YOUTH OUTREACH WORKER PROGRAM
The Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) Program provides outreach, referral and follow-up services for youth 12-29 years old and their families to programs and services including but not limited to:
- Pre-Employment Development (e. Job search, Resume, cover letter, interview skills, etc.)
- Skilled Trades & Pre-Apprenticeship Programs
- Bridging Programs to Post-secondary Education
- Mental Health & Addictions Assessment & Treatment
- After School & Summer Programs
- Recreational Programs
- Summer Job Readiness
- Community Crisis Response, Parent Education
- Conflict Mediation
- Diversion & Re-integration Services
- Community Service/Volunteering Connections
Midaynta Community Services has established strong working relationships with Toronto District School Board (TDSB). This relationship has enabled our YOWs to facilitate workshops in different schools within the TDSB. Midaynta’s YOWs have also collaborated with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) to engage Somali youth and families, effectively responded to community crises in a concerted manner with the City and TCHC as well as Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program, we continue to work with courts and detention facilities to support Somali youth, and have worked to raise awareness of the challenges facing Somali youth by engaging key stakeholders, including youth, parents and the community-at-large. Our YOWs through their participation in several community roundtables and committees, continue to serve as the voice of the Somali youth with and for whom they work.
Because of the many crises facing Somali youth, our YOWs took felt the need to raise awareness of challenges facing Somali youth by deeply engaging Somali youth, Somali parents, and community-at-large in meaningful, responsive and culturally sensitive ways. For example, our YOWs organize Somali Flag Raising Day at Queen’s Park on an annual basis, bringing together families to celebrate Somali heritage.
Additionally, our YOWs serve on various community planning tables, including the Ward 1 & 2 Safety Committee, the Ward 11 & 12 Safety Committee, and the African Canadian Coalition of Community Organizations (ACCCO) & TDSB Roundtable. YOWs also attend weekly meetings at FOCUS situation Tables at Rexdale and Blackcreek. FOCUS is a situation table hosting many different agencies and organization who seek help to collaborate on cases which are deemed to be acutely elevated risk.
Midaynta’s Youth Outreach Worker Program is serving the needs of young people, working with them to build their resiliency, access opportunities in education and employment and overcome challenges and barriers to access to services and programs. We maintain, through appropriate communication and coordination, a collective working relationship with other professionals both within and outside of the organization to facilitate partnerships with community groups, and inform the Youth Outreach Worker Supervisor of emerging issues, service gaps and matters of interest and/or concern to youth. They have also worked tirelessly to address those emerging issues, service gaps and matters of interest and/or concern. We are making a real difference in the lives of Somali youth and families!