Mission & Vision
Mission & Vision
Youth in Greater Victoria will have the highest possible level of health and well-being.
Health is the extent to which an individual or group is able to realize aspirations and to satisfy needs and to change or to cope with the environment. Health is seen as a resource of everyday life, not the object of living: it is a positive concept, emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capabilities. (World Health Organization)
The Youth Clinic provides comprehensive, primary healthcare services with a multidisciplinary team in a safe, welcoming, accessible and youth-friendly environment and is free from judgment and bias.
We serve youth aged 12-24, and have a focus on youth who may be at risk for poor health outcomes. Evidence supports that certain populations of youth are pre-disposed to poor health outcomes, and that this population of youth benefit from a non-traditional form of health healthcare. Some factors that are known to contribute to health risk include being street-involved; being aboriginal or other visible minority; being queer or questioning; or being involved in sex work. Health challenges such as addictions, mental health issues, blood-borne pathogens and unwanted pregnancy also pose risks to youth. While these examples are not exhaustive, these health and social factors are those our service specializes in.
This specialized role is part of the larger health care system or primary care.
The health care team provides a drop-in, youth-friendly health clinic on a part time basis. Their services include assessment and treatment of health problems, the provision of medication and contraceptives, counseling, health teaching and referrals to other health and community services.
The youth clinic partners with community and government to advocate for youth, provides a resource to the community and participates in research, teaching and ongoing education.
The clinic staff are a resource to the community as it relates to the special populations of youth we are committed to.
The Youth Clinic values youth and celebrates their presence in our community. With a commitment to dignity and diversity of youth, we respect and work to enhance their health. We value accessibility, comprehensiveness and sustainability of services and supports. Our services will also reflect the values of youth autonomy, confidentiality, self-efficacy and diversity.