Home Base

Q: Are your services free?

A: 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?

A: 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?

A: 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?

A: Yes, we will try and find suitable opportunities for youth to complete hours at the Centre.

Q: Can you help me find a job?

A: 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?

A: 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.

Q: Do you give out bus tickets?

A: Yes, but only for school, appointments or transportation to shelters.

Youth Residences

Q: How old do I have to be to live in a 360ºkids home?

A: 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?

A: 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?

A: 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?

A: 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.

 

Outreach Services

Q: What are they?

A: 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.

A: 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.