From custody back home, youth reintegrate to their community, school, work and family home. Our programs give youth new values on what’s right and wrong and a positive way to be in the community.
Youth Transition Services (YTS)
YTS is a bridging service guiding youth aged 12 to 21 from a Youth Justice facility back to his home and community. Community Support Workers ensure the youth are engaged with community resources that are able to address the short and long-term needs of the youth in order to reduce the risk of re-offending.
The YTS mobile team provides community and family reintegration and education continuity support to youth who are sentenced or detained in one of the Open Custody/Open Detention facilities that have, collectively, a 64 bed capacity, and also youth from 2 secure facilities located in the Greater Toronto Area.
The workers connect with youth within 24 hours of admission to the system to provide an initial needs analysis. The Reintegration Plan is created based on each youth’s individual needs in collaboration with all partners who are involved with the youth. Workers build strong partnerships with youth, families, facility personnel, community services/institutions, and Probation Case Managers. The workers follow up with the youths and their families for up to a year after their release to ensure their success. Connecting youth to their communities builds resource capacity and support for youth and their families.
The Community Access Program (CAP)
CAP provides transportation support to Open Custody/Open Detention facilities throughout the GTA for youth to attend appointments, go to court, have home visits, and go to work or school. As an adjunct to facility transports, CAP is available when core staff are unable to transport.
Transports occur throughout the day, evenings and weekends for a variety of purposes. Youth gain increased community access for efficient transition from custody, assistance with continuity of personal care, and to bridge transportation gaps between youth and family while youth are residing in custody and detention centres.