June 26, 2019

With new funding in the 2019, City Council Approved Budget, all elements of the 2014 Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES) will be resourced.

Below is a detailed status update on the 110 actions identified in 2014 through TYES. As part of this status update, each division lead provided information on their assigned action item. The collective work provides a strong foundation for youth violence prevention and enhanced supports for youth most vulnerable to serious violence and crime.

TYES Implementation Status

A total of 26 actions have been implemented and are complete.

You can download the TYES Implementation Status Chart for the Implemented and Complete Actions for more information about these actions, including a description of the recommendations, notes, and the lead division.

Recommendation 1c

Toronto Public Library (TPL) will recruit two Teen Advisors to its Board. (*Adjusted in 2016)

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 2a

Social Development, Finance & Administration (SDFA) will create a policy table comprised of youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime from across the city to make recommendations, review programs, and provide strategic input.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 3b

Shelter, Support & Housing Administration (SSHA) will include youth services stakeholders in the development of its community engagement framework, which is intended to support ongoing service planning.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 4b

SSHA will expand its plain-language series of directories of housing and community services in Toronto to include a guide to services available from all sources for vulnerable youth in the city.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 5b

The City will coordinate efforts of TYES with those of other related City initiatives, including the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 6e

Toronto Community Housing’s (TCH) Resident & Community Services will create a new youth-focused Mental Health Liaison position to develop and manage youth mental health strategy.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 7b

Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) will review the Investing In Youth case management protocols and procedures to ensure that youth who have been incarcerated are supported in their reintegration efforts. The program will also look for new interdivisional and community partnerships.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9b

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will review and amend its scholarship criteria to attract and support youth that may not have been able to access such funds in the past or may not qualify under the majority of existing programs.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 10a

In the case of pre-employment skills (life skills, transferrable skills, etc.), TESS will consider how Ontario Works Employment Assistance Benefits and the Request for Proposal for employment programming can be used to support youth most vulnerable to involvement in violence and crime on social assistance.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 11b

The City will host a Partners’ Forum to identify barriers to employment for youth, particularly those facing multiple barriers to employment, with a focus on criminal records. The focus will be on best practices, entrepreneurship creation, service integration and future planning.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 12c

SSHA will create new housing opportunities for youth, in Toronto households by working collaboratively with private sector landlords, as well as affordable and social housing providers.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 13c

SSHA will use the service principles of TYES in the review and update of the current Shelter Standards to ensure that services are delivered in ways that are client-centered and respectful of client diversity.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 13h

SDFA will prioritize the creation of safe spaces for youth through capital investments made under the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy (TSNS) 2020.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 16a

TESS will review the Investing in Youth (IIY) case management model and intake (application) procedures to ensure barriers to youth participation are identified and addressed in keeping with TYES. IIY provides enhanced services to youth between the ages of 18 and 29 who have been involved with the criminal justice System in the past year.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 19c

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will provide a further review of employment opportunities, both internally and with community partners, for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime, to ensure equitable access to economic opportunities.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 23a

The City will constitute and consult with a TYES Community Panel when developing policies, outreach strategies, program planning/development and evaluation relevant to TYES.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 24a

TCH’s Human Resources will review its human resources policies to identify potential barriers to employment for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 24d

The City will develop a youth component to its equity lens to ensure that the service planning principles and recommendations of the TYES are considered in divisional strategic planning.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 24e

TCH’s Resident & Community Services and Human Resources will examine options to simplify hiring practices for entry-level positions for all youth.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 26c

TESS will consider the importance of continuity of service/support and the opportunity to build trusting relationships when assigning youth to IIY caseloads and making case management decisions.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 26e

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will develop staff safety guidelines for front line staff working with youth.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 26f

SDFA will review the occupational health and safety act and review the concept of the “workplace” to include places where case management of youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime occurs.

Total Investment: N/A

Additional Resources

Recommendation 13d

SSHA will create additional safe spaces in the youth hostel system with the opening of Kennedy House, a new youth hostel.

Total Investment: $61,895,708

Recommendation 13e

Parks, Forestry & Recreation (PFR) will introduce ten new enhanced youth spaces with resources for programming and equipment at suitable locations across Toronto.

Total Investment: $7,506,000

Recommendation 28c

The City will design regular town hall meetings for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime, to review implementation of TYES.

Total Investment: $30,000

A total of 56 actions have been implemented and are ongoing.

You can download the TYES Implementation Status Chart for the Implemented and Ongoing Actions for more information about these actions, including a description of the recommendations, notes, and the lead division.

Recommendation 1a

The City will consult, through relevant youth networks, with youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime when developing policies, outreach strategies, program planning/development and evaluation.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 1b

The City will investigate means to prioritize the voice of youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime in the resolution of conflicts over the uses of City-run spaces.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 1d

The City will invest in youth artists and arts groups to develop youth sensitive and appropriate communication materials (posters, videos, songs, stories, etc.) that will promote key City programs that serve youth needs (at all levels of vulnerability) and also promote best practices in youth-led collaboration initiatives.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 5c

The City, through TYES Table, will identify, share, and invest in best practices of local and city wide inter-divisional coordination serving the needs of youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime. TYES table will begin as an inter-divisional youth services table, to implement service system coordination and serve as system manager for City youth services. The table will also advocate to provincial and federal partners.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 5e

SDFA will implement TSNS 2020 in keeping with the principles of TYES.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 5f

Toronto City Council will appoint a City councillor as a city-wide Youth Equity Champion beginning in the 2015-2019 term of council. The Youth Equity Champion will support and promote the work of the Strategy with fellow councillors, other orders of government, and residents across Toronto.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 6a

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will conduct a review of Resident Access Support services to better integrate youth support, develop partnerships and improve the referral system.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 6c

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will refresh TCH’s Mental Health Framework, engaging various youth stakeholders in order to promote housing stability for Toronto Community Housing residents.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 8c

As a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination, the City will review and refresh its plan of action to address racism and discrimination. The plan of action will consider 10 common commitments addressing three areas of municipal responsibility.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9a

The City will increase free and/or affordable access to space for groups offering educational attainment support services to youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9d

The Toronto Public Library (TPL) will continue to partner with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) to provide the Transitional Intervention Program for Suspended Students and Supervised Alternative Learning programs.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9e

SDFA will work with the Province of Ontario and the Council of Educators to improve investments in targeted supports for education such as building skills, scholarships and network development for incarcerated youth.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9f

Toronto Public Health (TPH) will work with school boards and other community partners to address bullying in schools and the community with a focus on children/youth who are vulnerable to developing antisocial behaviours.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9j

SDFA will invest in educational attainment programs inclusive of youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9k

SDFA will invest in and support community based training that supports building skills, mentorship and network development.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 11d

The City will investigate re-instituting the Get In Gear program. This program helped youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime access equipment and supplies to find employment.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 11f

The City will create a high-engagement job incentive program targeted at youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime who have criminal records.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 12a

SSHA will continue to support the City’s advocacy to other orders of government for funding for social housing, including for youth.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 12b

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will explore creating transitional housing options for youth and their families affected by violence or safety issues.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 12d

SSHA will complete the review of the waiting list for social housing to create a proactive, coordinated access system for social housing.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 13a

The City will perform an environmental scan of best practices for dedicated youth spaces, including best practices for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime. This should include hours, staffing levels and training, programming, activities, physical infrastructure, transportation supports and healthy snacks.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 13b

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will provide community resources that support housing stability to vulnerable groups, including victimised women with minor children in the household.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 13i

SDFA will prioritize the creation of safe spaces for youth through operating costs investments made under the Community Partnership Investment Program (CPIP).

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 14a

PFR will support leadership development for 12 to 15 year olds by building on the existing Youth Leadership Framework, youth camps, and Youth Advisory Councils. City Council approved a new universal Youth Leadership program as part of the implementation of the Recreation Service Plan.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 19b

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will develop and implement a Volunteer Preparation/Pre-Employment Series for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 20a

The City will embed a case management approach, where appropriate, in its programs serving youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime. The City will approach the life situations that youth face without being confined by only one line of business or issue area.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 20b

The City will work with managers and supervisors to create models that will increase the capacity of their staff who work with youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime, to develop relationships and partnerships in the community as part of their core responsibilities.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 21d

SDFA will add two new Community Development Officers (one in 2014 and one in 2015) to the Community Crisis Response Program to provide immediate support and resources to communities impacted by violent and traumatic incidents. This program is coordinated with other City services (Police, Paramedics), community organizations and residents to assist neighbourhoods to recover from traumatic incidents.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 22a

SDFA will develop and lead an intergovernmental table between the City and other orders of government to discuss and coordinate responses to the needs of youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 23

SSHA is pursuing and strengthening partnerships with community agencies/service providers to improve service coordination through enhanced services delivery in line with the strategic directions and key actions outlined in the 2014-2019 Housing Stability Service Planning Framework.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 24b

Equity, Diversity, and Human Rights (EDHR) will work with Human Resources and other relevant City Divisions to consider how social and community value can be incorporated into the key qualifications in relevant City of Toronto opportunities.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 24c

The City will ensure that the service planning principles and recommendations of TYES are considered in divisional strategic and service planning. This will help to embed the principles of TYES in the everyday work of the City.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 25a

The City will continue to recruit and hire staff that have experience working with youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime to ensure a positive service experience for all youth.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 26b

SDFA will investigate how to work with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to better support staff who work with youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 26d

TESS will ensure staff are aware of recent changes to the Community Visits and Contacts Protocol and Waived Address procedures. TESS will continue to communicate changes, share principles and design considerations with other relevant Divisions and relevant community stakeholders.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 27a

SSHA will develop a comprehensive community engagement framework that includes a process to engage with service users and people with lived experience of homelessness in keeping with the service planning principles of TYES.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 28a

The Chief of Police, or designate, will work in partnership with the City through the Executive Director, SDFA to develop and implement expedited data-sharing agreements to support ongoing analysis of safety and quality of life of youth in Toronto.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 28b

The Chief of Police, or designate, will work in partnership with the City through the Executive Director, SDFA to provide violence and victimization data related to youth in Toronto on an ongoing, annual basis at a neighbourhood level of geography.

Total Investment: N/A

Additional Resources

Recommendation 5a

Program areas mandated to serve youth in the City will appoint a staff person as youth champion, who will connect with community, funders, youth, and other governments. These divisional youth champions will be members of the TYES Table, tasked with coordination of the implementation of TYES.

Total Investment: $440,000

Recommendation 6b

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will develop and implement a Peer Support Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Pilot for youth in communities that have faced ongoing levels of violence (two to three TCH locations)

Total Investment: $1,411,319

Recommendation 7a

The TPL will pilot the Storybook Parents program model to enable imprisoned and recently imprisoned parents aged 18 to 29 to maintain family contact, develop their literacy, and engage in training and volunteering opportunities, thus improving their skills and chances of rehabilitation.

Total Investment: $250,000

Recommendation 7c

The City will ensure tools are in place to connect youth who are leaving correctional facilities with relevant City services.

Total Investment: $516,270

Recommendation 8a

TCH’s Resident & Community Services and Toronto Employment & Social Services will work to ensure that available employment services are accessible to youth and reflective of youth-specific challenges (e.g. marginalized, racialized, criminalized, educational attainment disparities, gender biases).

Total Investment: $115,711

Recommendation 9l

TPL will advance branch projects in the approved 10-year capital plan, including spaces that engage youth, such as teen zones and innovation hubs.

Total Investment: $2,490,000

Recommendation 11a

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will expand its YouthWorx program, which hires youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime to work on beautification projects.

Total Investment: $76,735

Recommendation 11c

The City will develop and host high-engagement recruitment fairs for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime who have criminal records. This will provide the City of Toronto the opportunity to approach employers and specific growth industries.

Total Investment: $50,000

Recommendation 11e

The City will create a high-engagement employment program targeted at youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime who have criminal records.

Total Investment: $15,140,922

Recommendation 13g

TPL will expand the reach of digital innovation hubs in branches across the city.

Total Investment: $400,000

Recommendation 17a

The City will engage a community partner to implement a City-wide restorative justice program that includes mediation between City staff, residents and community partners and youth, to create alternatives to banning, exclusion and eviction policies and practices from City facilities such as libraries, recreation facilities, and TCH.

Total Investment: $250,000

Recommendation 17b

SDFA, in partnership with the Toronto Police Service, will investigate the resources needed to deliver, and then implement a City-wide Pre-charge Diversion program to provide supportive interventions and programming as an alternative to criminal charges. Supportive interventions and programming assist young persons in accepting responsibility and addressing the impact of their actions on themselves, their family, their victims, and the community.

Total Investment: $1,213,452

Recommendation 18b

TPL will continue implementation of the new branch open hours vision: Doors Wide Open in keeping with the service principles of TYES, and focused on Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA).

Total Investment: $5,303,900

Recommendation 20c

The City will hire Specialized Youth Workers who will identify, engage, and serve youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: $3,355,241

Recommendation 21b

SDFA will pilot delivery of the FOCUS Rexdale program model in Scarborough. FOCUS responds immediately to individuals, families, and groups most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime with co-ordinated and integrated intervention by government and community partners.

Total Investment: $1,444,355

Recommendation 23b

SDFA will review the Identify n’ Impact grants program to identify how youth most vulnerable to involvement in violence and crime can be included as a focus.

Total Investment: $1,045,000

Recommendation 25b

The City will designate staff members in City-run public spaces who are trained in de-escalation and conflict mediation, anti-oppression and issues impacting youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime, who can be an onsite resource person to intervene if an incident occurs.

Total Investment: $100,000

Recommendation 26h

The City will investigate and develop coordinated training models and resources for working with youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime for City staff who serve youth. Training would be matched to identified need and could include such areas as outreach to youth, de-escalation techniques, restorative justice practices, conflict mediation skills, mental health, vicarious trauma, self-care, available services and resources for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime, grief support, legal issues, and positive youth development. This will help grow the shared expertise of staff across the City.

Total Investment: $55,000

A total of 10 actions have been implemented and are in progress.

You can download the TYES Implementation Status Chart for the Implemented Actions in Progress for more information about these actions, including a description of the recommendations, notes, and the lead division.

Recommendation 5d

SSHA has plans underway to improve the collection and reporting of service information through the development of detailed performance indicators. These indicators will define and measure the achievements of service goals and objectives for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime and will be developed in collaboration with youth-serving agencies.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 8b

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will review its Resident Employment And Community Hiring (REACH Strategy) and Social Procurement Processes for youth most vulnerable to serious violence and crime, and include language and guidelines to ensure these youth are not alienated from opportunities to access employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 10b

PFR Youth Outreach Workers will work with Community Recreation Programmers to connect youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime to its existing recreation leagues, drop-in, and sport opportunities.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 14b

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will prepare a letter for resident youth and their families, explaining a youth’s increased responsibilities at age 18. TCH will distribute the letter to resident youth and their families when youth turn age 18.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 14c

In keeping with the Housing Stability Service Planning Framework, SSHA is drawing from best practices to identify priorities and resource requirements to improve the effectiveness of housing follow up support services aimed at achieving stable and successful housing tenancies.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 18a

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will review and implement the recommendations around accessibility for meetings/programs and services described by the centralized youth advocacy team.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 21a

The City will work with community partners to support place-based family programming through space provision.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 26a

SDFA will review supports available to staff who work with youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime, including the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB).

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 26g

TCH’s Resident & Community Services, working with youth, will develop an Anti-Oppression/Equity training series related to youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime. The series will be designed for front line workers, including Community Safety Unit Officers, Community Service Coordinators and management.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 27b

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will review its youth engagement process to ensure access is equitable and barriers minimized to support youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime to being involved in feedback and decision-making mechanisms in the organization.

Total Investment: N/A

 

A total of 12 actions will be implemented in 2019.

You can download the TYES Implementation Status Chart for Actions to Be Implemented in 2019 for more information about these actions, including a description of the recommendations, notes, and the lead division.

Recommendation 3a

The City will better communicate expectations of the service experience, complaints processes and the ombudsman’s office, and opportunities to get involved in decision-making in services across the City.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 4a

The City will create and maintain a neighbourhood-based key staff contact list of timely supports. This will provide a useful resource for City staff working in the neighbourhood.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 6d

TCH’s Resident & Community Services will host a Youth Mental Health Symposium.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 10c

The City will create a cross-corporate coordinated leadership and skills development recognition program.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 13f

The City will devise criteria for designating public spaces as inclusive and welcoming to youth. The City will create and distribute identifiers (e.g. stickers, posters, etc.) to recognise safe spaces for youth.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 15a

The City, working with community partners and private sector partners, will launch a mentorship strategy for youth which includes a stream focused on youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 16b

The City will perform a review of criteria for participation in programs, employment, etc., in order to identify and address potential barriers (age, geography, criminal records, in/out of school, under/employed, ID and documentation, gender biases, citizenship, Ontario Works status, poverty, language, literacy, culture) to service for youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 19a

The City will focus outreach to youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime when recruiting volunteers and when providing opportunities for youth to do community service hours.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 28d

The City will work with community stakeholders and other orders of government to develop shared tools to measure: project impact; collective impact, and; overall service access of youth and youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 28e

The City will work with community stakeholders and other orders of government to develop a youth outcomes framework, a common set of indicators for monitoring progress and impact for youth in Toronto

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 28f

The City will work with community stakeholders and other orders of government to develop data systems to collect data across City divisions, agencies, and corporations on key demographic variables for employees and clients, including youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime, to enable the City to plan and develop more effective interventions and monitor progress on areas of action.

Total Investment: N/A

Additional Resources

Recommendation 21c

SDFA will invest in support groups for parents of youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime in order to create a mutually supportive environment for them to share ideas and seek help.

Total Investment: $200,000

A total of six actions have not been implemented due to program change.

You can download the TYES Implementation Status Chart for Actions Not Implemented Due to Program Changes for more information about these actions, including a description of the recommendations, notes, and the lead division.

Recommendation 6f

Toronto Public Health will provide staff support to the community based program, Strengthening Families (a drug prevention/resiliency program for youth, ages 12 to 16, and their families who have a family member involved in drug use or the criminal justice system).

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 6g

With additional funding Toronto Public Health (TPH) will reinstate the Family Separation and Reunification program. Working with community partners, this program provides counselling and reconciliation services for immigrant children and youth who are experiencing severe mental and social trauma from being separated from their parents for extended periods during the immigration process.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9c

TPH will actively seek funding in partnership with other key agencies to expand the reach of the Community Food Works program to serve youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime. The program provides food skills, food handler certification and employability in partnership with community agencies.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9g

The City will request the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to appoint a staff person as a youth champion, who will connect with community, funders, youth, and other governments. These youth champions will also be invited to be members of the TYES Table, tasked with coordination of the implementation of TYES.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9h

The City will request the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the TCDSB to appoint a staff person as a youth champion, who will connect with community, funders, youth, and other governments. These youth champions will also be invited to be members of the TYES Table, tasked with coordination of the implementation of the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy.

Total Investment: N/A

Recommendation 9i

TPL will create literacy and creative writing workshops in youth shelters, recreation and community centres and libraries. The City will invest in having these services expanded to jails and under-served communities adding literary supports as necessary.

Total Investment: N/A

Staff will continue to adopt best practices learned from the implementation of the 110 actions and work towards sustaining existing programs and services that provide alternatives to criminalization for Toronto’s most vulnerable young people.

After five years of implementation, the City needs to refresh its efforts to support the needs of youth, particularly considering the changing context and complexity of youth violence.

In response to direction from the Economic and Community Development Committee (EC 1.6), the City will be undertaking a review of all City youth programming.

The Youth Service Review will build on existing research and the lessons learned from the implementation of TYES to identify immediate actions the City can take to optimize its services for youth most vulnerable to serious crime and violence.

An interim report (EC6.14) advising the Economic and Community Development Committee on the directions of the Youth Service Review will be considered on June 26, 2019.

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Media contact: Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins, Strategic Communications, 416-392-5349, Natasha.HindsFitzsimmins@toronto.ca