OUR PROGRAMS

Each program has been developed to serve you, no matter where you are at in your journey.

ALLIANCE CLUB (HELEN’S PLACE)

A drop-in center that offers a safe environment, basic needs and counselling support for youth.

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Evening meals

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Shower facilities

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Laundry facilities

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Clothing

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Hygiene products

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Computer and TV access

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WiFi

The Alliance Club is a drop-in centre for youth 13 to 19 years old. It provides a safe, healthy alternative for youth to ‘hanging out’ in the downtown core and a connecting point for street entrenched youth who may wish to explore a more positive lifestyle.

Services include an evening meal program (Mon-Thur 5-6 pm), shower and laundry facilities, hygiene products, clothing, computer and TV access, WiFi and drop-in counselling.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

Hours + location:

Monday through Thursday: 12:30pm-7:30pm and Friday 12:30pm-2:30pm.

The Alliance Club is located at the Main YES building at 533 Yates Street (entrance through the front or through back alleyway).

For more information contact:

Direct Line: 250-361-3923

Email: allianceclub@vyes.ca

 

 

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter (KEYS)

A 10-bed home environment that provides emergency housing for youth (ages 13-18) of all genders who are homeless and/or have no safe housing alternatives.

 

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Individual assessment and planning

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Access to basic needs services (including meals, showers, clothing, hygiene products)

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Connections/referrals to community supports

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Assistance with job searches, resume building and skills for independence

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Assistance with housing searches and community housing referrals

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Individual support/counselling

KEYS is a voluntary program with no costs to youth and their caregivers.

Stays at KEYS are typically between 1 and 7 nights, with extensions available based on youth’s goals and needs.

Youth 16 years and under require the verbal consent of their legal guardian to access.

KEYS staff work to create a positive, safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space for all youth.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

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

For more information contact:

Direct Line: 250-386-8282 (answered 24 hours a day)

Email: keys@vyes.ca

Specialized Youth Detox (SYD)

A voluntary non-medical withdrawal management program for all youth who want support with detoxification from alcohol and other drugs.

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Harm reduction strategies

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Post detox planning

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Supportive and compassionate environment

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Recreational activities

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Group and individual support/counselling

Specialized Youth Detox (SYD) is a 5 bed voluntary non-medical withdrawal management program for all youth who want support with detoxification from alcohol and other drugs.

The program offers short term residential service for youth ages 13-18. Referrals are accepted from anyone in the community, including youth themselves.

The program offers youth the ability to stay up to 10 days (with the possibility of an extension) to detox and stabilize both physically and emotionally.

ACCESSING THE 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

LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM

A goal oriented program that recognizes goals are fluid and on a spectrum. Goals can include but are not limited to: housing, school, employment and working on coping skills for mental health.

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Focuses on learning, growing and personal development

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Helps youth Engage or reengage with the educational and employment systems

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Provides goal based program, revolving around developing healthy coping skills and life skills

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Supports youth to strengthen relationships with family/caregivers and community supports

Counsellors work in collaboration with the youth’s support system to ensure the youth’s time in the Life Skills program benefits their long term service plan. The program emphasizes creating a positive attitude towards learning, growth and personal development.

The program is designed for youth, ages 12-19, 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.

 

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

Hours + location:

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.

For more information contact:

Office Line: 250-383-3514

Email: lifeskills@vyes.ca

 

supported independent living program (sil)

 A program that provides services and support to youth (ages 15-23) as they transition to adulthood. 

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Transitional supports that that bridge the gap when aging out

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Fosters self sufficiency skills in youth

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Provides advocacy to youth in securing and maintaining housing

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Facilitates connections with community resources and systems

SIL counsellors focus on addressing transitional services to meet the core needs of youth aged 15-23 while they  gain independence and become self sufficient.

The program integrates accommodation support, personal management skill building and individual support services as components in order for youth to make a smooth transition to living independently. 

ACCESSING THE 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.

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

Daytime Youth Drop-In

 Daytime support for youth

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Access to counsellors in a drop-in capacity

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Support navigating health system

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Employment support including resume building

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Access to a phone and message system

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Access to computers

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Coffee and snacks available

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.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

Hours + location:

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

Youth & Family Support Services (YFSS)

Counselling and outreach services for youth and their families/caregivers.

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Services available to both parents and youth

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Counselling appointments available outside normal business hours

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Individual and family counselling sessions are available

The YFSS program provides support, short and longer term counselling and outreach services to youth (12-19) and parents/caregivers.

The objective is to provide the necessary interventions required to support the safety, well-being and reunification of youth and their families by increasing the family’s capacity to deal with the issues that have caused family challenges.  

ACCESSING THE 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: yfss@vyes.ca

Youth Services Outreach Program (YSOT)

Offering crisis support, intervention and prevention  services for youth. 

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Connects youth and families to support and services

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Offers crisis intervention support

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Provides short term and longer term support

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Provides referrals and connection to community supports

YSOT provides initial and immediate contact with youth, ages 12 -19 and their families in order to provide support, facilitate prevention/diversion, early identification and crisis intervention to reduce risks to youth and their families.

The Youth Outreach team is a direct access point for community professionals, youth and families to be connected to outreach counsellors.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

For more information contact:

Direct Phone Line: 250-220-8938

Email: outreach@vyes.ca

summer opportunities

Positive, pro-social recreation activities offered seasonally.

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Free summer recreational activities

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Lunch provided

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Activities available on a drop-in basis

The Summer Opportunities Program (SOP) is a voluntary, drop-in, day program designed to provide vulnerable youth (aged 13-19) with a safe and healthy environment, fun activities, basic needs and emotional support during July and August each year.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

For more information contact:

Direct Line: 250-361-3923

Email: allianceclub@vyes.ca

Youth in-care network

A youth driven network providing shared experiences to allow for positive change.

YES is a proud partner of the Federation for BC Youth In Care Networks (YICN). YICN is a space for youth in and from care ages 14-24 to be a safe, supportive, and empowering space where youth can connect with fellow individuals with some shared experiences and stand together to create positive change through group activities and workshops. It is a youth driven network, so activities and workshops are arranged and provided based on input from the youth in the network!

Our workshops, meetings, and events are FREE for all youth between the ages of 14-24 in and from government care including child and youth mental health, special needs, youth justice, child welfare, youth adoptees, guardianship and allies as well as foster parents and youth service providers who bring youth with them!

 

 Youth also have access to many of the amazing events and workshops provided by the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society for a broader range of youth.

Some examples of activities the network gets up to are: holiday party, movie night, board game café outings, escape room, Galey’s farm at Halloween, budgeting workshops, museum tours, fired up, summer beach day bbq, and much, much more.

 

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

Youth can learn more about the current events going on with the network on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/youthincareareawesomeVictoria

Or you can email yicn.vyes@gmail.com with any questions or information requests.

For more information about the Federation for BC Youth In Care Networks, please visit: https://fbcyicn.ca

Office Line: 250-383-3514

 

connections

Connections is a group of programs that come together to offer weekly activities that supports youth in their recreational and social development.

Youth can garden

An opportunity to learn, to grow produce, and take home healthy fruits & vegetables.

You(th) Can Garden is a community garden situated at the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter that provides youth with the opportunity to learn how to grow their own produce and take home healthy fruits and vegetables at no charge.

YES would like to thank Life Cycles for their support of this project. 

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

Contact Information

Phone Number: 250-383-3514

Email: sil@vyes.ca

DOWN TO EARTH

Offering youth the opportunity to engage in healthy outdoor recreation activities. 

Down to Earth is a free outdoor program geared towards engaging youth with outdoor oriented activities.

Its goal is expose youth to healthy recreations and teach them the skills necessary to do so.

Outings take place bi-weekly and include hiking, paddle boarding, and fishing.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

Contact Information

Phone Number: 250-383-3514

Email: outreach@vyes.ca

shift

A program supporting youth who identify as transgender, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and gender diverse youth.

SHIFT is a group for transgender, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and gender diverse youth 13-19 years of age.

This group is designed to be an inclusive and safe space where youth can access support related to their gender identity and come together for peer connections.

Topics and activities include self-esteem building, coping strategies, navigating medical services, and much more.

SHIFT meets twice a month for a total of six meetings per session.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

For Information Contact:

Phone: 250-361-3923

Email: allianceclub@vyes.ca

You(th) Can Cook

A free community kitchen for youth.

You(th) Can Cook is a free community kitchen and garden for at-risk youth. The program helps 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.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

For Information Contact:

Phone Number: 250-383-3514

Email: sil@vyes.ca

 

Anxiety Group

A group focusing on making meaningful connections to gain coping skills and self-awareness.

The Anxiety Group is designed to be a safe, welcoming and less clinical experience for youth ages 13- 24.

The group provides a learning experience for youth to make meaningful connections not only to other youth experiencing anxiety but also connections within themselves when it comes to their own coping skills and self awareness.

ACCESSING THE SERVICES

For information contact:

Phone Number: 250-386-8282

Email: lifeskills@vyes.ca

Daytime support

Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm
contact our main office
250-383-3514

 Mon-Thurs 12:30pm-7:30pm

contact our Alliance Club

250-361-3923

After hours phone support

Please call:
the Kiwanis Emergency Shelter
250-386-8282