St. Leonard's Community Support

St. Leonard’s Residential Services

St. Leonard’s Residential provides residential services to males between the ages of 12 to 17 years old who are in conflict with the law under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Services and supervision are provided for youth in custody and detention who have been ordered by the court to serve time in custody, as well as youth who have been detained pending further court appearances.

St. Leonard’s Residential provides a safe, secure, healthy, and supportive environment. Within this environment, a range of integrated, evidence-based programs, an on-site satellite school, and services to help address specific risks and needs of youth, thereby promoting positive outcomes for youth, families and the community. Ultimately, the primary goal is to ensure public safety and promote the successful integration of youth back into their communities.

Program Goals:

  • Provide a stable home-like atmosphere as a solid, dependable base to allow the development of a healthy self-concept.
  • Provide individualized programming and mentorship on a 24 hour per day availability; Assistance that will focus on problem-solving skills.
  • Utilize the community resources for the benefit of young persons, especially in the areas of drug and alcohol rehabilitation and other self-help agencies.
  • Assist in employment placement and counseling directly regarding job search, work habits, and attitudes towards work ethics.
  • Provide educational opportunities through on-site CTCC school programs, co-op placements, and internship programs in partnership with the Board of Education.
  • Encourage the development of healthy interpersonal relationships and family reconciliations.
  • Promote the beneficial use of leisure time through positive recreational and social activities.
  • Provide effective evidenced-based programming for youth.
  • Develop, in conjunction with the youth and family, a responsible release plan that supports pro-social behaviour within the community.

Recreational Activities

Recreational activities are enjoyed both on and off the property. We have a membership to the local Y.M.C.A. which the youth use for recreational activities during the school year and staff will take youth during the evening and weekends. The home also involves the youth in hockey, bicycling, and other outdoor activities promoting positive recreational and social activities.

Reintegration Worker Program

The Reintegration Worker program assists youth with the transition from Open Custody/Detention back into the community. A Reintegration Plan is developed during the Case Management plan meetings while the youth is in care of St. Leonard’s Residential or referred from a Case Manager from the MCCSS. The plan is solely based on supporting youth to ensure they are receiving education, housing, recreation, counseling, employment services, or any other need for the client. The Reintegration Worker also functions as a mentoring program for the youth and to further assist in building relationships with other community agencies to better service our clients. Community involvement will be organized in such a manner as to promote positive changes in behaviour of the client through structured programming/scheduling.

St. Leonard’s Alternative Education Program (SLAE)

The St Leonard’s Alternative Education Program is an initiative supported by Stakeholders from the MCCSS, Hastings and Prince Edward School Board and St Leonard’s Community Support, Prevention and Residential Services.

The SLAE program services young persons who are involved with Youth Justice Services in the local area. The young persons are between the ages of 14 – 17 (high school students) at the time of their offence. The young persons may not be registered in an education program at the time of their referral from their Case Manager. The program is located on-site at St. Leonard’s Residential in Trenton, ON.

Program objectives are:

  • Provide a viable alternative education program for 4 young persons in the local area who are without an existing education program
  • Development of an individualized education plan in collaboration with the teacher and the young person
  • Provide support and encouragement to the young person allowing them to work at their own pace and achieve success.
  • Provide emotional support to the young persons
  • Eliminate barriers with transportation, and supply meals and snacks
  • Provide data for outcome evaluations to measure client success as it relates to credit completion/recovery, graduation, completion of OSSLT, and eventually transition to regular/alternative schools.


  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Decision Making
  • Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Instrumental Peer Aggression,
  • Young Men’s Work
  • Financial Literacy
  • Employment Preparation,
  • Cultural Diversity


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