Vision, Mission & Values
A world where children are protected, valued, and can thrive.
We work to prevent child abuse and violence through awareness and education. Under one roof, we collaborate with police, child protection, medical, and mental health agencies to provide an individualized and child-friendly response for every child who has experienced abuse.
As an organization that provides service to profoundly vulnerable members of our community, children and youth that have experienced abuse and violence, we are committed to actively working to dismantle anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism not only for the children, youth and families we work with but for their communities and beyond.
We are committed to educating ourselves and working with our agency partners to examine inherent biases we hold and the impact this has on Black, Indigenous and all marginalized groups. We recognize that we work within a number of systems that have acted in ways that are oppressive to Black, Indigenous and all people of colour and we want to change this. Specifically, we are working toward becoming representative of the population we serve, increasing diversity within our management, board and front-line staff. We have established an Anti-Racism committee within our organization and we intend to allocate a portion of the budget to training and education.
We are at the beginning of this journey and understand that we have a great deal of learning and hard work ahead of us if we are to make a genuine difference in our organization at every level. We are committed to undertaking this work as a matter of priority.
We are fierce about protecting children.
We work better as a team.
We work with children, youth and families through a trauma-informed lens.
We acknowledge and challenge systemic oppression and value the differences each individual brings.
We provide high quality service and are committed to continued improvement.
Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC) was first established in 1981 by Paul Godfrey (then Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto), as The Metropolitan Toronto Chairman’s Special Committee on Child Sexual Abuse. We later became an organization under the name, The Special Committee on Child Abuse. In 1997, the Special Committee was renamed Toronto Child Abuse Centre and expanded its mandate to address all forms of child abuse. Ten years later, the agency was renamed Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention®.
What’s in a Name
The new name, along with the tag line “We Give Kids A Lift When They Need It The Most®” was chosen to reflect Boost’s positive, strength-based approach to children and families. A registered charity, Boost CYAC is a community-based organization that provides programs and services for children, youth and their families after abuse or violence has occurred. Boost CYAC also provides prevention programming and training for parents, professionals, post-secondary students and the community.
As a leader in our field, we are committed to providing the very best programs and services for our community’s most vulnerable members.
In 2013, Boost CYAC opened Toronto’s first CYAC, in collaboration with several community partners. In 2015, the agency was renamed Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.