Dan’s Legacy’s Current Programming Partners
Youth who are affected by childhood trauma and abuse can realize their goals once they learn to manage personal issues such as depression, anxiety, eating and sleeping disorders as well as addiction.
In partnership with other community-based agencies, our counsellors provide the therapy and life-skills programs designed to empower our clients to succeed:
AUNT LEAH’S PLACE
Aunt Leah’s Place in New Westminster is a registered charity that assists young mothers and youth in foster care with supported housing.Our counsellors provide one-to-one counselling sessions and life-skills workshops which help them stabilize within their supported housing programs. For those who need longer-term counselling we continue to provide that support. Aunt Leah’s Place has entered into a new partnership agreement with BC Housing that will greatly increase their capacity to offer assistance to youth in their Support Link, Link and Thresholds programs. Dan’s Legacy has been invited to provide the mental health component to this expansion of their services, raising the total number of our clients at Aunt Leah’s Place from 100 youth to 135.
BROADWAY YOUTH RESOURCE CENTRE
In 2019 we will begin a new partnership with the Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC), providing counselling, life-skills, an exercise program under the supervision of a certified fitness instructor, and a Femme Empowerment Workshop. We also help support clients with their Person’s with Disability (PWD), Adult Youth Agreement (AYA) and post-secondary tuition applications to the Tuition Waiver Program with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
RAY-CAM COOPERATIVE CENTRE / BC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL “RICHER” INITIATIVE
Dan’s Legacy’s Program Director currently participates in a Responsive Intersectoral Children’s Health, Education and Research Initiative (RICHER) table at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre in East Vancouver. This program from Children’s and Sunnyhill Hospitals refers youth to our therapists who they see as their client and can use our counselling program.
We are developing our Dan’s Warehouse job-skills training program in partnership with Sources BC in Surrey, with Phase 1 “Intro To Cook” program beginning as soon as we received permission from the Health Authorities to congregate. We plan to coordinate our surplus food program with Sources, who will provide the warehouse space where the recovered food will be sorted and distributed to food banks and other community agencies providing food security relief. This space will also serve as the centre for our Warehouse Management and Professional Driving skills training course.
KWIKWETLEM FIRST NATION
We provide also counselling and life-skills programs to the youth living both within and outside of the Kwikwetlem First Nation community.
We have identified a need in East Vancouver for specialized counselling services for youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), high functioning Autism/Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as youth affected trauma and poverty. After the success of our “Supported Program for Youth with FASD” pilot program in Surrey (2017-2018) we grew this program in 2019 to give these youth a secure and safe place to meet and bond, and then opt in to our counselling programs. This program partners with various organizations currently working with these at-risk youth and expands on the gains they have already made. Those organizations include the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, REACH Community Health Centre, Broadway Youth Resource Centre, and RICHER Health.