Life Skills Program2019-03-17T16:27:47+00:00

Life Skills Program

THE NEED

Youth moving into adulthood have not yet acquired the life, social and personal skills that facilitate successful independent living. Youth who experience homelessness are pushed into adulthood without any of the learning by experience.

“We aim to provide YWS residents and past residents life skills training and support based on their individual needs. Previously we provided group workshops, but resident feedback told us that addressing specific needs, as set by the individual and case worker, would be more effective.”

— Laura L. YWS Life Skills & Employment Co-ordinator

“I was in a dark place, consumed with fear of the unknown. I was also suffering in silence with my mental health and doing nothing to help myself. I had very low self-esteem. And absolutely no confidence or direction.”

— Past YWS resident, continued in next section

LIFE SKILLS SUPPORT

(PROVIDED FROM 2010-PRESENT UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

5,318

Life Skill training sessions (culinary, communication/social, goal-setting, and personal care skills) with 25,578 youth

362

residents participating in group social activities including team building (25%), fitness boot camps (31%), outings (27%) and art/other skills 17%.

2017/2018 FISCAL YEAR

2017/2018 FISCAL YEAR

252 individual sessions

252 individual sessions

were life skills split by:
20% budgeting,/financial literacy, 19% goal setting, 18% personal care/hygiene, 15% cooking, 14% communication & social skills, 12% time management, 2% anger management

were life skills split by:
20% budgeting,/financial literacy, 19% goal setting, 18% personal care/hygiene, 15% cooking, 14% communication & social skills, 12% time management, 2% anger management

were education related:
2/3 post secondary applications
and 1/3 OSAP assistance

were education related:
2/3 post secondary applications
and 1/3 OSAP assistance

employment/housing related:
60% employment retention/exploration,
18% housing search, 22% housing readiness

employment/housing related:
60% employment retention/exploration,
18% housing search, 22% housing readiness

“…no matter what I am going through the staff are so forthcoming in helping me find the suitable services I need to deal with my current issues. I have received help in areas dealing with mental illness, substance abuse, and housing…”

— Past YWS resident, continued from above

OUTCOMES

“…Now I’m on the road to recovery. And I am the type of person that keeps going and trying when I know people care about me. That’s what I have gotten out of being here at YWS. I am more determined to reach my goals. Thank you YWS”

— Past YWS resident, continued from above

SHORTFALLS

“To transition young people out of homelessness requires a safe, planned approach with essential wrap around supports including life skills that will give each youth a strong foundation to seek employment, education and housing.”

— Laura Lipani, YWS Life Skills & Employment Coordinator