Educational Engagement

School Support Download Pamphlet

The School Support Program- is a community based intervention program designed to assist youth who are in conflict with the law and are experiencing an array of difficulties that are barriers to acquiring or maintaining an educational placement. Many live in unstructured family environments with high levels of social-economic disadvantages. As a result many of these young people demonstrate negative responses stemming often from dysfunctional homes and parenting environments.

Furthermore, issues such as truancy, substance abuse, gang involvement, homelessness, criminalized behaviors and mental/emotional/ physical health concerns are significant factors that impact their education. The program is designed with the premise that while youth need to be accountable for their behavior, they may also require assistance in developing life skills to help them assume a positive role in the community.

The objective of the School Support Program is to provide the most inclusive support and assistance to the youth, family/guardian, community youth worker and school staff in facilitating school success. As a result of increased support, supervision and inclusion of the youth in their case plan, the opportunity to decrease the risk of breakdown of school/home placement has proven effective.

Staff provide youth with support for legal issues by transporting and attending court, lawyer’s appointments and probation reporting. Further supports include visits and calls to the home and school, providing in school crisis interventions and suspensions, and support such as wake up calls, transportation to school, parent visits, and one- on-ones with youth. Staff also attend case conferences, contact workers, make outside agency referrals such as Mental Health, Addiction Services, detox and/or treatment, and personal counseling.

Youth continue to be involved in program during extended school breaks and the summer months. The summer portion of the program provides structured programming that includes life skills, field trips, recreation, community awareness, physical education and camping. This provides consistency and structure in their lives and has proven to be very beneficial upon their return to school the following year.

Youth are picked up each day by staff ensuring a nutritious breakfast, relationship building and attend their educational placement. This approach offers consistency and structure in a young person’s life that has demonstrated to be beneficial upon their return to school.

The School Support Program is financially supported through the Ministry of Justice, Corrections and Policing, Young Offenders Program and is able to accommodate twelve individual youth between the ages of 12 and 17 at any given time throughout the year.

 

Day Support Download Pamphlet

The Day Support Program- is a community based intervention program for youth in conflict with the law. Additionally, the youth have lost their whole or partial existing educational placement and require an alternative avenue to stabilize as a means to re-integrate into an appropriate educational placement. The program is designed with the premise that while youth need to be accountable for their behavior, they may also require assistance in developing life skills to help them assume a positive role in the community.

The objective of the Day Program is to provide community based programming through Education, Life Skills, Cultural Awareness, Community Programming, and Employment Opportunities. The main objective of the program is to increase social stabilization then assist youth to reintegrate into an appropriate educational or work placement.This

is done by reducing risk factors related to reoffending by providing intensive supervision that reduces recidivism and empowers positive behavioral change.

Youth are supported through daily contact with staff who provide wake up calls, breakfast/lunches, transportation, parent/home visits, one on one’s with youth, daily contact with their workers, attend case conferences and medical support. Staff advocate for youth by making outside agency referrals such as Mental Health, Addiction Services, detox and/or treatment and personal counseling.

The Day Program is supported through the Ministry of Justice Corrections and Policing, Young Offenders

Program and is able to accommodate twelve individual youth between the ages of 12 and 17 at any given time throughout the calendar year.

During the summer months the program shifts to an employment and recreational structured programs that expose youth to positive alternatives that they may seek to gravitate to and continue on within their community. The summer component of the program provides youth with support, structure and stability that lends towards a more successful transition for them when re-entering an appropriate educational placement in their new school year.

Youth are provided with a variety of activities and experiences through sporting, recreation, fieldtrips, swimming, water skiing, bowling, BBQs and a camping trip, all of which lends towards creating positive experiences and opportunities.

In keeping true to our Random Acts of Kindness, once a week the youth plan out what they will do to try and make someone else’s life a little bit brighter. The youth did such things as handing out flowers to strangers, purchasing breakfast and coffees, handing out mitts and blankets, or popsicles on a hot day. The youth enjoy these experiences and find the insight to selflessness and generosity.

 

First Avenue Campus Download Pamphlet

First Avenue Campus (FAC)- is a partnership with the Education in Custody Grant through the Ministry of Education and EGADZ.

 First Avenue Campus is a satellite classroom developed to support youth involved in the Justice system. The goal of the program is to support youth through the process of both behavioral stabilization and the further development of skills necessary for school success.

FAC is staffed with a Special Education teacher and an Outreach Support Worker. The classroom provides a range of services to meet the complex needs of youth involved in the justice system.  This is accomplished by teaching a variety of skills including social, literacy, and mathematics in a comfortable educational setting. Each student is given an individualized curriculum that best fits the individual student to prepare them for future educational experiences.

 FAC is a short term transitional placement that recognizes the transformative power of education and self-improvement. The youth that come to be involved with FAC face a multitude of factors which are barriers to school and community engagement. Issues such as: truancy, substance abuse, gang involvement, homelessness, criminalized behaviors as well as mental/emotional/and physical health concerns. The flexibility of a full or half day school schedule has allowed for individual transition plans that suit each student’s needs. Many youth have been away from a regular school routine for several months or years. Once they become accustomed to the confines and routine of a classroom, they are often ready to advocate for themselves to attend school full-time. By involving the youth in the plan and giving them ample opportunity to discuss goals, they begin to acknowledge how their positive actions impact their progress in school.