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more than ever
During this time of crisis our community is experiencing, we need you now more than ever. Consider making a donation to help us meet our emerging COVID-19 needs.
Every Kid Matters Virtual Gala
Stay home and support ending youth homelessness.
For the first time ever 360°kids will be hosting our Every Kid Matters gala online.
Due to COVID-19 and our ongoing social physical distancing measures, the Gala will not be happening in the same way as it has in past years – but that does not mean that it won’t be a night of fun. You can look forward to a wine tasting led by Sommelier Marte Belisle from sommevents, guest speakers, a virtual silent auction and an opportunity to learn about our programs all while helping to raise valuable funds for 360°kids and the youth we serve.
Get dressed up and join us on November 19, 2020 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm, it will be a night to remember.
See our full list of useful COVID-19 Information and Support Resources For Young People in York Region
Surrounding Kids in
Crisis with Care
They’re still just kids. They’re our kids and they need our help.
Please help us ensure that Every Kid Matters.
For $25/month your can provide 5 bus tickets to youth
trying to stay in school or keep a part-time job
How a donation makes a difference
Your generosity and gift to 360°kids will go directly towards improving the lives of at-risk and homeless youth who use our programs and services
Provides (2) hours of counselling for a youth struggling with depression and anxiety
Provides a “Good Start Gift” for a youth transitioning to independent living
Provides (1) month of housing and support for a youth in our long-term housing program
Furnishes a bedroom in a youth apartment
Furnishes a shared apartment living room for (4) youth living with us
Provides 750 meals to homeless youth through our Home Base Drop-In Center
Provides (13) months of living accommodation and supports to youth living in our Residential and Transitional programs
At 360°kids community always comes first. Since our founding in 1989, we have continued to provide a full complement of programs and services aimed at assisting at-risk and homeless youth. We take a complete 360° approach to care.
Every kid has access to a safe home. 360ºkids now serves over 3,500 youth, each year from every municipality in York and this number has grown significantly since our move to the Richmond Hill Hub operating the youth hub and offering even more essential services to youth.
To help youth overcome crisis and transition to a state of safety and stability.
Daniel's StoryIt was not that long ago that Daniel was living in a garage
Living off of social assistance and the generosity of others to survive. His story is not unlike many of the clients we meet through 360°kids. He came from a broken home and after years of strife and struggles with his family his single mother turned him out for good. Daniel had very few life skills and next to no marketable abilities yet he was determined to survive on his own. Daniel was first introduced to 360°kids through another shelter where he would occasionally stay. Circumstances had hardened his expression and he was angry and skeptical of anyone who wanted to help.
Through building a relationship with Daniel and gradually gaining his trust we have been able to start to work with him and encourage him towards positive change. Daniel joined our Base 4 Success employment program. Throughout his time in the program he has been gaining marketable skills and working in a local business to gain skills and experience. Daniel is now in stable housing and has a full-time job. “I don’t know what I would’ve done if it wasn’t for 360°kids. They helped me find a safe and warm place to stay, and helped me find a job that I am loving today. Thank you 360°kids.” Daniel
Devonte's StoryI am here as one example of the many youth 360kids has helped support.
For years I had difficulty in coming to adults to talk about my problems with them because of abuse in my past, forcing me to do a lot of growing up on my own but not allowing me to have a good safety net of people that I could trust. I have changed dramatically, seeking the supports and advice offered by 360°kids staff, outreach workers, and counsellors. I have been connected to several resources that have helped push me in a better direction in life such as the Base 4 Success program, the JVS worker that frequents Home Base, and when I’m feeling down sometimes some serenity from the yoga teacher that comes by. Wherever I go next I will forever be appreciative of the existence of 360°kids and its staff and both the employment and housing programs offered there.
360°kids Home Base Drop-in Centreand supports offered to youth
Support. Inspire. Overcome.
Nightstop will provide you with a safe place to sleep, access to laundry and bathroom facilities, three meals (dinner, breakfast and a packed lunch), as well as transportation support. We accept self applications and referrals.
Nightstop relies on our community of volunteers to provide their homes for a safe, warm place for youth in need to stay on any given night. Nightstop is always looking for hosts, volunteer drivers as well as in-kind donations.
Providing a safety net to those forced to leave their home, Nightstop places young people in a safe and warm home for the night, provided by a vetted and approved volunteer.
Connections and Emergency Housing
Connections is the first emergency housing facility in the southern part of York Region for homeless youth.
Our HOPE Program provides transitional housing and wrap-around services for female survivors of human trafficking aged 16-26 in York Region.
Supportive Transitional Apartments for Youth (STAY)
This program will build on the skills youth currently have and assist them in becoming successful as they continue on with their life’s journey.
Youth Residential Homes
Our youth residential program is a voluntary program that offers a combination of housing and support for youth, primarily 16-19 years of age, who are facing a housing crisis.
This program sources affordable market rent, community based units across York Region which are licensed out to youth participants.
Youth Housing and Support Workers
This service is designed to assist clients in transitioning from one location to another, conducting housing searches, negotiating with landlords and more…
Youth Job Connection
YJC includes paid pre-employment workshops, job matching and placement support.
Base 4 Success
B4S is a 12 week paid employment program for youth who face barriers to employment.
Every Bite Matters
Every Bite Matters (EBM) is a 16-week paid employment program for youth who face barriers to employment and have an interest in culinary skill development.
Specialized Training Employment Program
STEP provides employment training and supports to youth with barriers and self-identify specifically with mental health challenges.
Youth Job Connection Summer
YJCS supports secondary school students with multiple barriers through mandatory employability skills training and part-time employment opportunities,
Youth Success Strategy
YSS Employment Counselling assists youth in reaching their employment goals who 1) do not require the support of a formal program or 2) do not meet the eligibility criteria of our formal programs.
Youth Employment Resources
Through our counselling program, young people identify and address barriers that are preventing or have prevented them from moving towards their goals.
Home Base Youth Drop-In Centres
Every month, our Home Base Centres serve more than 150 youth each month who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, between the ages of 13 and 26.
The program offers inclusive, enriched recreation and mentorship programming for the residents of six (6) housing co-operative communities to support their social, emotional, physical and mental health needs.
After School Program
The program provides students across York Region with activities that promote healthy and active lifestyles.
Leadership Engagement Gang Intervention Team (LEGIT)
L.E.G.I.T. Workers assist youth 12 – 20 yrs. who are involved in gangs, at-risk of gang involvement and/or have a history of involvement with the criminal justice system.
Provincial Youth Outreach Workers
Youth Outreach Workers assist youth 13-24 yrs. to access services that can be of support to any aspect of their lives.
Aftercare and Transitional Support
The Aftercare and Transitional Support Program assists youth transitioning out of the care of the Children’s Aid Society.
How You Can Help?Get Involved
360°kids works with individuals, corporate, school and community groups to provide both financial and in-kind donations to help support our work to assist at-risk and homeless youth.
In-kind donations from the community such as non-perishable food, clothing and hygiene items help keep our costs down so that more of your donation dollars can go towards direct programming, equipment needs and support to the youth.
Funds raised by 360°kids are invested back into our organization in improving and expanding the supports offered to vulnerable youth so that they can become stable, well-adjusted adults who contribute to the community.
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Q: Are your services free?
Yes. The food, recreation and helping hands are all free. This is not a joy ride, though. Home Base is for youth in need who are looking for help.
Q: Do I just drop in?
Home Base is a drop-in program to access our services. Just drop on in to see what we have to offer and connect with one of our caring staff.
Q: Will you tell my parents that I talked to you?
No. Everything you say to us is confidential. We will involve your parents only if you ask us to.
Q: Can I complete my community service hours at the Centre?
Yes, we will try and find suitable opportunities for youth to complete hours at the Centre.
Q: Can you help me find a job?
Yes. We can help you with the entire job search process beginning with helping you to write your resume.
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