Program Highlight: PRIYD

Published: February 2, 2023

Providing Resources and Independence for Youth Development (PRIYD) is a shining example of how FSGV provides support to the community for future generations of British Columbians.  

Children and youth come to the PRIYD program via a referral from MCFD after they’ve received a diagnosis of a developmental disability such as autism, behavior disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, Down’s Syndrome, or other support needs. 

Integration Support Workers work with clients by focusing first on relationship-building and then on developing client-led goals for independence. Building up rapport so that children, youth, and families feel supported is a core feature in FSGV’s approach to client service, and something that sets us apart from similar service delivery.  

Over the course of each client’s journey – in small group and 1:1 settings – we encourage exploration and independence in many forms, including learning how to navigate transit, social and community activities, employment and volunteer work, and post-secondary pursuits, all with a focus on community safety and building confidence. When clients leave PRIYD, we know that these young people have built lasting life and social skills that will benefit them for years to come and allow them to enjoy increased independence and determine their own life path. 

Learn more about the PRYID program at fsgv.ca/priyd