Community Services

Community Services

 

Community services for youth are those provided outside a facility, in the youth’s home, their recreational world, with friends or on the streets. WJS Canada supports are personalized and focus on building resilience, life competencies and positive relationships with friends and family. We work with youth at their level and in their world to help them accomplish their goals and overcome obstacles. WJS services are designed to fit the youth’s particular situation and draw upon a range of approaches including solution focused thinking skills, social skills for relationships, emotional support, controlling behavior, crisis mediation and conflict resolution. We help youth locate and connect with community resources so they become able to lead rewarding lives. Our goal is to inspire hope and build self-esteem as a counter to the turbulence of growing up.  

Programs

For children living with their natural family or foster family, the program is designed to enhance personal development and prevent, reduce or eliminate behaviours that may place an adolescent at risk for placement outside of the home or community.

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For youth in care that are approaching the age of 18, the goal of WJS transitions services is to support their successful transition to independence and adulthood. This directs planning for these youth and their personal strengths are continually emphasized while working with them and their supports.

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The WJS Driver Escort Program is designed to provide adults, youth and children transportation services aimed at strengthening and supporting families in their communities. The WJS Driver Escort program believes individuals have the right to access services and contact with family without the undue stress of transportation issues. WJS services are aimed at enhancing community, family and individual support networks, and creating and maintaining collaborative relationships. Through the provision of safe transportation, the Driver Escort Program intends to prevent, reduce, or eliminate factors, which may place a family or individual at risk.

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WJS Canada’s Supervised Visits and Supported Access programs support children in care to maintain relationships with significant people in their lives. Visitations promote and facilitate the access of non-residential parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family or other significant persons. They help the children retain healthy, stable relationships with both parents, regardless of the parents’ relationship with each. This service ensures children are safe while the right of access is preserved and helps both children and parents to overcome deep seated anxiety created by their separation. Through these Supervised Visits and Supported Access programs positive relationships are nurtured at a time when family members need one another the most.
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WJS Canada is committed to innovation in developing programs that empower and inspire children and youth facing challenges within the family and community. One such program (ACE) is a collaborative education service for at risk youth. The prototype is located in a small mall in Kenora. The school co-locates a teacher from the local school board to join WJS staff in an open education space designed specifically for youth. Highly personalized schooling is provided in small  groups. Students can earn diploma credits while receiving support for life skills, mental health and coping for everyday living. Support counselors assist youth with the various challenges they face in their life in and out of school. The space is attractive, modern and adaptable to provide the individual student with the best possible learning environment. Students largely create their own schooling experience; moving from academic work to exercise to arts such as music or design. This open school design best serves the learning potential of at risk youth; enabling and encouraging them to progress in their own unique way.

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