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Is Why Not Youth Centre wheelchair accessible?

We recently installed a new ramp at our rear entrance which makes our Youth Centre’s main floor accessible to all!

Do you train volunteers?

Yes! Everyone who volunteers receives a volunteer orientation and is partnered with a more experienced volunteer and/or staff member for initial shifts.

Do you accept placement students?

Yes! We love placement students! Please email and we will connect you with our placement coordinator. Please include your school, program, availability, and number of hours required to complete your placement.

Can you tell me more about your “period pop-up”?

We have a cupboard on our front steps that contains menstrual items and is available to our entire community on a “while supplies last” basis. You are also welcome to leave items to be shared with our community (we suggest breaking larger packages up into smaller baggies).

How many meals do you serve per month?

It varies but typically around 700-1000 meals per month!

How many youth do you see on a regular basis?

We see around 50 different youth on a month and up to 100 a year in addition to the youth we assist in our supportive housing programs.

My organization/I would like to provide a meal for the youth at your centre. How would I go about doing this?

Can we just say that we already love you?! We use “Mealtrain” to organize our nightly dinners. Please see the link: Meal Train for Why Not Youth Centre or email and we can put your in touch with our kitchen manager to coordinate.

Do you provide housing for teenagers?

Only in specific circumstances after an application process has been completed. 

SHYP Application can be found here

Charlie's Place application can be found here

My organization would like to collect items for Why Not. What would be helpful?

We are always in need of non-perishable food items, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, new socks and underwear. 

Can anyone access the food bank and clothing closet at the Youth Centre?

No, these are only open to our youth ages 13-19.

What are your main annual fundraisers?

All of our mail fundraisers can be found on our events page

Do you accept donations of clothing (furniture, housewares, etc)?

We accept donations of clean “teen-friendly” clothing. Feel free to drop off during our opening hours. Please check with us prior to donating other bulky items to determine if we have space. If we do not have current needs, we suggest checking with other friends of Why Not including Re-Source Thrift Store, St. Vincent de Paul, Safe Families Brantford, Hope Pregnancy and Family Support Centre.


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