Supports for Success (SFS) is a model for improving educational, economic and social outcomes for marginalized children and youth in Ontario.
In Thunder Bay there is a wide and integrated set of services that support families, children and youth throughout their life-stages. Despite these investments 11.0 per cent of Thunder Bay’s youth were not in education, employment or training (NEET) and 35.4 per cent of children were entering school with low scores on Early Developmental Indicators such as physical health and well-being, communication skills and social competence 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 Thunder Bay get a fair shot at success. Our report explores the many ways to improve the reach and quality of supports. Read below.