The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) helps build resilient and inclusive communities sustained by the economic and civic contributions of all Ontarians. The Youth Justice Services Division of MCCSS provides programs and services for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 in conflict with the law . The Youth Justice Volunteer Program (YJVP) enhances Youth Justice Services through actively involving young persons in conflict with the law in a variety of evidence based programming. The Youth Justice Program:
• Involves the community in the rehabilitation and reintegration of the young person.
• Utilizes the special skills of volunteers matched to learning styles and abilities of young persons.
• Provides opportunities for positive relationships between young persons and volunteers.
• Improves young person’s use of leisure activities by involving them with community resources.
• Assists the young person in developing life skills, social skills, and interpersonal relationships.
• Assists young persons to comply with community related court orders.
• Assists in reducing the rate of recidivism with young persons.