HOPE: Helping Offenders on Probation Excel
What is HOPE?
H.O.P.E 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
- Substance Use Support
- Men of HOPE
- Women of HOPE
The H.O.P.E program was cultivated as a response to the increased need of incarcerated youth. Namely, it was not only designed to address the incarceration rates of youth, but to effectively provide them with an alternative to crime by exploring: diverse channels of engagement, creating diversion opportunities through community involvement, and identifying both the unique barriers all youth face while simultaneously providing them with the tools and resources for effective and wholesome rehabilitation and reintegration.
Connect with us
For program partnerships, please contact
Cristal Hines, Care Manager Supervisor – email email@example.com
For referral and intake, please contact
Peter Nojd, H.O.P.E Care Manager – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support rehabilitation and reintegration by promoting community involvement and connecting youth on probation with training and employment resources.
Give youth a reason not to re-offend by helping them set achievable goals.
- Complete an application by connecting with Pete Nojd, H.O.P.E Care Manager Specialist at email@example.com, or by phone 647 283 3712.
- 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. Pete Nojdpnojd@ysm.ca
Rehabilitation & Reintegration
Our parenting programs include “Nobody’s Perfect”, a free program 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, in which we connect youth and individuals in law enforcement through sports and activities that promote positive relationships. Likewise, our Man2Man program provides an opportunity for male caregivers to share the experiences with fatherhood, life struggles, relationships and communication.
Our employment services provide youth with 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 transition into the workforce. Programs available to HOPE clients include but are not limited to: Next step program, Youth Job Connection, Starbucks Barista Placement, Connecting youth to work, etc. to name a few.
To support successful reintegration, we connect youth to our housing workers who work diligently and carefully to identify suitable and sustainable housing arrangements for our youth. Likewise, we provide educational housing supports like “Housing 101” which teaches youth the fundamentals of home ownership and the steps they must take to successfully attain financial autonomy.
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. Namely, we offer our creative cooking class, whereby youth learn about food preparation, budget shopping and basic cooking skills to promote independence.
As well as, Mothers of HOPE, whereby we provide mothers with the skills, tools and personal development to effectively take care for their children and promote healthy life choices that keep their families united, to name a few.
These are programs designed to directly engage our youth with the community whilst 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 or restitution to society by volunteering. This includes Drop-In Meal services whereby youth serve free meals to the street involved youth.
Additionally, we offer Community Outreach Services where youth reach out to the homeless living on the streets of Toronto, one evening per week. Finally, youth participate in Donation Intake where they are sorting and laundering donated clothing items and organizing them for distribution.
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.
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.
HOPE clients have access to a full range of health services that include: dental, physiotherapist, orthodontist etc.
The HOPE Alcohol group is facilitated by a professional substance use counselor. Offered both in person and virtual, these weekly interactive sessions provide HOPE clients with tangible techniques and practices to better self-regulate substance use. Through being surrounded by like-minded individuals who are all working towards decreasing use, and creating personal recovery plans. This group focuses on finding ways to process and deal with drug and alcohol use though providing youth with coping skills. Clients are encouraged to engage with harm reduction material and conversations prompted by the instructor(s).
• Health Care Services: HOPE
Men of Hope is a group for men aged 16-29 and is focused primarily around self-investment in all facets of life. Our HOPE is that these young men will learn more about themselves, the system, and learn to own their future.
Clients of the HOPE program are provided with diverse capacity-building opportunities to further assist them in navigating personal challenges, overcoming systemic barriers and reducing recidivism. The woman of hope interactive weekly support group is an opportunity for youth to develop positive peer support, ignite their passions and learn about community resources.