Youth 2 Youth

Youth 2 Youth

The Future is Youth

Youth-2-Youth HPE is a youth led group with a mission to spark innovative thinking and work in partnership with community leaders to help increase solutions to local problems – identified by youth. The areas youth wish to see change in include, economic development, the environment, youth poverty, sexual health and substance abuse, mental health, social media, gender equality / diversity and filling community gaps.



Youth2Youth Summit 2019

When: September 27th 2019, 9am-3:30pm (FIRST PA day of the year!)

Where: Mohawk Community Centre

Who: Youth ages 14-24 (must be registered in advance)

What is it? This free, one-day summit aims to connect youth from all over North Hastings, Central Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, as well as Belleville, Quinte West and Tyendinaga Territory. Our keynote is Phil Kerr, a local speaker and entrepreneur who will be providing a youth-focused presentation on overcoming adversities and taking action. Phil is a cancer survivor and champion adaptive sports expert. Throughout the day, youth and allies will have the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops that provide them with a variety of transferable skills and awareness. During these workshops, youth will be able to network with community experts and professionals and add their name to a topic list that will make up Youth2Youth working groups following the summit.  We will end the day with a live Q&A with our panel of experts, including Phil and the workshop facilitators, in order to engage the youth in some broader discussions. Lunch and snacks will be provided, along with a ton of free swag!

Why? Our goal is to create positive movements within our communities and encourage youth leadership. Based on the conversations that took place with over 150 youth at the 2017 summit, we will be providing youth with an experience that they can learn from and build skills in to apply to their personal lives and elsewhere in our community. Youth who attend will receive community hours and a certificate that can be put right into their portfolios! There will be a photobooth for professional LinkedIn photos and a snapchat filter will be available to showcase their involvement in the event!

Transportation: Transportation options will be provided for youth in Bancroft, Madoc, Belleville, Quinte West and Prince Edward County. More information to come regarding specific locations for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Registration: This is a FREE event, but registration is MANDATORY! It is now open – REGISTER HERE!

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The Challenges

  • 1 in 3

    12.8% of males and 16% of females reported having mood and anxiety disorders

    Why it matters:

    As indicated during the 2017 Youth-2-Youth Summit, youth need greater mental health supports in our local community. By collaborating with community partners and local youth we can increase the amount of mental health services available, so young people in our community are fully supported.


  • 21%

    of youth aged 17 and under are living in low income households

    Why it matters:

    When families live in poverty, have trouble putting food on the table, or paying their rent, youth struggle to focus in school and fall behind their peers. By providing these youth with leadership and empowerment opportunities we can help break the cycle and ensure all of our youth have the best start possible.

  • 12%

    of youth with self perceived fair or poor mental health

    Why it matters:

    Youth who experience mental health issues stated at our 2017 summit there wasn’t enough understanding from their teachers or parents about their struggles. By partnering with the broader community, we can ensure the reality of current youth mental health issues is apparent and action is taken.

How We're Creating Change

United Way Hastings & Prince Edward has a mission to create new resources & improve experiences for youth in HPE. We want to form an inclusive culture based on youth perspective and build connections between youth and opportunities.


Partnering with Local Youth and Community Organizations

Youth-2-Youth HPE is working with local youth, non profit organizations, and the broader community to create new resources and improve experiences for youth in HPE so all youth have a chance to succeed.


Capture a Regional Youth Voice on Crucial Issues

In order to create change for youth, we need to hear from them about the issues they care about. This will form an inclusive culture based on youth perspective.


Create Youth Leadership and Empowerment Opportunities

We will be organizing working groups focused on key youth issues that empower youth and encourage them to take a leading role in grassroots change. This will build connections between youth and leaders in our local community, assisting them in their future employment goals.

Results That Matter

  • 4,370 Youth

    United Way funded agencies allowed youth to access programs that helped them reach their highest potential

  • 1 in 3

    People benefit from United Way funded program or service each year

  • 7,000 Visits

    Were made in the last year to United Way funded Youth centers in HPE

  • 17 Programs

    We help by investing in high impact programs delivered by 12 United Way funded agencies