SLYA’S Vision
Every Youth we work with exits SLYA programs feeling confident, supported and prepared to succeed, resulting in no recidivism. 

The Oxford definition of recidivism:  a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behaviour, especially relapse into criminal behaviour.


SLYA Land Acknowledgement

St. Lawrence Youth Association honours and celebrates these traditional lands as a gathering place of the Original Peoples and their Ancestors. We recognize the longer history of these territories that predates the establishment of the European Colonies. We recognize since time immemorial the roots of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee in these territories and the significant contribution of all Metis and First Peoples from the Nations across Turtle Island that have been and are here today.

About SLYA
The St. Lawrence Youth Association is a non-profit charitable organization, funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. Established 1974 in Kingston, Ontario. SLYA operates one residential program (Sundance) including medical services; three community-based programs (Community Support Services, Intensive Support & Supervision Program and Youth Justice Family Worker), and a Bailiff Program.

The Association deals with young persons in conflict with the law and young persons who are charged with an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada who are between the ages of twelve and seventeen when they commit the offence.

SLYA is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors with an Executive Director to run the day to day operations of the Association as the senior executive officer. SLYA is incorporated under the Corporations Act, there is a constitution and by-laws, as well as officers of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors includes a committee structure. It is responsible for hiring the Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for programming and service delivery.


We are:                                 and                 We Believe In:

     Collaborative,                                             Accountability,

     Responsive,                                                 Excellence,

     Inclusive, and                                              Growth, and

     Nurturing                                                      Trust                   
SLYA Word Cloud: Collaborative Accountable Responsive Individualized Nurturing Growth - CARING!

Mission Statement
SLYA provides restorative and preventative youth justice programs that are responsive and individualized to help youth grow as confident, capable and successful individuals.

                                                                         Strategic Planning