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committed to safety, innovation + resilience

MYU is not only committed to keeping youth safe during this unprecedented time but also in ensuring that we remain connected, supportive and engaged by offering innovative, relational programs that equip individuals as they navigate growing up in a pandemic.

how we are adapting 2022


Though community organizations are allowed to operate during COVID restrictions, MYU has voluntarily reduced in-person access to services for additional safety. We are currently only offering essential services that cannot be otherwise offered online. For instance, our La Corde feeding programs for underprivileged youth as well as access to free baby and maternity boutique items at Options remain available with added safety measures.


In addition to public safety-mandated guidelines, our team has created additional rules and guidelines to protect your child as they partake in the MYU activities that are offered in-person. Attendance records, temperature testing, handwashing, social distancing, strict disinfecting measures and more offer youth a safe environment to access MYU services.


All MYU programs that can be offered virtually have been moved online and modified to ensure that youth are able to remain connected during this isolating time. Outdoor activities have been added, independent projects, as well as delivery of essential items, limit the need for physical contact. We are committed to innovative youth programming in EVERY season.

BEING THERE: more important than EVER

covid & childhood adversity: how Montreal Youth Unlimited can help neutralize damaging effects

MYU offers a number of powerful, proven tools to help youth build resilience as they navigate adversity.

covid & childhood adversity: how Montreal Youth Unlimited can help neutralize damaging effects

It isn’t difficult to see that youth are facing additional stresses due to COVID-19 and its effects. From basic isolation, adverse family situations, fear of the unknown, poverty and mental health struggles, kids are faced with more challenges and adversity than ever before. Medical health professionals are now acknowledging COVID and its effects as a contributing factor toward ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).

(*See https://www.journalcswb.ca/index.php/cswb/article/view/166/455)

What are ACEs?
“Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. However, ACEs can be prevented. Preventing ACEs can help children and adults thrive and reduce potential health outcomes.

- (https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aces/)

Research shows that there are a number of interventions and supports that can be offered to young people to help neutralize trauma and build resilience in journeying through times of adversities; such as COVID and its effects.

Montreal Youth Unlimited, as always, is committed to these 9 areas of support to ensure our kids are built up in resiliency:

  • Close relationships with competent caregivers or other caring adults
  • Parent resilience
  • Caregiver knowledge and application of positive parenting skills
  • Identifying and cultivating a sense of purpose (faith, culture, identity)
  • Individual developmental competencies (problem-solving skills, self–regulation, agency)
  • Children’s social and emotional health
  • Social connections
  • Socioeconomic advantages and concrete support for parents and families
  • Communities and social systems that support health and development, and nurture human capital


Together, we can positively impact the youth of Quebec and set them up to face the trials and triumphs of tomorrow


A glimpse into the difficulties that COVID can bring in particular:
“In fact, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic may be amplifying some ACEs. There are several ways in which ACEs may be exacerbated by the social isolation, job loss, school closures, and other stressors unleashed by the pandemic. First, the pandemic may have increased intra-familial adversity, by exposing children to increased parental anxieties, especially those associated with job loss, food insecurity, and housing insecurity. Second, by amplifying toxic stress, increased family adversity may impair child brain development, particularly during the early years. Third, the pandemic’s indirect social and economic impact on family stress may linger for months or years. Fourth, the pandemic and its response are disproportionately affecting low-income and ethnic minority populations, which are already at increased risk for ACE-impacted chronic conditions like preterm birth, diabetes, hypertension, and chronic lung disease. Taken together, the indirect effects of the pandemic response could exacerbate each of the common ACEs in children’s lives.” Lee M. Sanders, MD, MPH