Brief Agency History
St Lawrence Youth Association has been in existence since 1974. SLYA serves the six county regions of Hasting, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, and Leeds & Grenville. SLYA is an active member of Youth Justice Ontario.
Programs Comprising SLYA
Achievement St Lawrence:
- 1976 Open Custody and Detention Home (8 beds)
- 2009 All Female
- 2013 All Male (8 beds)
- 1995 Secure Custody and Detention Home (10 beds)
- 2007 All Female
Community Support Services:
- 1988 Intensive Treatment Services
Intensive Support & Supervision Program:
- 2005 Intensive Treatment Services
Youth Justice Family Worker Program
-2016 Youth Justice Family Worker
Medical Services in Residential Programs:
- 2006 Pediatric Care
- 2006 Transportation of custody residents.
-2009 Addition of Reintegration Worker Program
-2009 Addition of Girl's Moving On Program
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, people in the community involved in the care of children believed there was a need for improved facilities for those children with behaviour problems, particularly those who were before the courts.
Community colleges were being established for post-secondary education in the field of applied arts and technology. St Lawrence College in Kingston was considering a program for adolescent care workers.
Michael Ozerkevich, Director of the Behaviour Science Technology Program in the Human Studies Department took a leadership role in developing a program and the personnel to teach it.
His Honour, Judge George Thomson, of Provincial Court (Family Division), was a visionary who introduced progressive ideas into his courtroom and the community.
Judge Thomson, and Michael Ozerkevich initiated the ideas for the establishment of the St Lawrence Youth Association.
Dr. Ray Peters was the first Chair of the Steering committee and first President of the Association (December 10, 1974). Michael Ozerkevich was the first Executive Director.