Tony was unemployed, out of school and playing video games to hide his anxiety about his life. BladeRunners provided training and a job opportunity and Tony hasn’t looked back.
Loreen was a sex worker since she was fourteen. NYSA helped with counselling, training and housing so Loreen could get her life together. She is happily working at an insurance brokerage and saving money to buy a car.
Jason’s family has been in our region for thousands of years. He didn’t feel like he fit in on the reserve so he moved to Nanaimo. He came to NYSA interested in working in restaurants. After an extended training program, he was hired by a local hotel to work in food and beverage. Since then, he has told many of his friends about NYSA and several of them have been trained in our programs as well.
Melissa didn’t know what she wanted to do as long as it wasn’t going to school. She had dropped out and was couch surfed for over a year. NYSA provided transitional housing, training and certifications which prepared Melissa for her career. Still living in Nanaimo, she is happily working as a framer for a local housing contractor.
* Names and some details have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.
NYSA has been in the housing business for nearly all of its 51 years in existence. Then, service was limited to simple provision of physical living quarters. Today it’s a much broader set of support services.
Bringing NYSA’s already successful job readiness programs together with life skills training, financial assistance and extended support provides extended success for clients after they graduate from our programs.
NYSA’s Enterprise Centre is focused on developing social enterprises that provide additional job opportunities for its clients as well as financial support for the organization for programs that may not pay their own way.
What Drives Us
Develop and maintain a community that provides youth with meaningful connections and integrated opportunities for learning, development and independence.
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NYSA acknowledges our work takes place on Coast Salish territories and primarily the lands of the Snuneymuxw and K’òmoks peoples.