Job Postings

Position Title: Part-time Youth and Family Counsellor

Program: Youth and Family Support Services (YFSS)

Reports To: Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date: October 5th, 2018

Potential Start Date: November 2018

Position Summary

The Youth and Family Counsellor offers support to youth (12-19 years of age) and their parents/caregivers in resolving conflict, managing crisis, developing new effective communication styles, setting healthy boundaries, and when appropriate, strengthening family relationships. The Counsellor provides individual and parent-teen mediation sessions both on-site and within the community. This position requires working with collaboratively with other community service provides to ensure clients have the resources to meet their needs.

Position Title: Youth Support Counsellor

Program: The Alliance Club

Reports To: Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date: October 5th, 2018

Potential Start Date: November 2018

Position Summary

The Youth Support Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the Alliance Club program. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support and counselling, immediate screening, crisis response and referrals.

Happy Pride Victoria!

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Job Posting

Fulltime Permanent Crisis Support Counsellor

 Position Title:   Crisis Support Counsellor

Reports To:       Manager, Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter

Potential Start Date:   August 2018

 Closing Date:     July 13th, 2018

Position Summary:

The objective of a Crisis Support Counsellor is to ensure that the short term physical and emotional needs of youth are met; to provide crisis counseling to youth and their families through effective assessment, case management and appropriate referrals. Demonstrate crisis intervention skills, in particular around issues of suicidal ideation, mental health and addictions issues. Actively participate as part of a case management team. Complete effective and accurate screening and assessments of the youth. Liaison with other community services utilizing a collaborative approach to integrated case management. Support youth to participate in their plan through the development and implementation of healthy goals/choices.

Please see the Jobs section for more information.

Down To Earth Spring Schedule

May 25: Paddle boarding or Kayaking in Brentwood Bay

June 1: Indoor climbing at Boulder House

June 8: Fired Up pottery painting

June 29th: Hike

All of the outings have transportation covered. All of the outings will include some treat before or after the outing. All of the outings have all costs 100% covered so they are totally free! Meeting place is upstairs (3rd floor) of 533 Yates Street (VYES main building) at 2:45pm, with 3pm departure.

Down to Earth’s vision is to connect youth (ages 15-21) to wholesome outdoors activities that promote healthy recreation, pro-social relationships, and self-growth while providing a safe place for youth to connect to other like-minded youth and learn new skills.

To register for an activity, please contact 250-507-1759 or email yesdowntoearth@gmail.com. Youth can self refer or can be referred by a support person/guardian. Each outing will have a maximum of six participants, so early registration is important. All activities are free of charge to the youth participating.

 

 

Thank You Souper Bowls!!

We are once again blown away by the generosity of our community in their support of the work we do. We would like to give a special thank you to all the volunteers who put this event together, their tireless work means a great deal to the youth and families we serve.

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Please visit their Facebook page to see more about this year’s event: www.facebook.com/souperbowlsofhope/

 

 

Volunteer Opportunity

The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society is looking for volunteers to support its You(th) Can Cook and You(th) Can Garden programs.

You(th) Can Cook (A community kitchen program) is catered towards at-risk youth who are working towards living independently or already live independently but are in need of cooking and nutrition skills. Each class involves an educational component (such as budgeting for food, reading a nutrition label, how to eat a healthy diet, etc.) as well as a hands-on cooking class that allows each youth to take meals home. The program has involved professionals in the community such as local chefs and nutrition specialists to come as guest speakers throughout the program.

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You(th) Can Garden (A Community Garden Program) is catered towards youth who are wanting to develop their skills in a hands-on environment. The garden program is focused on providing youth practical knowledge and experience in the area of food security as well as giving them access to fresh produce throughout the year.

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The responsibilities of Community Kitchen/Garden Volunteers are two-fold:

  1. To assist the YES staff as needed with the operations of of the You(th) Can Cook and You(th) Can Garden Programs
  2. To develop positive relationships with the youth who access these programs.

 You will find a full volunteer job description in the Volunteer section of the website.

Souper Bowls of Hope is almost here!

EAT SOUP. HAVE FUN. KEEP THE BOWL.

Victoria, BC, March 14, 2018 Souper Bowls of Hope, a longstanding fundraiser in support of Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES) returns on Thursday, April 5, 2018 for the 20th time since its creation by former City Councillor Helen Hughes in 1998. From 11:00 am to 1:30 pm attendees or Community Souper Heroes will enjoy a bowl of soup and entertainment at the Victoria Conference Center then choose a bowl to keep from the hundreds of handmade creations that have made the event so popular over the years.
This year’s event focuses on supporting two YES programs that help Victoria’s vulnerable youth (ages 13 to 21) learn about healthy eating habits. You(th) Can Cook is a community kitchen program catered towards at-risk youth who are working towards living independently or already live independently but are in need of cooking and nutrition skills. Each class involves an educational component such as budgeting for food as well as a hands-on cooking class. The You(th) Can Garden program provides hands-on knowledge and experience for youth in the area of food security as well as access to fresh produce throughout the year.
“The community kitchen and garden programs have been incredibly important in developing youths’ self-esteem as well as giving them tools to be successful as they transition into adulthood,” said event chair, Michele Davis. “The program staff are seeing youth show up week after week with a sense of excitement and they leave feeling proud and accomplished. This has helped push them forward as they work towards other life goals and the skills that will stay with them well into adulthood.”
Serving the soup this year will be Victoria firefighters, Victoria Police officers, Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins and Jack Knox. The delicious soups are from the kitchens of Fairmont Empress, Union Club, Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry and 10 Acres Bistro, complemented by bread from Portofino Bakery. Entertainment by the Vic High School R&B Band is a highlight of the event, as are the raffles and silent and live auctions that include a WestJet ‘Gift of Flight’ package for two people and five Capital Iron gift certificates worth $500 each.
Tickets to Souper Bowls of Hope 2018 are $50 per person and can be purchased online. For additional information, to become a sponsor, donate to the silent auction or volunteer for the event, people may visit http://souperbowls.com.
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The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society strives to provide a continuum of care that empowers positive choices in the lives of multiple-barrier youth by providing accessible, innovative and proactive programs.

These programs are delivered free of cost to the youth and families of Greater Victoria. We’re here to support all youth in our community to transition to healthy lives and make positive life choice. We strive to meet the needs of youth by working in partnership with families and the community to deliver a safe and supportive environment for at–risk youth.

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As a multi-service agency, we offer:

    • A safe place off the streets for at-risk and/or homeless youth
    • A flexible drop-in component  available beyond regular business hours with counsellors who are available without appointments.
    • A welcoming, non-judgmental place for youth with mistrust and anxiety issues to access services.
    • Specialized support for youth aging out of government care
    • Life skills and job training services
    • Detox support in a residential, non-medical setting
    • Early intervention through family counselling, mediation and outreach support
    • An emergency shelter for youth with no safe place to go

Thank you to Our Supporters

YES would to thank our following funders for their continued support through the years. Without this support we would not be able to continue to offer these vital programs to the youth and their families in our community.

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