Youth Connections Ottawa (Peer-to-Peer Program)

Last revised: May 2022


Youth Connections Ottawa – Implementation Guide: A Toolkit for Implementation of the Youth Connections Ottawa Peer-to-Peer Program

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The YCO program can be customized for the needs of Ottawa’s many diverse communities. 

Ottawa Public Health (OPH), together with Ottawa school boards, community partners, and stakeholders have developed Youth Connections Ottawa (YCO), a comprehensive, coordinated program for youth engagement and a youth peer-to-peer approach for use in schools and communities in Ottawa.

This guide is intended to provide you, the Implementation Leader, with helpful information about the YCO program and training resources, tips, and tools to help you implement this program within your school or your community.

We encourage you to review the information in this guide, and choose activities based on the specific needs within your school or community. The resources and activities are evidence-based and have been developed using the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Youth Mental Health and Addiction Champion (YMHAC) Toolkit.

Project Partners:

This guide is a collaboration between Ottawa Public Health (OPH), the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), the Ottawa Catholic School Board  (OCSB), le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), and le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO).


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