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Things you should know about the BYRC

By Dan Haves The centre has been in place since September 1999. It is open to anyone between the ages…

By Dan Haves , in Culture , on October 25, 2007

By Dan HavesBroadway Youth Resource Centre

  • The centre has been in place since September 1999.
  • It is open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 24.
  • The centre is funded by all three levels of government.
  • They serve 50 to 70 youths per day.
  • Roughly 50 per cent of its youth are either homeless or live transiently, participating in what is commonly termed “couch surfing”.
  • The majority of the center’s youths are Aboriginal.
  • As part of its harm reduction program, the centre gives youth access to condoms and clean needles. Drug use in the centre is not permitted.
  • The BYRC offers a Youth Housing Program that allows the centre to negotiate a deal with a landlord on behalf of the youths with the centre’s guarantee that the landlord will be paid.
  • Every Tuesday, youth volunteers from the centre conduct a street sweep;
    they pick up garbage and needles throughout the neighbourhood.


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