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Youth Programming


East Metro Youth Services offers a variety of youth programming five days a week, including after school youth drop-in, employment and leadership workshops, multimedia programming, hip hop dance and East QREW.  The space is equipped with video games, board games, a pool table, Foosball and air hockey, computers and free WIFI.


The Zone Youth Centre Drop-In




In partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, East Metro Youth Services (EMYS) is proud to offer Scarborough youth an Enhanced Youth Space.  The Youth Space is a safe place where youth can come to create, connect, learn and inspire.

The model for the Enhanced Youth Spaces was approved by City Council in 2014 and focuses on three components: dedicated space for youth, consistent staff and programming tailored to youth interests.

Location: 1200 Markham Rd. Suite 313

Drop In Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 3 – 5pm


Studio 2 Multimedia Program



Studio 2 supports youth in the development of multimedia skills, as well as social skills, with an emphasis on media literacy, employability skills and mental health.  Studio 2 utilizes various forms of industry standard digital media software and hardware, to engage youth to design a variety of media projects.  These projects 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.

For more information please contact 416-438-3697 Ext. 13271




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Credit: Daniel Quasar

East QREW is a Scarborough-based social, drop-in group for LGBTQ2SA+ youth that meets once a week to bring youth together in a safe and supportive environment. It is a place where they can connect to others who have like experiences and feel more supported in their community, engage in discussions, and receive emotional support from staff and peers. It is offers activities and workshops that focus on improving mental health through yoga, meditation and stress reduction.

Guest speakers facilitate educational workshops on topics such as sexuality, spirituality and gender issues that will aim to educate participants and expose them to new ideas. The ultimate goal of the group is to have participants learn something new, feel better about themselves and develop a wider social support network through peer connection.

Location: 1200 Markham, Suite 313

Hours: Every Thursday, 5-8pm.


Youth-In-Transition (YIT) Program

The Youth in Transition Program aims to support youth transitioning from the child welfare sector into adulthood. To be eligible, youth must be between 16-24 years old and a crown ward. Some resources and supports may include, housing and or educational supports, employment and services training, life skills (e.g. financial management, household management), legal services and health and mental health services. At EMYS there are currently two Youth in Transition Workers (YITW) including a designated bilingual YITW who provides services to youth across the city of Toronto in French.

Last year we worked with 60 youth! Youth are treated to Tim Hortons and given bus fare to help them go to interviews, job fairs or on housing hunts. YIT workers meet the youth where it is more convenient for them; in the community, at coffee shops, libraries or at the office. The length we work with the youth varies based on their long term and short-term goals.

To access services: Referrals can be made by CAS Workers, school, families, other service providers or the youth can refer themselves.