Stay in School Program2019-03-17T16:21:23+00:00

STAY IN SCHOOL PROGRAM

THE NEED

53% vs 10%

Drop-out rate amongst homeless youth vs average

74%

“desire to return to school” from those who drop out

63%

have experienced childhood trauma and abuse

40%

were younger than 16 when they first experienced homelessness

Source of referrals

49% from schools
35% approach YWS directly through Housing & After Care
16% from other Agencies.

“I came to YWS at the lowest, scariest, most lonely point in my life…so that I didn’t have to continue living in an unsafe home.”

— Past YWS resident, Stay in School Program

Source: Without A Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey, 2016. Stephen Gaetz, Bill O’Grady, Sean Kidd, Kaitlin Schwan.

STAY IN SCHOOL SUPPORT

(PROVIDED FROM 2010-PRESENT UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

54,087

Secure bed nights

270,667

Meals/snacks provided

5,070

One-on-one counselings

100%

Receive transit passes

1,070

contacts for After Care support (2017/18)

14

Tutors dontated 1,065 hours (2017/18)

“The staff were supportive, always pushed me to do my best, thanks to their help I was able to graduate high school with honours.”

— Past YWS resident, Stay in School Program

OUTCOMES

Graduation Statistics

graduates

82%   high school
18%   post-secondary

82% high school
18% post-secondary

“Now I work for one of Canada’s top airlines as a flight attendant.”

— Past YWS resident, Stay in School Program

22%   family reconciliations

22% family reconciliations

78%   stay up to 2 years or longer in this stable environment

78% stay up to 2 years or longer in this stable environment

31%   move to independent housing

31% move to independent housing

SHORTFALLS

Full occupancy from inception

Always a waitlist

“There is a high demand for beds in the Stay in School Program. The demand is so high at times the YWS Team have to provide referrals to emergency shelters as an alternative.”

— Yesica Gil, Stay in School Program Co-ordinatorr