Founded in 2004 and supported through a network of donors, funders, volunteers, staff and community partners, Liberty for Youth (LFY) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides a prevention and intervention mentoring program aimed at youth, ages 12 to 25, living in the Hamilton and surrounding areas, who are involved in, or at-risk of criminal behaviour.
LFY staff and volunteers use an innovative and intensive mentoring model that strives for permanent behavioural change by building inner character, developing life and leadership skills and inspiring at-risk youth to become constructive members of the community.
Our Mentoring Program is open to disadvantaged, marginalized and at-risk youth, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, or nationality, who face any number of negative social circumstances and challenges. These challenges may include living in poverty, breaking free of substance abuse, surviving in an unsafe home environment, escaping gang involvement or influence or functioning while on probation.
LFY provides a place where at-risk youth, feel accepted regardless of their mistakes, struggles or situations in life….
"Liberty For Youth develops safe mentoring relationships with youth at risk of crime - helping them to build character and create positive lifestyles filled with opportunity and personal success”
“Liberty For Youth aims to be a Canadian leader in transforming the lives of at-risk youth; offering national programming to break a negative generational cycle of personal defeat and redirecting youth to a pathway of personal success. As a result of our work, a new cycle of hope for at-risk youth will translate to healthier families and communities as well as reduced social costs related to negative behaviour.”
LOVE – unconditional acceptance creates the ideal environment for growth
FAITH – that belief and commitment to truth will result in personal growth
HOPE – with personal growth comes real opportunity for change
RESTORATION – being restored happens internally before it can be experienced externally
PATIENCE – journeying with others is worth the long-term investment