INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

drawingThrough our community connections, mentoring, settlement, employment and recreation programs, COSTI staff work to ensure that all children and youth, regardless of personal barriers, are provided with equal access to the services and supports they need to achieve their goals and dreams.

Our Children and Youth Services are designed with the understanding that all young people have the right to be provided with support, guidance and opportunity.

Young children have little control over the violence and terror that they are exposed to and this lack of control results in an assault on their self-esteem and feelings of safety and trust. They are the most silent, vulnerable victims of war and, in order to shield themselves from these painful experiences, they develop protective defenses to avoid and deny what has happened. It is this blocking of emotions through disassociation and denial that disrupts their normal course of development and that can negatively affect their entire lives.

COSTI’s Art Therapy Program is about helping all refugee children recover from their trauma by helping them get in touch with and overcome their fears through the objective language of their art. It combines the languages of art with psychotherapy.

In 2016, over 450 children were provided with a lifeline and the opportunity to work through their fears. Many experienced the atrocities of war and have faced tragic loss – of home and community, and of family and friends.

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1043 youth were given a new direction away from street life and away from risky behaviour through our mentoring and youth-at-risk programs.

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2,600 young women and men received employment support services, including placement.

Children & Youth Services

PLAYING FOR KEEPS
Provides micro grants of $50 to youth to develop and host one-day physical activity events and recreation projects in the community. Activities engage youth, develop their leadership qualities and increase their community awareness and connections.

YOUTH JOB CONNECTION
Assists young people between the ages of 15 to 29 facing multiple and/or complex barriers to employment build better futures. Participants receive a minimum of 60 hours of paid training to prepare them for the workplace, a job for up to 6 months and mentorship, job-coaching and help with the transition from school to work, or to ongoing employment once the service ends.

YOUTH JOB CONNECTION – SUMMER
Offers high school students planning to stay in or return to school, or to move on to post-secondary education with at least 20 hours of paid training to prepare them for the workforce, mentorship, job coaching and help in securing summer jobs that last up to 8 weeks; and part-time and after school jobs. This service is available at our 700 Caledonia Road location only.

YOUTH JOB LINK
Participants improve their knowledge of career options and today’s labour market; building the life skills to successfully plan and manage a career; write a résumé, search and apply for jobs and prepare for interviews; prepare for the workplace by learning about team work, customer service, health and safety and labour rules. A job-matching component to help connect participants with employers offering job opportunities that match their skills and interests is also available.

YOUTH MENTORING
Program matches out-of-school unemployed youth with older mentors. Mentors provide advice and coaching on career planning and life skills.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Empowers youth by encouraging and building leadership skills through positive engagement in physical activities and sports, healthy eating, and dialogue on issues such as risky personal behaviours for youth between the ages of 13 and 24. Youth and seniors come together to grow, cultivate and cook vegetables from a community garden. This exciting initiative engages participants in a dialogue and activity where they will gain a better understanding of their similarities and differences and come to value the importance of both generations.

YOUTH SETTLEMENT SERVICES
One-on-one help and group workshops provide orientation, referral, information, interpretation, completion of government documents, advocacy and supportive counselling for immigrant youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who need assistance. Youth Community Connections focuses on youths’ recreational and social needs as well as promoting respect, addresses issues such as conflict and anger management, racism and sexism through mediation activities, education and community engagement activities. The program builds character and enhances the mentorship skills of the participants.

Locations

BRAMPTON EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
10 Gillingham Drive, Suite 300
Tel: 905-459-8855

BIRCHMOUNT STADIUM
(April to July and September to October)

100 Birchmount Road
Tel: 647-827-1462

VARIETY VILLAGE
(November to March)

3701 Danforth Avenue
Tel: 416-367-2828, ext. 270

CALEDONIA CENTRE
700 Caledonia Road
Tel: 416-789-7925

JANE STREET HUB
1541 Jane Street
Tel: 416-645-7575

MISSISSAUGA EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
6750 Winston Churchill Blvd., Unit 8A
Tel: 905-567-0482

VAUGHAN CENTRE
3100 Rutherford Road, Suite 102
Tel: 905-669-5627

VODDEN CENTRE
227 Vodden Street East, Suite 3
Tel: 905-459-6700

WESTON EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
35 King Street, Suite 106
Tel: 416-588-2240