Celebrating the Evolution of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) is an initiative that aims to bring the right services to youth (and their families) at the right time and in the right place. This session brings the model of YWHO to life, from young people involved and engaged in YWHO’s provincial youth advisory committee. For those who are looking to know more about integrated youth services, this session will outline the core values and key components of the model, through the lens and voices of youth involved at the local and provincial level.


Patricia Roy Silva
Patricia is a youth advisor at the Knowledge Institute on Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions. Patricia coordinates the Knowledge Institute’s youth advisory council while supporting Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario and participating in the quality standard for youth engagement. Outside of the Knowledge Institute, Patricia has experience engaging with youth in a variety of recreational and professional environments.

Key takeaways

  • YWHO goal is to reduce transition between different services
  • Core values:
    • Youth and family-centered services, engagement & co-creation of services, increasing visibility & addressing stigma, collaboration across sectors & stakeholders, evaluation and quality
  • Youth engagement examples: inform, consult, cocreate on local and provincial levels
    • Local: participation in interview process, supporting programs, marketing, running hub activities, working with community partners
    • Provincial: My Wellness Passport committee, branding, interview process, French Slogan Tagline     

Key Learning Objectives (defined by presenters)

  1. Participants in this session will learn about youth engagement in an integrated youth service model, and how youth engagement efforts have evolved, including the shift to virtual meetings and opportunities.

Key Themes

  1. Youth engagement
  2. Stigma
  3. Co-creation of services

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