Winter Session Begins January 15!
Registration Open soon!
Choose Online Classes (M, W, F) or In-Person (T, Th)
Compass is designed to help young adults with disabilities be more prepared for school, work, independent living, and their overall transition to adulthood. Students will learn new skills that will foster courage, confidence, and independence, and help them live as independent, empowered adults.
Compass classes are offered online 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, and be ready to take their next steps whether that be training, further education, GED preparation, or employment. Areas of focus can be adapted on a case by case basis according to the needs and abilities of the group members.
At the end of the Winter 2022 Compass session, 100% of participants said:
I can describe my strengths.
I can challenge myself to do something outside of my comfort zone.
I feel hopeful about my future.
I can create a healthy meal.
I set goals for myself.
I have a peer support network.
I am comfortable asking for support from my peers.
I know how to take care of myself.
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)
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.
Dylan was able to use his participation in the Compass Program towards his 30 volunteer hours for high school graduation. ~ Central Okanagan School District
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:
- January 15 – April 15
- No classes April 7 (Good Friday)
- 2 hours per day, 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
- Zoom links will be provided
- January 16 – April 15
- No classes February 20 (Family Day)
- 3 hours per day, 2 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday)
- Easter Seals House Classroom – 3981 Oak Street, Vancouver
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.
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.