Since 1986, the Elgin/St. Thomas Youth Employment Counselling Centre (YECC) have delivered a variety of career, Employment and Youth services throughout Elgin County. The Talbot Teen Centre is a program delivered by the Elgin/St. Thomas Youth Employment Centre, a registered charitable organization with charitable registration number (11889 7115 RP0001). The need for a community teen centre came about at a result of a country-wide consultation hosted by the United Way in 2001. The “Elgin in 5 years” visioning process, plus two follow-up sessions with Secondary School youth reinforced the need to establish a Teen Centre in Elgin County. The Talbot Teen Centre opened it’s doors in May 2005.
The establishment of a youth centre was a natural evolution for this agency. As a non-profit organization, the Elgin/St. Thomas Youth Employment Counselling Centre decided to expand their interactions in the community. A building at 745 Talbot Street in St. Thomas was purchased and a committee consisting of both youth from the Secondary Schools and interested adults was established and the TTC was created. The committee has assisted in the design process of the TTC, the development of programming, and even proposal writing. The Teen Centre is a vital growing division of the YECC that evolves to meet the needs of our youth with the support of the YECC, experienced and committed agency.