EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION
HELPING YOUTH NAVIGATE SERVICES & ACTUALIZE THEIR GOALS
Piloted in 2017, the Peer Navigation program was founded on the premise of supporting youth in overcoming barriers on their path to completing their employment or education goals. Youth ages 16-24 years old will be connected with a Peer Navigator to help identify their ambitions and make a work plan to achieve their goals. Currently, this program is being generously funded by RBC and ???.
A Way Home Kamloops is partnered with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to provide 5 bursaries of up to $4000 per year for student's tuition. Youth pursuing education can request to be connected with a TRU faculty member, an AWHK volunteer tutor, or attend our drop-in Homework Club on Thursdays from 4 pm - 5 pm. For employment supports, youth can work alongside a Peer Navigator to work on their resumes, practice job interviewing skills, attend job readiness workshops, paid mentorships, and more!
The results from the 2017-2018 saw:
9 youth attend post-secondary
5 youth exploring studies at TRU
4 youth exploring TRU faculty mentors
6 youth upgrading education
11 youth found employment
12 youth volunteering
1 youth did not sustain employment
From April 2018 - April 2019, the Peer Navigation program saw:
17 new referrals
18 youth actively working on their Education or Employment goals
7 youth upgrading studies or were in highschool
12 youth preparing for/attending post-secondary
By November 2019, there has been:
3 youth pursuing first years studies in Human Services and Health Care Assistant programs at TRU
4 youth applying for programs or upgrading starting January 2020
Youth connected to a Peer Navigator can pursue education, employment, or volunteering goals and explore financial aids that will assist in supporting their housing and completion of their goals. As young people may feel more comfortable connecting with a peer, youth can request to be connected to external organizations that collaborate with AWHK for additional supports or counselling.
To request for program information or for referrals, please contact: