Justin Slade Youth Foundation

Who We Are

The Justin Slade Youth Foundation was formed after the tragic death of 21-year-old Justin Slade in November of 2004. The death of this young man left a lasting legacy on those who knew him. Justin’s zest for life inspired his parents to develop a youth project that “wasn’t about Justin, but because of him.” At his funeral, the first donations to the Justin Slade Youth Foundation were collected, totaling over $10,000. Today the Foundation has recorded thousands of visits to our programs from youth in the target age range.

What We Do

JSYF is a registered non- profit agency that provides youth ages 12-17 with organized programs, community engagement and a casual drop in center that promotes valuable opportunities for social interaction.
For the past 13 years since inception, JSYF has proudly served the young people of Fort McMurray with programs and workshops to help better themselves. All of our programming, events and activities are offered free of charge to any and all youth, regardless of what socio- economic status they may face.
The foundation’s programs are recreational, yet based on the idea of prevention. Each program hosted by our foundation has been done with the intention that youth who are involved and supported have more opportunities to make positive life decisions than those who lack support and empowerment.


  • Empowered youth are free to make positive life choices
  • Every opportunity starts with an open door
  • Respect for self and others contributes to a healthy
  • Community/environment
  • Humility enables recognition
  • There is value in everyone’s contribution

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