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.
Q. Where are you located and when are you open?
We are located at 10415 Yonge Street, south of Elgin Mills on the northeast side of Yonge and Crosby Ave. We are open Monday to Friday 9:00am -10:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays 10:00 am-6:00 pm.
Our Vaughan Home Base Drop-in Centre is located at 1441 Clark Ave. West, (Dufferin St. & Clark Ave.) out of the Vaughan Community Centre. Hours are Monday – Friday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Q. Do you give out bus tickets?
Yes, but only for school, appointments or transportation to shelters.
Q. How old do I have to be to live in Connections emergency housing?
You must be 16 to 26 years of age, have nowhere safe to stay for the night, and in need of emergency housing assistance. At Connections, we have 14 individual bedrooms for youth, so depending on availability, we can accept any gender individual.
Q. How long can I stay there?
You may live up to 4 months at Connections and will work with our 360°kids dedicated staff to secure more permanent or appropriate housing while staying here.
Q. How do I see if there is a bed available in Connections?
We maintain a daily waitlist at Connections that begins at midnight. You can reach Connections directly at 905-475-6694 then Press “3”, or ext. 3624 . If no bed is available staff will assist you in finding other alternatives available or referrals can be made to our Nightstop program.
Q. What is Nightstop?
Nightstop is a voluntary service for young people in crisis in York Region, providing a safe place to sleep in a community volunteer’s spare room (or Host Family as we call them). Hosts provide a hot meal, and a private bedroom for the youth for the night or more. Hosts are caring and compassionate and are there to provide a safe place to sleep for youth temporarily until 360°kids can find appropriate housing for the youth. All Hosts have been trained, approved and homes have been site checked for safety and security. Youth can be 16 to 26 years of age.
If you are a youth in need of temporary emergency housing, you may self-refer to 905-475-6694 then Press “6” or email: [email protected]
Q. How old do I have to be to live in a 360ºkids home?
You must be 16 to 19 years of age, in need of temporary shelter and care, and are either in school fulltime or working full time. If you’re younger than 16, you must be a ward of the Children’s Aid Society.
Q. What can 360ºkids offer me?
360ºkids can give you a home for up to a year, food, physical and emotional care, counselling, school support or help finding a job. We will work with you (and your parents) to sort out issues and to try to get you back home. If that is not possible, we will help you work towards living independently.
Q. What kind of counselling can I get?
360ºkids works with youth just like you who are dealing with many issues. Whether your issues include self-harming behaviour, depression, anger, suicidal thoughts, learning disabilities, sexual abuse, low self-esteem or drug or alcohol dependency, you will find people who care and want to help you at 360ºkids. Our counsellors are trained professionals.
Q. What’s required of me if I live in a 360ºkids home?
Staying in a 360ºkids home is voluntary. All youth in our residential programs must agree to participate in our programming (see above) because you need more than a roof over your head and food to be OK. We are here to help, but the key to your success is your willingness to help yourself.
Q. What are Outreach Services?
Our Outreach Team can assist any youth 13 – 21 in York Region who is in need of support. Our Workers will spend time connecting with vulnerable youth who are not yet connected to 360°kids programs and other social and community services across the Region. The goal is to build relationships and refer them to services to meet their needs. Many of our referrals come from school guidance counsellors, teachers, and other services providers.
Q. I’ve been involved with a gang and I don’t know how to get out now.
You’ve come to the right place. Gangs are neither just a big city or inner city problem, nor are they a problem of a particular race or culture. Our 360°kids L.E.G.I.T. (Leadership Engagement Gang Prevention Team) is here to help you safely exit the gang lifestyle and culture.
Q. I’ve heard that I can get my high school diploma through 360°kids?
360°kids is proud of our partnership with the York Region District School Board that provides an onsite teacher (Mon – Fri through the school calendar year) at our Home Base Youth Drop-in in Richmond Hill, to offer an innovative model classroom to allow students to continue their education and work towards completion of their high school credits and diploma. If you think this program might be right for you, then please refer to our PROGRAMS AND SERVICES dropdown menu and select iGrad for more details on intake and referrals.
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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.