YWCA Strive is a holistic life skills and employment program to support youth ages 16-29 who are transitioning or have transitioned out of care. 

  • Free counselling
  • Training allowance after completing 6 weeks of workshop
  • Certifications: WHIMIS, Serving it Right, Superhost (all online) and will offer FoodSafe Level 1 and Emergency First Aid & CPR 
  • Personalized goal plans and access to youth workers for resource referral
  • Access to WorkBC case management which includes additional employment support
  • Access to the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre 
  • 16-29 years of age 
  • Transitioning/transitioned out of care (foster or group home, youth agreement, AYA, TCO, etc.) 
  • Employment or education ready
  • 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
  • Living in Greater Vancouver


Next start date: June 3, 2024. Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Register now



Workshops are offered in person at Career Zone in Downtown Vancouver. For more information on the program schedule, please attend an information session or contact us.

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us to discuss accommodation. 

YWCA Strive 
604 605 4666 | strive@ywcavan.org  C
Career Zone | 2nd Floor, 1256 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC 
Office hours: Monday to Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Canada / BC