William Lutsky Family YMCA - due to the extreme cold temperatures, we are experiencing issues with the heating systems in both women's change room. All change rooms are open for use, but please expect cooler than normal temperatures during use. We apologize for this inconvenience.  
Alternative Suspension is out-of-school intervention which establishes bonds of trust and creates a support network for students to assist in addressing suspension and/or temporary expulsion while supporting a consistent and strong academic focus.

The goal is to successfully reintegrate suspended and/or temporary expelled students back into the classroom, as well as to address other difficulties that may place youth at risk.

Key Activities:

  • Student referrals to the program to be administered by school.
  • Individual assessment of participating youth.
  • Personalized profile of participating youth drafted by youth worker.
  • Intervention sessions lasting an average of 5 days (minimum of 3 days, maximum of 15 days).
  • Mornings entailing focus on academic achievement and afternoon sessions on thematic workshops aimed at reducing identified risk factors.
  • Recreational activities.
  • Reintegration of student back into the school/community and follow up to determines the impact of the Alternative Suspension program.
  • Regular communication with parents.
  • Self-awareness of problematic behaviour.
  • Develop self-esteem and respect.
  • Expand network of social support.
  • Decrease participants associations with problematic peers.
  • Decrease aggressive, impulsive, disruptive and antisocial behaviour.
  • Encourage academic aspirations and motivations.
  • Increase school achievement and graduation rate.

Alternative Suspension is offered in the Edmonton Capital Region at:

Castle Downs Family YMCA
11510 153 AVE NW
780 476-9622
William Lutsky Family YMCA
1975 111 St
780 437-8494