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Life Skills Program

Established in 1982, Covenant House is Canada’s largest agency serving youth (aged 16-24) who are homeless, trafficked or at risk. The organization offers the widest range of 24/7 services in the country to approximately 350 young people every day. Last year alone, 4,647 youth visited the on-site healthcare centre and 465 youth were supported directly for their mental health concerns.

At the beginning of 2019, Covenant House established a new program called Life Skills. This program is led by an occupational therapist who organizes both group activities and one-on-one sessions focused on life skills development. These activities include recreational activities, educational pursuits, money management, hygiene, job skills, etc. In addition to teaching life skills, the program also aims to teach soft skills such as social and emotional learning, resilience-building, attention and learning enhancement, stress management and coping skills.

Experts have identified life skills as essential in launching youth on the path toward independence; investing in homeless youth through life skills programs is not only important due to the retention of essential skills, but also because of the ability of youth to see themselves mastering their environments. This builds self-confidence, increased self-worth, heightens resilience and improves social skills.AMDF supports this program as part of our youth mental health and homelessness strategy.

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