“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 Support Services
Supporting Our Youth
Our workers help youth find a safe place to live, secure a job, finish high school, apply for post-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 the youth’s support as needed. For example, a youth who has 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. They 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.
See our 2018 Impact Report for more details.
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 lasting changes. StepStones offers both mentors and workers 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.
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.
Our Youth support services are offered in partnership with Arrabon House. For more information, call 416-893-5196.