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THE HEART What is the next step I take from here? Learning to make the right decisions and understanding their importance.

Step x Step | The Plan | Employment & Education


Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.� Crossroads is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing homeless youth with the education they need on their current situation and the resources their city has in place to support them.

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S H A R E YO U R S TO RY

Find

Talk

Listen

Find someone that you can trust or that you can relate to. This could be either a family member, a social worker or even a completely random person that you just connect with.

Open up to them and share your story. You may be nervous at first but it is important that you let it out. It will help you share your burden and release any built up feeling and emotions.

Listen to the advise you are given and do your best each day to apply it to your life. Also, be a good listener to others who share their stories with you. You can be a great help to them too.


S T A R T I N G E A R LY

This is Temporary! It is imperative that the process of recovery begins as early as possible. It may take a while to adjust to a new life style, but always keep in mind that this is just temporary and that you will be on your feet in the near future. This process will motivate you to look at what will be and not what currently is. The first six months are crucial to your recovery process. It is within that time that you will develop habits and a state of mind that will either encourage you to keep going or discourage you and lead you to make poor decisions that will limit your potential as a person!


S E L F - M O T I VA T I O N

Talk to Yourself We all know our best motivational speeches are done in a locked bathroom in front of a mirror! How you doing? wink* wink*

It may feel odd at first but motivating yourself can push you to greater heights and keep you balanced in hard situations. There is always a constant fight for your mind between negative and positive thoughts. You may not have your bathroom anymore, but you can develop a habit of constantly reminding yourself that you are worth millions! No doubt.


A C C O U N TA B I L I T Y

Trust

Open

Build

It may be difficult to trust people at this point in your life, but do not give up. Find someone you connect with and let them earn your trust as just you earn theirs. This will take time.

Be open with one another. It is important to understand that you wont be judged. Share your fears and failures and don’t hold back. This will lay the foundation of a lasting friendship.

Encourage one another constantly and lift up anyone who has fallen. Two people can stand back to back and conquer, just as a rope with more then one cord is not easily broken!


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THE FIRST STEPS

Shelter

Obey

Food

Just because you’re now homeless doesn’t mean you have to live on the streets! Find a shelter.

Obey the shelters rules and don’t rebel. Their services are essential on your journey to recovery.

The shelter will take care of most meals but not all. Find a place you can eat for free everyday.

Open Up Share your story and your hurts in life. No one will be able to help your specific need unless you do.

Team Develop a team of social workers and friends with similar motives to rely on and build one another up.

Work/Edu. Find legal work and get an education. This will build discipline and help you develop skills for your future.


H E A LT H Y L I F E S T Y L E

Productive Do the best you can everyday. Work hard and strive for greatness and you will succeed every time.

Honest Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Always speak the truth and you will be respected for it.

Humble Learn to accept a helping hand and be appreciative of everything that is given to you out of generosity.

Caring

Sharing

Daring

Genuinely care for the well being of others. Invest in the lives of people that can use your advice and love.

You will only be blessed according to the amount you bless others! Always lend a helping hand.

Take risks and don’t let anyone or even your own thoughts limit your potential in life. Live to the fullest!


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YO U R S K I L L- S E T

The ultimate goal is to be able to grow into a position where you can support yourself and life’s basic needs. Education and employment play an essential roll in being able to move past your current situation into a future full of potential. Whether you choose employment or education (or both), make sure you choose the path that best fits you, and if you’re not sure, there are plenty of people who can help you along the way.

Education • Employment guarantees an instant income that could be used towards basic needs.

• Early employment can lead to higher responsibilities and payment within the company.

• Employment is hands on learning.

Employment • Education allows you to choose a career path you are interested in.

• Education will allow for more opportunities for better employment in the future.

• Education can be flexible and work around a job you may have.

Knowledge Is Power Ultimately education is the better route to take when planning out your future. A great knowledge of a subject will open up great opportunities for the future. However, whatever route you choose make an effort to excel in it as best you can!


PLACES TO GO

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44. Job House

555 Richmond St W

1033 King St W

1415 Bathurst Street

(416) 504-5516

(416) 848-7980 ext. 308

(416) 531-4631

Hours: Mon - Fri

Hours: Mon - Fri

Hours: Mon - Fri

• Employment help

• Employment help

• Employment help

• Business help

• Trade Work

• Career Workshops

• Career development

• Placement help

• Counseling

45. Youth in Motion

46. Sketch

(2) Yonge Street Mission

20 Queen St W

180 Shaw St

381 Yonge St

(416) 962-4946

(416) 516-1559

(416) 929-9614

Hours: Mon - Fri

Hours: Mon - Fri

Hours: Mon - Sat

• Education workshops

• Art and drama based

• Employment Help

• Career Program

workshops

• Education Help

Things To Consider • A basic High School education is a must, make sure you work to obtain yours right away. • Trades work is always in high demand, it will be worth it to look into getting an apprenticeship. • Take note of what natural abilities you may have.


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