a safer place to shop & chill
Areas surrounding shopping malls have traditionally been known as ‘hangout spots’ for youth in communities everywhere. With the completion of the Evergreen Skytrain extension, Access Youth recognized the need for a new program that would address the increasing number of youth flowing into the Coquitlam city centre – in particular the area surrounding the mall.
Drawing on the success and experience of The Bus program, Access Youth has partnered with Coquitlam Centre mall to provide a brand new program that places two Outreach Workers in the shopping centre after a 5-month pilot project.
In addition, this program has proven to be great model for other community centres who are looking for ways to create safer public spaces within their communities.
Due to COVID-19 the Mall Program at Coquitlam Centre is temporarily suspended. Access is actively doing their part by reducing our numbers in the mall so more shoppers can have their fun at Coquitlam Centre.
Working Together For Youth
Implementing a program like this is proof that prevention-based programs really make a difference in maintaining a youth-friendly environment and a healthy community.
Marketing Director, Morguard Corp
- Pro-active engagement
- Approachability with youth
- Improved security & harm reduction
- Directly situated next to transit
- Additional support and resources for mall staff and business owners