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‘what’s up’ @EMYS February Internal Newsletter 2016


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February 2016


Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities Listening Tour

East Metro Youth Services, our YOWs, the RYTE and RISE teams worked around the clock to make the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities (PCYO) Listening Tour a success. EMYS hosted the PCYO team, Ministry staff our MPP Mitzie Hunter and her team, as well as over 65 youth in the Boardroom.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our YOWS, youth voices were heard at focus groups. The discussion will inform and shape the future youth services and programs.

A text from an organizer of the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunties thanking EMYS for hosting their Listening Tour.

Pictured: a Tweet from the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities staff














Carly Kalish and EMYS Gender-Based Violence Program Featured on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Carly appeared on The Agenda with CBC’s Piya  Chattopadhyay, investigative journalist Olivia Carville, Martin Dick- Lead Detective, Halton’s Human Trafficking and Vice Unit, and Laurie Hermiston- advocacy co-ordinator at the Native Womens’ Resource Centre.

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Ontario Announces $6 Million to Support Early Intervention

Debbie Schatia, Turning Point executive director and our own Claire Fainer, EMYS executive director, Alexandra Johne, parent advocate and outreach worker, joined the Ministry of Children and Youth Services team and Minister Kevin Flynn for the announcement of new funding for child and youth mental health. Check out the recap video of the event. Read more

Client Engagement Lunch & Learn

Alexandara Johne and Daryle Pryor presented “Client/Parent Engagement: Dealing with the Reactive Client” on Jan. 27. The presentation provided practical tips on dealing with reactive clients with empathy, and using a strengths-based approach.  Full presentation located here


Lead Agency Update

Creating City-Wide Connections

Check out all the latest from our MOMH-TO Lead Agency Team with our January 2016 newsletter

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‘what’s up’ Walk In Expansion

The ‘what’s up’ Walk In® network of mental health walk-in clinics is growing. ‘what’s up’ Walk In® Clinics are currently available in the GTA via East Metro Youth Services and partner agencies Yorktown Child and Family Centre, Oolagen Youth Mental Health and Etobicoke Children’s Centre. A new member – the Griffin Centre – will establish a new walk-in site in North York which is poised to launch officially in March 2016.

Technology Matters

Don’t forget to work with your IT helper to ensure you’ve logged all of the EMYS. We need the model and serial number of your laptop, by simply filling out the attached form and submitting to your assigned IT helper or Kam Muthulingam.


HR Corner

Dayforce Pro Tip

When you book days off in the future, book one vacation day at a time so that if you need to make a change to one day, you don’t have to cancel your entire vacation and resubmit the entire vacation.   It doesn’t take much longer to do this.  Then if you need to make a change to one of your vacation days  (i.e. switching it to compensatory time, or cancelling one day you booked due to a conflict), you only need to adjust that one day.

Resources, Tools & Advice

Need media training?

Want to be prepared for media questions? Need tips and tricks about dealing with the media? Follow up with Tanya for more information

New Human Trafficking Collateral

A young woman holding a cell phone with texts that ask: "Are you all about the money" "Be my rider"

New SWEET Postcard

We’ve launched a new postcard campaign targeted at youth who might be at risk or involved in domestic human trafficking. Check out our new-look materials.

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Social Media Love

EMYS has been getting some love online. In the month of January we generated more than 28,900 Twitter impressions and increase of 37.3% over last month’s social media impressions. Here are some of our more notable tweets recently

A photo of MPP Mitzie Hunter and EMYS Executive Director Claire Fainer

Tweet from Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities quoting a youth at the event.








Fun Stuff

A photo of a cow, sheep and pig at a boardroom table taking minutes.






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