Youth

Trauma-informed support that helps youth develop skills and expand their horizons.

WJS Canada’s Youth programs focus on youth justice, home living and residential care, foster and kinship homes, youth with diverse abilities, and community access services. Our trauma-informed approach empowers youth by recalling and respecting their previous experiences. Knowing and understanding the past can provide the key to encouraging change and creating a positive future.

How We Can Help

Youth Justice

Our youth justice programs balance court-ordered custody requirements with programs that encourage positive change and provide youth with opportunities to develop academic, social, citizenship and other life skills.

Our ACE program, available in our Northern Regional Attendance Centres, gives youth a new outlook on education and what they can achieve, while our Independent Placement Program and Second Chance Youth Program in British Columbia work to keep youth out of custody and in their communities so they can make changes in their lives.

Whether youth require custody or detention, are engaged in day programs, or require intensive support and supervision, WJS Canada brings a focus on safety and well-being and fully involve family and community support networks.

All British Columbia-based home living and residential services require a referral from the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD).

Foster and Kinship Homes

Youth entering foster or kinship care often benefit from specialized emotional or physical support. WJS Canada partners with family caseworkers to help enhance the foster and kinship care experience. We provide counselling and other programs to help youth while in foster or kinship care and also gives foster and kinship parents tools and resources to help them meet the needs of the youth in their care.

Youth with Diverse Abilities

WJS Canada programs for youth with diverse abilities offer life skills development and focus on fostering positive social interactions and relationships through a variety of fun and engaging life skill activities, games and events.  We also offer programs to support the families and caregivers of these youth, including offering supported parenting time, and respite care designed to help them take a break from the daily responsibility of caring for a youth.

Community Services

Our community-based programs address therapeutic youth work, support during the transition to adulthood, structured day supervision, in-home support, supervised access and transportation and community school programs. We provide opportunities for growth and development in safe, educational and nurturing environments that support and encourage youth in making favorable choices towards a sustainable, healthy and rewarding lifestyle.

Life skills and community based programs focus on empowering youth to be independent, self-reliant and confident.

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How to Access Services for Youth

To get more information about services for youth contact WJS Canada at 1-800-867-1987.

We Want to Hear From You

If you are interested in a WJS Canada service not currently offered in your community, please get in touch. We may be able to provide you with alternatives or possibly even expand our services to meet your needs.

WJS Canada incorporates inclusivity, cultural respect, personalized service and trauma-informed care in all we do.