YouthREX’s Northern Hub supports grassroots organizations working in Timiskaming, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Muskoka, Greater Sudbury/Grand Sudbury, Algoma, Manitoulin, Sudbury, Cochrane, Rainy River, Kenora, and Thunder Bay.

Youth out-migration continues to be a concern for the Northwestern region. The population for youth ages 15-29 decreased 10% between 2006-2011.

Youth residing in rural and northern communities must leave their families and support networks to travel to urban areas to access the health services they need.

60% of the population in aboriginal communities in the Northeast region of Ontario are under the age of 30.

Northwestern Ontario has 65 First Nations, Thunder Bay's close proximity to these First Nations makes it a hub for the region, providing education, health care, justice services, etc.

47% of students in Thunder Bay high schools are Aboriginal

Northwestern Ontario has an Aboriginal population of over 15%, much higher than the provincial Aboriginal population of 2%



Academic Director
Dr. Diana Coholic
Associate Professor
Social Work
Laurentian University

Hub Associate
Vivian Oystrick
Social Work
Laurentian University


Erika Espinozo

Natalie Forget
Laurentian University Student

Mark Fraser
The Child and Family Center

Richard Garneau
The Children’s Aid Society of Sudbury and Manitoulin

Jonathon Leblond
High School Youth

Nancy Rivest

Carmen Robillard
Ontario Trillium Foundation

Alexandra Sirois
Youth – Laurentian Student

Cacelia Trahan
The SPOT – Teen Drop In Centre



February 01-15, 2018
Critical Youth Work Certificate, Sudbury

February 07, 2018
Workshop: Anti-Oppressive Practice in Youth Work


January 25, 2018
Youth Worker Café

January 11, 2018
Measuring Your Impact on Youth Wellbeing

November 22, 2017
Youth Workers Café

November 23, 2016
Youth Worker Café

September 27, 2016
An Introduction to Research & Evaluation

June 23, 2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Evaluation 101: The Fundamentals of Evaluation and Evaluation 102: Understanding Your Program  Logic Model

June 2, 2016
Changing Better Together

May 2, 2016
NOISE Graduation Celebration

April 15, 2016
Youth Worker Cafe: Working with Trans Youth

April 12, 2016, 1pm – 4:30pm
Mesurer vos répercussions sur le bien-être des jeunes: Une préparation à une évaluation de programme
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March 15, 2016
Information Session in Timmins

March 4, 2016
Youth Worker CaféGangs101 with Detective Constable. Joshua Rickard


These are the awesome organizations in the Northern Hub that YouthREX supported with program evaluation between 2015 and 2017. Stay tuned for a list of organizations that we are currently working with!