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Strides Toronto

Providing a range of outreach, prevention and early intervention services in English and French to youth who are transitioning out of the child welfare sector into adulthood, to enhance and maintain a youth’s development within the community.


This is a full-time contract position until January 30, 2023.


Strides Toronto is a multi-service agency providing services to young people from birth to age 29 and their families in East Toronto. Formed in January 2020 through the amalgamation of Aisling Discoveries and East Metro Youth Services, Strides Toronto provides a range of community, residential and treatment services to improve the mental, social, and physical health of infants, children, youth and their families. We provide individual, group and family interventions that include mental health counselling, autism services, education, outreach and referral, early intervention, day treatment and community support.

As Lead Agency for infant, child and youth mental health in Toronto, Strides Toronto works with 25 core service providers to design and implement system-level improvements that transform access to services, experience of services and the mental health outcomes for Toronto’s diverse communities.

Strides Toronto has a budget of $30 million and more than 350 employees providing services out of 19 locations across East Toronto. The organization Is accredited by the Centre for Accreditation and the predecessor organizations have a long history of providing high-quality services in East Toronto.


Why work with us?

Be part of a long history of leadership and evidence informed practice in child, youth and family service.
Join a skilled and dedicated team who are passionate about achieving our vision of an inclusive and supportive community where children, youth and their families thrive.
Experience opportunities for growth and professional development.
Be committed to creating a positive and rewarding work environment.
Share an organizational culture of on-going learning and quality improvement.
Bring high standards for performance and implementation of best practices and demonstrated through our accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation
Expect a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Join a diverse and inclusive work environment with staff who speak more than 23 languages.
What will you do?

Provide a range of services responsive to a youth’s individual needs that enhance and maintains their development within in the community;
·       Outreach and engage with most vulnerable youth in activities that promote assets, competencies, and resiliency;

·       Work in partnership and engage youth/families and communities impacted by trauma;

·       Carry out brokerage/advocacy/resourcing functions, act as an advocate and develop effective service delivery plans that ensure youth have access to programs, services and opportunities needed for healthy development;

·       Outreach and engage with families when possible;

·       Support the development of new services identified by individual and community needs or emerging trends.

·       Develop safety plans for youth and families.

Develop, plan, and implement workshops, programs, and skill development groups internally and within the community;
Develop and nurture strong community linkages for the purpose of engagement and response to crisis as required;
Develop and facilitate community prevention programs that address systemic racism and continued acts of discrimination against the BIPOC community;
Provide direct service to eligible youth, 16-24 years old who have direct involvement with Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies or who are on extended care support, to identify, access, and navigate adult service systems relevant to their needs, and transition to adulthood.
What are we looking for?

·       Child and Youth Work diploma or related diploma/degree;

1 year of directly related experience working with at-risk youth and young adults;
·       Extensive knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and Child Welfare System;

·       Fluent French and English;

Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and negotiate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team of service providers;
·       Knowledge on how to apply for and write grants for community projects;

·       Knowledge of and sensitivity to the life experiences and needs of the youth community;

·       Knowledge of the Child Welfare System;

Vulnerable Sector Police check will be required prior to commencing position.
Additional Assets

Fluency in another language(s).
Additional Information

This role is a part of OPSEU Local 567 bargaining unit.

Salary range from $52,540 to $61,800.


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your experience and how you meet the requirements for this position.   The application deadline is September 23, 2021.

Strides Toronto is an equal opportunity employer.  We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Strides Toronto’s own policies, requests for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

We thank all applicants however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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