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
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We are now recruiting volunteers for the fall of 2017. Volunteers are trained to work in the Alliance Club Drop-in, where they assist staff in monitoring the youth who access and to assist in the daily activities of the program. The volunteers help create a welcoming environment by playing pool, board games, doing crafts and providing the youth in life skill development in areas such as; resume writing, housing searches, job searches, job applications, interviewing skills, etc., volunteers also assist with dinner preparation and clean-up.
The Alliance Club staff provides the volunteers with a through orientation on policies and procedures, programs, health and safety crisis intervention, emergency information, job description and a tour of the Alliance Club along with how to deal with the day to day operations.
Volunteers are provided with on the job training as they always work alongside Alliance Club staff and are welcomed to join any in-house training along with having access to other counsellors to answer any questions that may arise
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and pass a criminal record check. Ideal candidates will exhibit special interest in working with at-risk youth, and will possess life skills or interests that can be conveyed to the youth, through positive role modeling and mentorship.
Please go to http://www.vyes.ca/volunteer/ for more information on this opportunity.
Summer Opportunities is back!
The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society is proud to announce the return of its Summer Opportunities Program (SOP). SOP will run from July 4th-August 25th in our Alliance Club drop-in space Monday-Friday 11:00am-4:30pm. If you have any questions, please call 250-383-3514. Weekly schedules will be posted here so please check back.
All youth 13-19 are welcome to come join in on the free drop-in summer activities that will be offered with lunch provided! If you’re interested in getting outdoors, health fitness & yoga, eating and making tasty food, arts and crafts, multicultural experiences, attending local festivals, learning new skills at free workshops such as the 5 elements of hip hop, (break dancing, MC’ing, DJ’ing) come check out the program.
Did You Know?
The Youth Empowerment Society is pleased to announce its pilot program “Down to Earth” focused on engaging youth with outdoor oriented activities. Outings will take place bi-weekly and will include hiking, paddle boarding, and fishing.Please check back out the Summer Opportunities Schedule for when outings will take place over the summer.
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.