Success Stories


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Another Diploma Earned in YES’ Alternative Classroom


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(By Karen Scott, Classroom Support Worker)

The Carriage House alternative classroom continues to offer a variety of individualized programming for students to assist them in reaching their goals. This semester one of our ongoing students will join the ranks of past students in earning her Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and will be walking across the stage with her peers. Continue reading “Another Diploma Earned in YES’ Alternative Classroom”

Learning to Live Independently


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The YES Shelter facility offers temporary housing to youth and families aged 16-24. Learning to live independently is often a challenge for youth. Abbott House, our transitional housing facility provides a place where youth can live in safety and stability for up to a year, with the support of a mentor to move forward on their life goals. Here are some thoughts and feelings from a recent resident: Continue reading “Learning to Live Independently”

Jamie’s Story


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Jamie arrived at the shelter homeless and evidently vulnerable and confused. He had been panhandling and wandering the streets. Jamie’s only support was his father who had recently gone to prison. A concerned citizen brought Jamie to YES’ emergency shelter. He quickly connected with YES staff and was always willing to help out. Continue reading “Jamie’s Story”