Recognizing that health has many determinants the Y strives to create programs, opportunities and experiences that enhance community wellness. Health encompasses more than just physical activity. In its broadest terms, Community Health Programs offer inclusion, safety, respect, care, laughter and learning within a stable and supportive social network.

Pandora Youth Apartments

The Y’s Pandora Youth Apartments Program is a safe and affordable transitional housing and lifeskills program for youth ages 15-19 with eight self contained bachelor units. Youth who may be experiencing social isolation, poverty, substance abuse or trauma are supported to strive for and attain their educational, employment and wellness goals with the assistance of experienced counselors. Housing support, lifeskills programming, nutrition and cooking groups, counseling, advocacy, and fitness are some of the many supports offered.

Support The Pandora Youth Apartments Program

To support vulnerable youth in the Pandora Youth Apartments Program, please make a donation today.

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Thank you Rotary Club of Victoria-Harbourside for your Generous Funding!

The Y’s Pandora Youth Apartments Program offers supported housing to vulnerable youth in our community. Harbourside Rotary has been a great supporter of this program over the years, and this recent funding helps provide the additional staff hours and resources which are crucial in assisting youth participants to continue to achieve their goals during this challenging time. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the need for vital mental health supports to help youth in this program develop resilience as they mature into healthy and stable young adults who are better prepared to be contributing community members.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Victoria-Harbourside:  https://www.harboursiderotary.org/    


 

Young Moms Program

The Y’s Young Moms Program at Kiwanis Family Centre offers safe, stable, affordable housing for young mothers (aged 16-29) and their child under the age of five years. The program offers an opportunity to live free of violence and substance use. Staff provides flexible individualized support to women working towards their goals including parenting, schooling or employment, emotional and physical wellness, and connecting with their community. Women retain their independence while building resilience, skills and strengths in a community living environment to transition successfully to independent living with their child.

Program Information
A variety of programming is offered that is accessible to both resident moms and the community. Our free drop-in runs every Thursday from 10am-noon, with a healthy breakfast, playroom for the little ones, and a parent and child craft project. We also offer Food Skills for Families, Mother Goose, Nobody’s Perfect, Triple P, and a variety of fun and interactive workshops for our resident and community parents.
Services Offered

  • Individual counseling and emotional support
  • Group programming for resident moms
  • Parenting support
  • Interactive workshops
  • Resource referrals
  • Advocacy support
  • Accompaniment to appointments
  • Activity groups for children and youth
  • Weekly breakfast drop-ins

HeroWorks Spring 2020 Radical Renovation
Like many local charity spaces, Kiwanis House was overdue for a  massive renovation.  HeroWorks recently completed a project that gave the space some much needed TLC and increased its capacity to offer support to more young moms long into the future.  Thank you HeroWorks!

The transformation of Kiwanis House will included:

  • Design and construction of two brand-new 2-bedroom basement suites, increasing occupancy by 25%
  • Re-furbish and re-fresh the 8 existing suites
  • Design and build a better family free store
  • Design and construct a nature playground
  • Re-designed front landscape to maximize parking for staff and residents
  • Repair and upgrade a laundry list of worn and weathered details around the building
  • Apply the “HeroWork touch” to the entire property. If you have been a part of a Radical Renovation, you know what we mean!

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Support the Young Moms Program

To support the families of the Y’s Young Moms Program make a donation today.

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Power of Being a Girl

The Power of Being a Girl is a one day conference hosted by the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island during YWCA Canada’s Week Without Violence. This initiative provides young girls ages 12-14 in different school districts with the tools to empower themselves and build self-esteem. The goal is to have participants better equipped to deal with the various forms of violence that may impact their lives.


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