OCS Annual Outcomes Report 2014-2015
footwear and safety gear, and gain exposure to the beautiful landscapes that BC has to offer. • OCS Computer program OCS partnered with BC Technology for School to offer vulnerable youth and families computers for $75.00 for the pursuit of educational goals. These refurbished computers come with a 6 month warranty and software. • Youth Transitioning Project In September 2014, OCS partnered with the Fraser Valley University to examine issues associated with youth in care of the government and their preparedness for independence. • SYIH Evaluative Report This report evaluates the effectiveness of the SYIH program over a period of 3 years – the duration of the pilot project. The report demonstrates the benefits of intensive support services for youth and the lessons learned along the way of program development. The evaluation process was funded by Vancouver Foundation. • McCreary Foundation: Street Youth Project OCS and a number of community agencies throughout the province worked in partnership with the McCreary Foundation to conduct research on street entrenched youth. OCS was responsible for supervising the 2 youth researchers that collected data for the Surrey region. 2. Services to Access Recreation and Resources Program (STARR) STARR offers recreational opportunities for children aged 5-13 in four designated schools. This includes: • spring and summer break camps • during school leadership opportunities • after school activities STARR made some great quality improvements and reached two big goals this year. The program has developed a better methodology to make connections with parents/caregivers allowing us to provide more support to the family unit. In 2014-15, 232 parents utilized the support of the STARR staff. We also made connections with the Cloverdale area and will be providing services to two elementary schools in Cloverdale next school year.
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