Support for Youth Leaving Care
StepStones for Youth
Mentorship program – 416-893-5196
Our mentorship program focuses on youth aged 15-24, and offers participants the opportunity to develop critical life skills, and accomplish identified program goals by pairing youth with caring adult mentors. Youth in the program receive support with life skills, employment, education and recreational activities. Youth are also eligible for housing grants and scholarships for up to 60% of tuition as part of this program.
Arrabon – Hope for Youth
29 Wilson Park Road,
Toronto, ON M6K 3B6
Roncesvalles Ave & King St W
In collaboration with StepStones, Arrabon offers Youth Support Services which provides outreach to youth in need, crisis counseling and on-call crisis support, support group meetings, an advocacy function, and support to youth transitioning from their family home or foster care.
PARC – Pape Adolescent Resource Centre
PARC is a preparation for independence program serving youth in care and youth who were formerly in care in Toronto and the GTA.
Their One Stop Housing program is funded by the City of Toronto’s Homeless Initiative Fund to assist youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to find and maintain housing. They offer resources such as housing lists, information on tenant’s rights, and referrals, as well as support, mediation, assistance with applications for subsidized housing, eviction prevention services, advocacy, and housing workshops.
They work in collaboration with Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and Jewish Family and Child.
Aftercare Benefits Initiative
Former Crown wards and other youth who have left or are leaving care may be eligible to enroll in the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI) providing comprehensive prescription, dental, vision, extended health benefits as well as a range of counselling and other life-skills supports (depression care, financial planning, career coaching, legal advice and much more).
To determine eligibility visit: http://www.oacas.org/abi/
Streets to Homes Assessment and Referral Centre
129 Peter St,
Toronto, ON M5V 2H3
Queen St W & Spadina Ave
Assists homeless individuals in accessing permanent housing, assists with obtaining social assistance, accompaniment to appointments including social assistance, housing, health care, legal consultation, assists with rent negotiations, arranges long term supports for tenants and landlords.
20 Gerrard St East
Toronto, ON M5B 2P3
Tel: (416) 598-4898
Yonge St & Gerrard St E
Covenant House is a youth shelter for youth between the ages of 16-24. They offer 24/7 crisis care, education, counselling, health care and employment assistance within the shelter.
YouthRAP is a website intended to provide youth in care and youth living independently with an easily accessible, comprehensive source of information, resources, and services. The website has information relating to education, housing, employment, and other resources.
Friends and Loved Ones Fund
Run by the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, the fund provides support for youth by offering travel and accommodation assistance to young people from care aged 16-29 who would like to connect with their friends or loved ones or do not have a place to stay during the holiday season. This support is offered every year between October to December. Youth must be:
- in or from permanent care aged 16-29
- A Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Post-Secondary Scholarship/Bursary student living anywhere in Canada
- Those not currently receiving our post-secondary funds are also eligible if they were formerly in the care of a Toronto agency: Native Child & Family Services, Jewish Family & Child, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and/or the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto or involved with the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre, Eva’s Initiatives or Covenant House Toronto
Telus Mobility for Good
TELUS’ Mobility for Good™ program provides youth with access to a TELUS cell phone plan at $0 per month, which will include unlimited across Canada talk and text and up to 3GB of monthly data usage. Youth who do not have a phone will have the option of receiving a smartphone from TELUS. Young people are eligible if they are, or would have been eligible for Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) at any Ontario Children’s Aid Society, AND are:
- Aged 18 to 26 at the time of application
- Able to pay any applicable overage costs (data or additional features)
- Willing to fill out surveys and share information with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and TELUS to help evaluate the program and measure its impact
- Able to sign up for a new cell phone plan within 4 months of applying to Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada