Like all young people, youth in and from care are diverse individuals with their own goals, stories and talents; however, their experience in care means they face specific challenges and barriers as they pursue their goals and overall well-being. Without the support many of their peers experience well into adulthood, our one-to-one support program is one way we address this gap. Young people in or from care in B.C. ages 14-24 can connect with our compassionate and knowledgeable staff to receive guidance about different barriers they may be facing. We offer support by listening, asking questions, providing referrals, creating support plans to meet individual needs and individual advocacy to help young people best navigate the system.
Staff are not trained counselors but can assist young people to reach their own decisions about how they can overcome these barriers. Young people can talk to us about finding housing, employment and training opportunities, educational goals, relationship issues, addictions, concerns with their experiences in care, and navigating the MCFD complaints process etc.
From anywhere in the province youth in or from care ages 14-24 can access support through email, staff Facebook and Skype accounts, by text, our toll-free number or, at our events or in our New Westminster office, face to face. Staff are available Monday to Friday from 9:30-5:00. In case of urgent, after-hours matters, you can reach Executive Director Jules Wilson at 778.389.9492. While he checks his phone after-hours, in an emergency it’s best to call 911 or, if not in immediate harm, the youth crisis line is open all the time and is a friendly, anonymous source of support: phone:1-866-872-0113 or live chat: http://youthinbc.com/
For more information about our approach to support, please see our One-to-One Support Confidentiality Policy.