With over 1.6 million people under the age of 34, Montréal is an incredibly youthful city. The highest concentration is around the downtown core and the Plateau-Mont Royal area, with the presence of McGill University and UQAM making it a hub for the young people of the city.
The original purpose of The Yellow Door (at the time, YMCA of McGill), incorporated by a motion of Parliament in 1904, was to promote morality, religion, and social intercourse at the university. Later on, as the organization became more independent and the focus strayed from Christian values, our name was changed to The Yellow Door and the whole of the downtown core became our workplace.
Today, though morality and spirituality have always been present, the spirit of social intercourse has become the main focus of our organization. By utilizing creativity, music, food, story-telling and community engagement projects, we see the youth of Montréal take charge and become the innovators of our city. Promoting dialogue where there is none, sharing ideas and projects to solve social issues, or even simply meeting new friends. The Yellow Door does not stand up for or against one particular issue present in the city of Montréal, it is acting as a launch-pad for a growing community of young people striving to play a part in society.
Take a look at the Ville de Montréal report on youth in the city, read through the issues facing young people and come be a part of our community. We've saved you a seat.