal. 

Program Description

The Windsor Youth Centre (WYC) is a non-profit organization serving youth aged 16-25 in Windsor-Essex, Ontario. The mission of the WYC is to serve the basic and immediate needs of homeless and at-risk youth by providing a safe and friendly atmosphere to foster positive change and growth. The WYC operates under the guidelines of sincerity and service in order to generate feelings of trust, responsibility, and community membership between the staff, volunteers, and homeless youth. Based on a Freirean model of effecting positive social change and personal liberation (Freire, 1985), the WYC employs the three aspects of praxis (theory, action, and reflection) with a vision toward social justice in order to prevent and ultimately end youth homelessness. Homelessness can happen to anyone and it can be attributed to a number of factors including abuse, loss of employment, unmanageable living expenses, and/ or mental health or addiction problems. Youth homelessness can also be a hidden issue since many at-risk and homeless youth sometimes stay with friends or relatives (i.e., sleeping rough or couch surfing). Although these youth are not necessarily sleeping on the street or in shelters, their housing situations are unstable, unsustainable, and precarious. This homeless youth population is the demographic the WYC targets.

Young Artist Debuts Work at Windsor Youth Centre




Windsor, ON – Young artist ‘sells’ Peace and defies the stereotype of youth who attend the Windsor Youth Centre (WYC).  Shaneé Dennis invites the public to a debut exhibit of her original Peace Flags.  The Peace Flags will be displayed at the WYC’s main building and in the Stephanie and Barry Zekelman Foundation Studio.  Each flag is like a little piece of peace; hence the show is called Peace in Pieces.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, May 17th at 11am and the media is invited to come and meet the artist and her special guests, including WYC executive director, Tamara Kowalska.  

Dennis chose the WYC as the venue for her first show because WYC “is like a second home to me and I want people to experience the environment that I love to be in.”  Dennis started attending the WYC when it opened in 2011 and says she has grown and developed there over the years.  Her artwork is testimony to that personal growth.

Artist’s statement:  “I want to set an example that we can transmit peace out into the world and it will come back to us.”

Fifteen hand-drawn Peace Flags will be on display and available for purchase.  Also available are Dennis’ original book marks. 

Peace in Pieces

an exhibition by Shaneé Dennis
at the Windsor Youth Centre< br /> 1247 Wyandotte Street East

Wednesday, May 17 11am-1pm
Thursday, May 18 5pm-7pm
Friday, May 19 11am-1pm
Saturday, May 20 5pm-7pm


Shaneé Dennis
Peace Flag Artist
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Tamara Kowalska
WYC Executive Director
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Windsor Youth Centre receives $25,000 Orange Door Award to help youth

oragngedoor 01 WINDSOR, ON –  Windsor Youth Centre (WYC) has received a $25,000 Orange Door Award grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation. This will support training for additional peer outreach workers for WYC’s youth outreach program. The outreach workers will provide information and advocacy in local schools.

“We’re excited to receive the Orange Door Award because it helps keep our doors open to do the real work that needs to be done to get young people off the street,” said Tamara Kowalska, Executive Director, Windsor Youth Centre.

In Your Element Fashion Show

Thank you to everyone who came out to the WYC’s first fashion show “In Your Element” sponsored by Value Village East Windsor. We had a great evening with lots of fun and fashion at the Olde Walkerville Theatre.

Windsor Youth Art Week and Man in the City

The Windsor Youth Centre is excited to be working with the ACWR and John Suave during Windsor Youth Art week, May 1st-7th. WYC community members are learning from John Suave to create sculptures for the Man in the City project.

Balkan-Style Barbeque for Homeless Youth Centre

This Sunday July 28th Wyandotte Street East will see its first Balkan-style pig roast hosted by local bar-owner Boban Stojkovski.  “This one is different,” he says, “because it’s for the youth.”  Stojkovski opened the neighbourhood sportsbar Bobcats last year just a few doors down from the Windsor Youth Centre (WYC).  He was quickly amazed at the number of homeless and at-risk youth who use the service – many of them on a daily basis.  He was also surprised at how quickly he warmed up to them.  So much so that now he wants to help.  Stojkovski and Bobcats, in conjunction with LionHeart Trucking, are throwing the one-of-a-kind event to raise funds for the WYC which is currently the only drop-in centre for homeless youth in Windsor/Essex.  With live entertainment from Slippery Pic and a raffle, this is sure to be a party not to miss.

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Windsor Youth Centre

1247 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, Ontario N9A 3K6

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