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YMCA Alternative Suspension (ASP)

 

 

Alternative Suspension is an out-of-school intervention program that establishes bonds of trust and creates a support network for students who have been or are at risk of being suspended from school due to problematic behavior while also supporting a consistent and strong academic focus.

 

It aims to reduce future suspensions and disciplinary sanctions by offering participants an opportunity to turn their time away from school into a positive experience that encourages personal growth, the development of social skills and autonomy.

 

Students may be referred for any of the following concerns:
  • Absenteeism / lack of participation in classes
  • Apathy & lack of motivation
  • Issues Related to substance misuse
  • Disruptive & impulsive behavior
  • Physical, verbal or psychological violence
  • Theft or vandalism
  • Students struggling academically and needing an adult to guide them with time management and motivation
  • Student needing additional support to help them with their Mental Health needs

 

Learn more about Alternative Suspension here

 

 


Key Activities

 

  • Student referrals to the program are to be administered by the school
  • Individual assessment of participating youth
  • Personalized profile of participating youth drafted by a youth worker
  • Intervention sessions last an average of 5 days
  • Mornings entailing focus on academic achievement and afternoon sessions on thematic workshops aimed at reducing identified risk factors
  • Recreational activities
  • Reintegration of students back into the school/community and follow-up to determine the impact of the Alternative Suspension program
  • Regular communication with parents

 

Key Activities

  • Self-awareness of problematic behavior
  • Develop self-esteem and respect
  • Expand the network of social support
  • Decrease participant's associations with problematic peers
  • Decrease aggressive, impulsive, disruptive and antisocial behavior
  • Encourage academic aspirations and motivations
  • Increase school achievement and graduation rate

Contact Us:

 

Youth Engagement Manager:

Sonalin Bhayani
403-826-2757
sonalin.bhayani@calgary.ymca.ca

 

NW Youth Worker:

Vanessa Omeike
403-651-6434
vanessa.omeike@calgary.ymca.ca

 

NE Youth Worker:

Tessa O’Byrne
403-463-2448
tessa.obyrne@calgary.ymca.ca

 

South Youth Worker:

Scott Caithcart
403-899-4125
scott.caithcart@calgary.ymca.ca

 


The Alternative Suspension Program is generously supported by: