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CTYS is now hiring

Posted on: November 17, 2017

CTYS is now hiring for a Day Program Counsellor, please click here to access the full posting: https://beta.charityvillage.com/app/job-listings/e2425ed4-c9cb-e711-80cf-14187768272a

CTYS is proud to announce the release of our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

Posted on: November 02, 2017

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Download CTYS Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Request a print copy: mail@ctys.org

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CTYS is proud to announce the release of our Annual Report 2016 – 2017

Posted on: November 02, 2017

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Download Annual Report 2016 – 2017

Request a print copy: mail@ctys.org 

Designed by: John Di Costanzo, R.G.D. Principal, Creative Director , Duegood

 

CTYS is pleased to announce the starting of (TFAB!) Trans Fems Are Brilliant!

Posted on: September 20, 2017

CTYS is pleased to announce the starting of a new group on October 18, 2017.

Trans Fems Are Brilliant! (TFAB!). A writing and storytelling group for trans feminine youth ages 14-24. Intake is currently open for this group.

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A New Mental Health Education Workshop Series for Parents and Caregivers at CTYS

Posted on: May 29, 2017

We’re excited to announce that Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) will be offering a new workshop series for parents and caregivers of young people struggling with mental health, addictions, and/or behavioural challenges. It’s called “What’s your family’s ‘normal’?: A Mental Health Education Workshop Series for Parents and Caregivers”.

The workshops will be taking place on Wednesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 21st from 7-9pm at CTYS (65 Wellesley St East, Suite 300, at Church). They are open to any parents/caregivers supporting youth.

The workshop will help parents/caregivers:

  •  Understand what factors influence mental wellness and mental unwellness
  • Understand how to help your youth navigate the mental health system
  • Learn skills for building healthy relationships with your youth
  • Learn skills for communicating across challenging emotional experiences

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CTYS -TRANSDIMENSION Art Show

Posted on: April 28, 2017

Central Toronto Youth Services proudly presents
TRANSDIMENSIONS Art Show!
This art show is created by “Transcend” our Trans youth group here at CTYS

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The Vibe is Respect

Posted on: December 02, 2016

CTYS is pleased to announce the release of “The Vibe is Respect” a community consultation report developed through the leadership of Central Toronto Youth Services in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services – Youth Justice Division and in collaboration with East Metro Youth Services and York Town Family Services.

Black Lives Matter a statement for our youth, staff and community

Posted on: November 11, 2016

 Black Lives Matter a statement for our youth, staff and community

Strategy to Support Gang Involved Youth – Provincial Asset Mapping and Program Inventory Project

Posted on: August 10, 2016

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice Services Division (YJSD) has been piloting the Strategy to Support Gang Involved Youth, a multi-year strategy comprised of various activities to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth who are gang involved, and/or at risk of gang involvement, as well as increase the capacity of youth justice staff to work with this specialized youth population.

One of the Strategy components included a provincial asset mapping of community strengths, needs, and supports available to help address complex issues related to gang involvement.

 

Other regional lead agency across the province included:

  • John Howard Society of Thunder Bay & District;
  • John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area; and
  • Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.

We are pleased to share with you the final Provincial Asset Mapping and Program Inventory Project report. While the report is reflective of a one-time gathering of information, it is a tool that can help to inform ongoing discussions at all levels regarding the service needs of this specialized youth population.

The full report can be accessed electronically in both English and French.

Strategy to Support Gang Involved Youth Reports:

If you have any questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact :

Robert Sears, Director, Client Services & Quality Improvement

CTYS was recently accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)

Posted on: July 28, 2016

CTYS is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a four year accreditation  by The Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA). The hard work, professionalism and dedication of our staff and Board of Directors are clearly reflected in this significant achievement.

CTYS has received its Certificate of Accreditation from the Canadian Centre for Accreditation CCA

Posted on: July 28, 2016

CTYS has received its certificate of accreditation from the Canadian Centre for Accreditation CCA for quality in governance, management and children & youth mental health services.

CTYS recognized and rewarded by WSIB Employers Excellent Performance Program “NEER”

Posted on: April 28, 2016

CTYS has been recognized and rewarded by WSIB as a result of the WSIBNEER Program Rewards – Employers Excellent Performance”.  The NEER program rewards employers whose injury / illness performance is better than expected for the industry.

We wish to congratulate all of our employees for their excellent performance.

 

 

CTYS announces the release of our FIT (Families in Transition) Guide 2nd edition, March 2016

Posted on: March 08, 2016

CTYS is pleased to announce the release of our  FIT (Families in Transition) Guide 2nd edition March 2016. Download a free copy here: CTYS FIT (Families in Transition) Guide – 2nd edition

Hard copies are available for $15 at CTYS office. To order, please e-mail mail@ctys.org, or call (416)924-2100 ext. 226

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The Families in TRANSition (FIT) Group starts again this Spring

Posted on: March 03, 2016

CTYS is excited to announce that we will be running the The Families in TRANSition (FIT) Group again this Spring. It is a 10-week, closed group for parents of trans* youth (age 13 – 21) who have recently learned of their youth’s gender identity.

Participants will be supported to:

  • Gain tools and knowledge to help strengthen their relationship with their youth
  •  Learn about social and physical transition options
  • Strengthen their capacity for managing strong emotions (fear, sadness, worry, etc.)
  • Explore societal/cultural/religious beliefs that impact trans youth and their families
  • Build skills to support their youth and family when dealing with discrimination/transphobia/transmisogyny

The group runs Monday evenings, April – June 2016. An in-person intake is required.

CTYS is wheelchair accessible, and TTC tokens are available to parents who require them. Intake for he group opens Tuesday March 22nd, 2016.

For more information, or to register, please contact group facilitator Lindsay Elin, MSW, RSW at 416-924-2100 ext 278 lindsay.elin@ctys.org after Tuesday March 22nd, 2016.

Download FIT Group Poster

In the words of recent Families in TRANSition group participants…

“[As the group progressed] I just felt a little more on solid ground. The more we learned…and opened up new perspectives, I felt a bit more confident and that helped when I was talking to my son. So when I’m face-to-face with him, I feel better about asking him what’s happening because I’m gaining confidence and [feel] perhaps I can be of assistance.”

 “[Over the course of the group] I noticed changes in my behaviour and my language… But I noticed changes in my kid as well. They are telling me a bit more…and we have moved through some of the [social transition] steps together. I think me coming to the group helped them feel more confident to come out.”

“I feel like I’m more of an advocate for my child whereas before I didn’t know [where it] was appropriate to step in and [where it] was appropriate to be respectful, allowing my child to take the lead. But this whole process has opened up communication [between us].”

Our own LeeAndra Miller was selected for the Elizabeth Manson Award for Clinical Excellence

Posted on: January 21, 2016

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(from L to R) Robert Sears (Director, Client Services & Quality Improvement), LeeAndra Miller (Program Coordinator, Pride & Prejudice) and Heather Sproule (Executive Director)

In November of 2015 our own LeeAndra Miller was selected for the Elizabeth Manson Award for Clinical Excellence. This award, sponsored by the Hospital for Sick Children honors exceptional innovation across the province of Ontario. For her pioneering work with transgender youth. What follows is an excerpt from her acceptance speech:

Laverne Cox a transgender woman said “It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” And certainly living in a transphobic and transmisogynistic world has impacted transgender youth who are at high risk for depression, anxiety and even suicide.

For transgender youth it is an incredible achievement to first understand and accept them self and then to, move forward with transitioning socially, legally and perhaps medically to affirm who they already are.

But when it comes to working with transgender youth, we in children’s mental health have been in transition too:

  • We are transitioning from viewing gender as binary (meaning only two) to the multi colored rainbow ray of diversity that gender actually is.
  • We are transitioning from a pathologizing to an affirming practice.
  • We are transitioning from locating the problem in transgender youth to locating the problem where it belongs; in the transphobia these youth experience daily.
  • We are transitioning from trying to change trans youth to fit into community to changing community to be fit enough for trans youth.

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And in our transition we still have a long way to go. I thank you all for traveling this gender journey with me.

CONGRATULATIONS LeeAndra!

Planned Parenthood Toronto – Call for Youth Advisory Committee Members for new LGBTQ Youth Initiative

Posted on: July 27, 2015

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CTYS – CPR , FIRSTAID Training May 22, 2015

Posted on: May 22, 2015

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CTYS staff completed intensive training on latest CPR – FIRSTAID guide lines on May 22, 2015.

CTYS would like to thank LIVESAFELI for partnering  with our agency to certify our staff.

 

CTYS selected as recipient of 2015 RBC Community One Rainbow grant!

Posted on: May 19, 2015

CTYS selected as recipient of 2015 RBC Community One Rainbow grant!

With this grant CTYS will be able to provide more intensive support to families of transgender youth. We will also be publishing a second edition of our groundbreaking “Families in Transition”, which has had world wide circulated.

Thank you RBC and Community One Foundation.

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CTYS – NEWOUTLOOK Spring Walkathon – Saturday May 23rd, 2015

Posted on: May 15, 2015

Clients and staff of CTYS -New Outlook will be walking Toronto from top to bottom on Saturday May 23rd, 2015 to raise money for our annual summer camping trip.  Each year we take 8 youth with serious mental health issues on a 4 day camping trip to promote wellness and self-esteem, as well as an appreciation of nature.

We are looking for people to sponsor us individually or as a group for each Subway stop we pass on our walk. There are 16 stations in all so if you can spare a donation, we might just have enough to get out to the woods for a few days in July.

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 For info or questions

please contact Antonio at 647 892 1810

Or antonio.jardim@ctys.org

Thanks in advance for any support you can give us.

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Annual Report 2013 – 2014

Posted on: January 14, 2015

CTYS is proud to announce the release of our Annual Report 2013 – 2014

 

Annual Report 2013 - 2014

 

Download    Annual Report 2013 – 2014

 

Request a print copy: mail@ctys.org 

 

Designed by: Pam Sloan

Thank You: Mikey Network

Posted on: August 12, 2014

Central Toronto Youth Services is pleased to announce the arrival of a life-saving Defibrillator to our office, generously donated by The Mikey Network

CTYS would like to thank the Mikey Network for their important donation. A team of CTYS staff have been trained to provide live-saving assistance should it be necessary.

More information: How to use a Mikey

 

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School Based Team Recognized by TDSB

Posted on: July 02, 2014

 

In recognition of the great work they do in supporting Toronto students, the Toronto District School Board presented an appreciation plaque to CTYS’ School Based Team (pictured below).

The School Based team works in partnership with TDSB, offering in-school programming and support for youth with an identified mental health need. For more information, click here and scroll to ‘School Outreach.’

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From left to right: Maxine Brown, Jennifer Grant, Melanie Clarke, Marg McLeod, John de Nully, and Bryan Marcial

Saturday! The Great Monstorium

Posted on: June 17, 2014

 

CTYS’ TRANSCEND group will host a drop-in exhibit of monster-our proportions!

The Great Monstorium

Saturday June 21, from 3 – 6 p.m.

All are welcome! FREE, no RSVP needed.

Join the event page on Facebook

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New Outlook Walkathon

Posted on: May 13, 2014

 

Every summer, CTYS’ New Outlook program hosts a one week camping trip to Killbear Provincial Park. The trip is funded in part by an annual Walkathon.

 

On Sunday May 25,  New Outlook staff organizer Antonio and a group of volunteers and youth will walk to Lake Ontario from Finch Station. This 16 km walk will take about 5 hours, passing 16 subway stops along the way.

 

Sponsor the trip, or join the walk – contact Antonio at 647-892-1810.

 

Watch the Video: New Outlook Camping Trip

 

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Camping Killbear, Summer 2013

Children’s Mental Health Week: May 4-10, 2014

Posted on: April 29, 2014

CTYS is a member agency of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO). The following is from CMHO’s website:

 

1 in 5 Ontario children and youth has a mental health problem, ranging from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder to eating disorders, psychosis and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse and even suicide.

Children’s Mental Health Week is about increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems, decreasing stigma and understanding that help is available and treatment works!

The more educated we are on the subject, the more capable we are to reach out for support. There should be no shame in talking about mental health issues. The more we talk about this, the more we reduce the associated shame and stigma so that young people can get the help they need when they need it most.


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Change the View Anti-Stigma film fest

For the 5th year in a row, CMHO is celebrating children’s mental health week with a Youtube video contest called Change the View.  Ontario youth are invited to make a 2 minute video that shows how we can all take the stigma out of kids’ mental health issues like stress, depression, ADHD, bullying and psychosis – for a chance to WIN $1500!

 

On Thursday May 8, join the Anti-Stigma film fest:

  • Host: Children’s Mental Health Ontario
  • Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 (06:30 PM – 08:00 PM)
  • Location: Loftraum
  • Address: 66 Gerrard St. E. (at Church)
  • City/Province: Toronto, ON
  • Map to Location: Map to Event

Minister Peter MacKay visits CTYS

Posted on: April 16, 2014

On Tuesday April 15, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay visited Central Toronto Youth Services to announce a three year initiative which will fund comprehensive training for youth custody and detention staff around the province.

The federal government will contribute $600,000 over three years to focus on exit and reintegration strategies for gang involved youth.  Funding will assist the development of Ontario’s strategy to assess and manage youth involvement in gangs.

Read the official press release here.

 Photographed Left to Right: M.P. Bernard Trottier, Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert, Trish Moloughney (Director of Operations Support and Program Effectiveness, Youth Justice Services), Minister Peter MacKay, Heather Sproule (Executive Director of CTYS), Senator Don Meredith Calvin Facey, (Manager of Client Services for Youth Justice, CTYS)


Photographed Left to Right: M.P. Bernard Trottier, Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert, Trish Moloughney (Director of Operations Support and Program Effectiveness, Youth Justice Services), Minister Peter MacKay, Heather Sproule (Executive Director of CTYS), Senator Don Meredith, Calvin Facey, (Manager of Client Services for Youth Justice, CTYS)

 

 

 

Change the View 2014 Video Contest

Posted on: March 25, 2014

 

Are you or one of your classmates struggling with a mental health issue or addiction? Take Action!

 

For the 5th year in a row, CMHO is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week with a YouTube video contest called Change the View.  Ontario youth are invited to make a short video that shows how we can all take the stigma out of kids’ mental health issues like stress, depression, ADHD, bullying and psychosis – for a chance to WIN $1500!!

 

THE NITPICKY DETAILS

  • 2 minutes max
  • No professional assistance
  • No copyrighted music or images
  • No profanity or offensive content *including methods of suicide or self-harm*
  • Entrant cannot be an employee of a CMHO member agency

 

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CONTEST TIMELINE

  • Video contest opens Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • Contest Deadline Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 12:00 PM
  • Announcement of winning videos during Children’s Mental Health Week (May 4-10, 2014)

 

Find out more at Children’s Mental Health Ontario

CTYS staff ‘Trauma’ Op-Ed published in Toronto Star

Posted on: March 18, 2014

 

Op-Ed by CTYS youth counsellor Peter Trainor, published Tuesday March 18 in the Toronto Star.

 

Toronto’s trauma survivors – and their kids – aren’t getting the help they need

Social workers are limited in what they can do for children and families if parents can’t access quality trauma counselling, says a Toronto youth counsellor.

 

Read the full article

 

 

40 Years on YouTube

Posted on: November 07, 2013

 

In 2013, Central Toronto Youth Service celebrates 40 years serving Toronto youth and their families.

We spoke with past volunteers and staff members, and with the help of Daniel Thompson, put together these YouTube videos:

CTYS is 40: History Part 1

CTYS is 40: History Part 1 

We’ve incorporated the interviews with even more CTYS history, making this year’s Annual Report 2012-2013 a special 40th Anniversary Edition.

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Thank You: Board of Directors

Posted on: October 31, 2013

 

On Tuesday October 22, CTYS hosted a 40 year anniversary event, recognizing the contributions made by our volunteers.

After 16 years of dedication, Margaret Leitenberger retired from our Board.  Maggie’s experience, wisdom and compassion have been invaluable.

Mary Murphy steps down as Board Chair.  She has led the organization through a period of substantial change and growth.  Mary will continue her work with the Board as Past-Chair.

Dr. Bill Byrd, Board member since 2009, has been elected Chair.

More: CTYS Board of Directors

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CTYS Board Chair Bill Byrd presents Maggie Leitenberger a certificate of recognition.

PHOTOS from CTYS 40th Anniversary Reception

 

Annual Report 2012-2013

Posted on: October 28, 2013

 

CTYS is proud to announce the release of our Annual Report 2012-2013 : a special 40th anniversary edition.

Download Annual Report 2012-2013 

Request a print copy: mail@ctys.org

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CTYS Celebrates 40 Years

Posted on: October 11, 2013

 

Central Toronto Youth Services was incorporated and licensed as a Children’s Mental Health Centre on November 23, 1973.

Although much has changed in 40 years – the challenges that youth face, our service models, our system partners, our environment – our commitment and innovation remains as strong as ever.

To past and present staff, management, Board of Directors, community partners and funders – THANK YOU.

40 Years.  Thousands of Youth and Families.

 

WATCH CTYS: History Part 1 &  CTYS: History Part 2

 

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Transceptance: Parent Support Group

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Once a month, CTYS hosts TRANSCEPTANCE, an ongoing support group for parents and caregivers of transgender youth and young adults. 

 

New Members Welcome!

 

  • Meets the third Thursday of each month from 7 – 9 p.m. at CTYS
  • Where: 65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 300 (CTYS)
  • Contact mail@ctys.org

RESOURCE: CTYS FIT (Families in Transition) Guide – 2nd edition

Groups: Accepting Referrals Now

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Accepting referrals now for Fall 2014:

 

  • PATTS: new anger management group for young men (12 – 17 years old), 10 weeks long, learn more about PATTS

 

  • RITES: group for African-Canadian youth (male and female ages 14-18) promotes positive social development, strengthen racial identity and build on existing resiliency factors through weekly group sessions and individual counselling.  Learn more about RITES

 

  • CHILLOUT & BOYOBOY two groups for LGBTQ youth, look for the rainbow triangles on our Groups page

 

  • BOYZONE, GIRLZONE: youth will learn to tackle anxiety while developing confidence and relationship skills; learn more

 

Leaders for Success

Posted on: August 27, 2013

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June 2013 Graduates of ‘Children’s Mental Health Leaders for Success’ program

 

Staff from eight children’s mental health agencies in Toronto have completed the pilot ‘Leaders for Success,’ leadership development program.

 

This 16 week course was designed by George Brown College in partnership with four agencies: Turning Point Youth Services, Oolagen, Hincks Dellcrest and Central Toronto Youth Services.

 

The curriculum broadly covered all areas of not-for-profit organizational management, with aim to prepare staff for positions of executive leadership while addressing organizational challenges of succession planning and capacity building.  In addition to skill development, participants worked collaboratively, expanding their network of professional colleagues in the children’s mental health sector.

 

21 participants from the following agencies completed the course: Turning Point Youth Services, Oolagen, Hincks Dellcrest, Central Toronto Youth Services, Delisle Youth Services, Child Development Institute, Etobicoke Children’s Centre and Griffin Centre.

 

Central Toronto Youth Services is proud to congratulate three members of the management team for completing the program – Debra Newgewirtz, Cheryl Tsagarakis & Priscilla Ofosu-Barko.

 

We are currently working to implement a second program, scheduled for early 2014.

New Outlook Camping Trip 2013

Posted on: July 23, 2013

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2012 CTYS New Outlook: Killbear Provincial Park Camping Trip.

Staff and youth of CTYS’ New Outlook program are preparing for the yearly camping trip to Killbear Provincial Park.

A yearly tradition of the New Outlook team, in late august the group will spend 4 days hiking, swimming and generally enjoying the gorgeous park. This therapeutic excursion supports our youth in their mental health recovery with a focus on wellness, as we recognize the relationship between mental health and nature based interventions.

Trip organizer Antonio is excited to see a number of new faces this year.

More on CTYS’ New Outlook Program

(The)Fairground(s)

Posted on: June 05, 2013

Saturday June 22 :(The) Fairground(s)

(The) Fairground(s) was a fantastic event, hosted by CTYS and the youth of Transcend on Saturday June 22.

Funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the Government of Ontario.

Stop the Stigma : Notre Dame High School visits CTYS

Posted on: June 05, 2013

Stop the Stigma : Notre Dame High School visits CTYS

L to R: CTYS Staff Sue & Jennifer, Notre Dame Student Council Members Sara, Geilla, Betty, Kaylan, Mavis, Geilla; CTYS Executive Director Heather

To acknowledge Children’s Mental Health Week this year (May 5-11), Notre Dame High School student council organized a ‘Stop the Stigma’ campaign. Along with a number of engaging activities, they created a hashtag on Twitter (#ndstopthestigma2013), offering to raise money for re-tweets. By the week’s end, there were over 1,200 re-tweets, with hundreds of students pledging to ‘stop the stigma’ associated with youth mental illness.

On May 28, Notre Dame student council visited CTYS to present a cheque to the agency for $1000! The presentation was inspired and full of enthusiasm.

CTYS extends a warm THANK YOU to all students of Notre Dame High School for their pledge to stop the stigma!

CTYS welcomes 4 new Board Members

Posted on: May 16, 2013

CTYS welcomes 4 new Board Members
From left to right…

Tom Delisle, CMA, MBA, is a senior accountant with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). With experience as a consultant and manager in manufacturing, computer and finance industries, Tom has assumed role of Board treasurer.

Franky Chernin, M.Ed., is an innovative educator and learning coach with experience in the public and post-secondary sectors. Franky is currently the Student Academic Success Coordinator at George Brown College.

Roger Mayers is a member of the Toronto Police Service, currently the Toronto Police Services’ trainer and coordinator for School Based Threat Assessment training.

Sheila Masters, MSW RSW, brings governance experience from previous roles including board member, co-chair, and chair of three different organizations. Sheila’s career in the public sector (health & social services) includes roles of social worker, program supervisor, program manager, interim executive director, project manager, and policy consultant.

Click here for the full list: CTYS Board of Directors

New Minister: MCYS

Posted on: May 01, 2013

Central Toronto Youth Services joins with the children’s mental health sector in welcoming the honorable Teresa Piruzza as new minister, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Government of Ontario.

Read more about Minister Piruzza.

www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English /about/minister.aspx

May 5 – 11, 2013: Children’s Mental Health Week 2013

Posted on: May 01, 2013

Source: Children’s Mental Health Ontario

In Ontario, 1 in 5 children and youth has a mental health problem – that’s about 500,000 kids. Disorders range from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide.

The good news is that help is available and treatment works.

Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children’s Mental Health Week. This important week is about:

  • increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems
  • decreasing stigma, and
  • understanding that help is available and it works!

Every part of Ontario is served by an accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre: government funded agencies that work with children & youth, offering professional mental health services at no charge.

Click here to find the centre near you

Join CTYS on Twitter as we support Children’s Mental Health Week #MHW2013

Rock Your Soul Event – Friday May 24, 7pm Berkley Church

Posted on: April 09, 2013

For more information, ticket sales, or donations please contact:

Alison Tullis 647-233-4348 or Chad Williams 416-722-4653

“Rock Your Soul” 2013 Welcomes The Zilis!

Toronto, ON April 22, 2013 — The Zilis from Hamilton will join The Franklin Electric from Montreal, and The Honeyrunners & The Pick Brothers Band from Toronto for the first annual “Rock Your Soul” benefit concert to be held on Friday, May 24 at the famous Berkeley Church in Toronto.

The theme of the concert is “Teenage Mental Health” and all net proceeds of the concert will go to the Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) Centre. CTYS is a community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre located in downtown Toronto. Since 1973, CTYS has been at the forefront of serving at-risk youth. They are a community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre. For more information please visit: www.ctys.org

The Zilis is a great up-and-coming trio of talented musicians that rock with a catchy blues vibe. Their songs glow like a New Orleans summer sunset. This band is not to be missed!

The Franklin Electric is vocal oriented, well-versed in a variety of rock-folk genres, and inspired by ambient guitar textures and brass. They have recently opened for Bran Van 3000, and were a first place winner of the Unsigned Only Music Competition in Nashville.

The Honeyrunners are heavy on bona fide soul and deliver a show that packs a serious punch. Their debut 2013 single, Jet Set, is currently featured on Bacardi’s international playlist for Rafael Nadal’s Champions Party 2013. The Honeyrunners are launching their first EP on May 4, 2013.

The Pick Brothers Band is trio of brothers that combine probing lyrics with layers of high energy. The Pick Brothers Band delivers an eclectic, uncompromising, and intimate blend of substance and style.

Join us for a fantastic night of live music and fun to raise funds and awareness for a great cause.

Details

Date : Friday, May 24, 2013
Where : The Berkeley Church, 315 Queen Street East, Toronto
Time : Doors open 7 pm; concert starts at 8 pm
Cost : $20 ticket sales in advance, $25 at the door

For more information, ticket sales, or donations please contact:

Alison Tullis 647-233-4348 or Chad Williams 416-722-4653

French Language Services for Youth

Posted on: February 04, 2013

Central Toronto Youth Services supports the innovative partnership between The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and Centre francophone de Toronto, a non-profit organization providing services to the French-language speaking population of Toronto. The Espace Jeunesse program provides mental health services for francophone children and teens aged 7 to 18. Services are offered at Centre francophone de Toronto, located at 22 College Street.

For more information, visit http://www.centrefranco.org/ or call (416) 922-2672, ext. 290.

Espace Jeunesse was developed through funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

The Access Point: New Referral Process

Posted on: December 25, 2012

Note: The only CTYS program impacted by The Access Point is New Outlook: Community Support Program.

What is The Access Point? The Access Point is a partnership between several individual support service providers in the City of Toronto. It’s function is to coordinate access to our community based mental health individual support services for individuals who live in the city and who require intensive case management in connection with their mental health.

You are eligible for Access Point if you:

  • are 16 years of age and older,
  • have serious mental health problems, and
  • live in Toronto

For more information on Access Point, call 416‑640‑1934 or visit www.theaccesspoint.ca

TRANSCEND: New Group Starting in January

Posted on: December 20, 2012

‘Welcome to CTYS’ on YouTube

Posted on: November 28, 2012

Click to watch ‘Welcome to CTYS,’ an introductory video to our agency.

 

Check out our YouTube Channel: CTYStube

CTYS awarded $14,000 Toronto Arts Council grant

Posted on: November 21, 2012

The Toronto Arts Council has granted Central Toronto Youth Services $14,000 for the new group Transcend. The group is for Trans and Queer youth to explore gender and identity through an artistic process.

Led by LeeAndra Miller, Transcend will run once a week from January 2013 to June 2013, culminating in a public showcase of the group’s artistic endeavors.

Syrus Marcus Ware and Tristan Whiston will be hired as Artists In Residence for this program

Ministry of Child & Youth Services Announcement

Posted on: November 04, 2012

On Friday November 2, Former Minister of Children and Youth Services, Dr. Eric Hoskins, visited Central Toronto Youth Services for a media conference highlighting Ontario’s investment in children’s mental health.

The following excerpt is from an Ontario government press release:

Ontario is supporting 600 new mental health workers across the province who are helping children, young people and their families get quicker and easier access to the right mental health services and supports in schools, communities and courts.

These new workers include:

  • 144 nurses working directly in schools to support the early identification and treatment of students with potential mental health and/or addiction issues.
  • 260 new workers in community mental health agencies to provide kids access to services closer to home.
    21 new workers in the court system to keep youth out of the justice system and refer them instead to community-based services.
  • 175 additional new workers in schools, who will provide kids support to address their mental health needs.

Ontario also is enhancing supports to prevent youth suicide with a focus on early intervention and peer-to-peer support.

“Our mental health strategy has led to an unprecedented investment in mental health services for young people and their families,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Former Minister of Children and Youth Services. “These 600 new mental health workers are already helping more than 20,000 kids get quicker and easier access to the services that will help them succeed. We are also enhancing our focus on preventing youth suicide by supporting early intervention and peer-to-peer support.”

Heather Sproule, Executive Director at CTYS explains “The significance of the Ontario government’s investment in children’s mental health is not just monetary. Most important, the investment recognizes the critical relationship between positive mental health and healthy relationships, success in school, at work and within the community. It also underscores the effectiveness of programs and services in making life better for kids.”

QUICK FACTS

  • Approximately one in five Ontario children and young people have a mental health challenge, and 70 per cent of mental health challenges begin in childhood or adolescence.
  • An estimated 20,000 more kids and their families are benefitting from the support and services provided by these new mental health workers.
  • Over 50,000 kids and their families will benefit from Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

LEARN MORE
Find out how Ontario is helping children and youth with mental health challenges succeed.
Read Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

CTYS launches Strategic Plan 2012 – 2017

Posted on: October 24, 2012

Click to download a 2 page summary of our plan.

For a more detailed version, please contact sara.gaudon@ctys.org

CTYS launches Strategic

CTYS Launches Twitter

Posted on: October 14, 2012

As part of Central Toronto Youth Services’ initiatives to better engage local youth, we have launched a Twitter feed. You can follow us @CTYS_Youth. Through Twitter, we aim to raise awareness about our agency, including programs, groups, news, and events. Our Twitter feed will also include information related to mental health and wellness.

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Supporting Security Group starting soon

Posted on: August 22, 2012

Supporting Security is a free 12 week group offered to young mothers 15-18 years old and their babies 2-12 months. The group will promote safety and security for the baby. Provide knowledge about child development, discuss self-care, and help parents develop ways to manage stress effectively.

Participants will become more responsive to their baby’s signals and will develop an increased self-confidence in caring for their child.Babies will feel more secure and more easily soothed. Activities include relaxation techniques, baby songs and rhymes, guided discussions on anxiety, anger, and problem solving when baby is in distress.

Food is provided at each session, a weekly gift card draw, financial incentives for just coming to the group, and TTC tokens as needed.

This FREE group will start toward the end of September/October

For more information or to sign up contact Jessica at 416-924-2100 x245, or e-mail jessica.arruda@ctys.org

BoyZone STARTING SOON

Posted on: August 21, 2012

BoyZone is a free 12 week social skills group offered to young men 12-17 years old who experience difficulties that prevent them from forming healthy relationships. Difficulties may include starting conversations, speaking up in front of others, making and sustaining friendships, and interacting appropriately with others.

Participants will learn how to resolve conflict, manage stress,increase knowledge and awareness of social interactions with others and learn how to deal with peer pressure. Activities include use of media with guided discussions, role playing, working in groups within the group, and jeopardy game.

Food is provided at each session, and TTC tokens as needed.

This FREE group will start toward the end of September/October.

For more information or to sign up contact Jessica at 416-924-2100 x245, or e-mail jessica.arruda@ctys.org

BOYOBOY Collective Announces Workshop Series ‘Gays in the Media’

Posted on: August 15, 2012

CTYS’ BOYOBOY Collective (BOBC) is an alternative arts & culture workshop series for younger gay, bi, or queer guys.

This free drop-in group is offered every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 7pm-9pm, at Central Toronto Youth Services.

Through discussion and interactive activities, explore themes of identity, sex, love, relationships and gender through the lens of history, culture, arts and media. Educational and always entertaining, BOYOBOY especially hopes to break stereotypes and clichés about what it means to be gay. Drop-in (bring a friend) and check us out!

This season BOBC is focusing on Gays in the Media:

Aug 28: “Gays on Television.” How has television represented gays? How have stereotypes changed over the years? What impact does this have on homophobia and our own self-image?

Sept 11: “Gays in Commercials.” How have gays been portrayed in advertisements & commercials? How have stereotypes changed over the years? What impact does this have on homophobia and our own self-image?

Sept 25: “Gays in Comic Books, SF & Fantasy.” From gay superheroes & wizards to video game characters & furries ~ come explore and discuss how gays are being portrayed in SF & fantasy!

Oct 9: “Gays & Social Media.” Come explore and discuss the pros and cons of how social media -Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Grindr, blogs and other social networking sites- are shifting gay identity, relationships and community.

Oct 23: Film Screening: “The Celluloid Closet.” An award-winning documentary tracing the history of LGBTQ cinema.

Contact David.Yeh@ctys.org for more information.

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RITES for African-Canadian youth

Posted on: July 20, 2012

After a successful pilot project that ended in the spring, Central Toronto Youth Services is beginning another series of RITES, a weekly program for African-Canadian youth between the ages of 14-18.

RITES is the acronym for Resiliency, Identity, Transformation, Empowerment and Self-determination. This intervention aims to promote positive social development, strengthen racial identity and build on existing resiliency factors through weekly group sessions and individual counselling. This process will create an opportunity for healing, self-awareness and transformation.

Goals for Participants:

Educate yourself on issues that impact your health & wellbeing

Positively impact your community

Learn to reduce stress

Use digital media to showcase your creativity

Challenge stereotypes

HAVE FUN

To sign up for this free group, contact Maxine.brown@ctys.org or call 416-924-2100 x246.

The group will be held weekly (dates to be determined) at Central Toronto Youth Services, 65 Wellesley Street E, Toronto ON

CTYS Responds to Youth Justice Funding Cut Announcement

Posted on: July 05, 2012

Excerpt from the Toronto Stay, July 3

Last week, when Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced “continued support” for the federal Youth Justice Services Funding Program at $141.7 million annually, he did not mention that number represents a 20-per-cent cut from previous years.

Advocates and experts are struggling to understand the rationale behind the cuts.

“An investment in young people who are at the front end of a ‘potential criminal career,’ is just so important and so much more cost-effective than the costs associated with people further on down that line,” said Heather Sproule, executive director at Central Toronto Youth Services. “This does seem to have come out of the blue.

Click to view the complete article

GirlZone : Starting Soon

Posted on: June 07, 2012

GirlZone is a free 12 week social skills group offered to young women 14-18 years old who experience difficulties that prevent them from forming healthy relationships. Difficulties may include starting conversations, speaking up in front of others, making and sustaining friendships, and interacting appropriately with others.

Attendees will learn how to communicate effectively, resolve conflict, manage stress, build and maintain healthy relationships with emotional awareness, and learn to deal with peer pressure. Activities include role playing, journaling, relaxation techniques and guided discussions .

Food is provided at each session, and TTC tokens as needed.

This FREE group will start toward the end of June.

For more information or to sign up contact Jessica at 416-924-2100 x245, or e-mail jessica.arruda@ctys.org

“Wake Up,” new CTYS documentary now available on DVD

Posted on: May 30, 2012

This 55 minute documentary follows a group of LGBTQ youth as they conceive, write and perform the play “Wake,” a part of CTYS’ Pride & Prejudice/Gender Play program in 2009.

With guidance from theatre professionals and expressive arts therapists, youth combine humour and courage to present the complex issues, challenges and stark reality encountered by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender intersex, two-spirit, queer and questioning youth.

Wake Up is intended for all those who want to know more about gender identity and the experiences of youth who do not conform to stereotypical gender norms. It’s the centrepiece of a multi-tiered community arts project that will provide techniques, teaching tools and a best practice model for schools, community centres, service providers and others working with LGBTQ youth.

Copies of the DVD are available for purchase, $20 CDN + delivery.

Payment (cheque) can be mailed to:

Wake Up DVD
c/o Central Toronto Youth Services
65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 300
Toronto ON M4Y
Please e-mail mail@ctys.org to place your order.

Strengthening our connections to youth

Posted on: May 16, 2012

Early in 2012, we invited interested staff to form a committee and develop a social media strategy that would help our agency keep pace and strengthen our communication with young people. The committee, also in consultation with clients, has brought forward a number of recommendations we will implement over the next several months. They include: an active Facebook fanpage, a You Tube channel and a new “ Welcome to CTYS” video.

Ontario increases investment in children’s mental health

Posted on: May 16, 2012

Through new mental health funding from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, CTYS will expand its capacity to serve young people through the addition of five new positions this year. This funding will enable us to strengthen services to youth in schools, youth involved in our Youth Justice Program, and our waitlist management. As waitlists grow and the needs of our clients become more complex, we are grateful to MCYS and the Government of Ontario for this important opportunity.We look forward to expanding and strengthening our team through new staffing.

Improving mental health outcomes for young people

Posted on: May 15, 2012

Ontario Centre of Excellence awards CTYS new funding over three years to improve mental health outcomes through school-based services. Through its new PACE initiative (People Advancing Change through Evidence), CTYS will work in partnership with the Centre, the Toronto District School Board, and local schools to create more evidence informed programs, further our commitment to innovation, and deliver even more powerful outcomes for our youth. Funding will provide education, training, research and infrastructure. We are excited about this new opportunity and thank the Centre for their confidence and support.

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