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Taking Action to Achieve Growth & Success

Taking Action to Achieve Growth & Success (TAAGS) focuses on supporting young people (12-24) who are currently, or at risk of, becoming negatively involved with peers and communities, increasing their chances of becoming violence involved. This program provides prevention and intervention support— some of the youth involved require intensive interventions that seek to create productive, pro social change in their life. This can include legal supports, clinical therapy, safety planning and peer supports. Often, some of the youth are currently on the cusp of negative activities through minor contact with police, academic and attendance difficulties, non compliance and verbal aggression at home and no substantial pro social activities or networks.

This program employs  ‘Practitioners’ who provide intensive support and monitoring to all of the young people in the program- we also have a project coordinator who supports with partnerships and community engagement and a project manager who supports all project deliverables. 

We focus on ‘contacts’, which one practitioner having physical or verbal contact with each of their young people up to 3 times per week for approximately 1-2 hours each time. TAAGS believes the more we contact and involve ourselves in the lives of young people the higher chance we have to create supportive, trust worthy relationships and resiliency. Through this, we seek to decrease the negative interactions and involvements many youth in Scarborough face.  Each practitioner provides multi faceted and diverse services based on the needs of the youth, for a period of 8 months with approximately 12-15 young people on their caseload at a time.

If you would like more information, including how to make a referral please contact Chester Le Community Corner at 416-491-3456.


Provincial Youth Outreach Workers (YOW)

The Youth Outreach Worker Program is a multi-agency outreach initiative designed for marginalized youth in underserved neighbourhoods. Youth Outreach Workers (YOW) engage youth ages 12-29 years old through meaningful connections to services and support systems within their communities. The YOW program is graciously funded by The Ministry of Children and Youth Services and has been with ACSA since 2006. 

GEM - Girls Embracing their Majesty

The GEM program targets, “at risk” females between the ages of 14-19. This program was designed by the YOW’s and focuses on the mental well being and physical well being of young females in high school. Topics of discussion and exploration include healthy relationships, the power of a woman, employment, bullying and self-esteem.  

Mental Health Resources

In 2018, Agincourt Community Services Association received a grant from the City of Toronto to support frontline youth workers and their supports to better meet the mental health needs of youth and their families.

We worked with The Students Commission of Canada to conduct focus groups with young people primarily across Scarborough, interviews with caregivers of youth navigating the mental health system, and surveys with frontline youth workers and their leadership. As a result, we learned more about the current experiences of youth, families, and frontline youth workers navigating supports for young people’s mental health.

Based on these findings, ACSA worked with JGB Clinical to develop two training curriculums: one for frontline youth workers and one for leadership who is supervising frontline youth staff. Throughout 2019, ACSA facilitated seven trainings for frontline staff and two trainings for their leaders.

Below is the training curriculum for both training sessions. Please have a look and share this resource amongst your network!

Supporting the Supporter: Knowledge for Frontline Youth Workers & Community Stakeholders

Knowledge Exchange for Leaders 

Supporting the Supporter


Community voices

"My experience in both Silver Spring Park Reading Circle and Beyond Academics has taught me that to create social change and empower these children I need to be more proactive in the solution"
Lamyaa Hassan, Dorset Park, July 2015

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