Walk Right In: Building a new Integrated Youth Service Network

“It is all about making youth feel valued and authentically using their input. There is so much momentum from youth in our community, and I believe that is because we are listening to them authentically and we are treating them as equals.”

In this episode, we sit down with Cyndy Moffat Forsyth from the Integrated Youth Services Network to discuss the Integrated Youth Services Network in Wellington County Guelph, and her journey in helping to build this network from the ground up. Listen as we dive into how the idea for these sites first started, the dynamic programming offered that is developed through authentic engagement with local youth, the barriers they faced (and overcame) along the way, and how they’re evaluating their services to ensure they are staying relevant and accessible to youth in their community.

Learn more about the Integrated Youth Services Network in Wellington County Guelph here.

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About the author

Cyndy Moffat Forsyth is the inaugural Director for the Integrated Youth Services Network. She is responsible for bringing the vision to fruition by working collaboratively with the communities of Wellington County and Guelph. Prior to joining this project Cyndy was the Homewood Research Institute’s first chief development officer. Before joining HRI, Cyndy served for almost a decade with the Huntington Society of Canada as the vice-president of development and marketing. Her work there included building a strong donor-centred organizational culture, establishing performance metrics and accountability processes, and expanding participation in Huntington-related clinical trials.