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In response to the dramatic rise in juvenile delinquency statistics, the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services invited proposals from interested parties and communities for delinquency prevention programs. A committee of concerned citizens, teachers, police and social workers in Scarborough Ontario submitted a proposal.

The Scarborough proposal was approved for funding from the Ministry under the name, Youth Assisting Youth (YAY).

Supermodel Monika Schnarr becomes YAY's female spokesperson. (1988-1990)

YAY expanded into East York and much of North York.

YAY became a Member of the United Way of Greater Toronto. YAY services were again expanded to include the City of York. Toronto Maple Leaf Dave Reid becomes YAY spokesperson. (1991-1993)

The Federal Government Citizenship and Immigration HOST program selected YAY to provide newcomer services to children and youth within Scarborough. YAY's holds its inaugural Tree Planting Event at the Toronto Zoo.

YAY is awarded the Safe City Award from the City of Toronto. YAY's catchment area increases to include York Region.

YAY presents its first dynamic Fundraiser. The Three Giants of Jazz, featuring: George Shearing, Marion McPartland and Ellis Marsalis.

YAY develops a pilot “Pre-match” project with the HOST program to provide events for children waiting to be matched. YAY forms a partnership with the Home Depot and the community to build a playground for the Pringdale area of Scarborough.

YAY receives $45,000 from the prestigious Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

Troy Ross, Canadian and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Boxing champion comes on board as a spokesperson for YAY. YAY introduces a scholarship program for Youth Volunteers. YAY introduces its inaugural Heroes of Hockey Fundraising Dinner.

YAY is presented with the prestigious Ruth Atkinson Award for increasing the life prospects of at risk children in the province of Ontario. Vicky Sunohara, Canadian Olympic Women’s Hockey Team member, joins YAY as a spokesperson. A Tri-Mentoring program is introduced, to link corporate executives with Youth Volunteers.

YAY and the Ontario Equestrian Federation are awarded a grant from the Trillium Foundation to start Saddle Up For Success.

YAY receives the 2003 Ministry of Citizenship Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Ontario. YAY moves its head office to a new location at 5734 Yonge Street.

YAY and Toronto Police Services begin their partnership with the Saddle Up for Success program. YAY wins a Mayor’s Community Safety Award for the program.

YAY, Centennial College and Toronto Police Services officially launch their partnership to help provide volunteer mentors for “at risk” or vulnerable youth. This partnership is a result of the Rallying Toronto Against Violence Summit held in March of 2004.

YAY and the York Regional Police Service begin their partnership and through it young people in the Region have an opportunity to join the Saddle Up for Success Program Official partnership begins between YAY and the GTA Faith Alliance. The goal is to secure additional male mentors to address the critical social problems causing an increase in youth violence.

City TV's Gord Martineau joins YAY as their newest spokesperson. YAY receives the prestigious Dubai International Award for Best Practices.

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