The 49th Street Youth Shelter is a program designed to assist youth who do not have an appropriate place to stay. Youth are provided with support in a caring and safe environment. Services by the shelter are provided 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Community Based Programs are also available to support youth, young adults, and families.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, there are resources that can help. Abuse is physical, sexual, or emotional mistreatment or neglect often meant to control an individual in an inappropriate way. You have a right to feel safe with your friends, relatives, teachers, and other caregivers. You have a right to feel safe in your schools, homes, and communities. Abuse may not always be obvious, but if something feels off – follow your gut and talk to someone you trust.
Addiction can happen at any stage in life, but it often starts at a young age. If you feel like you need to use drugs, consume alcohol, or smoke cigarettes to cope with life or enjoy yourself, you may be addicted. Anything that causes a physiological change to your body is a drug. Anyone can become addicted and it doesn’t make you a bad person if you need help. In fact, you’re brave to admit you might need a little support.
There are many situations that can impact a young person’s wellbeing and may contribute to involvement with the justice system. Good legal advice can help you work out your situation and move forward. If you are a youth in central Alberta that needs legal representation for any reason, contact Red Deer’s Legal Aid office. The office is available weekdays between 8:30am and 12:00pm for drop-ins.
Red Deer Legal Aid Office
Red Deer 200 AEI Building
4802 51 Avenue
You don’t just have to live on the streets to experience homelessness. If you’re always moving, if your parents kick you out, if you’re staying with friends, or if you feel like you’re at risk of losing your shelter – these are signs of an unstable living situation. If you or someone you know is at risk of or experiencing homelessness, there are organizations in Red Deer that can help.
Everyone feels overwhelmed by a problem at times. If you’re feeling like this, then it’s good to talk with someone about what’s going on. It could be a parent, elder, school counsellor, family doctor, or another adult you trust. While letting your friends know what’s going on can help you feel supported, talking to an adult can help you figure out what steps to take to maintain your wellbeing.
For youth and families experiencing financial difficulties, there are a number of resources that can help meet basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. Youth HQ also offers subsides and scholarships to help youth take part in activities they may not otherwise have access to due to financial limitations. If you or your family is experiencing financial barriers, contact Alberta Works, 221 Alberta, or Youth HQ to find out what resources are available.