12.01.2018

Shift is excited to be named the new operator of Polar Crescent, a six-bed therapeutic group care facility for youth funded by the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA).

Polar Crescent is supported by an energetic team of fly-in professionals and local youth care workers that incorporate meaningful opportunities for growth through play and creativity. The therapeutic program offered is holistic and trauma informed, allowing youth the opportunity to reconnect with their family and community.

Shift is currently contracted by the NTHSSA to operate Trailcross Treatment Centre for Youth in Fort Smith, as well as by the Government of Nunavut to operate residential youth care in the Territory. This has included both the Ilagiittugut Centre for Youth in Iqaluit (an eight-bed/24-hour treatment centre for female youth between the ages of 12 and 19) and the 4D North Centre for Youth in Cambridge Bay (a six-bed/24-hour therapeutic centre for boys aged 12-16) – the latter being the most northern residential care centre for youth in the world.

Formed in 2011 under the name Atlantic Youth Inc., Shift is a human services and experiential learning company based in Nova Scotia. With a specialized focus on northern youth services, Shift also provides innovative support options for families in the Atlantic region and experiential leadership for youth across Canada.