YOUTH TRANSITION PROGRAM (YTP)

The YMCA’s YTP is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 13 – 19 facing barriers in their life that may be related to school, employment, peers, family, housing, addictions, or pregnancy.

Turn to YTP if you:

  • need a non-judgemental person to talk to and provide you with support
  • want to learn more about community support services available to you
  • want to meet new friends and participate in fun activities
  • need assistance finding a place to stay when things with family, friends, or that special someone aren’t working the way you hoped
  • want to find a part-time, full-time or summer job, or need help building a résumé

Accessing YTP Services

Participants are paired with a youth advisor to complete an intake questionnaire that helps to identify the areas in the participant’s life that need support. Once completed, youth are able to utilize one-to-one support and/or participate in several of our other program groups.

Group Presentations

Our youth advisors are able to provide free in-depth information to groups of youth at schools, group homes, libraries or agencies. Our presentations focus on issues and information that affect youth in their transition into adulthood. These presentations can be on a topic of the group’s choice such as healthy relationships, self-esteem, anger management, bullying, etc.

YTP One-To-One Support

When youth first begin the program, they will work with their youth advisor and complete the intake process. Youth will then meet with their Advisor on an ongoing basis and create a plan to move the participant’s life in a positive direction. Most importantly, youth advisors are available when participants just need someone to talk to. Youth advisors are able to provide free supportive counselling, community referrals, advocacy services, life-skills workshops and job-search assistance.

YTP Outreach

All aspects of the Youth Transitions Program are available in the community for individuals and groups to access at no charge. Often we find that transportation to our downtown location can be an issue. Our youth advisors are flexible enough to meet youth at a public location close to your home, school or work.  Additionally, Youth Transitions Program offers one-to-one support and programming in various schools, community agencies and YMCA Family Branches.

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Youth Transition Program (YTP)

Turn to YTP if you: need a non-judgemental person to talk to and provide you with support want to learn more about community support services available to you want to meet new friends and participate in fun activities need assistance finding a place to stay when things with family, friends, or that special someone aren’t working the way you hoped want to find a part-time, full-time or...

YTP Band of Brothers

The YMCA’s Youth Transitions Program (YTP) is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 13 – 19. Our team of Youth Advisors meet with youth from all walks of life to help them overcome their barriers, and support them in reaching their fullest potential. Band of Brothers, one of the workshops offered by YTP, is aimed at discussing the issues that young men face in...

How to reach us

For general information or referrals contact a youth advisor at:

Bill Rees YMCA
10211 105 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 1E3
Phone: 780 429-9622
Fax: 780 425-9380

Christine Matheson, Youth Internship Program Supervisor
CMatheson@northernalberta.ymca.ca
(780) 969-8819

YTP How To Adult

The YMCA’s Youth Transitions Program (YTP) is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 13 – 19. Our team of Youth Advisors meet with youth from all walks of life to help them overcome their barriers, and support them in reaching their fullest potential. How to Adult, one of the workshops offered by YTP, is a comprehensive program designed to assist participants who...

How to reach us

For general information or referrals contact a youth advisor at:

Bill Rees YMCA
10211 105 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 1E3
Phone: 780 429-9622
Fax: 780 425-9380

Christine Matheson, Youth Internship Program Supervisor
CMatheson@northernalberta.ymca.ca
(780) 969-8819

YTP Rec. Nights

The YMCA’s Youth Transitions Program (YTP) is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 13 – 19. Our team of Youth Advisors meet with youth from all walks of life to help them overcome their barriers, and support them in reaching their fullest potential. Rec Nights, one of the workshops offered by YTP, is provided to youth who are already engaged in other services...

How to reach us

For general information or referrals contact a youth advisor at:

Bill Rees YMCA
10211 105 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 1E3
Phone: 780 429-9622
Fax: 780 425-9380

Christine Matheson, Youth Internship Program Supervisor
CMatheson@northernalberta.ymca.ca
(780) 969-8819

YTP Sky High

The YMCA’s Youth Transitions Program (YTP) is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 13 – 19. Our team of Youth Advisors meet with youth from all walks of life to help them overcome their barriers, and support them in reaching their fullest potential. Sky High is a two-week long summer program aimed at fostering resiliency, leadership, and community connection in...

How to reach us

For general information or referrals contact a youth advisor at:

Bill Rees YMCA
10211 105 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 1E3
Phone: 780 429-9622
Fax: 780 425-9380

Christine Matheson, Youth Internship Program Supervisor
CMatheson@northernalberta.ymca.ca
(780) 969-8819

YTP UnCenZered

The YMCA’s Youth Transitions Program (YTP) is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 13 – 19. Our team of Youth Advisors meet with youth from all walks of life to help them overcome their barriers, and support them in reaching their fullest potential. UnCenZered, one of the workshops offered by YTP, is aimed at discussing the issues that young women face in...

How to reach us

For general information or referrals contact a youth advisor at:

Bill Rees YMCA
10211 105 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 1E3
Phone: 780 429-9622
Fax: 780 425-9380

Christine Matheson, Youth Internship Program Supervisor
CMatheson@northernalberta.ymca.ca
(780) 969-8819

YTP Urban Youth Life Skills

The YMCA’s Youth Transitions Program (YTP) is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 13 – 19. Our team of Youth Advisors meet with youth from all walks of life to help them overcome their barriers, and support them in reaching their fullest potential. Urban Youth Life Skills, one of the workshops offered by YTP, is a comprehensive program designed to assist...

How to reach us

For general information or referrals contact a youth advisor at:

Bill Rees YMCA
10211 105 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 1E3
Phone: 780 429-9622
Fax: 780 425-9380

Christine Matheson, Youth Internship Program Supervisor
CMatheson@northernalberta.ymca.ca
(780) 969-8819



Turn to YTP if you:

  • need a non-judgemental person to talk to and provide you with support
  • want to learn more about community support services available to you
  • want to meet new friends and participate in fun activities
  • need assistance finding a place to stay when things with family, friends, or that special someone aren’t working the way you hoped
  • want to find a part-time, full-time or summer job, or need help building a résumé

Accessing YTP Services

Participants are paired with a youth advisor to complete an intake questionnaire that helps to identify the areas in the participant’s life that need support. Once completed, youth are able to utilize one-to-one support and/or participate in several of our other program groups.

Group Presentations

Our youth advisors are able to provide free in-depth information to groups of youth at schools, group homes, libraries or agencies. Our presentations focus on issues and information that affect youth in their transition into adulthood. These presentations can be on a topic of the group’s choice such as healthy relationships, self-esteem, anger management, bullying, etc.

YTP One-To-One Support

When youth first begin the program, they will work with their youth advisor and complete the intake process. Youth will then meet with their Advisor on an ongoing basis and create a plan to move the participant’s life in a positive direction. Most importantly, youth advisors are available when participants just need someone to talk to. Youth advisors are able to provide free supportive counselling, community referrals, advocacy services, life-skills workshops and job-search assistance.

YTP Outreach

All aspects of the Youth Transitions Program are available in the community for individuals and groups to access at no charge. Often we find that transportation to our downtown location can be an issue. Our youth advisors are flexible enough to meet youth at a public location close to your home, school or work.  Additionally, Youth Transitions Program offers one-to-one support and programming in various schools, community agencies and YMCA Family Branches.


How to reach us

For general information or referrals contact a youth advisor at:

Bill Rees YMCA
10211 105 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 1E3
p. 780 429-9622
f. 780 425-9380

Christine Matheson, Youth Internship Program Supervisor
CMatheson@northernalberta.ymca.ca
p. 780 969-8819

YOUTH TRANSITION PROGRAMS (YTP)

The YMCA’s YTP is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 13 – 19 facing barriers in their life that may be related to school, employment, peers, family, housing, addictions, or pregnancy.