Youth Assisting Youth

Youth Assisting Youth

June 17, 2005 13:52 ET

Youth Assisting Youth Celebrates 29 Years of Youth Mentoring

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Sports Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 17, 2005) - Youth Assisting Youth (YAY) will have more than 250 children, Youth Volunteers and their families in attendance tomorrow, Saturday June 18, 2005 at their Annual Family Picnic to help celebrate the start of their 29th year of successful youth mentoring.

Youth Assisting Youth is a non-profit charitable organization based in Toronto and York Region. YAY matches Youth Volunteer Mentors aged 16 to 29 with at-risk, vulnerable and newcomer Canadian children aged 6 to 15 to help keep them in school and out of the Youth Justice System. Since 1976, YAY has helped more than 13,000 children. YAY currently has hundreds of matched children and Youth Volunteers but faces an ever growing waiting list of more than 400 kids.

This is a dual celebration for YAY. They are celebrating their 29th year of mentoring as well as their survival through one of the most difficult periods in their history. In December 2004, YAY's head office in North York was the victim of a series of break-ins. More than $75 thousand worth of computers and cash was stolen as well as a significant amount of vandalism to the office, including the destruction of the computer network and back-up system. Despite this extreme adversity, a significantly reduced staff and a damaged budget, YAY fought back and kept their doors open for their children and youth.

"It has been a difficult time for YAY and we are not out of the woods yet. We are still working with a reduced staff and tight budget. As with many non-profit organizations it is always a financial struggle, but it has been a particularly difficult past few months," said Sally Spencer, Executive Director of Youth Assisting Youth.

The barbeque, generously sponsored by ING DIRECT, will run from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Wilket Creek Park (Leslie and Eglinton). There will be face painters, temporary tattoo artists, games and prizes for all YAY families.

"We are very thankful for ING DIRECTs' generous support, which allows us to celebrate appropriately with our children, youth and their families," said Spencer.

For more information on Youth Assisting Youth and our programs please visit our website at or contact our head office at 416-932-1919.

/For further information: Jennifer Morris

Contact Information

  • Jennifer Morris, Director, Public Affairs, Youth Assisting Youth
    Primary Phone: 416-932-1919 ext. 222
    Secondary Phone: 416-277-0858