524 3rd Street SE

Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0H3

(403) 528 - 8068


PROGRAMS


Free activities for youth ages 11-17. Open Tuesday to Friday 4-9pm and Saturday 1-6pm September to June. Open Monday to Friday during the Summer. Hours will vary during the summer according to the planned activities.
Youth are referred to our Outreach Program from Alberta Mental Health and Addictions Staff. Youth are assigned an outreach resiliency worker. Youth and worker meet once a week for 3 hours and work on goals outlineD by the Mental Health and Addictions worker, youth and parent/guardian. The program is 3 months long with the possibility of extension.
Youth are educated on signs of sexual exploitation, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, how to stay safe/making the right choices and where to go for help.
Youth are educated on how to stay safe while online.

WHO WE ARE

Medicine Hat Youth Action Society (MHYAS) is a registered non-for profit organization located in the heart of downtown. We are an all-inclusive youth wellness centre that has been open for the past 20 years. All youth ages 11-17 are welcome to attend. We are a safe environment for youth in our community that has a zero tolerance towards bullying and drugs/alcohol. At Medicine Hat Youth Action Society, we give the youth the opportunity to find social support, build self-esteem, gain social skills, and learn to build resiliency all while participating in social-recreational activities. We are also actively involved in several community based activities and events. All our activities are FREE for youth.

Melissa Pearl

Wellness Coordinator


Melissa was born in Nova Scotia and moved to Medicine Hat in 1995. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 with her Bachelor of Education degree. After receiving her degree, she taught for 6 years and then decided to switch career paths. Melissa began working for MHYAS in 2014. At first Melissa began working as a success coach for MHYAS in various schools in Medicine Hat and became an Outreach Resiliency Worker at the centre. For the last year and a half Melissa has been the Wellness Coordinator. Melissa has always been passionate about working with youth. Melissa loves to travel and is always planning her next big trip. She also loves animals and anyone who knows her knows her love for her fur baby Rex. Melissa is also a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan.

Mike Wright

Resiliency Outreach Facilitator


Mike recently moved to Medicine Hat from Ontario in January. He graduated in 2016 with his Criminal Justice and Corrections degree. He is a huge fan of basketball and baseball; Mike cheers for the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Blue Jays. Mike enjoys being outside. He is looking forward to being able to explore Alberta and surrounding areas.

Chloe Evans

Full Time Resiliency Outreach Worker


Chloe was born in England, moved to Germany when she was 5, and then came to Medicine Hat when she was 12. Chloe graduated from the Child and Youth Care Counselling program in 2012. Chloe has fond memories of attending a Youth Club when she was a teen, and remembers feeling so grateful for the staff and all of the positive interactions she had experienced. Chloe is very excited to now pay that forward as a Resiliency Outreach Worker for MHYAS. When not at work, Chloe likes to play board games, go for walks, play roller derby, or cuddle her cats while binge-watching Netflix.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Brenda French


Co Chair

Laurel Wood


Co Chair

Debbie Vass


Treasurer

Alynne Baiton


Secretary

Wes Dennis


Director

Kassidy Dennis


Director

Sarah Walker


Director

Jolene McIvor


Director

Lacey Lerner


Director

Mandi Schmaltz


Director