Hello Community Partners:

We are happy and excited to share with you that we are now taking referrals for a brand new program being offered at our Head Office (437 Port Union Road, Toronto).

Through our partnership with Hip Hop Healers and Adam Ellis (PhDc), we have developed a unique Music Program that contains Therapeutic and Clinical Counseling elements for youth between the ages of 15-20 that are in conflict with the law.

Our program is the first of its kind in Canada and will utilize a holistic wrap-around approach. Firstly, with the supports of our Music and Digital Engineering Staff, Participating Youth will get the opportunity to work on their artistic expression, learn about the music industry, and create a professional image while meeting music industry professionals. Secondly, our Clinical Staff (RSWs and PhDc) will provide therapeutic supports to help Participating Youth recognize and address multiple forms of trauma. Lastly, Participating Youth will be connected to and supported by a dedicated team of Case Workers, Youth Workers and other positive adults to help build meaningful relationships and to provide supports in a variety of identified areas.

Please take a look at the attachment with further information and a weekly schedule. I also included a simple referral form to be filled out (here).

If you are aware of any youth that you think would be a good for this 12- week program, please return the Referral Form to ewarner@fernieyouth.ca.

After we have received your referral, we will contact you to make arrangements for an in-person interview to assess suitability, safety and other considerations!

The program will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays (4:00pm to 8:00pm). Dinner will be provided and we can support those in need with bus tokens and/or other forms of transportation.

My number is below if you would like to talk about this in more detail!

Also, this program is being offered completely free of charge for Participating Youth!

Hip Hop Healers Website: www.fernieyouth.ca/therapeutic-programs

— From the desk of Emery Warner – Manager of Community Services
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