Youth Empowerment SocietyYES Staff Stories
Meet Lindsay – Supported Independant Living Counsellor
Lindsay has been a Supported Independent Living Counsellor with YES for the last two years. Before coming to YES she worked with adults at “Our Place” where she noticed young adults accessing their services. With a strong interest in this population, Lindsay returned to post-secondary education to complete a graduate diploma to help her better understand youth.
Now she’s with YES and every day is a new adventure assisting youth ages 16-20. She loves her job working with youth from many backgrounds and areas of society. Lindsay helps youth explore their strengths, develop skills and supports their transition into independent living. While she has a base at the downtown office her service is flexible and she is often meeting youth out in the community and taking them to appointments.
The biggest part of Lindsay’s job is being an advocate for youth in obtaining and maintaining suitable housing. There is a scarcity of rental accommodation available to this population, and Lindsay works to create and grow contacts of landlords willing to rent to youth. She coaches her clients to develop assertiveness and self-advocacy skills and to overcome barriers such as anxiety. She provides emotional support and helps build skills with practical matters such as budgeting and accessing education, employment and health care.
YES clients are lucky to have the services of this fabulous young woman!
‘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!!!’
quote from Youth
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.
‘YES has helped me a lot. The workers have always helped support me while I was living on the streets. If YES wasn’t around, I don’t know where I’d be.’
quote from Youth
‘My daughter and I are doing much better because of the help we have received through YES. I am always trying to spread the word about YES as I think more families should be aware of the great services that they offer.’
quote from Parent