“With the support of the mentoring program, tutoring and scholarships, I am able to focus on my studies. I am studying for a degree in Child and Youth Work. I want to support the children in the Regent Park community so that they will have the same opportunities that I did.”
Youth in Transition Workers
Supporting Our Youth
Our workers help youth find a safe place to live, secure a job, finish high school, apply for posts-secondary and trade schools, get medical attention and mental health care. Initially, our workers offer intense, one-to-one support with the youth to help stabilize their life.
Once settled, a mentor volunteer can connect with the youth to establish a trusting relationship and develop life skills. Over the course of their involvement, our staff and volunteers work together and adjust their support as needed. For example, a youth who had just lost stable housing may temporarily need more intense support from our staff.
Youth who qualify for this program do not have support from their caregivers. Youth are often estranged from their birth, adoptive or kinship caregivers and lack any supportive adults in their life. Some of the youth struggle with mental health, substance abuse and/or homelessness and many youth have significant concerns with self esteem and behaviour.
This staff-volunteer partnership with each youth is what makes us unique. Studies show that when agencies combine the support of both a long term volunteer mentor and a skilled worker – youth are able to make long term change. It is critical that mentorship relationships are supported by a skilled worker in order to sustain the longevity of the relationship with youth at risk. Otherwise, this relationship often breaks down and long term support is not realized. That is why we offer both services to ensure the success of youth in our program.
Youth in this program can also access a drop-in centre, a food and clothing bank, ongoing tutoring, scholarships, monthly workshops and holiday celebrations as part of our program.
This service is offered in partnership with Arrabon House. For more information, call 416-893-5196.