Youth Groups

The Algoma Youth Action Alliance is a youth-led, adult-supported coalition with four committees across the district interested in promoting healthy lifestyles, in particular being tobacco-free to youth and the community. Once a month, committee reps get together after school to plan events and address health promotion issues focusing on tobacco prevention. In doing so, youth gain valuable skills that can be used in the future and help to make a difference in their community.

The Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, networks academics, youth organizations and young people together to provide research and training to improve youth programs and youth engagement in Canada.  

The MYAC provides youth in Sault Ste. Marie a voice for youth while also bringing important issues and concerns from youth to City Council. In order to volunteer on the Council, you must be between the ages of 14 and 21 and live in the City of Sault Ste. Marie. About eight to thirteen hours per month is devoted to council related activities. High school students can use time spent on MYAC activities towards their community service hours.

Sault Rotaract is a club for 18-30 year olds interested in community service, networking, professional development, and creating lasting friendships. Do you want to be part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change? Are you looking for a chance to share your ideas and look at the world’s challenges in a new way? Join a Rotaract club and find all this and more, including: Hands-on community and international service projects, fun networking and social activities, professional development opportunities, and an international network of young leaders.

Strive was developed in 2012 by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce to fill a representation gap for individuals between the age of 19 to 40. This subcommittee of the Sault’s Chamber of Commerce has an elected executive which is rotated annually based on its active membership’s votes. The elected executive of Strive works with other groups, individuals, and businesses inside of the community to provide networking events, learning development opportunities, and community involvement initiatives. The Strive Membership is offered at a low cost of $40 for a full calendar year. With this membership you gain access to STRIVE events as well as a host of other benefits.


The Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) is a program of the Ontario Lung Association. YATI supports youth and youth-serving organizations in Ontario by providing exciting and interactive learning experiences for youth and adults alike on a variety of topics that help adults and youth work together to improve the health of their communities through advocacy, education, and positive youth development.

Younion strives to reduce the stigma of mental illness and increase awareness of mental health. Younion is an all volunteer youth group fighting to change minds! In affiliation with CMHO and supported by Algoma Family Services, the group aims to raise mental health awareness in the Algoma District, and are working to reduce the negative stigma surrounding mental illness!

Youth Odena (YO)

Youth Odena, meets regularly to share thoughts, visions, ideas, and to provide peer support. Together, they develop concurrent goals that are relevant to youth living in Northern Ontario, with a micro focus on engaging neighbourhood cultures. Youth Odena's work will concentrate on the health, arts, and culture sectors of Sault Ste. Marie; to work towards improving the socio-economic status of young people in the area.


The youth social infrastructure (ysi) collaborative is an intergenerational network and community of practice that co-creates the supports that young people need to make good things happen in their communities. The YSI Algoma Nest is the first regional hub of the YSI, made up of rural First Nation, Metis, off-reserve Indigenous and Settler young people in this region who are co-creating a community of support for young people here in Northern Ontario, based on local knowledge and our own lived experiences. This youth organizing "nest" is an intentional and sustained effort to bring together youth organizers living outside of Ontario's major urban centres.