Supports for Success (SFS) is a model for improving educational, economic and social outcomes for marginalized children and youth in Ontario.
East Scarborough has a wide and integrated set of services that support families and children and youth throughout their life stages. The Kingston Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) community has taken a lot of action and used the collective efforts of residents, government, and social organizations to improve outcomes for children and youth in the community. Despite these investments, KGO had 12.5 per cent unemployment in 2016 (as compared to 8.2 per cent in Toronto) , and 36.7 per cent of children were entering school with low scores on Early Developmental Indicators (EDI) such as physical health and well-being, communication skills and emotional maturity in 2015.
Complex and intersecting issues, such as public transit, housing, employment and racism, affect how children and youth respond to programs and interventions. However, it is possible
to improve the adaptability of programs and services, so that all children and youth benefit, despite systemic barriers. We need to explore new approaches that improve our support
system so that all children and youth in KGO get a fair shot at success. There are many ways to improve the reach and quality of supports. Read our Summary Report below to look at some of our findings.