About

Core Purpose

Helping youth overcome challenges

Mission Statement

Youth Diversion helps youth overcome challenges by:

  • Providing individualized services to divert youth from risk;
  • Providing both intervention and prevention services; and,
  • Working collaboratively and in partnership with youth, their families, other agencies and our community.

 

Vision

  • Everyone in our community knows about Youth Diversion & understands what we do
  • We are part of a community where all youth are supported in making positive choices
  • Our community develops the leadership capacity in all youth
  • Our community has a youth incarceration rate of zero%

Donation Policy

The Youth Diversion Program is a Canadian registered charitable organization. Donations received by the Program are directed to support services in our prevention and early intervention programs. Administration costs are NOT funded through donation revenues.

Our Organization

The Youth Diversion Program is a charitable organization which has offered service to youth in the Kingston area since 1974. The goals of the organization are to help youth overcome challenges by:

  • Providing individualized services to divert youth from risk;
  • Providing both intervention and prevention services; and,
  • Working collaboratively and in partnership with youth, their families, other agencies and our community.

The Program offers two youth justice services which hold youth accountable for their actions, by giving them the opportunity to make amends to their community. The Youth Justice Committee, funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, meets with youth approved of by the Crown Attorney, their parents and victims to mediate an appropriate response to the crime. By participating, the youth does not go through the formal Youth Court System. The Extrajudicial Measures Program or Pre-charge Diversion Program provides an alternative to formal court proceedings. Referrals come from within the police, and if successful, a youth will not be formally charged with the aledged offence

Rebound

Since 1996 the Program has operated two initiatives to prevent crime. REBOUND, a program which originated in Sarnia , Ontario is a 10 week program for adolescents. Each week, young people attend a 2½ hour session working on such skills as communication, decision making, anger management and conflict resolution. A recent evaluation conducted by a noted psychologist shows that REBOUND has a promising effect on reducing crime, and parents report improvements in their children's attitudes and behaviours.

SNAP

School and Non-Academic Programming (SNAP) provides an alternative to home suspension program, designed to assist students from local schools who have been suspended or expelled for violence, aggression and opposition to authority. Rather than spend the suspension or explusion period at home, students attend our Program for the duration of their suspension/expluson. Based on the Student Action Plan, screen and assessment tools, programming is tailored to meet each student's individual needs and designed to address the behaviour which resulted in the suspension/explusion. Teachers and volunteers are always present to support the academic needs and reenforce positive prosocial skills.  Upon their return to school, students and the school receive a report of the youth's performance, as well as recommendations for continued assistance.

Mentoring

Our Mentor Program provides at risk  youth with adult volunteers who act as mentors with the youth. Through the use of screen and assessement tools, Volunteers work with their assigned youth to accomplish specific goals which have been set for the relationship, while providing support and advocacy to the youth.

MEND

In partnership with the Limestone District School Board and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the program developed an approach to conflict resolution called "Mediating and Empowering through Nurturing Dialogue" (MEND). Youth Diversion staff train school staff and students in this approach, and assist in the resolution of conflict in the school setting.

KAIROS

In 2011, the Program added the substance use and addictions service previously operated by Kairos Rehabilitation Program. The Kairos counselors provide assessment, counseling, referral, and support to young people and young adults who are experiencing difficulty with substance use, and other issues in their lives.

Youth Outreach Worker Program

Our newest addition to Youth Diversion programming is the Youth Outreach Worker Program.  In patnership with Pathways for Children and Youth and with the financial support of the Ministry of Children and Youth services, the Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) engages youth ages 12-21 years old and their families, helps them better navigate and connect with services and supports in their communitie.

Volunteering

Common to all programs is the extensive use of volunteers. Over 100 people provide direct service to our young people during the year, in all aspects of our program. This past year, over 1200 youth received support through the Youth Diversion Program's services. This commitment by people in our community is the element that makes the quality of our programs so high. At the same time , the community support for these initiatives has been incredible, with various service clubs, private citizens and corporations donating money and services to assist the Program to continue the operation of these programs in our community.

For further information please contact Shawn Quigley, Executive Director at (613) 548-4535 or by email using our Contact Page

For Emergency Help:

  1. Call 911
  2. Go to your local hospital
  3. Call:
    1. Addictions & Mental Health Services KFLA  613-544-4229
    2. Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
    3. LGBT Youth Line 1-800-268-9688
    4. Detox Centre  613 549-6461

Contact Us

559 Bagot Street
Kingston ON, Canada
K7K 3E1

P: 613-548-4535 ext 224
F: 613-548-1747

info@youthdiversion.org

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