September 19 – December 16, 2022
The Easter Seals Compass Program helps young adults with diverse abilities live as independent, empowered adults.
For youth transitioning into adulthood, Compass is a 12 week program to help young adults be more prepared for school, work, independent living, and their overall transition to adulthood. The program is designed to cultivate skills and foster courage, confidence, and independence.
September 19 – December 16, 2022
The Compass Program is based on the comprehensive curriculum developed by the Adoptive Families Association of BC for youth aging out of government care, and has been modified for youth with disabilities.
Over the course of 12 weeks, participants will complete modules guided by Easter Seals staff, specialized educators and guest speakers. By the end of the program, participants will be more prepared for school, work, independent living and their transition to adulthood. Areas of focus can be adapted on a case by case basis according to the needs and abilities of the group members.
The Compass Program includes modules on:
- Education (highlighting available options for school and funding)
- Employment (how to write a resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, job searching, employability traits)
- Health & Wellness (maintaining physical and mental health, nutritious eating, self-care, how to find help and recognizing when to ask for it, sexual health education)
- Housing (identifying needs, finding and keeping housing, RentSmart)
- Personal Life (financial literacy, taxes, goal setting, support strategies)
Upon completion of all sessions, participants will be ready to take their next steps whether that be training, further education, GED preparation, or employment.
By participating in this life skills program, students will:
- Increase their ability to function more fully in the home, workplace, and community.
- Learn life skills that will support their readiness for next steps and reduce barriers in taking those steps.
- Develop clear and realistic goals and a detailed action plan that outlines next steps towards self-sustainability and permanency.
- Experience an increased capacity towards employment or education.
- Develop leadership skills to facilitate learning among peers on topics they are passionate about.
- Experience work in teams and individually to practice your communication and decision-making skills.
- Increase self-esteem and confidence by achieving goals.
- Achieve more success in their life by gaining a better understanding of limiting beliefs and tools to change their mind.
- Develop knowledge and skillsets around maintaining personal health and wellness.
17-27 years (This is an approximate age group. Please contact us if you’re outside this age group and would like to participate.)
Dates & Location:
You can choose to register for an online or in-person option for Fall 2022.
- September 19 – December 16, 2022
- 2 hours per day, 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
- Zoom links will be provided
- September 20 – December 15, 2022
- 3 hours per day, 2 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday)
- Easter Seals House – 3981 Oak Street, Vancouver
** You may be eligible to receive funding support from:
Easter Seals would like to thank the following organizations who helped develop and fund the Compass Program.
Compass is based on curriculum from the Adoptive Families Association of BC for youth aging out of government care.