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Attendance Centre Program

The Attendance Centre Program (ACP) is a community-based program providing services to young people who have been found guilty of an offence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and who, as a part of their probation, are to attend and actively participate in program for up to 240 hours in a 6 month period.

The ACP focuses on the risk factors which may have led to the youth’s involvement in the justice system. The program is usually done in a group, but may be one-on-one if that is best suited to meet the needs of the youth. The program is relationship-based and focuses on the young person’s strengths, needs and goals.  Topics covered within the program can include: anti-social thinking, emotional regulation, social skill development, education, employment and recreation.  St. Leonard’s offers young people the opportunity to learn, develop and expand their skills in a safe, fun, social environment.

Youth who have been identified as requiring further support after completion of probation or other programs may still be able to receive support through the ACP for a maximum of one additional year.

The Attendance Centre Program provides additional service to young persons involved in the youth justice system, through the Youth Therapeutic Court Diversion Program.  This pilot program is a local collaboration with goals of supporting the mental health needs of young persons and diverting them from the justice system.

How do I get into the program?

A referral from your probation officer is needed.

How much does the program cost?

There is no cost to program participants.

What if I have trouble getting to the program every day?

We may be able to offer transportation to and from the program!