Children and Youth Services

Investing in the future.

220
refugee children and youth participated in art therapy sessions, allowing them to express their fears in a creative and safe space
250+
youth participated in the netWORKS program – a youth networking and mentoring program

The goals of COSTI’s youth and children’s programs are to inspire confidence in youth, ensuring they stay in school, secure employment and settle on a path to success. One of the priorities in 2019/20 was to strengthen our employment and settlement support to young people living in the greater Toronto area. Over 3,100 young adults received social support, stayed in school or secured employment.

Youth living in Scarborough and York, continue to be relatively underserved. Our youth and settlement programs are designed to meet the unique needs of immigrant and minority youth through a broad and holistic perspective. We will continue to provide leadership and programming specific to the needs of newcomer and low-income youth in the coming year.