Partnering with the Toronto District School Board, this unique program, located at our Aris Kaplanis Centre for Youth, provides an alternative small classroom high school experience for youth referred exclusively by probation officers.
What Probation Officers have to say about Section 23:
“ I just wanted to let you know that I have one youth on my case load who is attending this program and I have to say...I'm absolutely thrilled with the program. Staff are amazing, professional, engaging, creative, great with communicating with the youth and me...and my kid feels the same! I have been spreading the word but I thought you might like to hear that I am a huge fan!”
"I would like to thank the Section 23 program offered at Operation Springboard for their diligence in accommodating the unique needs of my referred clients. The Section 23 program provides a teaching team who are caring, flexible and willing to utilize different approaches to help youth overcome difficult situations, especially when the youth may feel defeated or discouraged.
In particular, the staff at Operation Springboard were willing to incorporate anger management support for one of my clients who identified having difficulty controlling his anger at school and home and asked for help. As such, this youth meets with the anger management counsellor everyday at school and has been able to respond more appropriately and effectively to frustrating situations. In addition to the above, it is important to note that the teaching team are very approachable and accessible to obtain weekly updates regarding attendance, academic progress, etc. It is hoped that this program will continue to expand and continue to meet the individual needs of the diverse youth we serve in our community."
"I learned of the Section 23 Classroom Program at Springboard at a staff meeting and at the end of September 2015, I referred a young man, Client B on my caseload. The staff members that provided me with information about the program and walked me through the referral process were amazing. The referral process was efficient and seamless as was the intake process for Client B.
The program has provided Client B with a safe, welcoming environment where he can earn credits and further his formal education while also learning strategies, coping skills and problem solving skills to deal with the many stresses he experiences in his daily life.
The staff has demonstrated that they remain invested in Client B, academically and personally. They have communicated with this writer with regards to the youth’s strengths, successes and areas of concern, and they model the high expectations they expect from each of their students by expecting the same or more out of each other. I cannot say enough about this program and would refer more students if it were closer to the office’s catchment area."