We believe IN the capacity of all people.

The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society recognizes that it operates on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations, including but not limited to the Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees) and WSÁNEĆ (Saanich) Peoples.  We respect indigenous people’s connection to the land and respect their diverse traditions and practices within these territories.  Through our work, we acknowledge that colonialism and systemic racism has impacted generations of indigenous people and continues to harm the youth and families that we serve at VYES.

At YES we dedicate ourselves to helping youth and their families achieve their goals while respecting their individuality and recognizing their diverse and sometimes challenging needs. Our commitment to healthy lifestyle choices creates an atmosphere where youth can feel safe and supported as they progress toward their goals. We believe everyone should be treated with equality, dignity, respect, and acceptance.

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Thank you for giving me the courage to change my life.

Female, 17

addressing a range of issues

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Substance Use

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Mental Health

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Securing Employment

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Homelessness

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Social Isolation

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Transitioning to Adulthood

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Basic Needs

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Educational Needs

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Family Breakdown

Community Impacts

in 2023 we helped over 1000 individual youth and families

Basic needs

YES provided basic needs (meals, showers, clothing etc.) to over 600 youth in 2023.

Meals Served

4000 meals were served in 2023.

Safe Nights

The Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter provided 260 youth a safe bed in the community in 2023.

Families

150 parents received services to facilitate improved family relations in 2023.

THE LATEST

Check out what’s new with our programs and initiatives.

Youth Services Manager

Youth Services Manager

YES is hiring for a new position: a Youth Services Manager. This position will oversee program services at our 533 Yates st location. To learn more about the position, please visit our jobs section.

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Job Posting: Bookkeeper

Reports To: Executive Director Potential Start Date: June 2024 Hours 22.5 hours per week (Monday-Friday). Wage $32.00 per hour to start. Position Summary The Youth Empowerment Society is a non-profit community service agency offering support and services to youth and...

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United Way Grant

United Way Grant

Thank you to the Southern Vancouver Island United Way for providing us with one of their Programs and Services grants that will allow us to continue our Youth Wellness Program.The Youth Wellness Program allows us to provide services to youth that focus on their mental...

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THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS 2023-2024

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.

Main Office

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

 250-383-3514

Alliance Club 

Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm  Fri: 10am-2pm

 250-361-3923

After hours phone support

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