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It is important for everyone to have a support system, especially young people. Family and friends are
often the first people you turn to for advice, but local agencies can be a sounding board as well. If you
are having a hard time in school, in social situations or online please don’t hesitate to reach out to
someone for help.

All local schools have a system in place to help you with different situations. Please keep in mind there
are a lot of resources available should you find yourself struggling for answers. If you see a police officer,
please don’t be shy or apprehensive. We are here to support you and our officers will be glad to chat
with you. helps teens stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos and provides support along the way. If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by a self/peer exploitation incident, we are here to help offer guidance on the steps you can take to get through it and #ChangeTheStory.

Across Algoma many organizations are embracing a Youth Engagement and Development (YED) approach that's producing more rewarding and successful youth outcomes. By creating partnerships with young people to help set priorities and share their talents, we can more effectively reach our goals together.

Algoma Family Services is a provider of specialized services for children, youth, adults and families in the Algoma District. Our services are evidence-based, client-centered, family-focused and delivered by a team of skilled professionals.

The New Mentality Algoma is an all volunteer youth group fighting to change minds! In affiliation with CMHO and supported by Algoma Family Services, the group aims to raise mental health awareness in the Algoma District, and are working to reduce the negative stigma surrounding mental illness!

THRIVE Child Development Centre/Centre de développement de l’enfant helps children and youth with diverse abilities to achieve their highest potential. One of twenty-one children’s treatment centres across Ontario, we support children & youth from 0-18 years of age who are impacted by differences in physical, perceptual, communication and/or developmental trajectories. We build on their unique strengths, gifts and talents so that they and their families can truly THRIVE!

Rainbow Klub is a 2SLGBTQQIA+ and Allies Youth Group that meets at my community center regularly on Friday evenings. The Rainbow Klub youth group began after I myself attended Rainbow Camp, which is a summer camp geared to 2SLGBTQQIA+ and Allies. I was eager to create a safe space for all youth to feel welcome, become educated, and be themselves here in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships. In this section you will find resources to help you stay mentally fit and healthy. Check out the Sault Ste. Marie branch.

Sault Ste. Marie, with its unique geographic location in the heart of the Great Lakes, and a climate which creates ideal conditions for spectrum of year round activities, provides a great foundation for youth play options. Youth have a wide array of choices for diverse interests; options range from visual and performing arts, to team and individual sports, and programs range from free and recreational to high level and elite. Check out the Youth Engagement Network.

The Best for Kids Committee is passionately committed to fostering a community that has an extraordinary quality of life for children and families.

Gateway Algoma is all about giving youth a place to learn and participate in anything and everything going on within Algoma. They have created a portal that allows you to access information about health, work, school, sports, clubs, and more. We are always looking for new ideas and ways we can make this site better for you, send us an email or Facebook message with your great ideas and we will see what we can do!

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Whether by phone, text, mobile app or through our website, you can connect with us whenever you want, however you want.

The Friendship Centre Movement (FCM) is the country’s most significant off-reserve Indigenous service delivery infrastructure. Friendship Centres are not-for-profit and charity corporations that are mandated to serve the needs of Urban Indigenous People by providing culturally appropriate services in Urban communities.