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
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: email@example.com
Victoria Youth In Care Network: firstname.lastname@example.org
You(th) Can Cook: email@example.com
The Alliance Club: firstname.lastname@example.org/250-361-3923
The Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter: email@example.com/250-386-8282
The Anxiety Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
You(th) Can Cook New Session!
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!
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
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 email@example.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.
Please visit their Facebook page to see more about this year’s event: www.facebook.com/souperbowlsofhope/
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.
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.
The responsibilities of Community Kitchen/Garden Volunteers are two-fold:
- To assist the YES staff as needed with the operations of of the You(th) Can Cook and You(th) Can Garden Programs
- 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.
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.