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.
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.
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.
Urban Life Skills Program
Designed for struggling youth who want to make a change while still attending school, work, or a day program. This group meets once per week during after-school hours and focuses on self-esteem, anger management, healthy relationships, communication and more.
Being an adult can be challenging. This program is designed to help youth develop the strategies to meet those challenges and successfully transition into adulthood. Participants will examine and learn various strategies and techniques for improving their financial literacy, learning how to navigate housing, and improving job search skills. This workshop is primarily geared towards youth up to 19 years of age, who would like to better prepare themselves for entering the next chapter of their lives.
The goal of our Rec. Nights program is to introduce youth to recreational activities they may not normally get to experience. This free program meets once per week during after-school hours and provides an entertaining and safe place where youth are able to participate in new activities and make friends.
This empowerment program works to foster positive change in the lives of young women by participating in life-skills workshops, physical activities and career exploration that will enable them to develop leadership skills and build healthy relationships with those in their community. Participants will be encouraged and given the resources to discover their own potential and the confidence they need to succeed and make positive choices.
Band of Brothers
This group is uniquely formatted for young men by combining physical activity with real-life information and resource building. Young men will be mentored with YMCA staff and peers to help build healthy relationships.
SKY High is a fun outdoor adventure and leadership program that provides an environment in which youth can build the healthy social skills that help develop personal, academic, and career potential. Youth will participate in workshops and fun activities that may include hiking, mountain biking, rope courses, camping and canoeing. The program works to address barriers to success through group and individual activities.
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
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