* Program start date has moved to September 20th *
The Easter Seals Compass Program is here to help young adults with diverse abilities live as independent, empowered adults.
For youth transitioning into adulthood, Compass is a 14-week program (2 hours/3 days a week) to help young adults with diverse abilities navigate to adulthood. The program is designed to cultivate skills and foster courage, confidence, and independence.
Easter Seals Compass Program
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 14 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)
Age Group: 17-27 years (This is an approximate age group. Please contact us if you’re outside this age group and would like to participate.)
** You may be eligible to receive funding support from:
Location: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall 2021 session will be delivered online for 2 hours per day, 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), for the duration of the program. Once it is safe to do so for future settings, the Compass Program will be delivered in person, in a classroom setting at Easter Seals House in Vancouver.
Compass Program Registration
Fall Session 2021
(Note start date has changed to Sept 20)
14 Weeks – 3 classes/week
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Begins September 20th, 2021
Ends December 20th, 2021
Ages 17-27 years
(This is an approximate age group. Please contact us if you’re outside this age group and would like to participate.)
Easter Seals would like to thank the following organizations who helped develop and fund the 2021 Compass Program.
Compass is based on curriculum from the Adoptive Families Association of BC for youth aging out of government care.
Thank you to Disability Alliance BC for their grant towards the Compass Program.
Thank you to Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc for their grant towards the Compass Program.
Thank you to the Hamber Foundation for their grant towards the Compass Program.
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