YouthLink Residence (YLR) Treatment for Young Women


What is this?


YouthLink’s residence treatment offers youth who qualify with a safe, supportive setting and full-time support for setting and achieving their life goals. We help them prepare for independence while encouraging contact with community, family and support systems. While living at our home, they have access to counselling, life skills groups and recreational activities.


Who is it for?


YouthLink Residence Treatment is for youth aged 14 to18 who require intensive live-in support away from their family, foster family or group home. In our therapeutic, home-like environment, their mental wellness is addressed alongside life-skills training. Diversity and inclusiveness are emphasized. Up to 12 youth can be housed at one time.

Young women who identify with their birth sex and young people who are gender independent, fluid or trans-identified are all welcome.


How long can a person stay?


Until there is mutual agreement that your goals have been achieved or they turn 18 years of age.


What can I expect?


YLR provides safe and stable housing and support for meeting your basic needs. While in our residence you can forward to emotional support, formal and informal one-to-one counselling, emotional and practical life skills groups, and social skills building. There are also supported recreational and extra-curricular activities and  remedial education. Our staff will serve you as therapeutic adult role models and will help you to establish connections with community agencies, caregivers or others.


Will is the program based on?


YouthLink uses a treatment approach that highlights each individual, their strengths, and their full and willing participation in making decisions about their life. Key to the approach is a sense of partnership between you and our staff , as it is in any relationship between a youth and a supportive adult. Understanding and respect for your past experiences, present conditions, and future dreams are at the heart of what we will do together.


Key principles underlying the program philosophy include that the youth are ‘experts’  in what is working for them and not working for them in their lives,  that change will occur for young people when they learn new skills,  that the young people are doing the best they can and that they will act and/or do better when they are safer, happier, supported by trusting adults and feel better understood by those who care for them.  Rewards and punishments are not used as facilitators of change.


What steps does the program follow?


  1. Assign you a counsellor to work with you and your family, if appropriate.

  2. Provide you with an initial network of local supports for decreasing any sense of disconnection from others.

  3. Help you set your own goals and develop lifelong strategies to overcoming any challenges.

  4. As you develop in meeting your daily needs, you may progress to the Third Floor Program, which places higher emphasis on self-sufficiency and life skills, and begins to connect residents with community and/or family supports.

  5. Long-term, assist you in developing the capacity to have health, meaningful relationships and move to more independent living in the community.


Residents also have access to a special classroom through Delisle Youth Services if they require additional educational support.


Is it for me?


This program has two components, one for young people who require a fair amount of support and direction; the other for young people who need less support and are preparing for semi-independence or independent living. Both components are offered to young people who are able to function in a community setting and are willing to participate in a treatment residence.


How do I apply?


All applications must go through Delisle Youth Service’s Centralized Access to Residential Services (CARS).  Please have a school teacher, counsellor, or other professional help you make the referral.  CARS can be contacted at 416-482-7884.  CARS works with every group home in Toronto to assess which residence will best meet your needs.