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. Mike also enjoys travelling and especially enjoys tropical locations.

Brandon Wood

Part Time Resiliency Outreach Worker


Brandon has been employed with MHYAS for a year and a half. He is currently enrolled in the Social Work program at the Medicine Hat College. He has one year left before receiving his diploma. Brandon is very passionate about his work. Brandon loves to travel and spent some time in Morocco a few years ago. In Brandon’s free time he enjoys drawing. Brandon also has a love of music and his favorite band is Sigur Ros.

Kenya Gader

Part Time Resiliency Outreach Worker


Kenya has been employed with MHYAS since 2014. She is currently enrolled in the Social Work program at the Medicine Hat College; she will graduate with her diploma in June. At the end of the summer we will be sadly saying goodbye to her as she leaves to go to University to work on her degree. Kenya was lucky enough to spend some time in the Philippines when she was younger. She is excited to start being able to travel once she is finished her schooling. Kenya loves nature; going on walks and riding her bike. Kenya also likes to draw in her free time. She also loves a good cup of green tea! One day in the future Kenya will finally own her VW Van; she is for sure a flower child! We are truly going to miss Kenya when she leaves!

Linnea Falt

Casual Resiliency Outreach Worker


Linnea is our newest member of our MHYAS team. She will be starting with Youth Action in May. Linnea is currently in the Social Work Program at the Medicine Hat College and is enjoying it immensely. Linnea has two children that bring her lots of laughter and joy. They love to cook together and spend lots of time in the kitchen and entertaining. Horses are an important part of Linnea’s life and she loves riding them in the mountains. In Linnea’s free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and is always up for a new adventure!

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