We serve motivated youth and supportive adults in their pursuit of justice, fairness and brighter futures through legal advocacy training for “Youth-In-Care” and youth-at-risk of harm. As an industry leader in trauma informed practice and legal advocacy training, we are where youth and justice thrive!
Creating opportunities and social change for youth in care through legal training, self, and peer-to-peer advocacy.
Working across sectors to create integrated transitional and social justice solutions for youth in care.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN CARE IN CANADA
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IDENTIFIED AS BEING AT RISK OF EXPERIENCING ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN CANADA
OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN CARE HAVE EXPERIENCED CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
Many of the Child Welfare Youth working with YEY have advised that Ontario's Child Welfare children and youth are being exposed to extreme poverty leading to sexual, emotional, and psychological harm; too often, with little support from their Children's Aid Society. Many Child Welfare Youth experience homelessness and precarious housing, before the age of 18, among other abuses.
In addition to the harm the youth are exposed to, it has been well documented that there are a disproportionate number of Black and Indigenous Youth represented within the Child Welfare System in Ontario and across Canada. Sadly, there is also disproportionate number of Child Welfare Youth in the Youth Criminal Justice System in Ontario; this often leads to involvement in the Adult Criminal Justice System.
In April 2019, the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (Advocate Office) was closed leaving a large gap in services across Ontario.
Our services have been requested in many spaces across Ontario such as Legal Aid Ontario, Telus Mobility, Kids Help Phone and more.
Our organization is in the unique position of possessing all of the existing materials from the former Advocate's Office. Click Learn More to discover these documents which include information and data not found at any other organization.