Helping People Live Better Lives
360ºkids began over 25 years ago as two separate agencies that were developed to address the needs of the communities of York Region. The Markham Neighbourhood Support Centre was developed to respond to the needs of young families with children who sought support and ways to learn about childrearing. Youth Housing Markham provided safe and supportive housing for youth who could no longer live at home. A volunteer committee worked to create two group homes that would support 13 homeless youth. These two agencies eventually amalgamated in 1998 to form Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region Inc. The organization continued to offer programs and supports to both families and their children and to homeless and at-risk youth in York Region for many more years.
In 2013 the organization was selected by the Region of York to deliver programs and support services to at-risk youth in the new Community Housing Hub being built by the Regional Municipality of York in Richmond Hill, Ontario. This new role, along with a variety of other new initiatives, motivated the organization to change its name to 360°kids. The name 360ºkids references the comprehensive approach that the organization takes to assisting at-risk youth, recognizing that these kids need a wide range of supports to help them rebuild their lives. This holistic approach is enshrined in our slogan: Surrounding kids in crisis with care.
360ºkids serves over 1,300 families, and over 2,800 youth, each year from every corner of the world and this number will grow significantly with the new facility in Richmond Hill. Our staff represent many cultures and experiences and have earned a reputation as leaders in offering high quality, innovative programming to the people we serve.
To help isolated and vulnerable children, youth and families in our community, to overcome adversity and crisis and to move to a state of safety, stability and well-being.
Creating communities where every kid matters, and feels safe, supported and loved.