understanding • encouragement • connections
It’s the difference between showing sensitivity while being results-oriented – and simply being regimented.
Detention residents at Kennedy House Youth Centre have different needs and issues than those who have been sentenced and are in custody. Detained youth are in a kind of limbo – held at the centre while awaiting their case through the court system. These youth find themselves in a stressful situation, uncertain of how long they will stay at the Centre, or of how their future will unfold. Many also have a history of unstable family lives or challenging personal relationships. For these residents, engagement in the programs offered at the Centre can be particularly difficult.
Custody residents, on the other hand, are not encumbered in the same way and have a clearer picture of where they stand. They are serving sentences established by Youth Court. Programming is easier to plan with an established discharge date.
Staff members are highly attuned to the different needs of these youth groups and respond accordingly. Every resident is treated with the respect, understanding and encouragement they need to progress.