Mission’s Breanna Longden is a Youth Keep Working participant

YKW helps teens reach new heights

YKW provides life and employability skills training to youth, assisting to connect them with paid employment or return to school.

As Breanna Longden watched her peers making their way across the Bosun’s Steps she was sure she would never be able to do it.

They were 33 feet off the ground, crossing an open expanse on nothing more than a series of wooden slats suspended by rope.

Longden, who lives in Mission, was taking part in a team-building day at Camp Squeah in Hope, as part of Youth Keep Working (YKW), an Abbotsford-based employment program for youth with multiple barriers to employment.

The day included several activities that required the seven participants to challenge themselves individually and to work together as a team. The high ropes course proved to be the biggest challenge for Longden.

“It was way beyond my boundaries,” she recalls, but by the end of the day, she conquered the Bosun’s Steps and much more.

“Once I was up there, I didn’t want to disappoint myself or the others.”

YKW is offered through Agora Employment Essentials Inc. in Abbotsford, a company wholly owned by Mennonite Central Committee BC to deliver its employment programs, and provides life and employability skills training to youth, assisting to connect them with paid employment or return to school.

Program facilitator Cherie Lynn Wagar says experiences like the team-building day at Camp Squeah are essential to the program because of the confidence and trust that are built.

“This group becomes like a family,” she says, explaining that they are together six hours a day, five days a week, for 13 weeks.

“It’s important for the group to learn to trust each other, encourage each other and learn that they actually have the power to go beyond what they thought they could do.”

Activities teach them problem-solving, leadership and the ability to work with others.

YKW participants also learn how to write resumes, cover letters and conduct a job search.

To learn more about Youth Keep Working, visit findingyourway.ca or contact Cherie Lynn Wagar at 604 859-6790 ext 316 or email ykw@mccbc.com

 

Just Posted

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Illness and injury leaving many Abbotsford firefighters unable to work

More than 20 firefighters missed time due to long-term illness or injury last year

Mouat’s Benning signs with UFV wrestling

Benning one of 10 new recruits inked for the fall

Donation of more than $20,000 supports Shine On Legacy Fund

Fund created in memory of Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson

UPDATE: Fire destroys Chilliwack restaurant

Popular Banners Restaurant goes up in flames Sunday morning.

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man facing charges after baby food stolen from Richmond doorstep

A 40-year-old man is facing several charges

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

10 of TransLink’s most used SkyTrain routes

TransLink released its 2017 Transit Network Performance Review, offering snapshot of ridership

Serial speeder clocked going 138 km/hr in 90 zone

Driver had their vehicle impounded

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

VIDEO: Plane crashes in Langley farm field (updated)

Plane lost power shortly after takeoff, RCMP told

Most Read