Youth in detention or custody use this time to reflect, learn, and get ready to reintegrate to their community.
Located in the West Rouge area of Toronto, Island Road is a seven bedroom home that provides residential services for up to eight youths involved in the Youth Criminal Justice system. The program aims to help the young person deal with the reasons for his being before the court, through a process of cognitive behavioural management and a relationship based strengths approach. While the length of stay in the program varies widely from a day to several weeks or months, every attempt is made to engage the youth in the process of beginning to face the issues resulting in court ordered placement.
The expected outcome is the successful reintegration back to the youth’s family and community, with newly developed skills for more effective functioning. Island Road provides a school on site in cooperation with the Toronto District School Board. There are also a number of pre-planned activities on weeknights and weekends that promote healthy physical wellness and socially responsible (personal and interpersonal) behaviours. The programs all have measurable outcomes, specific to both their effectiveness and their contribution towards each youth attaining his goals.
Island Road provides services that are non-discriminatory in an environment that takes into account ethno-cultural, racial, linguistic, and ancestral diversity. This includes the provision of services under the French Language Services Act. Employee orientation and on-going training enhances staff knowledge of these services, along with regular consultation with local community groups and associations.
Current programming includes:
- Anger awareness and management
- Financial literacy
- Cognitive skills training and anti-social thinking
- Teen/parent conflict
- Peer relations
- Substance abuse
- Healthy lifestyles
- Youth gangs and bullying
- Life and social skills
- Youth violence prevention
- Job readiness and employment support
- Music appreciation and recording
- 1st Aid and CPR
- Abilities Centre – Recreation membership
- Special Education Classroom on site
- Music recording studio on site