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Youth Assisting Youth-The Peer Project as a voluntary community-based mentoring organization is committed to promoting the healthy growth and development of young people, strengthening families and responding to and supporting changing community needs. Guiding Principles • Mentoring is an effective tool that allows all individuals involved to develop their potential • Youth have the power and potential to make valuable contributions in their communities • Mentoring is an effective tool that allows all individuals involved to develop their potential • To prevent the development of severe difficulties in children and youth • To develop leadership skills in children and youth • To serve a diverse ethno-cultural community • To advocate for changes that will improve conditions affecting young people, their families and their community • To educate the community at large about the conditions affecting young people
YOUTH ASSISTING YOUTH-The Peer Project is a non-profit charitable organization that provides a peer mentoring service to improve life prospects for at risk and newcomer children. YAY matches children aged 6-15 with trained and dedicated Youth Volunteers aged 16-29 who act as positive role models. Since 1976 YAY has helped more than 26,000 young people.
Established in Scarborough, YAY now serves the GTA, York and Peel Region and plans to expand the service across Ontario and Canada.
YAY prevents problems before they start. Prevention is the key. We provide much-needed support to a wide range of children between the ages of 6-15 who are experiencing behavioural, social, emotional and or cultural difficulties. A peer mentor that they can rely on and confide in makes an enormous difference to these children's lives.
To support our core One to One program we offer a number of other services. While waiting to be matched our young people can participate in our Pre-Match program or the Saddle Up for Success therapeutic riding program. Through the education component of our program YAY offers School 2 School, After School Group Mentoring and Tri-Mentoring.