Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU)
Since 1982, YOU has helped lead youth in London and Middlesex County toward success. They believe that investing in youth and strong communities go hand in hand. They know that many youth need guidance and support to reach their true potential.
YOU began as a community based initiative and has continually developed and strengthened community partnerships. They work with their business, community and government partners (more than 22) to maximize opportunities for youth and to address their most pressing needs.
They help youth reach their potential through education, skills training, employment supports and referrals they need to lead positive lives. Each year YOU serves over 3,600 youth between 16 and 30 years of age in London and Strathroy. There is a wide range of services including health & dental care, housing, education, workshops, job search and on-the-job skills training.
YOU has been a national leader in social enterprise since opening their first one in 1996. It generates revenue from business to contribute back to the organization and eventually offset the need for funding. Now YOU operates four social enterprise businesses to offer on-the-job skills training to youth. They serve all youth from those at risk to those seeking summer employment. They have numerous supports and services in place and a caring staff to meet their needs successfully.
As a non-profit registered charity, YOU receives funding from all levels of government, national, regional and local businesses as well as foundations.
YOU supports youth to build skills, confidence and independence to reach their potential.
A community where youth are embraced and will thrive.
In all they do, they remain: