The St. James Town Youth Council (SJYC) is a youth-led initiative formed in 2008 with the support of The Yonge Street Mission. Today, the council has 20+ members between the ages of 13 and 22. The Yonge Street Mission build the capacity among the members to take the ownership of the council and move forward as a youth-led initiative with limited external support. The council has developed several annual events/ projects for their community that they take sole responsibility to plan, organize and implement; the low income family kidspack project, March Break Career Camp, Community Clean-up, Jane’s Walk, the Coffee House Fundraiser, the Urban Flair talent show, Community BBQ etc. The Yonge Street Mission supports the Council by offering administrative support through an adult advisor and also by granting them an annual budget which they oversee and use as they see fit to accomplish their mandate.