WHAT THE COMMUNITY HAS TO SAY ABOUT OUR WORK
Anytime SLYE comes to Agincourt for an event, the impact on students is felt for a long time. The energy they bring and the inspiration they provide students is long-lasting and truly makes a huge difference.
- Snezana Bacanin, Curriculum Leader - Student Services
BRIDLEWOOD MALL MANAGEMENT INC.
Through [SLYE’s] partnerships with various programs and services, and their direct engagement with our youth, they continually contribute to the safe, fun, and welcoming sense of community we always strive for.
- Anna Mele, Marketing Manager
CENTRE FOR IMMIGRATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES
As a result of the SLYE Roadshows, we are able to reach out to more new youth clients. It has made outreach for our agency more successful than relying solely on social media, word of mouth, and flyer distribution.
- Rosanna Li, Youth Settlement Worker & Mei Tin Lee, Program Director
FRANCIS LIBERMANN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
The large amount of agencies that they bring into our school has been invaluable and have helped tremendously. These much needed resources like volunteer work, job searching, recreation, public health information, arts, programs and activities to support the physical and mental health of our students.
- Shawna Faught, Youth Worker
HENRY KELSEY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL
SLYE’s personnel, display of resources and overall interactions with the target youth audience is effective and engaging. Having many agencies represented in one [Roadshow] setting, provides students with ample opportunities to explore the offerings of each respective agency.
- Quincy James, Principal
HONG FOOK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
The dedicated SLYE Network team has consistently provided reliable and organized communications regarding roadshows and network meetings, as well as opportunities to bridge connections with other service providers outside of the network.
- Rachel Wong, Youth Program Worker
HUMBERSIDE & BLOOR C.I.
I find SLYE Roadshow an excellent outreach program. The benefits to students and staff are great. [The] Roadshow is amazing information source that includes broad spectrum of community resources.
- Alina Chiappetta, Secondary Resource Child and Youth Worker
MCGREGOR PARK COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRE
Hosting community roadshows through SLYE will not only enable youth to gain access to numerous agencies that specialize in physical, mental [and emotional health services and programs, but also, allow them access to more volunteer and employment opportunities.
- Rafiat Ahmed, Youth Outreach Worker
The existence of the SLYE Network and Roadshows has been incredibly useful in helping us not only to spread the word about what our organization does, but to attract more youth to apply to our training program. [SLYE] has always been helpful in suggesting specific events for us to attend to attract our target audience and connecting me to other individuals in [the] network for the purposes of community outreach.
- Stephanie Agosta, Manager of Student Support - Digital Customer Care Program
SCARBOROUGH CHINESE BAPTIST CHURCH
I have have found that the monthly services meetings that the SLYE Network holds has been most valuable. As a front line resource of organizations and services, the SLYE Network provides us with an easily accessible forum in which the distribution of ideas happens easily and organically.
- William Leung, English Ministry Youth Pastor
The city of Toronto has many social service supports, but youth need to know about them well in advance of a crisis, and these Roadshows have been a great way to introduce youth to these services and allow them to put face to their host organizations.
- Afi Browne, Community Worker
SIR ERNEST MACMILLAN
I love the high energy and exciting way this information is delivered to our students. It is definitely worthwhile and I will continue to book this every year. I would love to see them in more of my schools.
- Elysa Tarascio, Elementary Itinerant Counsellor
Springboard has seen an increase of youth presence within our programming due to the support of the SLYE committee. We believe SLYE’s mission helps facilitate a conversation with youth helping other youth to have access to programming on a monthly basis.
- Jasmine Artis-Longhurst, Manager - Employment Services Division
The Roadshow has been an effective model of youth engagement in Steeles-L’Amoreaux [and] helps young people navigate the supports available through a coordinated and collaborative approach to youth empowerment. I am also impressed by the SLYE Youth Council, which plays a vital leadership role in bringing a youth voice to SLYE initiatives and helps to develop a greater sense of civic responsibility in the community. The Roadshow has grown into an established event we can count on each year…
- Manna Wong, Trustee - Ward 20 (Scarborough-Agincourt)
TORONTO COMMUNITY HOUSING
[SLYE] has provided vital educational, community development, employment and individual support for youth in the community for 10 years. Their programs are well received within the Steeles-L’Amoreaux community and have been beneficial for youth, parents and primary care givers.
- Larry Freedlander, Community Service Coordinator
TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH (TPH)
As a member of the Healthy Schools and Substance Misuse Prevention Team we have identified several priorities including: Implementing and supporting TPH Youth Engagement policy identifying as well as supporting local advocacy and policy priorities in partnership with stakeholders. By partnering with SLYE I wholeheartedly believe we are implementing these two priorities.
- Alisha Williams, Public Health Nurse
SLYE’s network and roadshows are really the only of its kind in Toronto. When other high schools contact me about organizing volunteer or resource fairs in their schools, I connect them with SLYE since they have such a great network, system and youth training for making roadshows a success.
- Kelly Harbour, Community Engagement Manager
WEXFORD C.I. FOR THE ARTS
The afternoon was fun for everyone and a great vehicle for distributing worthwhile and necessary information to the students.
- Maari Lowe, Assistant Curriculum Leader
The SLYE network is an essential service not only to youth but also to service providers. This is a service which definitely needs to expand to more schools. It would truly benefit youth and youth focused agencies to ensure that services are offered to those in need.
- Jamal Brooks, Youth Job Specialist