YMCA Alternative Suspension

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YMCA Alternative Suspension is an out-of-school intervention program providing support to students who are disengaging from academics, being suspended, or going through the temporary expulsion process.

The goal is to successfully reintegrate students back into their academic surroundings with a new action plan. During a student’s stay with YMCA Alternative Suspension, we address the difficulties that may place youth at risk and create a support system through a strong academic focus.

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Student Path

Student's Program Pathway

A student's path through the Alternative Suspension program begins with an incident or accumulation of incidents that make a school refer a student to the program. Referrals to this program are only accepted from partner schools.

1) The Referral

Stage one of Alternative Suspension's referral process begins when a school decides to refer the student to the program. The school then contacts a youth worker from the program to confirm the referral and set the date for the reintegration meeting. 

The school will contact the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) to inform them of the suspension and requests permission to complete the referral. The school will send the documentation and assigned schoolwork to the program. The youth worker will contact the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) to answer questions and prepare for the student's time in the program.

2) Daily Activities

The reintegration meeting attended by the student, parent(s) and/or guardian(s), the school and youth worker being stage three. After the meeting, the student will be referred to other programs and services in their community.

Four to six weeks later, the program youth worker conducts a follow-up meeting with the student, parent(s) and/or guardian(s) and the school. Three months later, the program youth worker conducts another follow-up with the school to evaluate the degree of problematic behaviour shown by the student since their time in the program.

During the summer months, the student is invited to participate in various activities with their youth worker.

3) Return to School and Follow-ups

The reintegration meeting attended by the student, parent(s) and/or guardian(s), the school and youth worker being stage three. After the meeting, the student will be referred to other programs and services in their community.

Four to six weeks later, the program youth worker conducts a follow-up meeting with the student, parent(s) and/or guardian(s) and the school. Three months later, the program youth worker conducts another follow-up with the school to evaluate the degree of problematic behaviour shown by the student since their time in the program.

During the summer months, the student is invited to participate in various activities with their youth worker.Step three of a referral pathway for YMCA Alternative Suspension.

Locations - Alternative Suspension

Getting Started

Information for Schools

For partnered schools, please follow our program referral process found below. Once you've contacted an Alternative Suspension site below, please complete the program's essentials student referral form and return it to the youth worker.

Program Referral Process

Grande Prairie Region Information
Information for Parents & Guardians

This program runs at the same time as school schedules, including no-school days, from 8:45am–3:30pm Monday–Friday.

To learn more about what to expect, download our program guide!

Grande Prairie Program Guide

Location

Grande Prairie YMCA
#200, 10006 101 Avenue 
Grande Prairie, AB  T8V 0Y1 
p. 587–726–0467 | Email

 

Grande Prairie Program Partners

Edmonton Region Information
Information for Parents & Guardians

This program runs at the same time as school schedules, including no-school days, from 8:45am–3:30pm Monday–Wednesday and Fridays, and 8:45am–2pm on Thursdays.

To learn more about what to expect, download our program guide!

Edmonton Program Guide

 

Location

Castle Downs Family YMCA
11510 153 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5X 6A3
p. 780–819–4523 | Email

 

Edmonton Program Partners

YMCA Alternative Suspension, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, Butler Family Foundation, United Way Alberta Capital Region.

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