The main YES office (including the Alliance Club) will be closed on February 18th for Family Day. If you require support, please contact the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter at 250-386-8282. Have a safe long weekend.

Job Posting: Casual/Relief at Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter and Specialized Youth Detox

Position Summaries:
The Youth Empowerment Society is a non-profit community service agency offering support and services to youth and their families. When hiring relief staff, The Youth Empowerment Society hires for both residential sites.

Specialized Youth Detox Withdrawal Management Counsellor
The Withdrawal Management Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the detox program and their family support systems. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support, screening and assessment, crisis response, relapse prevention strategies and counselling.

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter Crisis Support Counsellor
The Crisis Support Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the emergency youth shelter and their family support systems. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support, screening and assessment, crisis response and counselling.

Please see jobs page for more information.

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Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously over the season to support the youth we serve. We could not do this work without your continued dedication to YES and the youth and families that access our services.

December Calendar of Events at YES 

YES has numerous events scheduled for December to support the youth we serve.

 December 4th: The Victoria Youth In Care  Network will be going to Fired Up! To do Ornament Painting from 3:00pm-5:00pm

 December 6th: The Anxiety Group will be meeting at KEYS from 3:45-pm5:00pm.

 December 11th: You(th) Can Cook will be making gingerbread cookies and watching a holiday movie from 3:30-6:00pm at our main YES office.

 December 11th: At 5:00pm The Alliance Club will be hosting a focus group for transgender/gender non-binary youth to discuss what they would like to see in a support group.

 December 13th: The Anxiety Group will going to Fired Up from 3:30-5:00pm.

 December 14th: Down to Earth will be going to an Escape Room starting at 2:45pm.

 December 15th: The Youth In Care Network will be hosting a Christmas party in the Alliance Club from 11:00am-2:00pm.

December 20th: The Alliance Club will be hosting its annual Christmas Party starting at 5:00pm.

 December 25th: The Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter will be hosting Christmas dinner for   vulnerable youth in the city from 3:00pm-8:00pm (no intake necessary).

 December 28th: You(th) Can Cook will be making turkey noodle soup and candy cane cheesecake at our main YES office from 3:30pm-6:00pm.

December 24th-January 4th:

The Alliance Club will be open a  modified schedule from 10:00am-7:00pm on the following dates: December 24, 27, 28 & 31 and January 2,3 & 4.  Yates Street location is closed   Dec 25 & 26 and Jan 1st.

If you would like any  additional information on any of the events  happening please feel free to contact us at 250-383-3514.

Additional Contact Information

 Down to Earth:

Victoria Youth In Care Network:

 You(th) Can Cook:

 The Alliance Club:

 The Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter:

 The Anxiety Group:


You(th) Can Cook New Session!

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We have happy to be offering new sessions of our You(th) Can Cook program.

You(th) Can Cook is a free community kitchen for at-risk youth. The program has been created to help youth build nutrition, budgeting, and cooking skills.

You(th) Can Cook is interactive and engaging, involving guest speakers, local chefs,  games and prizes. Youth are also given the opportunity to obtain their Food Safe certification. Youth are also welcome to bring a support worker to attend classes with them if requested.


Happy Pride Victoria!


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 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:



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!


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

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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.


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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