Providing Resources and Independence for Youth Development (PRIYD)
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Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s PRIYD program provides life skill support to children and youth under 19 who have special needs and are living in Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond or Vancouver. PRIYD also supports children referred by Vancouver Family Preservation Services. The goal of the program is to increase independence and healthy development while supporting the family. Services include:
- One-to-One Support: Referred children and youth are matched with a one-to-one worker and practice life skills while accessing and having fun in the community.
- Group Support: Social development groups offer an on-going learning opportunity for children/youth by participating in community based activities with a consistent group of peers.
The PRIYD program focuses on functional life skill development. Service goals are tailored to meet the needs of children and youth, and their families, and are practiced through community activities. Common goals include:
- Community resource awareness
- Social skills
- Communication skills
- Community safety skills
- Transit skills
- Money skills
- Post-secondary planning
- Independent living
The staff of Integration Support Workers (ISWs) are trained to work with children and youth with special needs, while also liaising with parents, social workers, behaviour consultants and other related individuals as part of an integrated team. The work is client-centered and the diverse team is able to provide service in a variety of languages.
Funding for this program is provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development – Children and Youth with Special Needs. Referrals to the Program are made by the Ministry. To access service please connect with your Social Worker for more information.
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