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 participants who are struggling to make changes while still attending school, work or a day program. This unique program consists of eight sessions and covers topics including, but not limited to: self-esteem, anger management, healthy relationships, communication, self-image, and social media safety.
This workshop is geared towards youth between 13-19 years of age, who would like to strengthen their existing skill set while meeting new people in a supportive environment. Like all YTP workshops, Urban Youth Life Skills uses a multi-media approach to facilitation, using lectures, videos, scenarios, guest speakers, and other interactive methods to ensure every learner achieves a full grasp of the material presented.
In addition to receiving eight weeks of instruction, participants attending the Urban Youth Life Skills workshop will have access to a full range of other services provided by YTP including:
Youth Advisors are able to provide free supportive counselling, community referrals, advocacy services, life-skills workshops and job-search assistance. All youth who are connected to YTP have access to one of our three Youth Advisors who are able to meet with youth to create a plan to move the participant’s life in a positive direction.
YTP Rec Nights
The goal of the YTP 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.
YTP offers a wide variety of additional workshops that can help meet the needs of our participants, including UnCenZered, Band of Brothers, How to Adult and Sky High.
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
Become a Leader in Training (LITs)
In grade 7–12? Become a LIT and make friends, learn valuable skills and prepare for the real world by joining Leaders In Training, a ten-month program for youths. Have fun with your peers in exciting team-building activities and build your resume by participating in rewarding volunteer opportunities that teach skills and benefit the local community.
Become a Counsellor in Training (CITs)
Volunteer as a Counsellor-in-Training! This is a leadership opportunity for youth to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a camp counsellor. Including training and a two week placement, participants will be placed in different day camp programs based on their experience in the CIT Program and the ‘Leaders-in-Training’ (LITs) program.
The YMCA is Open to Everyone - Everyone deserves a chance.
Through the Opportunity Fund, the YMCA membership and program eperience is available to families regardless of their ability to pay the full fees. Drop in and ask how you can get started! If you know someone who could benefit from this program, please let them know.