Youth Empowerment Society

Teenage stories

Below are some of the stories of the families & teens that have been helped by the Youth Empowerment Society. The images and identities are fictitious to protect privacy.

YES – Youth and Family Support Services

Margaret's Story - Youth and Family Counsellor Margaret Howard is a seasoned professional who has worked for YES for almost 20 years. Margaret began as a drug and alcohol counsellor and since YES took over the Kiwanis Youth Shelter in 2003, her Youth and Family...

Amanda and Jen’s story

This is Amanda and Jen's story This is a true story, the images and identity are fictitious to protect their privacy I am Jen and Amanda is my daughter and this is our story. For the most part we had a normal and happy family life until I separated from my husband and...

YES – Independant Living Program

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...

Victoria’s Story

This is Victoria's Story This is a true story, the images and identity are fictitious to protect her privacy A typical family, dealing with normal turbulent teenage challenges finds themselves at the police station filing a missing person report for their 15-year-old...

Kevin’s Story

Kevin's Story This is a true story, the images and identity are fictitious to protect his privacy At the age of 14 Kevin was already homeless. He started accessing the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society's Alliance Club downtown to get a break from the streets, gain...

‘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.

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