Every young person, in every program, in our care, benefits from our Ten Keys to Success:
- 1. Clinical Assessment
- 2. Daily Clinical Care
- 3. Adaptive Skills Program
- 4. Resident & Staff Recreational Activities
- 5. Life Skills Instruction
- 6. Counseling
- 7. Resident Group Meetings
- 8. Constant Resident Review
- 9. Psychiatric Consultation
- 10. Staff Training
- Adolescent boys and girls ages 12-18
- Adolescent boys and girls ages 12-18 (Toronto-based)
- Individuals male and female ages 17+
- Adolescent girls ages 12-18 (Toronto-based)
1. Clinical Assessment
All potential resident’s files are reviewed by
our Clinical Team, and specifics are shared with the team prior to
2. Daily Clinical Care
Program staff take ownership for and have input into the daily care received by residents at regular meetings.
3. Adaptive Skills Program
Youth learn everyday in a specialized classroom setting, the
interpersonal, communication and independence skills they need to
4. Resident & Staff Recreational Activities
Regular physical exercise is important, and so is learning to interact in a trusting, healthy, cooperative and even competitive way with adult staff members.
5. Life Skills Instruction
This essential life-skills program is supervised by Kennedy House staff on an ongoing basis.
Residents are counseled on a daily basis by Kennedy House Youth Workers who can, when appropriate, refer them to outside counseling resources (and facilitate the process of obtaining specialized support); referrals may be made to the agency Residential Social Worker when necessary for more intense intervention and case management.
7. Resident Group Meetings
Held on a daily basis, these meetings provide residents with an opportunity to socialize, problem solve, communicate and voice any concerns; meetings are moderated by a qualified staff member.
8. Constant Resident Review
Daily information on the progress and challenges of each resident is
issued to the Clinical Team; the Clinical Team regularly meets with
staff members to oversee each individual’s progress.
9. Psychiatric Consultation
The agency consulting psychiatrist is available to meet with clients for the purposes of case planning and medication review.
10. Staff Training
Ongoing training (internal and external) is essential to maintaining the best practices for our residential program staff – dedicated, qualified staff are equipped professionally to ensure we achieve our program goals.
Adolescent boys and girls ages 12-18
Kennedy Road offers incentive programs for younger clients assisting them to achieve their daily routines, tasks and development of new skills. For the older clients this environment offers personal goal planning and skill development in preparation for independent living. Kennedy Road is a co-ed program and can support up to 6 males and 3 females in the LOFT (top floor of the residence). The Kennedy House LOFT program for girls is designed to provide young women with the supports and guidance necessary to explore their well being as a female while preparing for independence. Utilization of gender specific programming and the Self sufficiency Training and Education Program (S.T.E.P.) are just a couple of the programs that are offered. The youth within the agency who are transitioning to independence have the opportunity to learn practical life skills thus preparing them for the responsibility of caring for oneself. This ten step program consists of the following: Time Management and Hygiene, Transportation and Nutrition, Self Growth and Health and Safety, Financial Management, Purchasing and Community Resources, Self Growth and Education, Job Skills and Employment Preparation, Employment and Accommodation Searching.
Adolescent boys and girls ages 12-18 (Toronto-based)
Individuals male and female ages 17+
Adolescent girls ages 12-18 (Toronto-based)
The Kingston Road program provides 7 bed for girls. This is a specialized program that meets the need of a select group of adolescent girls who require intensive and supportive intervention in order to experience success. This program provides for the assessment, stabilization and treatment for these youth. Kennedy House also provides transitional and independence planning. As with all Kennedy House programs, the focus is on preparing youth to live productive, independent lives, immersed in their own communities. The youth within the agency who are transitioning to independence have the opportunity to learn practical life skills thus preparing them for the responsibility of caring for oneself. This ten step program consists of the following: Time Management and Hygiene, Transportation and Nutrition, Self Growth and Health and Safety, Financial Management, Purchasing and Community Resources, Self Growth and Education, Job Skills and Employment Preparation, Employment and Accommodation Searching.