Programs

Daytime Youth Drop-In

Program Information:

The YES Office acts as a daytime drop-in centre that connects youth to healthier opportunities by providing drop-in access to counsellors, supports and referrals. Youth receive assistance and support to meet their needs which may include: emergency housing/shelter, drug and alcohol counselling/withdrawal management, mental health  assessment/support, food/basic needs, drop in facilities, individual/family counselling, life skills training, independent living support/transitional planning, linking/referrals and outreach services.

Computer and internet access along with access to a phone and message system is available through the drop-in service. Youth are also assisted in acquiring personal  identification, resumes, and bus fare to connect with family, social workers, school, doctor, employers, etc.

Accessing Services:

The Drop-in services is located and operated out of the Main YES building at 533 Yates Street. Services are available Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm.

For more information contact:
Office Line: 250-383-3514

Alliance Club

Program Information:

The Alliance Club is an evening drop-in centre for youth( ages 13-19). The Club provides a safe, healthy alternative for youth who may be hanging out in the downtown core, as well as providing a connection point for street entrenched youth who may wish to explore a more positive lifestyle.

Services include an evening meal served nightly at 5pm, snacks served nightly at 8pm, fresh fruit is available daily, access to showers and laundry facilities, free hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors etc) and clothing (socks, undergarments, seasonal wear, shoes, etc) along with recreation and leisure activities including access to computers, free internet access, pool table, video games, television/movies, board games, music, arts and crafts, books.

The Alliance Club is a member of the Victoria Area Reconnect System which provides an integral link between youth, their families and/or other community supports. One priority is re-connecting missing youth with their families/caregivers.

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Accessing Services:

The Alliance Cub is open Monday through Thursday 3pm – 9:o0pm located out of the Main YES building at 533 Yates Street, entrance through the back alleyway.

For more information contact:
Direct Line: 250-361-3923
Email: allianceclub@vyes.ca

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter

Program Information:

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter (KEYS) is a 10 bed facility that provides emergency housing for youth (ages of 13-18) who are in crisis and have no safe housing alternatives. The program offers assistance 24 hours 7 days a week. KEYS is a dorm style residential setting offering up to a 7 night stay depending on the needs of the youth and their family/caregivers.

Services include three meals a day, access to showers and laundry facilities, free hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors etc) and clothing (socks, sleepwear, undergarments, seasonal wear, shoes, etc).

KEYS counsellors identify the immediate and short term needs of the youth and their families and assist them in accessing the appropriate resources to meet their needs to ensure safe and secure housing after their shelter stay. Counsellors respond to a wide range of crisis including, but not limited to, parent/teen conflict, mental health and addiction issues, protection concerns and homelessness.

KEYS also has an onsite Youth and Family Counsellors who provide longer term support and mediation to youth and their families. Youth and families are encouraged to participate and actively contribute to the reunification plan.


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Accessing Services:

Referrals are accepted directly from the youth, families, MCFD, and/or other community service providers. Admission is voluntary and the consent of the legal guardian is required in order for a youth to access services.

For more information contact:
Direct Line: 250-386-8282
Email: keys@vyes.ca

Life Skills Program

Program Information:

The Life Skills Program offers youth (ages 12-19) one-on-one practical and developmental life skill support , with an emphasis on equipping youth with the tools necessary to successfully transition to independence. This may include life skills such as: securing housing, school enrollment, stress management, self-esteem, healthy relationships, family dynamics, anger management, budgeting, substance use, mental health, securing employment, and/or applying for financial assistance.

The program is designed for youth who may not be attending school, are having difficulty finding or maintaining employment, experiencing barriers that may be impacting their ability to maintain in school/home, and/or are unable to sustain independence without additional supports.

In addition to providing individualized support during the day, the Life Skills program occasionally provides evening workshops which are designed to give youth information on transitioning to independence in a group setting and encourage healthy relationship building.

Accessing Services:

Life Skills counsellors are available Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm to work with youth both in an office setting through scheduled appointments along with working collaboratively in an outreach and community based capacity

Referrals are accepted directly from the youth, families, MCFD, and/or other community service providers.

The Life Skills Program is located and operated out of the Main YES building at 533 Yates Street.

For more information contact:
Office Line: 250-383-3514
Email: lifeskills@vyes.ca

Mental Health Liaison

Program Information:

The Mental Health Liaison Program promotes early identification and intervention through risk reduction and identification of protective factors with the aim of averting the development of serious mental/emotional disorders.

The Mental Health Liaison Counsellor works primarily with youth (ages 13-19) and their families. The program provides direct counselling, drop-in and outreach support to assist in meeting the often complex needs that may be indicative of a mental health concern.

Services include: drop-in/scheduled counselling, debriefing sessions, referrals, advocacy support, follow up, outreach support, informational psycho-educational workshops on wellness and various mental health topics, and participation in integrated case management and consultation.

Accessing Services:

The Mental Health Liaison Counsellor is available Monday through Thursday, 9am – 5pm and is available to youth and their families both in an office setting through scheduled appointments along with working collaboratively in an outreach and community based capacity

Referrals are accepted directly from the youth, families, MCFD, schools and/or other community service providers.

The Mental Health Liaison Program is located and operated out of the Main YES building at 533 Yates Street.

For more information contact
Office Line: 250-383-3514
Email: mentalhealthliaison@vyes.ca

Outlet

Outlet is an LGBTQ+ youth drop-in group running once a week at Vic High for youth ages 15-19. The group runs fun, recreational activities like button making, movie nights and games nights where youth can engage with their peers and work on building a safe community.

The volunteers running the program are also able to offer mentorship outside of the group hours if a youth requests extra support. Outlet hopes to help LGBTQ+ youth in Victoria to start building a safe, accepting community around them.

For more information contact:
Office Line: 250-383-3514

 

 

Supported Independent Living Program

Program Information:

The Supported Independent Living Program (SIL) provides the supports necessary to ensure the successful transition of youth to independence.

The program assists youth (ages 15-23) in the parental responsibility of MCFD, with continuing care status or receiving services under Section 12 of the CFCS Act, Youth Agreements or Agreements with Young Adults.

The SIL program integrates accommodation support, personal management skill building and individual support services as key components in assisting youth in making a smooth transition to independence and adulthood.

The SIL Counsellors focus on addressing transitional services to meet the core needs for accommodation, financial assistance, employment, practical skills, social/family networks and additional supports such as medical, addictions, mental health, education etc. needed for youth and young adults while assuming full independence.

Accessing Services:

The SIL Counsellors are available Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm however, will provide a flexible schedule which may include evenings and weekends to accommodate youth that are attending school, parenting and/or maintaining employment etc.

Referrals are accepted directly from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

The Supported Independent Living Program is located and operated out of the Main YES building at 533 Yates Street.

For more information contact
Office Line: 250-383-3514
Email: sil@vyes.ca

Summer Opportunities Program

Program Information:

The Summer Opportunities Program (SOP) provides a daytime drop-in program for at-risk and street entrenched youth who gravitate to the downtown core over the summer.

The program offers services to youth (ages 13 to 19). SOP offers an opportunity to engage in healthy recreational activities as an alternative from the street lifestyle and the activities it often involves. In combination with recreational activities, SOP also serves as a connection point for youth to access other community resources and provides basic necessities such as healthy meals, showers, clothing, hygiene products and laundry facilities to youth in need.

Accessing Services:

The Summer Opportunities Program is run out of the Alliance Club during the summer months.

For more information contact
Direct Line: 250-361-3923
Email: allianceclub@vyes.ca

Specialized Youth Detox

Program Information:

Specialized Youth Detox (SYD) is a 5 bed non-medical withdrawal management facility serving the youth of Vancouver Island. SYD is a voluntary program for youth (ages 13 to 18) that require acute physical detoxification. The program offers youth the ability to stay up to 10 days to detox and stabilize both physically and emotionally.

In addition, to the residential component, SYD provides support to youth and their families/caregivers seeking assessment, consultation, referrals, and assistance with pre and post withdrawal treatment planning.

The program recognizes that recovery from addiction is a multi-phase, long term process. Someone who wishes to stop using substances needs more than just strong will power-they often need on going professional support. SYD collaborates with youth and their supports to develop a plan so each youth has an opportunity to meet their personal goals. The SYD program welcomes all members of the youth community including youth experiencing co-occurring disorders.

 

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Accessing Services:

Referrals are accepted directly from the youth, families, MCFD, and/or other community service providers.

Youth are required to have a medical screen completed prior to entering the SYD program to ensure 24 hour supervised medical care is not required. SYD is able to provide individualized support services 24 hours a day to youth and their families.

The Specialized Youth Detox Intake Coordinator is available Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm and is located out of the Main YES building at 533 Yates Street.

For more information contact
Office Line: 250-383-3514
Email: syd@vyes.ca

Youth & Family Support Services

Program Information:

The Youth and Family Support Services Program (YFSS) consists of two counsellors; a Youth and Family Counsellor and a Youth and Family Outreach Counsellor. Youth & Family Support Services Program will provide short term support and longer term counselling to youth (ages 12-19) and their families.

The Youth and Family Support Services Program (YFSS) practices within a client centered approach and a model of family resiliency. This approach recognizes that youth and their families are capable of rebounding from crisis and adversity to achieve a greater sense of personal and familial well-being. Clients are encouraged to participate in the decision making that affects their lives as they are their own best authority on their needs and experiences.

Accessing Services:

The Youth & Family Support Services Counsellors are available Monday through Friday offering various shifts consisting of days, afternoons and evenings.

Counsellors are available to youth and their families both in an office setting through scheduled appointments along with working collaboratively in an outreach and community based capacity.

Referrals are accepted directly from the youth, families, MCFD, schools and/or other community service providers.

The Youth and Family Support Services Program is located and operated out of the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter.

For more information contact
Office Line: 250-386-8282
Email: keys@vyes.ca

YOU(th) Can Cook

You(th) Can Cook is a free community kitchen for at-risk youth. The program runs in consecutive 8 week cycles 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. Bus tickets will be provided to youth who require them. Youth are also welcome to bring a support worker to attend classes with them if requested.

One program operates out of the Alliance Club (533 Yates St.) on a drop-in basis on Monday afternoons for youth 13-19 as part of the Club’s daily drop-in programming.

Another program operates out of the KEYS community kitchen as a registered program for you ages 16-24, with up to 8 spots available each cycle.  The first 8 week cycle will run every Wednesday from July 6-Aug 24. It will be held at KEYS (2117 Vancouver St) from 230-430pm.

Referrals will close July 1 for the first cycle.

To register, please call Lindsey at 250-383-3514.

 

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Youth Services Outreach Program

Program Information:

The Youth Services Outreach Program is designed to support the immediate needs of the youth (ages 12 – 19) and their families, in the Core Victoria region, by offering accessible and responsive services. The Youth Services Outreach program is a short term intervention program with the aim of connecting youth and their families with longer term support.

The Youth Services Outreach Program provides initial and immediate contact to youth and their families in an attempt to resolve current and emerging issues, as well as facilitate prevention/diversion, early identification and crisis intervention to reduce risk to youth and their families.

The Youth Services Outreach team is a member of the Victoria Area Reconnect System. One of the priorities of this team is to re-connect missing youth with their families/caregivers.

Accessing Services:

The Youth Services Outreach Team is available Monday through Friday from 7am – 7pm. Beyond these hours, Youth Services Outreach Counsellors are available for after-hours support through their direct phone line.

Referrals are accepted directly from the youth, families, MCFD, and/or other community service providers.

The Youth Services Outreach Program is located and operated out of the Main YES building at 533 Yates Street.

For more information contact
Direct Line: 250-220-8938
Email: outreach@vyes.ca