Our Youth Trustee Program acts as a liaison for youth aged 16-24 who have identified money management as a barrier to maintaining a safe and affordable lifestyle.

Our Youth Trustee Program acts as a liaison for youth aged 16-24 in the city of Peterborough who are, or who are at risk of homelessness. The trustee services are completely voluntary and referrals to the program are made by caseworkers or by the client themselves. These individuals identified money management as a barrier to maintaining a safe and affordable lifestyle.

Upon meeting with the trustee, the needs of the client are discussed so that financial goals can be established. Once this is done, financial processes are set up. Budgeting for housing, basic needs, and financial goals are discussed, and an agreement is put into place for the client’s personal needs allowance. Based on the agreement, the trustee completes the arranged financial transactions and bill payments, or assists the client with these to reinforce skill development.

At times the trustee may refer the client to community or government agencies and provide advocacy to limit frustrations that the client may be experiencing when trying to find the right resource to assist them. The program is designed to be a collaborative effort between the client and the trustee by giving flexibility and choices to the client and allowing the trustee to empower the participant. This helps the individual enhance their financial resource skills that are to be carried forward into a more independent and financially secure future.

 

To make a referral to the Youth Trustee Program or to speak with a Youth Trustee Worker with any general questions, call 705-748-3851 Ext. 204