From the Winnipeg Free Press–Understanding the troubles of young people is the calling of Chris Lernowicz, the program manager at Teen Stop Jeunesse (533 St. Anne’s Rd.) After coming to Canada from Ukraine and entering an adult education class, Lernowicz proceeded to study social work. Chris’s personal mandate at Teen Stop Jeunesse is to develop sustainable programs for young people aged eight to 18. Twenty years later, he has welcomed numerous supporters, coaches and mentors to the organization.
Patrick LeBlanc, executive director at Teen Stop Jeunesse, assesses the needs of local youth, liaises with neighbourhood schools, helps develop programs, raises funds and builds partnerships with the likes of the United Way and the St. Vital – St. Boniface Rotary Club.
The choices are numerous at Teen Stop Jeunesse. It runs a food bank on the second Monday of each month, and also offers a child-care facility, a music program and literacy support. So it’s not surprising to hear that this drop-in centre sees between 30 and 40 youth per night. Anyone experiencing homelessness or in crisis mode is welcomed with open arms and no judgment.