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Run For Youth

Our Capital Campaign is a 3 Phase Campaign launched to exapnd our capacity to serve youth in our community. At the end of Phase 3 our youth have a physical place of belonging with sustainable programs NOT at risk from project end dates or funding short falls. With our newly renovated youth centre now open we are launching our most ambitious phase yet.
Our goal is to raise $650,000 with our Run for Youth: a 21 day marathon from Ottawa to Hamilton. Our Executive Director Frederick Dryden finished this 696kms marthon in November 2016. Over 61% our goal was reached so our running is not done. 
We have partnered with Road2Hope to raise the remaining funds to sustain our life changin programs for high-risk youth in the Hamilton community. 
We have an astounding team of community leaders working hard to exceed this goal so we provide our youth with stable programs and the committement of service they deserve. 


Capital Campaign Members


Ron Foxcroft

CEO of Fox 40 International and Fluke Transportation Group

"Liberty for Youth is a unique, and essential organization to mentor and guide our most "at-risk youth". Our youth are the future for our country, and Liberty for Youth have a successful history of guiding our future leaders down the path of opportunity. The management at Liberty for Youth is fiscally responsible, and combines this with passion and commitment to be successful. It is important to support this organization as it is a jewel not only in Hamilton, but is a benchmark for success across this entire country.”



 Sharon Clark 

 Corporate Service Manager, Hamilton Port Authority

"Liberty for Youth is a remarkable organization, and a vital asset in our community. By engaging directly with young people at pivotal moments in  their lives, Liberty for Youth helps turn these young lives around by providing the support they need.Frederick Dryden, founder of LFY, is an asset to the Hamilton community. He is genuine, passionate and an inspirational leader.  The opportunity he sees in the young people, and for helping them succeed is infectious. The Hamilton Port Authority is proud to be a partner with this fantastic organization and to support their mission to   provide alternatives for youth who are influenced by a negative environment, and to inspire them to make positive decisions."




Sharon Toreja-Benito, R.N., BScN

& Kenneth Benito Insurance Agent - Cayuga Mutual      

"We would have never thought five years ago while sitting at a dinner which we were invited to by friends that Fredrick and Liberty for Youth would have touched us so deeply, just by listening to the different troubled and at risk youth in our community, and how they had to struggle to overcome peer and environmental pressures. Now along with the help and guidance of Fredrick and Liberty for Youth these same youths are wanting to make a positive changes in their lives. In our time with the capital campaign committee we have been able to experience working with the Liberty for Youth staff and volunteers and watch as they not only restore faith, and belief but empower today's youth."


Randy Reeve

Rotarian, Retired Software Entrepreneur

Frederick Dryden epitomizes Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self.  Frederick’s Run For Youth from Ottawa to Hamilton is a highly commendable and very substantial undertaking.  Preparing  for the run is extremely time consuming, and is both physically and mentally exhausting. While training, Frederick still directs staff, mentors youth and raises a family of four.   During the gruelling run of a marathon a day from Ottawa to Hamilton, Frederick will take the time to speak at Rotary clubs, youth detention facilities, schools and other community events to promote youth programming.   I am honoured to help Frederick reach his goals for the Run For Youth

Const. Jack VanderPol

Hamilton Police Services

"Over the past 10 years I have been involved with Liberty for Youth and have an opportunity to see first hand the positive experiences it has provided for youth. As a result of this program more youth have been provided with assistance to help them be successful in future life endeavors. Without this program a lot of today's youth would have no one to turn for guidance and assistance." 




Keanin Loomis

President, CEO - Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

"I've been a huge fan of Liberty for Youth since the very first day I met its Executive Director, Frederick Dryden. I embraced the fact that LFY was different than other service organizations in that there was an "entrepreneur" behind it that had the same challenges as the youth he nowserves. I support LFY because it is built on experience, empathy, personal passion and, born out of that, a total commitment to turning around the lives of young people. But, most important, I support LFY because it has demonstrated great effectiveness in its mission - the stories of the kids speak for themselves. And they are beautiful." 




Tom Palisak

Branch Manager - RBC Royal Bank

Tom leads and partners with a team of 15 individuals to run one of the Hamilton Markets largest locations. His passion has always been helping others thru leading and coaching his staff to help there customers reach there financial goals and needs. Tom has been a supporter of liberty for youth since it inception and is privileged to be a part of there board for this stage of its growth. 



Michelle Bailey

Founder, President & CEO - Blazing the Agency

"In the four years that I have sponsored Liberty For Youth, I am continually amazed that so little can accomplish so much. Leading the charge is a humble humanitarian, Frederick Dryden, making a huge difference in the lives of at-risk youth. With incredible enthusiasm and passion for youth, Frederick goes above and beyond in moving people, corporations and politicians to recognize that changing the lives of our young people allows a brighter future for all. When a life is changed for the better, magic happens and it resonates like a ripple in the water... ever moving outward, touching other people."


Patrick Bailey

Founder, President - Baicorp Financial 

Patrick is a proud UWO graduate. He has been in the group benefits industry for over 25 years. After several years as a successful benefit consultant, Patrick founded Baicorp Financial in 1989 with a focus on providing value to all current and potential Baicorp clients.
In 1996, Patrick founded BaiTrak Benefit Administrators to provide a central point of contact for the HR Departments of clients who elect to take advantage of a multi-carrier benefit program. Patrick oversees the day-to-day operations of both companies and frequently meets with clients to ensure that the high standards he has set are being maintained.

 Patrick J. Daly 

 Trustee & Chairperson, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

“Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic schools are, and have always been, places where ‘Each Belongs.’ Our role as Catholic educators is to provide opportunities for all students to achieve to the best of their abilities. That means not only providing a range of programs and services for the children and youth we serve, but also second, third and as many chances as it takes for our young people to find their way. It’s a philosophy and practice that Liberty for Youth also shares. Thank you for ensuring that ‘each belongs’ and for the important work you do to provide those important second chances in life.”


Completed Phases:

Phase 1 (Completed) - A NEW HOME

In the News - Liberty For Youth Gets a big boost from U.S Steel



Phase 2 - (Completed) RENOVATION

In the News - Trillium grant for Liberty For Youth