Program focus: Communication Skills, Community Awareness, LGBT, Mental Health, School, Skill Development, Socializing, Violence Prevention, Youth Engagement more…

The Respect in Schools Everywhere (RiSE) Program is a youth-led, school-based violence prevention and mentorship program for grades 9 – 12 students. RiSE provides resources and programming for grades 7 – 8 students in feeder schools to the host school.

Youth participants are responsible for developing and facilitating workshops focused on bullying, mental health, social media education, stigma, and conflict resolution. RiSE has developed a program model for schools that is evidence-informed practices and incorporates current and relevant research. RiSE is currently delivered at David and Mary Thompson however any high school may request the program at their site.

Get In Touch with RiSE on Instagram

Program focus: Anti-Human Trafficking, Bilingual Services (French), Case Management, Child Welfare, Employment, Housing, Legal, LGBT, Mental Health, School, Sex Work, Sexual Relationships, Skill Development, Substance Abuse, Trauma, Work more…

Youth In Transition Workers aim to meet youth where it is more convenient for them, in the community, at coffee shops, libraries or at the office. Some resources and supports offered to youth may include:

  • Housing and or educational supports
  • Employment and services training
  • Life skills (e.g., financial management and household management)
  • Legal services and psychoeducation
  • Health and mental health services
  • Access to Trauma Therapy and Human Trafficking Peer Support Group
  • Snacks and TTC fare for case management needs
  • Access to Strides Food Mart available upon sign up

In addition to the above supports, Strides YIT workers provide targeted/focused assistance in the following areas:

  • Mental Health and Addictions YIT
  • Bilingual (French speaking) YIT connects youth with Francophone resources within their communities.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking YIT provides individualized case management to youth at risk of sexual exploitation and Human Trafficking.

The length of work with youth varies based on their long-term and short-term goals. Once youth provide consent, referrals can be emailed directly to our team: YIT@Stridestoronto.ca.

Eligibility Details

Youth aged 16 – 24 years and is:

  • in Extended Society Care or
  • in a formal Customary Care arrangement immediately prior to the youth’s 18th birthday or
  • eligible for support under Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) or
  • accessing Ready, Set, Go (RSG) funding

Get in touch with Strides Toronto Youth In Transition (YIT) workers on Instagram:

Program focus: Communication Skills, Community Service/Volunteer Hours, LGBT, Skill Development, Socializing

The Volunteer Readiness Program serves youth looking to complete community service hours towards high school graduation or probation requirements. The youth is not required to have prior volunteer or work experiences to participate in this program. The volunteers participate in a variety of activities including community events and packing food hampers for those experiencing food insecurity among other things.

The youth are assured to gain community service hours and employability skills including communication and leadership skills through hands on experiences with the support of Youth Outreach Workers. They will also have opportunities to develop their resume and access other programs and services based on their individual needs.

Snacks and TTC tickets are provided for the youth volunteers.

Program focus: Communication Skills, Community, Multimedia, Skill Development, Socializing, Youth, Youth Engagement more…

Studio 2 Multimedia Program supports youth in the development of multimedia skills, as well as social skills, with an emphasis on media literacy, employability skills and mental health.

Our program uses various industry standard software and hardware to help youth design a variety of media projects. Youth are engaged under the supervision and guidance of professionals and Strides Toronto staff. Projects youth can work on include film and documentaries, print, photography, portfolio development, and music/audio recording. Programming is delivered through one-on-one sessions, group workshops and facilitated workshops in the community and/or school.

AAA…MAZZZ…ING! Great opportunity for the youth. Please check out the flyer and scan the QR code!

AAA…MAZZZ…ING! Great opportunity for the youth. Please check out the flyer and scan the QR code!

Learn to DJ at the Studio 2 Multimedia program. Program is free and available to those between the ages of 12 and 24 and living in the Scarborough area. DM me for more info! Special shout out to the @uwgreaterto for helping to make this and other workshops possible! Much love!!! And super proud of you DJ @aya.amoraa keep it up!!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Learn to DJ at the Studio 2 Multimedia program. Program is free and available to those between the ages of 12 and 24 and living in the Scarborough area. DM me for more info! Special shout out to the @uwgreaterto for helping to make this and other workshops possible! Much love!!! And super proud of you DJ @aya.amoraa keep it up!!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽


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Program focus: Immigration, Skill Development, Socializing

We’re going into the community to VOLUNTEER!! 

Earn some hours soon when you join us at Teesdale Drop-In, to support with their food security program for community members in the Scarborough community. NYEP will be supporting at the Food Bank to serve food, engage and clean!

Spots are LIMITED for this great opportunity that you can put on your resume! DM us to register! 😁

We’re going into the community to VOLUNTEER!!

Earn some hours soon when you join us at Teesdale Drop-In, to support with their food security program for community members in the Scarborough community. NYEP will be supporting at the Food Bank to serve food, engage and clean!

Spots are LIMITED for this great opportunity that you can put on your resume! DM us to register! 😁

📣📣📣 Are you looking for a job? Help with resume’s job searching and interview skills available here! 

We support Newcomer Youth, ages 12-21, with Permanent Resident and Convention Refugee status with employment readiness. DM us for the registration link to the program! 

Non-registered youth must first complete an intake to be eligible to participate in our Newcomer Youth Engagement Program(s).

*free presto cards provided*

📣📣📣 Are you looking for a job? Help with resume’s job searching and interview skills available here!

We support Newcomer Youth, ages 12-21, with Permanent Resident and Convention Refugee status with employment readiness. DM us for the registration link to the program!

Non-registered youth must first complete an intake to be eligible to participate in our Newcomer Youth Engagement Program(s).

*free presto cards provided*

FREE COMMUNITY OUTING!☀️🌳🛶

Get your body moving with fun activities that are sure to test your individual and team skills, trust and en-durance! Project Canoe will be taking place on the lake, towards Centre Island! 

*presto cards provided 
*snacks available 

REGISTERED CLIENTS ONLY 🏅
*limited spots*

Check out Project Canoe’s AWESOME mission on their website: www.canoe.org

FREE COMMUNITY OUTING!☀️🌳🛶

Get your body moving with fun activities that are sure to test your individual and team skills, trust and en-durance! Project Canoe will be taking place on the lake, towards Centre Island!

*presto cards provided
*snacks available

REGISTERED CLIENTS ONLY 🏅
*limited spots*

Check out Project Canoe’s AWESOME mission on their website: www.canoe.org

Our TRIP to #CanadasWonderland from the eyes of our youth who made this awesome reel!! 🤩🎡🙌🏾

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Our TRIP to #CanadasWonderland from the eyes of our youth who made this awesome reel!! 🤩🎡🙌🏾

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Hello Friends 🥰!!

Exciting Update: 

Kasthuri is joining the Youth In Transition (YIT) Team🎉. She will still be at Strides Toronto so if you see her say HI 😊.

Contact Information:
▪️ kasthuri.jeyaraj@stridestoronto.ca
▪️ 437-423-2134

Hello Friends 🥰!!

Exciting Update:

Kasthuri is joining the Youth In Transition (YIT) Team🎉. She will still be at Strides Toronto so if you see her say HI 😊.

Contact Information:
▪️ kasthuri.jeyaraj@stridestoronto.ca
▪️ 437-423-2134

The Newcomer Youth Engagement Program is for youth ages 12 to 21 who are immigrants to Canada and are permanent residents or conventional refugees. The program provides free activities every month that include volunteer opportunities, sports events, workshops and trips around Toronto.

The Newcomer Program offers two types of service:

  1. Orientation
    This program provides information on mental health services and social skills training to help newcomer youth and their families with the settlement process.  The importance of positive mental health and mental health stigma are discussed and connected to the immigration experience.  Information and strategies are explored through innovative and out of the box practices.  The Orientation stream also provides training to service providers and/or youth in schools and other community agencies on various mental health topics.
  2. Welcoming Communities
    This program provides newcomer youth and their families with the support, skills and training they need during the settlement process. Newcomer youth receive leadership and mentorship training.  They also receive homework help and educational supports to ensure they do well in school and develop employment skills.  Program workers focus on providing youth with information, skills and knowledge to help them adapt, settle, and integrate into Canadian life.  Workshops on topics such as communication and social skills, cross-cultural and diversity skills, and navigation on public transit are provided.  The Welcoming Communities program also provides training to service providers and/or youth in schools and other community agencies on various settlement topics.

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Program Calendar

Program focus: Abuse, Employment, Housing, Legal, LGBT, Mental Health, Multimedia, School, Sex Work, Trauma more…

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) is an initiative that aims to bring the right services to youth (and their families) at the right time and in the right place.

We provide youth aged 12 – 25 with a range of services to address needs related to mental health, substance use, primary care, education, employment, housing, and other social services. We aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where youth can access support, connect with peers, and engage in activities that promote wellness.

When you first get connected to our Youth Wellness Hub, we will help you identify which service is the best fit for your needs.

Meet our integrated care team:

  • Harm Reduction Counselling
    If you need support reducing harm and improving well-being in relation to substance use, counsellors are available to provide you with guidance and tools to help you navigate through life while making safer and informed decisions.
  • Counselling
    Therapists are available to help you explore your emotions, gain insights into your behaviours and thoughts and provide helpful strategies that you can implement in your daily life. Whether you want to talk about anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, coping with trauma or managing stress, our counsellors will listen and support you in enhancing your emotional well-being.
  • Peer Support
    Peer support workers provide support, guidance and understanding through their shared experience of navigating mental health services. Peer support is offered in both individual and group settings.
  • Care Navigation
    Care navigators will work with you to set and achieve goals in areas such as health, mental health, employment, education, housing, and more. They will also help you to navigate social service and healthcare systems to find the best options for you.
  • Health Services
    Our nurse practitioners can provide you with short term clinical care including physical, mental, and sexual health. They are here to help you with needs such as managing medications, discussing birth control options, referring to specialists and more. If recommended by one of our providers, a psychiatric consultation is also available to help with diagnosis, treatment plans, and medication management.

A proud partner of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario

Care Navigation – Community Resources Drop In

Toronto East YWHO Poster

Toronto East YWHO Referral Form (for service providers)

Program focus: Abuse, Employment, Housing, Legal, LGBT, Mental Health, Multimedia, School, Sex Work, Trauma more…

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) is an initiative that aims to bring the right services to youth (and their families) at the right time and in the right place.

We provide youth aged 12 – 25 with a range of services to address needs related to mental health, substance use, primary care, education, employment, housing, and other social services. We aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where youth can access support, connect with peers, and engage in activities that promote wellness.

When you first get connected to our Youth Wellness Hub, we will help you identify which service is the best fit for your needs.

Meet our integrated care team:

  • Nurse Practitioner
    Our Nurse Practitioner provides primary care and transitional clinical care related to physical, mental and sexual health. They can support you with clarifying a diagnosis, creating treatment plans, prescribing and managing medication and making referrals to specialized health services.
  • Care Navigation
    Care navigators will work with you to set and achieve goals in areas such as health, mental health, employment, education, housing, and more. They will also help you to navigate social service and healthcare systems to find the best options for you.
  • Counselling
    Therapists are available to help you explore your emotions, gain insights into your behaviours and thoughts and provide helpful strategies that you can implement in your daily life. Whether you want to talk about anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, coping with trauma or managing stress, our counsellors will listen and support you in enhancing your emotional well-being.
  • Peer Support
    Peer support workers provide support, guidance and understanding through their shared experience of navigating mental health services. Peer support is offered in both individual and group settings.
  • Harm Reduction
    If you need support reducing harm and improving well-being in relation to substance use, counsellors are available to provide you with guidance and tools to help you navigate through life while making safer and informed decisions.

A proud partner of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario

Scarborough Youth Wellness Hub Referral Form (for service providers)

Program focus: LGBT, Multimedia, Socializing

The Zone Youth Space is a place where youth can come to create, connect, learn and inspire!

Created in partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, The Zone Youth Spaces provides a dedicated space for youth, consistent staff, and programming tailored to a variety of youth interests.

The Zone Youth Space offers free programming 6 days a week, that includes after-school youth drop in, employment and leadership workshops, homework help, multimedia programming, and more. The space is equipped with video games, board games, a pool table, foosball, computers, and free WiFi.

For more information, contact Jessica Myers at jessica.myers@stridestoronto.ca

Get In Touch with The Zone on Instagram