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CTV Covers WYC Video Series

CTV Windsor covered the launch of our first video in the 13-part series on Youth Homelessness. You can view the video by clicking on the image below.

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Hard-hitting video series highlights local youth homelessness

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star

Stiven Agoubi, left, and Jendo Shabo produced hard-hitting videos for the Windsor Youth Centre. The partners in Moonjump filmed and edited the videos that highlight the crisis of youth homelessness. They are shown in the Windsor Star News Cafe on Monday, November 27, 2017, where a press conference was held to launch the video campaign. DAN JANISSE / WINDSOR STAR

Jendo Shabo and Stiven Agoubi feel good about the ability of their 30-second ads to make you cry.

Youth homelessness is ugly and the two local video producers, in partnership the Windsor Youth Centre, hope by stirring up emotions, it will spur action to address a problem too easily ignored.

“We showed it to a few people and they cried,” said Shabo of the first ad highlighting the most common cause of youth homelessness — parental abuse. “We knew it worked then.”

Blunt videos to show true face of youth homelessness in Windsor

CBC News

Series of videos by the Windsor Youth Centre tells stories of youth homelessness by the people affected

Business owners say homeless people often sleep outside of their store and they worry customers won't find it appealing. (Dillon Hodgin/CBC)

A Windsor youth organization is aiming to "explode the stereotypes" about homeless young people in the city, by allowing them to share their own stories of how they ended up on the street. 

The Windsor Youth Centre will release thirteen 30-second videos over the next year that tell the completely unvarnished stories of how some kids end up homeless. The first of which will be released on Monday. 

Harley winner thrilled with his new wheels

Kelley Steele, The Windsor Star

harley davidson lotteryRandall Campbell of Windsor sits atop the Harley-Davidson he won in the Windsor Youth Centre’s Harley-Davidson lottery. DAN JANISSE / WINDSOR STAR

Randall Campbell had plenty to celebrate New Year’s Eve. 

Campbell was getting ready to ring in the new year when he received a phone call at 11:30 p.m congratulating him on winning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. 

“It was just a total surprise,” he said. “I thought it was just some friends in Windsor having fun with me.”

Charity Chix donate more than $23,000 to local organizations

From the Windsor Star

windsor ontario december 9 2016 charity chix make largThe Charity Chix stepped up for a pair of local non-profit organizations on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 when they presented just over $11,700 to each charity. JASON KRYK / WINDSOR STAR

The Charity Chix stepped up for a pair of local non-profit organizations on Friday.

The Windsor Youth Centre, which provides services for homeless and at-risk youth, as well as the Rotary Club of Essex both received cheques for just over $11,700. The money was raised at the Chic @ The City  event last month.

The youth centre plans to use the funds for vital programs that are offered to youth who drop into the centre for support and referral services.

The Rotary Club of Essex will fund the cost of drilling a well located by a school in Ghana, Africa to provide more than 1,000 children with access to clean drinking water.

Windsor Youth Centre volunteers bring free lunches to downtown streets

By Dalson Chen, The Windsor Star

free lunch 01WIndsor Youth Centre volunteers (left to right) William Campbell, Amber Millar, and Patricia Caron roam downtown Windsor looking to give away burrito lunches to hungry folks in need on Nov. 24, 2016. TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / WINDSOR STAR

Thursday may have been Thanksgiving Day for the U.S. rather than Canada, but volunteers with the Windsor Youth Centre still took the occasion to do some giving — bringing free lunches to downtown streets.

“We don’t want to leave anyone hungry out in the cold,” said Patricia Caron, a Windsor Youth Centre volunteer.

Caron said she’s been hanging onto the idea ever since she herself was homeless about a year ago in London — and she was given a free lunch by a volunteer organization there.

Youth centre gets teaching garden

By Kelly Steele, The Windsor Star

windsor on august 23 2016 tamara kowalska right isTamara Kowalska, right, is joined by Tracy Sansom, from left, Maria Caschera, Lori Sheppard and Eric Griggs from TD Canada as she unveils the new teaching garden at the Windsor Youth Centre in Windsor on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / WINDSOR STAR

Homeless youth in Windsor and Essex County will have a new safe space to unwind thanks to a $13,000 grant from TD Friends of Environment Foundation. 

Tamara Kowalska, executive director of Windsor Youth Centre, said the grant allowed the facility the opportunity to create a teaching garden in the backyard of their Wyandotte Street location. The garden is designed to teach youth how to grow and harvest food and flowers but it also offers a bit more. 

“It also gives them a really quiet and calm healing place,” Kowalska said. “A lot of our youths do struggle with mental health issues, addictive and physically health problems, so this is also a wonderful resource in terms of just healing.”

More than $685,000 gives Windsor Youth Centre a new home

From The Windsor Star.

More than $635,000 in donations and another $50,000 of in-kind gifts is giving Windsor’s homeless youth centre a new home.

Less than three months ago, the Windsor Youth Centre needed $40,000 in three weeks as a down payment on the new property and then had a fundraising goal of half a million dollars.

Windsor Youth Centre Exceeds Goal

From CBC News

The Windsor Youth Centre is well on its way to paying for a move to a new location. It hoped to raise half a million dollars. That money has already come in - and then some. We spoke to executive director Tamara Kowalska. (Runs 5:14)

Hear the full interview on CBC.ca here.

Summer program aims to change the odds in youths’ favour

From the University of Windsor

An interdisciplinary theatre and arts program hopes to provide a model of change and growth for local youth.

The School of Dramatic Art, funded by Windsor Endowment for the Arts, has partnered with the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, Sandwich Teen Action Group, and Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women to present “Changing the Odds: Community transformation through the arts.”

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