East Metro Youth Services Our House, Your House program receives boost from federal government

News Apr 14, 2015 by Ali Raza Scarborough Mirror

East Metro Youth Services is launching Our House, Your House, a program to strengthen families and youth in high-priority neighbourhoods.

Scarborough Centre MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Roxanne James made a funding announcement for the program at the EMYS office on Markham Road on Tuesday, April 14.

The federal government has allocated $1.8 million over the course of five years for the program.

“Our House, Your House will reach 260 high-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 17 as well as their parents and/or caregivers,” James said during the announcement.

Five communities have been assessed for the program, and they include Flemingdon Park, Warden Woods, Malvern, Guildwood and Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park.

The program runs for 14 weeks and will see EMYS staff with the Strengthening Families Program working with families and youth in Toronto Community Housing residential areas.

Every week, families and youth will come together for dinner offered by EMYS and then split into two three-hour classes. The first class will mentor parents while the second focuses on youth. Parents and youth will learn coping strategies, communication skills, anger management, positive reinforcement and other critical skills needed to avoid conflicts.

Parents and youth then come together in a joint class where they practise – in a supervised setting – the skills they’ve learned with each other.

“It gives them the opportunity to open the conversation,” said Project Supervisor Kamalesan Muthulingam. “We can help them process it together and resolve conflicts.”

In addition to financial support from the federal government, EMYS is receiving community support from Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto Police and other local organizations. While the program operates out of TCHC locations, other organizations focus on trust-building and referrals.

“It’s an evidence-based program,” Muthulingam said.

“It’s been proven that it helps families to reduce risk factors among youths.”

The evidence-based program or Strengthening Families Program – what EMYS has named Our House, Your House – is a program that has been active in several community centres across North America since the 1980s.

Upon the submission of a grant to the federal government, EMYS was given a list of evidence-based programs to implement and reduce risk factors among youth. The risk factors include substance abuse, gang involvement and negative police contact.

Given Scarborough’s ethnic and linguistic diversity, assistance is available for families with weaker English skills.

Participation is voluntary, as families and youth would be referred by a trusted source, either the school board, the police or a community centre.

East Metro Youth Services Our House, Your House program receives boost from federal government

News Apr 14, 2015 by Ali Raza Scarborough Mirror

East Metro Youth Services is launching Our House, Your House, a program to strengthen families and youth in high-priority neighbourhoods.

Scarborough Centre MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Roxanne James made a funding announcement for the program at the EMYS office on Markham Road on Tuesday, April 14.

The federal government has allocated $1.8 million over the course of five years for the program.

“Our House, Your House will reach 260 high-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 17 as well as their parents and/or caregivers,” James said during the announcement.

Five communities have been assessed for the program, and they include Flemingdon Park, Warden Woods, Malvern, Guildwood and Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park.

The program runs for 14 weeks and will see EMYS staff with the Strengthening Families Program working with families and youth in Toronto Community Housing residential areas.

Every week, families and youth will come together for dinner offered by EMYS and then split into two three-hour classes. The first class will mentor parents while the second focuses on youth. Parents and youth will learn coping strategies, communication skills, anger management, positive reinforcement and other critical skills needed to avoid conflicts.

Parents and youth then come together in a joint class where they practise – in a supervised setting – the skills they’ve learned with each other.

“It gives them the opportunity to open the conversation,” said Project Supervisor Kamalesan Muthulingam. “We can help them process it together and resolve conflicts.”

In addition to financial support from the federal government, EMYS is receiving community support from Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto Police and other local organizations. While the program operates out of TCHC locations, other organizations focus on trust-building and referrals.

“It’s an evidence-based program,” Muthulingam said.

“It’s been proven that it helps families to reduce risk factors among youths.”

The evidence-based program or Strengthening Families Program – what EMYS has named Our House, Your House – is a program that has been active in several community centres across North America since the 1980s.

Upon the submission of a grant to the federal government, EMYS was given a list of evidence-based programs to implement and reduce risk factors among youth. The risk factors include substance abuse, gang involvement and negative police contact.

Given Scarborough’s ethnic and linguistic diversity, assistance is available for families with weaker English skills.

Participation is voluntary, as families and youth would be referred by a trusted source, either the school board, the police or a community centre.

East Metro Youth Services Our House, Your House program receives boost from federal government

News Apr 14, 2015 by Ali Raza Scarborough Mirror

East Metro Youth Services is launching Our House, Your House, a program to strengthen families and youth in high-priority neighbourhoods.

Scarborough Centre MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Roxanne James made a funding announcement for the program at the EMYS office on Markham Road on Tuesday, April 14.

The federal government has allocated $1.8 million over the course of five years for the program.

“Our House, Your House will reach 260 high-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 17 as well as their parents and/or caregivers,” James said during the announcement.

Five communities have been assessed for the program, and they include Flemingdon Park, Warden Woods, Malvern, Guildwood and Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park.

The program runs for 14 weeks and will see EMYS staff with the Strengthening Families Program working with families and youth in Toronto Community Housing residential areas.

Every week, families and youth will come together for dinner offered by EMYS and then split into two three-hour classes. The first class will mentor parents while the second focuses on youth. Parents and youth will learn coping strategies, communication skills, anger management, positive reinforcement and other critical skills needed to avoid conflicts.

Parents and youth then come together in a joint class where they practise – in a supervised setting – the skills they’ve learned with each other.

“It gives them the opportunity to open the conversation,” said Project Supervisor Kamalesan Muthulingam. “We can help them process it together and resolve conflicts.”

In addition to financial support from the federal government, EMYS is receiving community support from Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto Police and other local organizations. While the program operates out of TCHC locations, other organizations focus on trust-building and referrals.

“It’s an evidence-based program,” Muthulingam said.

“It’s been proven that it helps families to reduce risk factors among youths.”

The evidence-based program or Strengthening Families Program – what EMYS has named Our House, Your House – is a program that has been active in several community centres across North America since the 1980s.

Upon the submission of a grant to the federal government, EMYS was given a list of evidence-based programs to implement and reduce risk factors among youth. The risk factors include substance abuse, gang involvement and negative police contact.

Given Scarborough’s ethnic and linguistic diversity, assistance is available for families with weaker English skills.

Participation is voluntary, as families and youth would be referred by a trusted source, either the school board, the police or a community centre.