Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
A difficult time, made a bit easier
This program is for youth ages 13 – 18 who are living independently, as well as youth who are experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural challenges that would benefit from connecting with a Youth Outreach Counsellor.
The Youth Outreach Counsellor helps young people live a healthy lifestyle and offers:
- Support with life skills, self-care and general adulting
- Support securing stable housing and income
- Provide information and referrals
- Support and advocacy around accessing appropriate social services, as well as mental and physical health care
- Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) Referral, and/or
- Youth aged 13-18 and experiencing issues related to youth independence and wellbeing
Starting the Journey: Referral and Intake Process
The program accepts referrals from MCFD, as well as community referrals and self-referrals.
New referrals are sent to the program manager for review. The manager looks at eligibility criteria and the needs of the youth to determine the best therapeutic fit between available Counsellors. If a youth is not eligible, the team will follow-up to make sure the youth is connected with the appropriate community supports.
If eligible for service, the team will follow-up with to schedule a foundation meeting. In the foundation meeting, the team reviews terms of service, consent and confidentiality with the youth, as well as develops the goals of service collaboratively with the youth.
From there, the team conducts a needs assessment and works with the youth to develop an individualized service plan.
Youth Transition files are typically 3-6 months in length, with the possibility of extension.
Referrals can be submitted electronically through the ‘Youth Transition Referral Form’ button below. There is currently a waitlist for community referrals.
If you are self-referring or submitting a referral on behalf of a youth, please review our sample of a “good” referral form. This helps our team understand what the needs are before we reach out to set up a foundation meeting.
*Referral Form Sample coming soon.
If you are submitting a referral form on behalf of a youth, please state clearly that the family is aware the referral is being sent and has given consent.
Tired of being told what you should be doing all the time?
Looking for a place to hang out and chill, but also want to get outside every once in a while?
Want to have a say in what activities you participate in?
Both Squamish and Pemberton Locals are registered with the Local Youth in Care Network of the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN). Each Local provides programming that is designed by youth, for youth. Our main goal is to increase access to support services, resources, and outdoor recreation for youth in care throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Squamish Local meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, snacks provided.
Pemberton Local meets Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
Click below for more information and to sign up!
This program is funded by the Province of British Columbia.
Youth Transitioning to Adulthood Contact Information
Brittany Martell, Manager of Adult and Family Services
firstname.lastname@example.org | 604 892 5796 ext.224