The Alexandra Community Health Centre

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Tel: (403) 520-6270
Address: 104 - 2840 2 Ave SE CALGARY Alberta



About

The Alex Youth Health Centre (YHC) provides comprehensive health and wellness services through a welcoming, accessible, non-judgmental and youth-friendly environment. The YHC seeks to reduce barriers to accessing health care for vulnerable youth who are at risk. The YHC understands “youth at risk” to mean youth age 12-24 who are not aware of existing services, youth who have fallen between the cracks of existing service delivery, youth who cannot find services that are culturally appropriate or that fill their needs, youth who are experiencing a lack of continuity in service, youth who do not have access to positive role models in their lives, youth whose basic needs (including food, shelter, and a sense of belonging to a community) are not met, youth who are disconnected from the education system, youth who have already been involved with Children’s Services and/or the justice system, and youth who are in danger of being exploited due to their vulnerable positions.

Program Description

YHC Services

Drop In
Open 2:00 pm to 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Drop-In Services include:
• Welcoming, safe environment to meet Case Managers
• Basic needs and hygiene supplies (e.g. food, clothing, condoms, toothbrush)
• Informal needs assessment
• Counselling support
• Addictions assessment and counselling (provided by AHS Addiction & Mental Health onsite)
• Information/awareness activities provided by visiting partner organizations
(on hold due to Covid)
• Referral to community services (i.e. housing, education, employment, etc.)
• Support to connect with community services
• Access to computers, support for resume writing and job search
• Parenting group for young parents (Virtual)
• Queermunity group for LGBTQ2S+ youth and their allies
• Connection to Pre/Post Natal Specialists to assist clients in connecting with appropriate resources
• Book Club
• Men’s Group

Onsite Youth Medical Services
• Physicians and nurses available
• Psychiatry and Counselling Services by appointment only
• Onsite Calgary Laboratory Services (e.g. STI, pregnancy and other medical tests)
• Access to physiotherapy, chiropractor, massage therapy, chronic disease specialist, dermatology, endocrinology, optometry (By appointment only)

YHC Outreach
• Accompaniment to community appointments, court support, etc.
• Visits and transition planning with clients while in Calgary Remand Centre, Calgary Young Offenders Centre and Calgary Correctional Centre (On hold due to Covid)
• Assistance with securing ID documents (birth certificate, SIN, Government issued ID, Status Card, etc.)
• 1 to 1 support
• Home visits or visitation with youth at various programs (on hold due to Covid)
• Crisis support
• Assistance in reconnecting or helping to enhance natural and family supports
• Case Managers available Monday to Friday from 10-1pm for booked appointments only

Areas of Focus
  • One to one
  • Peer mentoring
  • Group mentoring
  • Informal
Ages of Mentees
  • 11-15
  • 16-18
Special Populations
  • Children/Youth in Care
  • Aboriginal Children/Youth
  • Children/Youth with a Disability
  • Sexual Minority Children/Youth
  • Girls/Women
  • Boys/Men

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