About Banyan

Banyan is a not-for-profit organization that serves three sectors:  youth in conflict with the law, children and seniors/adults with disabilities.  Since 1978, an integral part of our service portfolio has been youth justice.  The organization operates two secure custody/detention centres, Arrell Youth Centre (AYC) and Peninsula Youth Centre (PYC), as well as an open-custody/detention centre, George R. Force (GRF).

Banyan has developed a strong infrastructure to support high-risk youth who have been placed by the court into our secure and open facilities. Specialized programs and services offer youth new learning opportunities to increase their skills and abilities, improve and change negative behaviour, increase youth engagement with supports and decrease re-offending to ensure public safety.  Banyan promotes the successful reintegration of youth back into their communities.  The program’s staff, including a team of clinicians, work closely with the youth; mentoring and caring for them with the utmost respect and dignity.


Our History

Helping the Hamilton and Niagara Communities since 1978


Leadership team

Meet the people
who lead Banyan in
our work to help
our community


Contact Us

Phone: 905.545.0133
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