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FALL 2018

IN THIS EDITION: Updates on Mental Health T.O.; What’s Up Walk-In; Black Youth Resilience Project; Services for Black Children, Youth and Families; EMYS Governance; and more!
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Updates
MENTAL HEALTH T.O.: ACCESS FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES
 
Mental Health T.O.: Access for Infants, Children, Youth & Families (MHTO) is live and we are now accepting calls. If you are a service professional (i.e. social worker, physician, family doctor, and feel you have a client or know someone who could benefit from a referral to a communuty-based mental health service, give us a call and we'll help get you started.
 
1-866-585-MHTO (1-866-585-6486)
 
We also launched MHTO’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to give us a follow! Hashtag #MentalHealthTO.
 
If you would like to learn more, feel free to: download our fact sheet. posters, and brochure below, visit our website, or contact EMYS Communications Manager Samara Wolofsky.

 
VISIT WEBSITE
DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET/BROCHURE
CONTACT SAMARA
WHAT'S UP WALK-IN

The What’s Up Walk-In network continues to work hard to improve access and build awareness of this important service. In late summer a series of informational videos were created and uploaded to the whatsupwalkin.ca website and on our YouTube channel. Available in eight languages, these videos provide information about what to expect when youth come to a What’s Up Walk-In and answer many frequently asked questions our youth and families have about the service. Additionally, the network launched a comprehensive online and social media strategy.
 
THE BLACK YOUTH RESILIENCE PROJECT
 
A core consideration around system transformation has been to ensure planning is done with a diversity and youth engagement lens.  To support this work, East Metro Youth Services has partnered with REVIVE, who is leading The Black Youth Resilience Project (BYRP), a three-year, community-based youth research project. The primary goal is to develop a youth-informed service delivery framework for Black youth across the city, including within the mental health sector. Along with EMYS, other advisory members include staff from City of Toronto, Wellesley Institute and York University. 

The BYRP will build on Black equity-focused initiatives at local, provincial, national, and international levels to support community engagement and leadership among Black youth in Toronto. 

The project operates as part of East Metro Youth Services within the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund Granting Framework, with a focus on supporting engagement in community for Black youth. Learning directly from Black youth about the barriers they face when accessing services and potential solutions will close a crucial service delivery feedback gap in the way that programs are designed and delivered in Toronto.  We are focusing on youth who are disconnected, which can be described as people aged 15 to 29 years  old who have had experiences with poverty, violence, barriers to adequate housing, criminal justice systems and incarceration, sex trade, child welfare systems, addiction, mental illness and other barriers to employment, training and education. Disconnected youth face significant barriers that impact their access to key services. 
 
For this initiative, the BYRP staff will be housed at the Lead Agency office in Toronto to facilitate alignment with our work moving forward. Breanna Phillip has been hired as the Project Coordinator for the Black Youth Resilience Project (BYRP) and started October 15. Breanna brings a wealth of skills to this role as she holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Community Social Services as well as a Social Service Worker diploma, and she is currently pursuing a master’s in social work at the University of Windsor. Her previous experience in the social services sector includes working with youth and their families in various capacities at 360 Kids, Black Creek Community Health Center, Skills for Change and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
News

SERVICES FOR BLACK CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Turner Consulting Group is collecting information to develop an inventory of services offered to Black children, youth, and families across Ontario. They would like your help by completing a survey about your agency and the programs and services it offers.  The survey will take under 15 minutes to complete and will remain open until November 15th.
 
The information collected will be included in a jurisdictional scan and a Needs Assessment Report, which will be completed in March 2019. This study is part of the Innovative Supports for Black Parents Initiative funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
  
For any inquiries, please contact Maame Debrah, Project Coordinator at maame.achiaa@gmail.com or by phone at (647) 774-5680.

 

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ASQ TRAINING OF TRAINERS INTENSIVE
 
Screening with ASQ is a powerful first step to understanding how a child is progressing through his or her developmental milestones. Parents, educators, and professionals gain critical knowledge that helps them determine what to do next. With its parent-friendly design and flexibility in administration, ASQ works in the entire range of settings where young children are served—from child care centers to public health visits. For children on track, ASQ results offer reassurance and the opportunity to celebrate new milestones. For children who are not meeting milestones (or fall below the ASQ-3™ cutoff), the ASQ tools provide an indication where further intervention services are needed.
 
This training of trainer intensive provides capacity within agencies to effectively and consistently introduce and support the ongoing use of this validated screening tool.
 
The ASQ-3™ and ASQ:SE-2™ Training of Trainers (TOT) seminar is designed for intermediate to advanced participants who have experience using the screening tools and will be training staff within their organizations. Training considerations and tips are embedded throughout the TOT presentation such as things to consider when facilitating a scoring exercise with a group.
 
In addition to participating in all training activities, TOT participants will have opportunities to integrate and practice presenting ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 content. Participants will have opportunities to discuss specific considerations for audiences they will be training (childcare providers, pediatricians) and begin planning for their own future training for their organization.
 
Given the intensive nature of this training, participants will be required to provide a letter from their agency confirming that they have a working understanding of the ASQ tools in practice, i.e. to demonstrate that participants currently use the tool within the scope of their work within an agency or on a regular basis.
 
LOCATION:
SickKids, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning,
686 Bay St, Toronto, ON Event Room 2 A & B
 
REGISTRATION OPTIONS and FEES:
In-Person: Members $720
In-Person: Non-Members $900
 
The Participant Fee is a permission fee that allows the participant use of training materials received at the TOT seminar. Electronic materials for future training delivery will be provided on a thumb drive as well as in a master hardcopy binder for all participants.
 
This registration fee does not include ASQ Tools from Brookes. The ASQ Materials may be purchased at the time of registration if needed or thereafter through IMHP. They will NOT be required at the time of the training. Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for delivery.

 
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Announcements
EAST METRO YOUTH SERVICES’ 43rd AGM & OUR NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2018/2019
 
On September 26, East Metro Youth Services held its 43rd Annual General Meeting at the YWCA.  We welcomed over 100 guests to review EMYS’ past year, share our successes, challenges, and of course, highlights.  We had many wonderful presentations from staff, service users and partners including Strengthening Families Program and What’s Up Walk-In. We presented this year’s Friend of EMYS Award to RBC Foundation for their contributions to the transitional-age youth sector of What’s Up Walk-In.  
 
We also said goodbye to a few retiring Board members: Brian Ashton, 21 years served, Charlene Di Danieli, 9 years served, and Jameel Boothe, 9 years served. And although we regret to see them leave, we were thrilled to introduce our 2018/2019 Board, which includes four returning members and seven new members:
  • Anthony Scolaro (New)
  • Courtney Charles (New)
  • Jen Quinlan (New)
  • Judy Marshall (Returning)
  • Louise Boileau (New)
  • Maria Cuzzolino-Lam (Returning)
  • Mary Jarrell – Board Chair (Returning)
  • Paul Huyer (New)
  • Paul Koreen (New)
  • Peter Sit (Returning)
  • Scott Sinclair (New)
 
This year we produced our very first online Impact Report. We are excited for the year ahead, with lots of great work already in progress and more to come.
IMPACT REPORT
READ ABOUT OUR BOARD HERE
CHRISTY DEMONT, ITERIM IT DIRECTOR, EAST METRO YOUTH SERVICES
 
Christy DeMont joined East Metro Youth Services as interim IT Director as of October 1, 2018.  Christy hails from of The Osborne Group and has over thirty years of experience in the private and not-for profit sectors. Christy will provide leadership to EMYS IT projects, Business Intelligence Solutions, MHTO, and development of the Youth Outreach Worker online portal. She is well versed in driving business change, implementing processes and technology solutions, and supporting IT infrastructure.   She is an experienced leader with strong problem solving, general management, communications and presentation skills.   Christy has provided support to Houselink Community Homes, St Stephens’ Community House, Aisling Discoveries and Youthdale.
Have an announcement you would like included in our winter 2019 newsletter? 
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365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1010, Toronto

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