Education & Employment
Branches AYA Life Skills Program
is a 3 to 6 month program for former youth in care wishing to pursue life skills, including training, education and/or employment. Eligible participants will receive Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) funding, a Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) program that provides living funds and educational supports for up to 4 years. Eligible youth can access these funds non-consecutively, from the time they turn 19 to their 27th birthday.
The Supporting Education for Foster Youth (SEFFY) program supports long-term education planning for foster youth and former foster youth in care. The emphasis of the program is on highlighting strengths, identifying needs and advocating for resources that lead to success for youth. Each youth is connected with an educational specialist and receives help applying for bursaries and training opportunities, from a variety of schools and programs.
Bootstraps works with youth in and from care to identify goals and remove barriers to employment. Working collaboratively with Aunt Leah’s wrap – around services youth in and from care will have the opportunity to advance skills and be placed with engaged employers as they move forward toward their chosen career path.
Aunt Leah’s Retail Training is a five-week program designed to help youth navigate the retail industry, by teaching them the skills they’ll need to get a job. Participants leave the program with a job reference and experience in customer service, promotion, and inventory. The training programs are held at our Tree Lots during Christmas.