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New home for youth services in Whitehorse

The ISSY office in downtown Whitehorse will close in February with support services shifting to the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre. Photo: Tim Kucharuk/CKRW.

The Yukon government says it's reached a deal with the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre to offer youth support services, as plans are in the works to close the Integrated Supports for Yukon Youth office.

The Yukon government says youth services in Whitehorse will be provided by the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre starting in February.

YG says Skookum Jim will take over services provided by the Integrated Supports for Yukon Youth office, which will close.

Health and Social Services says two outreach workers at Skookum Jim will be hired in the coming weeks to maintain services.

The government maintains youth will have access to the same level of information through Skookum Jim, with service provided from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday to Friday.

YG also plans an engagement campaign with youth, First Nations, and community partners to determine how to provide the best comprehensive service and support for Yukon youth.

ISSY opened as a two-year pilot project in August 2016.

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