About YouthLink

Who is YouthLink?

Providing youth with guidance, support and opportunities for a positive future.

YouthLink is a youth mental health centre, accredited by the Canadian Centre of Accreditation. Founded in 1914 by the Big Sisters’ Association of Metropolitan Toronto. For over 100 years, YouthLink has helped improved tens of thousands of youth and their families to get their lives on track to a better future. Read more about our history -> 


Last year we reached out to more than 5,916 young people and their families, helping youth to build connections with caring adults, develop their strengths, build new skills and pursue their goals for a more promising future.


Our staff is professional and experienced and includes social workers, child and youth workers and youth peer educators. We provide a wide range of services such as counselling, educational support, transitional support and residential services, proven to help youth and their families to achieve greater stability and build resiliency.


Our free services for youth 12-21 includes:

  • Walk-In and Continuing Counselling Services
  • Youth Advocating Anti-Homophobia Awareness (YAAHA)
  • Residential Treatment for Young Women
  • Pathways to Education Program – Scarborough Village
  • Co-op housing with Mentoring
  • Wrap-around Family Services
  • Family Support for Youth with Developmental Delays
  • Trip-P Parenting Program




YouthLink believes in the potential of every youth and we are dedicated to providing the support, guidance and opportunities they need to make positive life choices.



  • Walk-in service and ongoing therapeutic counselling for youth(12–21 yrs), parents and families
  • 24 hour treatment residence for 12 young women (14-18 yrs)
  • Four transitional housing co-ops for youth (16 -21 yrs) with live –in mentors
  • Specialized groups for youth at school whose social behaviour is interfering with academic achievement and may be at risk of expulsion



  • Evidence based parenting group programs
  • Outreach to parents and caregivers in priority communities
  • WrapAround program – family services for youth who are at risk of entering child protection services or who are preparing to return home
  • Family support for youth with an intellectual disability



Programs include:
  • Scarborough Village Pathways to Education
  • Kennedy Park/Eglinton East – youth outreach and drop-in programs, leadership groups
  • Steeles-L’Amoreaux – North West Scarborough Youth Centre, sports/arts, leadership development and outreach/drug prevention programs




Leadership, Humanity, Innovation, Respect, Excellence


YouthLink’s core values define what we stand for and how we operate, helping us to work together in the most fulfilling ways.


We value Leadership, acting in ways that exemplify what we expect of each other and of our clients. We work together, bringing out the best in each other and creating strong working relationships. Our professional ethics are evident in all the work we do and decisions we take.


We value Humanity and show consideration for people, their abilities, skills, diversity and perspectives. We create an inclusive workplace that celebrates individual differences and through our actions demonstrate empathy, goodwill and honesty.


We value Innovation demonstrating flexibility and changeability in adapting to our work and community dynamics. We show courage in developing service initiatives that will improve the well-being of our clients and their families.


We Respect people for who they are and for their knowledge, skills and experience as individuals and team members. We treat clients with respect and fairness and encourage the same in return.


We value Excellence demonstrating competence and accountability in delivering client services. We display clear judgment, exhibit clear thinking and reasoning in all situations. We continually strive to accomplish all tasks and provide an outstanding service for our clients.



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