• Peer Youth with Lived Experience
• LGBTQ2+ youth
• Indigenous youth
• Youth transitioning to adult
ABOUT THE GRANTEE
The Harm Reduction Roundtable for Youth Services started as a legacy table to the Child and Youth Mental Health Substance Use Collaborative Local Action Team (CYMSUC LAT). The CYMHSUC LAT was a three-year funded initiative by Shared Care BC. A small amount of funding was provided to Youth Substance Use providers to convene a table that prioritized service to high-risk youth populations through a harm reduction lens. The following year, an OPEN grant was applied for, and we were successful. The grant has been a game changer for youth harm reduction and overdose prevention in our community. Points to include - Partners around the table including SD70, Indigenous, RCMP, MCFD etc. - Has offered an incredible opportunity to engage the frontline servers at an action table and has built powerful collaborative relationships. - Has established a solid Youth Advisory of Peers-Youth with Lived and Living Experience with SU
The Harm Reduction Roundtable for Youth Services consists of community front line youth workers including SD70, MCFD, RCMP, Family Guidance, City of Port Alberni, and NTC. Monthly meetings are organized by the Project Coordinator and supported by two co-chairs. All projects, events and trainings are planned with input from all the community partners around the table and by the work of the Youth Advisory
Overview of Overdose Response Work
• Collaborating with Port Alberni’s Youth Services to increase access to harm reduction supplies, services and education for youth in our community
• Youth Training and Youth Knowledge Exchange; Developing and Delivery of Overdose Alertness for Youth, featuring Take Home Naloxone Training.
Campbell River Community Action Team
An innovative Peer Employment Program and strong Indigenous-settler collaborations
Abbotsford Community Action Team
Collaboration with local police and the implementation of Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT ) in jail cells.