HOPE: Helping Offenders on Probation Excel

What is HOPE?

HOPE is a program tailored to seek solutions to offending youths’ individual needs. It assists street-involved youth, age 16-29, specifically with the following:

  • Mental Health Counselling
  • Community Work Service 
  • Fines & Restitution 
  • Life Skills Training 
  • Anger Management

HOPE was developed to support the rising number of Toronto youth on probation, parole and/or involved in conflict with the law. HOPE also provides youth with an effective alternative to crime by offering elements like diverse channels of engagement, diversional opportunities  such as community involvement and identifying the unique barriers our youth face while providing them with the tools and resources to support holistic rehabilitation and reintegration.


Connect with us

Cristal Hines, HOPE Care Manager Specialist – email chines@ysm.ca

T – 416 929 9614 x 2276    C – 416 616 0796

HOPE youth pose for a group photo at the Coldest Night of the Year walk

HOPE’s Mission

Support rehabilitation and reintegration by promoting community involvement and connecting youth on probation with training and employment resources.

Our Vision

Give youth a reason not to re-offend by helping them set achievable goals.


Intake Process:

  1. Complete an application by connecting with Cristal Hines, HOPE Care Manager Specialist at chines@ysm.ca, or by phone 416 929 9614 x 2276 or cell 416 616 0796.
  2. Meet with case workers to create a plan of action.

Once a youth has met with their case worker, they will work together to determine appropriate program(s) and establish a timeline and program clarification requirements. 

HOPE process flow chart

Rehabilitation & Reintegration

Our parenting programs include “Nobody’s Perfect”, free for parents and caregivers with children 6 years and under.

In this program, we discuss and explore children’s growth, learning and on-going developmental needs, understanding child behaviour, promoting children’s health and safety and how to cope and build sustainable self-care practices to work through parental stress. 

We offer various mentorship programs and opportunities both directly and indirectly.

Through programs such as HOOPS4HOPE, where we connect youth with individuals in law enforcement through sports and activities that promote positive relationships.

Likewise, Man2Man, which is an opportunity for men to share the experiences with fatherhood, life struggles, relationships and communication.  

YSM’s employment services provide youth the opportunity to refine and develop strong skill-sets to increase their employability and successfully attain jobs.

There are a variety of diverse programs within our employment services that help youth who have criminal records effectively transition into the workforce, including but are not limited to:

  • Next step program
  • Youth Job Connection
  • Starbucks Barista Placement
  • Connecting youth to work
  • And more

Learn more about YSM’s employment services here.

To support successful reintegration, we connect youth to YSM housing workers who work diligently and carefully to identify suitable and sustainable housing arrangements for our youth.

We also provide educational housing supports, such as “Housing 101”, which teach youth the fundamentals of home ownership and the steps they must take to successfully attain financial autonomy. 

Learn more about YSM’s housing supports here.

We provide programs such as ARTSPACE, where youth are encouraged to tap into their artistic potential and stimulate their creativity through a variety of means such as painting, rap, dance, cooking, etc.

We provide youth transferable life skills through a variety of unique programming to meet the diverse needs of youth in HOPE.

We offer our creative cooking class, where youth learn about food preparation, budget shopping and basic cooking skills to promote independence.

As well as, Mothers of HOPE, where mothers are equipped with the skills, tools and personal development to effectively take care of their children and promote healthy life choices to keep their families united.

These are programs designed to directly engage HOPE youth with the community while meeting particular court-related requirements.

Some of these programs include Community Service Hours where offenders perform community service to fulfill a condition of a court order; restitution to society by volunteering.

Youth also serve Drop-In Meal to the street-involved youth coming to Evergreen.

Additionally, we offer Community Outreach Services where, once a week, HOPE youth connect with the homeless living on the streets of Toronto.

Finally, youth participate in Donation Intake where they sort and launder donated clothing items and organizing them for distribution at the Evergreen Centre.

HOPE clients have access to professional mental health counselling services. These counselling services provided tailored support to individual clients through 1:1 counselling sessions with a service provider who is well-equipped to help our youth through their various mental health challenges. 

Learn more about YSM’s Mental Health Counselling services here.

In various ways we promote positive development and individual spiritual well-being. This includes offering group, or one-on-one, interactions which address positive thinking, motivational, and spiritual dialogues. As well as providing them the tools and resources to support their spiritual journey.

HOPE anger management is facilitated by a professional counsellor; certificate provided. In these sessions, HOPE clients are provided with tangible techniques and practices to better self-regulate their emotions. Likewise, clients are encouraged to engage with psychoeducational materials provided by the instructors. This program runs for 6 weeks at a time.

Learn more about YSM’s Mental Health Counselling Services here.

HOPE clients have access to a full range of health services that include: dental, physiotherapist, orthodontist etc. 

Learn more about the YSM Evergreen Health Centre here.

What We’ve Done

Read about our HOPE Graduation Ceremony in Fall 2020 with guest speakers from the Toronto community, including Mayor Tory.

HOPE Graduates pose with their certificates while wearing face masks-fall 2020
Group photo at a HOPE graduation
HOPE staff and participant
Group photo of HOPE participants and police officers at a friendly basketball game
Group of youth at a trampoline outing
HOPE participants at Coldest Night of the Year walk
Youth HOPE participant looking confident on a boat
HOPE Staff with Mayor Tory