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Community Initiatives & Settlement Services

Youth in Transition Worker Program


YITW offers support to young adults as they transition out of the child welfare system into independent living. A Youth in Transition Worker will help the young adult identify and pursue personal goals, connect with community supports and promote healthy lifestyle choices.

"The program is working for me, I appreciate everything you're doing in your power to make things happen for me. Even in my loneliest times I felt not so lonely when we worked together and tried to set things up and working bit by bit to achieve my goals. Thank you for all your hard work. You're a good worker, and i wish I have met you sooner also thanks for YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Building Healthy Communities letting me know about all of the things you can do for me in the program they are a huge help and takes stress off of my shoulders, you make things seem a little easier! - YITW Participant

Youth in Transition Worker Program intent:

  • Familiarize and support young adults to access resources and services in their community
  • Identify and develop goals towards independent living
  • Mentor and support young adults, building self-confidence and reducing the anxiety of living independently
  • Promote and encourage a  health lifestyle and choices

What the Youth Worker provides:

Using a client centered approach, the Youth Worker will assist the young adult to identify and develop a plan based on their personal goals. The plan could incorporate:

  • Educational resources and post-secondary opportunities
  • Employment Services and training
  • Life skills training (e.g. financial or household management, problem solving)
  • Housing supports
  • Safety planning
  • Connections to health/mental health, legal or other community services

If you have any questions about the program or would like to refer a youth to the program please contact us at 519-371-9230 ext. 233 or e-mail

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Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth - an independent voice for Ontario's children and youth who are either “in care” or on the margins of government care.

Crown Ward Education Championship Team - Planning your pathway to work. We provide mentor/ facilitators who work with Crown Wards ages thirteen and over to help with education matters. We also financially support and/ or provide events and workshops for the benefit of Crown Wards.


Youth in Transition Worker Program - Referral Form