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Youth Outreach Worker Program (YOW)

 

The Provincial Youth Outreach Worker Program is an initiative for marginalized youth 12-24 years old and their families in East Toronto. It is designed to help empower and provide them with individualized programming to meet their unique needs and circumstances. Youth Outreach Workers (YOWs) also work with other community resources to coordinate youth activities and services.

The specialized YOW does exactly what is mentioned above, but has a focus on specific populations in Toronto, such as Syrian, Afghan, Tamil, Black youth, as there is an evident lack of resources for certain communities. Their goal is to make programs and services more accessible to youth and their families by overcoming language and cultural barriers. Outreach to specific populations help inform members of the community of the availability of services and to remove the stigma and fear associated with accessing services such as mental health services.

We also offer clinical and counselling services as part of our Enhanced Youth Outreach Workers (EYOW).

Some of the many services we connect youth and families with include:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Legal
  • Education & alternative learning
  • Volunteer hours
  • Drop-in Programs
  • Assistance in Applying for schools, loans & government assistance
  • Help getting ID, SIN and Health Card
  • Food Banks
  • Counselling
  • Newcomer youth programs

We are a part of a network of East Toronto agencies that offer YOW services. Our YOW Partner Agencies include:

  • Agincourt Community Services Association
  • Anishnwabe Health Toronto
  • Delisle Youth Services
  • East Metro Youth Services
  • East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club
  • Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services
  • Hong Fook Mental Health Association
  • Malvern Family Resource Centre
  • Native Child and Family Services
  • Neighbourhood Link
  • Rosalie Hall
  • Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
  • Taibu Community Health Centre
  • Youthlink