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 2021-2022 we helped over 1200 individual youth and families

Basic needs

YES provided basic needs (meals, showers, clothing etc.) to over 700 youth in 2021-2022.

Substance Use

84 youth accessed the Specialized Youth Detox program in 2021-2022.

Safe Nights

The Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter provided 216 youth a safe bed in the community in 2021-2022.

Families

150 parents received services to facilitate improved family relations in 2021-2022.

THE LATEST

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

The Griffin Housing Support Fund

The Griffin Housing Support Fund

We would like to announce that YES is honoring our former Executive Director Pat Griffin by renaming our Housing Support Program, the Griffin Housing Support Program. Access to safe housing was something Pat felt strongly about and this fund was one of the ways he was...

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It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved former executive director Pat Griffin. Today we remember and honour an exceptional leader who played an instrumental role in shaping our organization and touching countless lives...

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Christmas Hours

Christmas Hours

YES makes sure we are available over the Christmas holidays for support and extends our drop-in hours to make sure youth can get their needs met. We wish you all a safe holiday season.

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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, 9:00am-5:00pm

 250-383-3514

Alliance Club 

Mon-Thurs 10:00am-6:00pm  Fri: 10:00am-2:00pm

 250-361-3923

After hours phone support

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