Youth Now Collaborative

The Youth Now Collaborative is a team of independent consultants working together to support communities in building healthy and sustainable environments where youth thrive.  We work to build capacity through the following activities:

Research, Evaluation, Training, and Evidence-Based Program Development

The Collaborative exists to support Youth Now Canada in achieving its strategic objectives, and to support external agencies in developing sustainable, strength-based solutions for youth.  Our interdisciplinary team works together to achieve excellence.

Our experienced facilitators offer the following workshops:

Strength-Based Interventions with Youth (1 day) Strengths are the building blocks of resilience.  This workshop is built around our interactive strength-based training manual and explains how a strength-based philosophy of care creates environments that let youth recognize and build on their strengths.  The workshop balances theory and application, and includes interactive discussions, role play, and reflection exercises.  Contact Benjamin Roebuck for more details:
Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth (MHFA, 2 days) This evidence-based course is certified by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. MHFA Canada aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. This course is useful for people who do not have a background in mental health, or for more experienced helpers who are eager to engage in conversation to deepen their learning.  Contact Benjamin Roebuck for more details:
Striving for Sustainability: 6 Strategies to Guide Your Efforts (1 day) “The overall sustainability of a program is its ability to weather temporary challenges, provide quality services in the present, and maintain a solid foundation for its future.” This workshop explores sustainability as a multi-faceted concept, and shares grounded strategies to help you plan for sustainable outcomes. Contact Melanie Bania for more details: 
ASIST 11 Suicide Intervention (2 Days) Learn the skills to help save a life. Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference. Attend the award-winning ASIST workshop and learn to: recognize people at risk of suicide, talk to them, hear their stories, and understand their situations, then help them stay safe with a life-affirming intervention.The two-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop is open to anyone 16 or older. Widely used by both professionals and the general public, ASIST offers something to every participant, no matter how experienced. Contact Beth O’Halloran for more details:

To inquire about a workshop, or for information on how our team can support you with your research or evaluation needs, please contact Dr. Benjamin Roebuck:, Dr. Melanie Bania:, or Beth O’Halloran:

Interdisciplinary Team

Dr. Melaine Bania (Ph.D. in Criminology),

Melanie Bania is a consultant with expertise in community-based evaluation, crime prevention and youth mentoring. She is currently conducting a national evaluation of a youth mentoring program funded by the National Centre for the Prevention of Crime (NCPC).

Beth O’Halloran (Masters of Nursing)

Beth O’Halloran is an experienced facilitator, registered nurse, and independent consultant with expertise in harm reduction, sexual health, and mental health. She has clinical experience working with street-involved youth, is a part-time clinical instructor in the area of community health, and has worked alongside community agencies to advocate for, develop and evaluate programs and health services. Beth is also a trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) 11.

Dr. Benjamin Roebuck (Ph.D. in Criminology)

Benjamin is Vice President of Youth Now Canada, and  Professor & Coordinator of the Graduate Victimology Program at Algonquin College, offering extensive expertise in adult education. His research in recent years has focused on resilience and strengths with youth experiencing homelessness. He is also an instructor for Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth.

Maryann Roebuck (Ph.D. Candidate in Community Psychology, MSW),

Maryann has expertise in the areas of evaluation, disability and mental health, and is currently a research coordinator with a national study of the strengths-based case management process in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).