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Research and Evaluation

Breaking the Cycle Building Hope, Project S.T.E.P.  results report for non-mainstream school settings

In 2012 youturn (then Eastern Ontario Youth Justice Agency – EOYJA) participated in an evaluation of the impact of mental health and addictions counselling with students attending non-mainstream school settings.  The evaluation, funded through Project STEP ( and the United Way Ottawa examined the impact of Project STEP supported mental health/addictions counsellors working within non-mainstream school settings. Although youturn does not have funding for a dedicated mental health/addictions counsellor, the agency was invited to participate in the evaluation which measured the impact of counselling on drug and alcohol abuse, living conditions and educational performance.  The report, titled “Breaking the Cycle Building Hope” validated the work being done with this very challenging population.

Working with Extremes: Meeting the Needs of Justice Involved Parenting Youth

This research report explores the needs of parenting youth involved in the justice system. Funded by the Justice Department, youth justice and strategic initiatives section, the report explored the agency’s pilot program providing targeted Community Support Team services to a population of young parents involved with the criminal justice system.  This program’s goal was to reduce future recidivism of the parents while building on the engagement developed with these youth to improve their parenting abilities. The author completed an analysis of formal assessment data, consulted with case workers and reviewed relevant literature.  In addition to the report, the findings can be accessed here: