Councillor Josh Matlow

NEW: Youth Space in Oakwood-Vaughan Officially Opens Their Doors

Last December, my motion on finding a new community space for youth in our Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood passed unanimously at City Council. Since then, I’ve been working closely with our Social Development staff and the Oakwood Village BIA on finding the youth agency- “For Youth Initiative” (FYI) a new space in the community. Please click here for more information, including details on 20 wi-fi hotspots for youth who are experiencing barriers in accessing internet connectivity in their homes.

I was pleased to join FYI, local representatives, community groups and youth at their launch party at 504 Oakwood Avenue, just a few weeks ago. Thank you to City Staffers, Lauralyn Johnson, Aderonke Akande, Veronica Salvatierra, Stefany Hanson, Aina-Nia Grant, Chair of the Oakwood Village BIA, Jeff Peters and Ben and Shaneeza from FYI for their hard work. This major step that we’ve taken will be life-changing for our youth and I couldn’t be more proud.

Beginning on Tuesday, October 5th in-person services will be held for youth between the ages of 12-29. FYI will operate with limited capacity and implement COVID-19 safety measures.

FYI is open Tuesdays through Fridays from:
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(By appointment only)
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Walk-ins with limited capacity)

Feel welcome to review their newsletter for more information about their in-person services, details on how to sign up for October to December virtual programs, job opportunities for youth, and a wonderful opportunity for youth seeking leadership positions in the Oakwood-Vaughan community! Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact FYI via email or by sending them a direct message on Instagram (Ischel or Whitney)!

On another note, FYI has partnered with Toronto Public Library (TPL) to provide 20 wi-fi hotspots to youth who are experiencing barriers in accessing internet connectivity in their homes. 

  • Participants must be referred to TPL by FYI (requests directly from individual participants will not be accepted)
  • Unlimited monthly data plan until May 6, 2022
  • The device will be disabled after May 6, 2022, and must be returned to TPL (participants will be responsible for a $199.00 replacement fee if the device is not returned)
  • Participants should have no internet access in their home
  • Participants must have a TPL library card (participants without an active library card should be asked to make one prior to being placed on the referral list)
  • Participants must be living in Toronto, Ontario (priority will be given to youth between the ages of 12 to 29 living in the Oakwood-Vaughan and York South-Weston neighbourhoods
  • Participants will be required to sign a loan agreement and complete a survey prior to receiving the device
  • FYI and TPL do not monitor, collect, or store data about users’ internet activity
  • Devices are limited to one unit per household

To apply, participants can fill out our Google Form, which can be found here. Once registered, the participant’s first and last name, email address, and library card number will be forwarded to TPL.

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