Support for youth ages 9-15

Youth Advocate Program

The Youth Advocate Program encourages vulnerable youth aged 9-15 to engage in pro-social behaviours. 

By referring a youth into the program, you will be giving them the opportunity to work with professionals in the community, in all facets of life, to find strength and support. This program is voluntary.

How do I refer a youth?

Please note: A referral does not guarantee acceptance to the program. All information will be kept confidential.

How does the Youth Advocate Program work?

The Youth Advocate Program is family-centered, which means it looks to and works with the family of the youth to provide coordinated support. The program’s goal is to reduce the key risk factors—isolation, stress, negative rushes—that make young people vulnerable to engaging in criminal behavior.
By connecting youth to existing community programs and support, the Youth Advocate Program increases self-reliance, resiliency, life skills, and social skills by engaging youth in constructive behaviors with family, school and community.
The program is aimed at children and youth aged 9-15 years old. It has a maximum of 45 participants at any given time. It works closely with primary caregivers and anyone who has the youth’s best interests at heart, and always privately, confidentially, and with the consent of the family.
A Youth Advocate Worker will work directly with the youth—about five times a week—and their family, building on the youth’s strengths and enveloping them with the support services of their community. Together they will build the skills and confidence required to withstand pressures to become involved in criminal activity.


Pre-Screening for the Youth Advocate Program

1. Is the youth between the ages of 9 and 15 at the time of referral?  If YES, please proceed.

2. Plug the youth’s address into the search bar in the map below. Do they live within the program boundaries?  If YES, please proceed.

3. Does the youth experience one of the following high-risk factors? If YES, please proceed.

  • Involvement in criminality/Frequently in trouble with the law/Regular interactions with police
  • Sexually exploitative behaviours
  • Violent behaviours
  • Involvement in theft
  • Selling drugs or alcohol

4. Proceed to the online referral application at the bottom of the page. Referral does not guarantee acceptance. Once the referral form is completed, staff will reach out within one week.

Note: If you answered NO to any of these questions, please see what other resources are available.

Youth Advocate Program Communities

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What is the Youth Advocate Program all about?

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Contact the Youth Advocate Program

 Intake & Assessment Coordinator, Youth Advocate Program
Acadia Centre (Below the Lower Sackville Library)
636 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville

Youth Advocate Program  902.817.7530

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)

Personal Identification of Referred Youth
Referring Individual or Agency
Reffering individual *
Reason for Referral
* Minimum requirement for the Youth Advocate Program is the presence of at least one high-risk factor plus at least one additional risk factor. 
Please indicate all high-risk factors that apply and briefly explain.
Please indicate all medium-risk factors that apply and briefly explain.
In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), any personal information collected on this application form will only be used by municipal staff and, if necessary, individuals and/or organizations under service contract with the Halifax Regional Municipality for purposes relating to the processing of this Youth Advocate Program application.

If you have any questions about the collection and use of this personal information, please contact the Access and Privacy Office at 902.943.2148 or