AYS is a home-like environment where staff collaborates with professionals in the community to create a strength based plan that will meet the individual needs of the youth. These plans will enable the youth to develop the skills needed to be successful in the community. These include creating opportunities for positive social interactions and improving relationships with natural support systems, encouraging educational and/or vocational training, teaching life skills, increasing coping strategies needed for emotional/behavioural regulation, address any health related needs, and foster identity, cultural, and religious exploration.
The residence is a 24 hour/ 7 day a week staffed resource where two youth reside with one residential support worker. The Resource Coordinator provides youth with one on one individualized support and case manages the youth’s individualized service plan (ISP). Youth will also have access to a youth worker which will provide support in life skills and vocational training. In case of a crisis situation or when extra support is needed, youth and staff will have access to a crisis worker 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Stage 2 Semi Independent & Prep Program
These two programs are designed to help youth with complex needs develop life skills and prepare them for adulthood. This program focuses on core life skills such as cooking, cleaning, basic budgeting, and self care. The youth in this program have their own independent space in the residence to provide a sense of autonomy and to help them learn to manage their time independently, while still having staff be present in the resource. The youth in the program work one on one with the Transition Worker to build and strengthen their life skills through workshops. The residential support worker in the resource is available to assist the youth with furthering their development of life skills on a day to day basis. The youth also have the opportunity to attend other workshops in a group setting with their peers to enhance their life skills in a variety of areas. The Prep program provides more direct staff support where as the stage 2 programs promotes more independence on a day to day basis
AYS believes that every youth is unique and needs their own ISP as a guide to foster stability and personal growth. In collaboration with the youth and their care team, AYS assesses the individualized needs of the youth and creates specific ISP goals. Our service delivery approach builds a network of natural and professional supports, as well as community resources to assist the youth in obtaining their goals. The youth and their care teams are involved in Integrated Case Management (ICM) meetings and we support the use of ICM practices within the AYS services. AYS creates a consistent and structured home-like environment with the main focus on building relationships and creating opportunities for self-development within the home. We work from the modalities of trauma informed, DBT, and attachment theories.
Our staff consists of 50 experienced professionals with expertise in a wide variety of disciplines. The Directors, a Program Administrator, Program Supervisors, Resource Coordinators, Residential Support Workers, Youth Workers, Crisis Intervention Workers, Transition Workers, Awake Night Support Workers, and Relief Workers at AYS are what bring our agency to life. We encourage our staff team to be creative, flexible, and efficient in the development and delivery of programs and services that enhance our clients’ lives.