YOUTH TRANSITIONS UNIT

TEACHING INDEPENDENCE 

Youth Transitions Unit (YTU) works with youth ages 15-19 who are transitioning into independent living. Youth who are transitioning often have little connection with the community or the skills needed to live on their own. YTU aims to build those connections through one-on- one mentorship. Mentorship includes planning and implementing one-on- one activities and programs that may be educational or recreational with a heavy focus on life skill building and connecting youth to resources. The needs will vary between youth, however the focus will be on completing benchmarks and workbook activities. Life skill areas worked on will include: all areas concerned with housing (searching for apartments, understanding a lease, budgeting), health and hygiene, job experience, community connections, emergency planning, and goal setting. Youth are referred to the YTU program through the Ministry of Social Services.