Youth Empowerment Society
The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society [YES] offers services for youth and their family/caregivers throughout the Capital Region. YES welcomes all members of our diverse youth community.
YES has grown from an agency which was primarily focused on street entrenched youth to an agency which provides prevention, intervention, treatment and education for youth, their families/caregivers and the broader community. Currently a large percentage of the youth and families who utilize the services of YES are not inappropriately involved downtown.
The Youth Empowerment Society came into being in its present incarnation in October of 1992. Before that date, the Alliance Club (Youth Development Society) and the Association for Street Kids had been doing work with ”street kids” in Victoria since 1986. These two organizations amalgamated late in 1992.
At the time of amalgamation, the only programs that existed within YES were the Alliance Club, GOALS and the Storefront Drop-in. There were 5 staff and a budget of approximately $200,000. Currently, YES has approximately 60 full and part-time staff and a budget nearing $2,000,000.
‘YES is a safe supportive place. I have been utilizing services for almost 7 years now and have always found that the staff are always willing to help with resources and a caring ear. I am forever grateful for the safety and support I have received here. Please keep it going!!!’
Services offered by YES include:
youth and family counselling, community outreach, after hours pager access, referrals, assessments, specialized interventions, a missing youth system, assistance with health issues, advocacy, meeting basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, hygiene etc.), emergency crisis response (including emergency/crisis shelter services), community development, life skills training, independent living support/transitional planning, consultation and assistance with issues related to addictions, mental health, employments, housing, education, etc.
The Mission Statement of YES is twofold: First, to assist youth to remove themselves from the high risk environment of the street and make the transition to healthier and more constructive life situations and Second, to help youth and families make positive choices, which will prevent involvement in at risk behaviour or connection with the street scene.
For more information about the incredible work YES does please visit their official website