OCS Annual Outcomes Report 2014-2015
Youth and School-based Services 1. Youth Services – Intensive Support and Supervision/Independent Living (YS)/Gen Y? TV (GenY) 2. Services to Access Recreation and Resources (STARR) 3. Options for Schools (OFS) 1. Youth Services This year, there were a number of successes and improvements made in the Youth Services program. The program exceeded its contractual Service Unit Hours; practicum students and volunteers provided an additional 618 hours of service; and 76% of youth reported an improvement in their life skills. One of the major achievements in the program was the implementation of Nucleus (the agency’s new client management system). Staff worked diligently in the process of transferring all “hard” client files to the new paperless system. By the end of the fiscal year, all client files were transferred. Staff reported a significant improvement in accessing client information on the new system. In November, the Youth Services program hosted a fundraiser in partnership with PCRS and raised enough money to allow over 50 youth and their children to enjoy an elaborate Christmas Dinner at a banquet hall. In addition to the meal guests also received gifts. In March, youth connected to the Surrey Youth Resource Centres and received $50,000.00 from a community donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The money will to be used to support at- risk youth in achieving their educational and/or vocational goals. “Generation Why?” the longest running television program on Shaw Cable, produced by Options, continues to run under the Youth Services umbrella. The purpose of this program is to allow teens to produce television features that will assist their peers to make positive life choices, highlight youth in the community, and to guide the adult viewers in understanding youth culture and issues. In January 2015 Gen Why launched its own YouTube Channel.
Outcomes in Youth Services this Year • 76% of youth improved in their life skills.
• 33% of assessed youth reported a decrease in their criminal involvement. • 87% of youth had an increase of awareness of community resources.
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