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New Supports for Youth: Health benefits and Transition Workers

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News Release New Supports for Youth Leaving Care Ontario Helping Young People Prepare for Independence February 27, 2014 10:45 a.m.Ministry of Children and Youth Services   Health Benefits The Ontario province is  investing in a new Aftercare Benefits Initiative. Starting this summer, eligible young people ages 21 to 24, who were previously in the care [...]

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List of Current Youth Post-Secondary Supports in Ontario

List of Current Youth Post-Secondary Supports in Ontario


Since 2007, numerous changes have been introduced.  In addition to the community based Crown Ward Education Championship Teams, the following financial and service supports are now available for youth from CAS care.  Please note that in order to qualify for most benefits youth must apply for Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP).  Click here for PDF file. Application fee [...]

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2013 Child Welfare Report

2013 Child Welfare Report


2013 Child Welfare Report The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) published the 2013 Child Welfare Report, providing recommendations to the government to help improve and advance child welfare in Ontario. The priorities speak specifically to the recommendations arising from the report of the Commission for Sustainable Child Welfare, Realizing a Sustainable Child Welfare [...]

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CCSY Continued Care and Support for Youth Fact Sheet

CCSY Continued Care and Support for Youth Fact Sheet


As of May 15, 2013, the Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) program has replaced the former Extended Care and Maintenance (ECM) guidelines.  Through CCSY, youth ages 18, 19, and 20 can receive financial and other supports from a Children’s Aid Society (CAS).  This support is intended to help youth build on their strengths [...]

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Fit for SUCCESS! 7th Annual Conference Overview

Fit for SUCCESS! 7th Annual Conference Overview


We are thrilled to open registration for the 7th Annual YouthCAN Conference, Fit for SUCCESS!  This year, the conference theme is centered around mental and physical well-being, and how being ‘fit’ in all areas, mentally, physically, academically, etc., is essential to being successful. The YouthCAN team, with advice from the conference planning committee made up of Children’s Aid Societies staff [...]

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2013 YPAAG Bark Lake Leadership Retreat (May 24-26)

2013 YPAAG Bark Lake Leadership Retreat (May 24-26)


On May 24th 2013 16 young leaders from the Youth Policy Advisory and Advocacy Group (YPAAG) spent three days at the Bark Lake Leadership Retreat Centre.  This years group welcomed many new members while were happy to see familiar leaders as well.  They spent three days building on teamwork skills through low ropes course challenges, [...]

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Tale of a Youth in Care – Mandy Richards at TEDx Youth in Sudbury

Tale of a Youth in Care – Mandy Richards at TEDx Youth in Sudbury


Tale of a Youth in Care – Mandy Richards at TEDx Youth in Sudbury Mandy Richard is a 22 year old youth from the Wikwemikong Unceeded Reserve on Manitoulin Island, in Ontario Canada who currently lives in Toronto. She came into care when she was 9 years old. Mandy has been involved in the YouthCAN [...]

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Successful Futures for Foster Youth: Alex Smith Foundation

Successful Futures for Foster Youth: Alex Smith Foundation


Alex Smith, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and youth speak about the challenges of living in foster care and the need for investing in the education of foster youth. This video provides a way to help spread the message about the challenges of transitioning from care and how individuals and organizations can help.

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2012 Bark Lake Leadership Retreat

2012 Bark Lake Leadership Retreat


Bark Lake Leadership Retreat On September 7th-9th 2012, YPAAG (Youth Policy Advisory and Advocacy Group) members spent 3 days together at the relaxing and beautiful Bark Lake Leadership Retreat.  This year YPAAG welcomed several new members to the team!  Members developed new friendships while demonstrating their leadership qualities through various team building activities such as [...]

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Annual Conference


YouthCAN host an annual conference for youth in care to come together to learn, connect, and socialize with each other.  The conference is held at a College so the youth get the opportunity to experience the “feel” of post-secondary life. The conference consist of  wonderful festivities and activities such as motivational keynote speakers, tour of the [...]

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