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Stay in School Program

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Homelessness and leaving school early go hand-in-hand and are a major life-long disadvantage for youth. The Stay in School program offers 20-bed long-term transitional housing for youth dedicated to completing their education within a safe and stable environment with support and guidance from qualified staff. Youth in the SIS program can also receive guidance from a professional team, case management, one-on-one tutoring on specific subjects, a mentorship program, transit fares and textbooks, referral to scholarships and bursaries to cover educational costs, school supplies including laptops, and their own study space. Youth in the Stay in School Program are responsible for maintaining their grades, attending school regularly and completing various household chores. 

Contact the Stay in School Program: 416.748.0110 ext. 29

All youth maintain a minimum of 65% in their schooling in order to stay in the SIS program. On average, YWS will see 80%-90% of SIS youth continue to post-secondary education while remaining in this program.

If you were to look at me, you wouldn’t be able to tell that I live at a shelter. I never thought I would end up living in a shelter. I heard of this program from my Guidance Counselor at school. I was in a situation where I needed a place to stay badly. I feel that the shelter is my home. At 16 years old, I am the youngest in the house. I’m going to have to say I couldn’t have been in a better place than this.

YWS Resident, age 16

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