Educational Outreach Program

The YWS Educational Outreach Program, One Youth at a Time, provides interactive workshops for elementary, middle and high school classes. The program breaks down stereotypes and myths and introduces the students to the realities of youth homelessness. While building knowledge, tolerance, and empathy, the program teaches students about the resources in their community that can provide assistance in preventing and responding to family emergencies.

If you are interested in booking a workshop for your class or group, book an educational workshop or contact our Community Engagement and Education Specialist at or at 416-748-0110 ext. 62.

Thank you to the Johansen-Larsen Foundation for your investment in the YWS Educational Outreach Program.

By the numbers:

Number of workshops conducted:
2016-17: 54

2017-18: 64

2018-19: 50

Number of youth reached through the workshops:
2016-17: 2,549

2017-18: 2,469

2018-19: 1,855

% of youth who disclosed issues of homelessness

2017-18: 1%

2018-19: 1.5%

Feedback 2018-19:
100% of educators find the workshops to be educational,
curriculum related and age appropriate
89% of youth participants in the workshops indicate
they are now aware of resources in their community
to assist homeless youth


“I believe that it is very important for students to learn about homelessness in their community to support their understanding of local social responsibility and to encourage the development of empathy….Youth Without Shelter representatives presented to 6 classes from Grades 4 to 8. The response from my staff was very positive. They indicated the workshop was educational, interesting, age ­appropriate, curriculum­ relevant, engaging and fun. Both my staff and I would recommend the presentation to our colleagues.”
(Susan Bois, Principal, Humber Valley Village Junior Middle School)

“Students not only learned the various causes that can lead to youth homelessness and how easy it is for individuals much like themselves to end up on the street, but were also educated about what can be done to help prevent it, and what can be done to help those individuals who find themselves in this situation.”
(Ian Carruthers, Director, Mentor College)

“One thing I learned from the workshop is that just because you are homeless it doesn’t mean you don’t have values and don’t want to finish school. I have friends who could use Youth Without Shelter.”
(Student comments)