September – December 2022
Online Classes (M, W, F)
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.
September – December 2022
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.
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.
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:
Online option only available for Fall 2022.
- September 19 – December 16, 2022
- December 19 – Graduation Party
- No classes October 10 (Thanksgiving) and November 7, 9, 11 (Reading Week)
- 2 hours per day, 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
- Zoom links will be provided
The Fall 2022 Session is only $10 per participant and will go towards an Easter Seals Membership. This reduced fee is in thanks to funding provided by generous donors and community partners.
As a member you’ll receive newsletters filled with personal stories from our community and updates on our programs and services. You will also receive an invitation to the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities AGM. Membership in the Society shall be open to any individual who is at least 18 years of age, is a Canadian Citizen who resides in either the Province of British Columbia or the Yukon, and has the desire of advancing the purposes of the Society.
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 is funded in part by the RBC Foundation, in support of RBC Future Launch, a commitment to helping young Canadians prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.
Compass is based on curriculum from the Adoptive Families Association of BC for youth aging out of government care.