The Youth in Transition (YIT) program is geared towards aboriginal youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are planning, transitioning, or who have transitioned from the child welfare sector to adulthood/independent living. This program will work with youth (individually or in a group) on where they are at in life. We work with youth to identify their individual needs and goals they would like to achieve.

 

Services include assessment for substance abuse, mental health case management, individual and family counselling, information and support groups, outreach, advocacy and linkage with community resources.

 

Workshops and training include but are not limited to:

  • life skills,
  • budgeting,
  • hygiene,
  • self-care,
  • healthy relationships,
  • healthy sexuality,
  • cooking,
  • job preparation,
  • justice, and much more.

 

The YIT program will extend non-financial supports, and the duration and time spent with the youth depends on the youth’s commitment to the program and ability and readiness to be on their own.

 

Through encouragement, acknowledgement and a safe and accepting space, the program aims to help youth develop necessary life skills, feel accepted and valued on their transitioning journey. Connections will be made to educational, employment, housing, mental health, and other supports within their communities.

 

Anyone can make a referral to the program: agencies, family member, friend, even the youth themselves. Should you feel the need to make a referral or even just to talk about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the office or stop by in person.