Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee – Teen Mental Wellness Project

Niagara Falls, ON, March 1, 2017 – The City of Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) is pleased to announce the MYAC Legacy Project – 150 and Beyond! Building Healthy People.

This exciting Teen Mental Wellness project is made possible by the Ontario150 Partnership Program. MYAC will receive up to $77,550 from the Ontario150 Partnership Program to implement the project in 2017.

As part of Canada’s 150th Celebrations, Grants Ontario launched several funding programs to recognize Ontario’s 150th anniversary as a province. The Ontario 150 Partnership Program is providing 5 million dollars in funding to “support new partnerships and collaborations that engage, enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders” and the projects are required to engage and empower youth through: ?

  • creativity and cultural expression ?
  • diversity and inclusion ?
  • environmental stewardship ?
  • youth entrepreneurship ?
  • healthy living ?
  • civic engagement

The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee has partnered with the District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Catholic District School Board, Niagara Region Public Health, Contact Niagara, Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition, Pathstone Mental Health, and Community Addiction Services of Niagara to plan and implement the project.

The MYAC project will be focused on mental wellness and building resilience in high school aged students. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Although decreasing the stigma around mental illness remains important, this project will be focused on skill building and developing the tools needed to cope with stress, change, and regular everyday challenges.

The project will be made up of several components:

  1. A Wellness Summit to be held in November of 2017 for 200 students (40 students from
    each of the five local high schools), adult allies from schools and representatives from
    local mental health organizations.
  2. An evening keynote speaker event to engage family members and the community.
  3. Establishment of wellness committees at each of the five high schools. Each school will
    also receive money to create and implement their own tailored projects, events,
  4. Creation and distribution of materials to high school students, to promote mental health
    awareness and the new wellness committee.

The steering committee partners will work with the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee of
Niagara Falls on all aspects of the project, including planning the Wellness Summit and family
keynote speaker event, and supporting the development of wellness committees and student
mental wellness advocates.

For more information, contact:
Beth Angle, Community Development Coordinator
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905.356.7521 x 3336

Posted on: 3/1/2017 11:10 AM - Category: Media Releases