Youth Programs

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

Adolescent Team

This counselling program is for youth aged 12-17, and at times their caregivers, occurring in the family home or community, once a week for 6-8 months. The program is part of a partnership with the Peel Children’s Aid Society and EveryMind’s Wraparound Program, with the aim of preventing out-of-home placement. 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program (DBT)

This program provides therapeutic services to youth aged 14-17 who have experienced suicidal thoughts, actions, and/or self-harming behaviour in addition to quality of life-interfering behaviours and interpersonal issues. Support includes weekly individual therapy sessions and group skills training, 24/7 phone coaching for youth and caregivers, and family counselling as needed. Treatment ranges from 6-12 months. DBT also offers a 16 week youth-only skills group.

Reaching Adolescents in Need (RAIN)

RAIN is an outreach-based counselling and case management program for youth aged 15-17. RAIN specifically addresses the needs of youth who are experiencing mental health challenges and are under housed or homeless, disconnected from family, school, and employment and unable to negotiate service from other agencies.

Transitions Program

This is an outreach-based counselling and case management program for youth aged 15-17 who are transitioning out of involvement with Peel Children’s Aid Society. The program offers a community based service, utilizing a strength-based, client-centred approach, focusing on the immediate needs and long term goals of youth.

Section 23 Classroom

For Grade 9 and 10 students unable to attend regular or special education classes within a community school, Peel District School Board and AYSP jointly deliver Section 23 classroom programs in two Peel secondary schools. Programs are personalized and designed to address the students’ individual academic, social and emotional needs, and assist the home school in developing education plans/programs upon discharge.

Transitional Aged Youth Outreach (TAYO)

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

Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB)

The YBB Program provides confidential services for youth aged 12-17 who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, through weekly support and education groups, and individual counselling. The YBB Program also offers community capacity building around 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion.

“Thank you so much!  Keep changing lives.”

DBT Program Client

“It was a good experience being with AYSP because most of the things I didn’t know how to do, they helped.  And I would recommend it to anyone.”

RAIN 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.

When: Tuesdays, starting September 29, 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)

Teen Triple P Group

Teen Triple P Group is a broad-focused parenting support program for groups of parents/caregivers with teenagers aged 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. 

When: Thursdays, starting October 8, 2020 (6:30pm - 8:30pm)