• Strive program

Strive is a holistic 6-week program to support youth in and from care transitioning to adulthood.

COVID-19 Update: All our workshops and info sessions have temporarily moved online. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our program participants and staff; we will resume our in-class workshops once it's safe to do so. 

Participants receive:

  • $150/week honorarium for attending 6 weeks of life skills workshops
  • Foodsafe Level 1, Emergency First Aid & CPR, Serving It Right, WHMIS
  • Transportation, food and other supports
  • Debt assistance
  • Access to YWCA Health + Fitness Centre

Program Highlights:

Part 1:

  • 6 weeks of afternoon life skills workshops (Monday – Friday 2:00 -5:00pm). E.g. Financial literacy, mental health, resumes & cover letters, substance use & addiction, nutrition, etc.
  • Customized action plans and goal setting

Part 2:

  • Optional 8-week paid job placements (minimum wage, 20 hours/week)
  • Ongoing support as needed

Participants must be:

  • 17-24 years of age
  • Transitioning/transitioned out of care (foster home, group home, youth agreement)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

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See what Strive participants have to say about their experience:



Now accepting applications and referrals.

Candidates can be referred by a case worker or refer themselves directly to discuss eligibility.  

For more information please contact 604 619 8078 | strive@ywcavan.org