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YMCA of Saskatoon

Youth Transitions Program

YMCA Youth Transitions Program (YTP) is a free service focused on providing support to youth aged 12-22 who are facing barriers in their lives. These barriers could be related to school, employment, peers, family, housing or emotional regulation.

This program is offered in-person in the Saskatoon region and virtually throughout Saskatchewan.

How We Can Help

Accessing Our Services

Participant meet with youth support workers and must complete a referral form to help identify where the participant needs support. Referrals to YMCA Youth Transitions Program can be made by anyone, including the client themselves! 

Once completed, youth can access components of the program such as workshops, one-to-one support, and peer mentorship. Often, we find transportation for participants to be a barrier, so our youth support workers are able to provide alternative solutions if needed. 

One-on-One Support

To access YMCA Youth Transitions Program (YTP) services, participants meet with a youth support worker and are askedto complete an intake form that goes beyond the demographic information the program collects. 

YTP challenges youth to think about the decisions they make, consider and plan for their future, and to engage in exciting programming opportunities. Youth support workers work with youth one-to-one to set and accomplish goals that will help them succeed. 

Youth support workers are able to provide youth with community referrals, supportive counselling, education opportunities, advocacy services, employment support, and life skill workshops. YSW’s work towards helping youth overcome barriers related to the transition into different stages of life. 

Workshops & Seminars

YMCA Youth Transitions Program (YTP) focuses on a wide range of topics that are presented through registered workshops or individualized workshops. Workshop and seminars are also a large part of the program as new and emerging trends arise amongst our city’s adolescent community. As active learners, youth support workers can offer individualized programming through this pillar of YTP. All workshops and seminars are facilitated by youth support workers. 

How to Adult

How to Adult is designed to educate and prepare participants for the transitional phase of moving from adolescence into adulthood. This workshop is facilitated monthly at the YMCA and can be presented in schools or outside community agencies.  

Topics discussed include healthy relationships, post-secondary planning, financial management, communication skills, and more! Community agencies or schools may request to have this program offered at their location or at a designated YMCA space.  

Learning to Breathe

Group mindfulness series that cultivates emotional regulation, attention, and performance in a safe and supportive environment. Clients engage in weekly sessions that focus on the six areas of mindfulness: body, reflections, emotions, attention, tenderness, and habits. 

Anger Management

Supports clients to understand their own anger behaviour patterns and discover how to make healthy choices. The workshop helps clients to increase communication skills, acquire practical tools to help regulate emotions, practice self-awareness, identify their own key values, develop meaningful connections to others, and success identify anger patterns. 

You Can Go

A workshop designed to inspire and promote comprehensive information about access to post-secondary education for youth (Post-Secondary Education is defined as Universities, Colleges, Trades and apprenticeships, and vocational institutions).  Workshop topics such as introduction to post-secondary studies, choosing your post-secondary program, financing post-secondary studies, and transition to post-secondary education are covered within four sessions. 

Referral Form

Please completely fill out the form below and we will be in contact.