Services in Schools


Any young people struggling academically at school are held back by social and behavioural barriers that interfere with their success. YouthLink has a long history of partnering with schools in Scarborough to support youth in these situations.  We offer specialized groups that promote self-esteem, positive social skills and anger management. Groups are provided in response to a request by a particular school and they are generally tailored to the needs of particular students.


Anger Management Program


The Anger Management Program, developed by YouthLink, is offered to Grade 7 and 8 students who are at risk of leaving school, underachieving, or being expelled due to aggressive or inappropriate behaviour. The program helps youth understand more clearly the origins of their anger and triggers to violent behavior and learn ways to communicate their needs and resolve conflict more effectively.  The group helps youth to recognize different anger styles, become more conscious of the degree of anger they are experiencing, understand how external social factors can contribute and try different coping strategies, such as relaxation and visualization.


Groups are provided at the request of the school and run from November to May.  The program is currently underway. For more information please contact 416-967-1773 ext 205


Is this for me?


School groups are offered to students attending senior public school who may have family, social or behavioural issues that are interfering with academic success. Groups help young people explore and manage the issues that of concern to them and introduce students to services and resources in their community that may be helpful.  Youth should be willing to participate in a group with other students in their school facing similar challenges.


What can I expect?


Groups meet during school once a week for approximately one hour.  It is lead by a YouthLink staff member and someone from your school. At the first session, the participants come up with rules for how the group will work together, and each member must commit to following them. Group sessions typically include presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.


How do I get in touch?


Requests for specialized groups should be made by school staff including social workers, guidance counselors and other school personnel.  Please contact Cynda Aston at 416-967-1773 ext 205 to inquire about having a group in your school.