Associated Youth Services of Peel

Youth Justice Programs

AYSP offers several parenting groups for parents/caregivers, and various support and educational groups for youth throughout the year.

Attendance Centre

This program is an alternative to custody under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). It allows a young person to remain in the community, to participate in an in-person and/or virtual structured and supervised program. The program encompasses a wide variety of opportunities for youth to learn and develop new skills, while maintaining a closely supervised setting to ensure the safety of the youth and the community. Education Forward (offered to youth participating in the Attendance Centre program) is an opportunity for those not enrolled in a traditional school program to participate in an alternative learning environment, while providing intensive one-to-one support.

ExtraJudicial Measures Program (EJM)

The EJM Program is intended to divert young persons away, pre-charge, from formal criminal proceedings and into a program of rehabilitation. The EJM Program is designed for young persons who have been involved in non-violent offences for the first time. EJM allows the police to address the actions of young persons without utilizing the formal youth justice court system. The young person will be met in person and/or virtually for an initial intake to determine the most suitable program, taking into consideration the young person’s interests, skills, and abilities.

Extrajudicial Sanctions Program (EJS)

The EJS Program is a means to divert young persons charged, away from formal criminal proceedings and into a program of rehabilitation. The EJS Program is a community-based and/or virtual intervention. The young person will be met for an initial intake to determine the most suitable program, taking into consideration the young person’s interests, skills, and abilities.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

The MST Program is an intensive, short-term intervention (3-5 months) which involves the whole family. It is a home-based and/or virtual, family-focused treatment which aims to reduce antisocial behaviour and improve family functioning, peer relations, and school performance of youth ages 12-17. Sessions are goal-focused, strength-based, and occur 2+ times a week in the youth’s natural environment.

Transitional Aged Youth Outreach (TAYO)

The TAYO Program is a case management and counselling program for youth ages 16-17, who are experiencing on-going mental health challenges and are likely to transition into adult services. The TAYO Program offers community-based and/or virtual services providing a consistent level of support to youth during this transition. The TAYO Program utilizes a strength-based, client-centered approach, focusing on immediate needs and long-term goals.

Youth Justice Committee Program (YJC)

The YJC Program provides an alternative to formal court proceedings when dealing with young people alleged to have committed certain offences. Youth Justice Committees involve trained community members who meet in-person and/or virtual with persons harmed, accused young people and their parents/caregivers to negotiate an appropriate way for the young person to make amends for their actions.

Youth Justice Counselling Program

The Counselling Program provides individual and/or family counselling for youth aged 12-19, who are on Probation and experiencing mental health challenges. Sessions are office-based and/or virtual and length of service may range between 6 to 12 months, as determined by client needs and goals.

Youth Mental Health Court Worker (YMHCW)

This program provides in-person and/or virtual support to youth who are involved with the Youth Justice Court and are presenting with symptoms of mental health issues. The YMHCW provides referral resources to the Youth Justice Court and establishes contacts with community-based services to divert the young person away from the Criminal Justice System to mental health resources and services within the community. This service is offered to youth involved in the Youth Justice Court at the A. Grenville & William Davis Courthouse (Brampton), the Milton Courthouse (Milton) or the Dufferin County Courthouse (Orangeville).

“I really appreciate the volunteers and the AYSP workers, especially that they passed no judgements and were very easy to speak to.”

Youth Justice Committee Program Client

What's New!

Gender Journeys in Peel Group

Youth Gender Journeys (YGJ) Peel is a 12-session group for trans and gender-diverse youth, who are exploring their identity and expression. Facilitated by a trans-identified YBB Counsellor, the YGJ group includes topics such as self-identity, coming out, navigating discrimination, transitioning and more.

Groups run several times per year. Visit our Groups page to learn more about how to join!

 

Teen Triple P Group

Teen Triple P Group is a broad-focused parenting support program for groups of parents/caregivers with teenagers ages 12-16. Group Triple P is designed for parents/caregivers with concerns about their teenager's behaviour or who wish to learn a variety of parenting skills that will promote their teenager's development and potential. 

Groups run several times per year. Visit our Groups page to learn more about how to join!