YouthLink's Youth Outreach Worker program is made possible through funding from the Ontario government's Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
YouthLink employs 4 Youth Outreach Workers (YOWs): 2 in the Kennedy Park/Eglinton East neighbourhood and 2 in Scarborough Village. These Workers are out in these communities every day, talking to young people about what’s on their minds. Our Youth Workers. If and when a young person asks for help, say with school, work, family, emotional or physical health, the justice system, or the neighbourhood, our YOWs have alot to offer.
- The very contact with one of our Youth Workers can prove to a young person that connecting with a community resource, in this case YouthLink, can be a positive experience that leads to real results.
- Moreover, our YOWs can offer a word of advice, helpful information about a community service or a needed phone number for the youth to call for immediate help, say in a crisis.
- Our Youth Worker can also encourage the young person to follow through on connecting with any community resource that is recommended. Later, our Youth Worker can check to see how that went.
- Sometimes our Youth Worker will contact a community resource on a young person’s behalf to advocate for what is needed.
- Our Youth Workers can also promote awareness in the community of the positive contributions that youth are making to life in these neighbourhoods.
If our YOWs are in a great position to assist with matters related to school, work, healthcare, mental health and well-being, and the justice system, it`s for one simple reason. They know what’s what because they are in touch often with the organizations they recommend, on behalf of other youth. They’ve got alot of experience too, having worked day in and out with youth, parents, health promotion officers, schools, police and other youth service providers for some time. And they only have one motive: get youth the access that’s needed to the programs, services and opportunities needed for healthy development.
Here are just some of the organizations you might hear about from a YouthLink Youth Outreach Worker:
In the Kennedy Park/Eglinton East community (see further down for Scarborough Village)
Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre
2467 Eglinton Ave. East (near Kennedy Park Subway Stn), Scarborough, ON M1K 1A1
Tel: (416) 396-4043
Offers a range of programming for youth, including drop-in basketball. Call for more information.
Pro-tech Media Centre – operating out of the (click here) Kennedy Park Library, ProTech centre offers free workshops for youth ages 13-30 on new media including website design, graphic design, digital music and video production and digital photography. For more information, contact: Ainsworth Slowly 647-345-1448
(Click here) Kennedy Park Branch, Toronto Public Library
2380 Eglinton Ave. East at Kennedy Rd.
This is a youth-friendly space that offers use of computers, internet access and reading materials available at no charge.
The Mid-Scarborough Hub
2660 Eglinton Avenue East at Brimley
The Hub offers health care and social services for local area residents.
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture – youth programs 13-24 years
2425 Eglinton Ave. East, Unit 218/220
For more information, contact Mbalu Wembo 416-750-3045
The Centre supports survivors of war in the process of successful integration into Canadian society. They also support youth (francophones included) with: school support, homework club, social recreational activities, one-to-one tutoring, job readiness workshops, and leadership activities.
In Scarborough Village
Scarborough Village Community Recreation Centre
3600 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON
Tel: (416) 396-4048
Scarborough Village Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC)
3600 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON
Tel: (416) 847-4177
Canadian Red Cross
202 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON
Tel: (416) 267-0115
Cliffcrest – Toronto Employment and Social Services
2985 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON
Tel: (416) 392-1460