St. Leonard's Community Support

Attendance Centre

How are youth referred?

Youth must be found guilty of an offense. He/she must be either:

  1. Referred by a Probation Officer under the condition to “attend at, and cooperate with such assessment, counseling or treatment as youth worker may direct”, or
  2. Given a specific condition to attend a non-residential attendance centre, via a Probation Order, Deferred Custody Order, Conditional Discharge Order, or
  3. Ordered by a judge through a Stand Alone Sentence order*, to attend for up to 240 hours and not more than six months

*NOTE: A Stand Alone Sentencing Order is supported by YCJA, however in practice,  Attendance Centre clients must be assigned a Probation Officer to be referred.

How does this program help youth in the community?

  • Youth avoids incarceration therefore, is not exposed to a more sophisticated criminal peer group
  • Programs are linked to factors unique to each youth in addressing their risks and needs
  • Youth will examine the choices they have made and are encouraged to make positive changes to avoid returning to the justice system
  • Literacy needs will be offered in a safe and patient environment
  • Links within his/her community will be accessed to meet the youth’s need during their involvement with the Attendance Centre and after they have completed their individual program plan

What programs are offered to youth?

  • Accepting Responsibility in Finger Pointing World
  • Anger 101
  • Anger Awareness and Interpersonal Problem Solving
  • Cognitive Behavioural Interventions with Youth
  • Commitment to Change: Overcoming Errors in Thinking
  • Commitment to Change: Power of Consequences
  • Costs of Theft
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Discovering Life Skills: I Want to Work
  • Discovering Life Skills: YWCA
  • Education: Literacy and Tutorials: Teach Your Children Well
  • Fear…the Anger Trigger
  • Grief and Loss
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Safe Dates: An Adolescent Dating Abuse Prevention Curriculum
  • Young Men’s Work: Stopping Violence and Building Community
  • Young Women’s Lives: Building Self-Awareness for Life
  • Youth, Drugs and Mental Health: First Contact

Goals of  the Attendance Centre

  • To offer a non-residential alternative to custody for males and females, 12-17 years old, who are on a Probation Order
  • To provide “evidence-based” programs that directly address their criminogenic factors identified by a Risk/Needs Assessment
  • To empower youth to be responsible, law-abiding citizens
  • To work with youth to achieve goals and make connections in order to reintegrate them into their community


The Attendance Centre can help… YOU ARE CAPABLE of Moving Forward

Reintegration Worker Program

Available to Young Persons 12-17 years of age within the Justice System

The Program provides support for youth in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.  Reintegration Workers act as mentors, tutors, and advocates in support of rehabilitation and reintegration for youth.  They accomplish this through engagement and the establishment of a professional relationship and positive modeling.  Support to youth is given in areas in which they are having the most difficulties such as school, home, accessing community resources, and leisure time.


  • Assist youth to comply with a court order
  • Support life skills using a cognitive-behavioral approach
  • To mentor during a youth’s participation in programming


Reintegration Workers are available through St. Leonard’s Community Support Prevention and Residential Services in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and are referred by a Probation Officer. Workers are matched with the client and will work directly with the Probation Officer, Executive Director of St Leonard’s Community and the Attendance Center Program Facilitator, monitoring the client’s response to community support.

Reintegration Workers:

  • are one-to-one workers who support youth in compliance with their probation order
  • strive to support youth living in the community
  • have an understanding of current theories and practice in working with youth
  • case conference with the youth’s Probation Officer to ensure compliance with their Case Management Plan
  • may engage in recreational activities with the young person upon approval
  • assist the youth to overcome personal obstacles such as emotional and academic concerns, navigating community resources, creating a resume, job search, obtaining I.D. and basic life skills


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