Who We Are

YES is an innovative organization that has been providing diverse programs and services that respond to the needs of Victoria’s vulnerable youth and their families since 1992. Over the years, YES has continued to grow and expand, developing into a multi-service agency able to provide a continuum of care for youth in a safe, accessible and supportive environment. Last year, YES engaged and supported over 2000 youth and families to transition into healthier and better lives, working in partnership with youth, their families, volunteers, and the greater community.

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

Click the link below for access to our YES and Alliance Club Facebook pages


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.


unitedway       victoriafoundation BC ID, Children and Family Development, vertical format, CMYK colour, positive

    canadalogooddfellowsnewmans_own_foundation_logo_smallkiwanis_clubofvictoria                                                                      cibc


We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the Victoria business owners, volunteers, and community members who make the annual Souper Bowls of Hope Fundraiser possible. Without the countless hours and generous donations of these individuals we would be unable to continue to provide quality services to the Greater Victoria community.


Relief Staff

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter (KEYS) and Specialized Youth Detox (SYD)

 Interviews for these positions are done at the same time, so please only submit one resume for both positions.

Interested applicants please forward letter of intent to the KEYS Manager at keys_manager@vyes.ca or fax to 250-384-0778.

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter:
Position:  Crisis Support Counsellor – Relief
Reports to: KEYS Manager
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Potential Start Date: Ongoing

Summary of Duties/Responsibilities:
The objective of a Crisis Support Counsellor is to ensure that the short term physical and psychological needs of youth are met; to provide crisis counselling 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; demonstrate objective, thorough and accurate documentation in youth files; support youth to participate in their plan through the development and implementation of healthy goals/choices.

Specialized Youth Detox:
Position:  Withdrawal Management Counsellor – Relief
Reports to: SYD Manager
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Potential Start Date: Ongoing

Summary of Duties/Responsibilities
The role of the Withdrawal Management Counsellor is to provide the necessary support and service to youth within the SYD program. Counsellors must be self-motivated, takes initiative, demonstrated time management skills, strong written and verbal communications, demonstrated team/leadership skills, willingness to complete daily chores, and perform other duties as required.  Staff must be willing to work with youth that may have various physical and mental health issues.  Staff is required to administer medications to youth.  This position requires that the employee is flexible, able to work in a high stress environment, and is able to think clearly on their feet.