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Discover how to take charge of your future.

YWCA Learning Employment and Development Skills (LEADS) program offers specialized employment services for survivors of violence and/or abuse.

Participants receive a wealth of support in group and individual sessions for a period of up to 12 weeks. The program assists participants in finding and maintaining employment, economic sustainability and enhancing wellness through five pathways:

  • PATHWAY ONE: Recognizing, Understanding and Overcoming Impact of Abuse
  • PATHWAY TWO: Survivor Traits and Strengths
  • PATHWAY THREE: Survivor Discoveries and Career Options
  • PATHWAY FOUR: Beyond Survival
  • PATHWAY FIVE: Renewing Employability Experiences

Key features:

  • As part of the YWCA Employment services, LEADS is a complimentary service
  • Supported by trained violence/trauma informed facilitators/career advisors
  • Group workshops and one-to-one support
  • Customized employment support services and job coaching
  • Access to personal counselling sessions
  • Assists job seekers to prepare, find and maintain employment - all in one program
  • Financial assistance for transit, food vouchers, light refreshments, work clothing, occupational training and child care top-up costs*
  • Community referrals & access to other YWCA and WorkBC Services

* Subject to funding and participant eligibility.

Our mission is to assist people to take lead of their own lives and have the freedom to work on their personal healing while gaining skills for job search and leads to potential employment.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, please contact: leads@ywcavan.org  | 778-877-1533