YWCA Strive is a holistic life skills and employment program to support youth ages 17-24 who are transitioning or have transitioned out of care. 

  • Up to $1000 in training allowance for attending six weeks of workshops (three workshops per week, plus one-to-one meetings and certification days)
  • $500 bonus upon program completion 
  • Debt assistance
  • Certifications: WHIMIS, Serving it Right, Accenture training, Superhost (all online) and will offer FoodSafe Level 1 and Emergency First Aid & CPR once it is safe to resume group meetings
  • Personalized goal plans and access to youth workers for resource referral
  • Access to WorkBC case management which includes employment support, funding opportunities and free counselling services
  • Optional 8 weeks of paid job placements
  • Access to the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre (online during COVID-19 and full access after)
  • 17-24 years of age 
  • Transitioning/transitioned out of care (foster or group home, youth agreement, AYA, TCO, etc.) 
  • Ready to get a job or start school 
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (you will need to provide your SIN number – a social worker, youth worker, or guardian may have this info if you do not. You can also find your SIN number on tax forms you have received or from a past employer) 
  • Working less than 20 hours per week 

Next cohort cycle: November 8 - December 17, 2021. We accept referrals on an ongoing basis. 

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YWCA Strive 
Career Zone, 2nd Floor, 1256 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC 
604 970 0139 | strive@ywcavan.org 

Canada / BC