Changing lives


Together we can end poverty in Toronto in one generation.

Devon’s Story


“When I got out of jail two years ago I saw my daughter for the first time. I knew I was ready to do anything I could to change my life. I went through the Connecting Youth to Work program at YSM Evergreen. If you’re willing, YSM is right there with everything you need at the right time. People often tell me I’m good with my hands. I did work at YSM and then they connected me to a plumbing contractor. Now I’m in my second year of a plumbers’ apprenticeship program. I have a place to live and a job and I’m good at it. My boss doesn’t seem to have any doubts about me working on some pretty big jobs. He trusts me to do the work – that’s a good feeling. I have to succeed. I want it for me, and I want to be part of my daughter’s life.”

Change begins and ends with people.  At YSM, we focus our efforts on helping three different groups of people move out of poverty and realize their full potential:

  • People experiencing chronic poverty for more than one generation.
  • Street youth (ages 16-24)
  • Families in need (including single parents and families new Canada)

For someone to rise out of poverty, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health must be cared for; and the right supports — such as secure housing, education, employment and childcare — must be available.  Our holistic RISE model of care (Respond, Invite, Support, Engage) brings all of this together to meet every person’s unique needs, offering the greatest chance of success.

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Other action


For YSM, ending chronic poverty in Toronto can only be achieved by intentional and coordinated action at three levels. Learn more about the other levels:

Changing lives


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Building communities


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Transforming Toronto


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