The Social Network for Youth of Ottawa-Carleton is a non-profit agency funded primarily by the City of Ottawa. Offering mildly developmentally delayed young people ages 13 to 21 the opportunity to develop social independence and positive peer relationships. Volunteers promote the development of social life and recreational skills. Meetings are held at the Jack Purcell Community Centre. Three main groups: 1. The Social Network, ages 13 - 21 and usually high school students in special education programs. Their skills tend to be out of pace with other people their age and they are often socially isolated from their general community. All clients must be verbal. Group meets Tuesday evenings for various activities. Emphasis is on life skills, social skills, and recreational skills. 2. The French Youth Program: as above, with services in French. 3. Grad Group: age is over 21 and most clients work or attend classes. Functioning levels in this group vary widely, but all are verbal. Generally emphasis is on age-appropriate outings, independent living, and social skills refinement. Cost is $50 a year but this fee is waived if client cannot pay. Each member then pays for their weekly outing cost but this can also be subsidized. Outings vary in cost from nothing to maximum $20.
Ages served: 13 years and up
Languages served: English, French
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton