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.
Results:
  • 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