NANAIMO YOUTH SERVICES ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL REPORT 2022

Vision:

Better everyday lives
for young adults in
our region.

Nanaimo Youth Services Association understands that before many young people are ready to receive help with getting a job, they must have permanent, safe and secure housing.

This understanding is what drives the organization to provide the services that it does: housing, and life skills, job readiness, personal development and driver training programs and other supports. Each is tailored to respond to the parts of a youth’s life where help is desperately needed.

OUR MISSION:

Provide support and opportunities for learning, personal development and independence to youth aged 16 to 30.

MESSAGE FROM MANAGEMENT

Fiscal 2022 was the second year that NYSA faced the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our operation had stayed open and served Nanaimo youth through 2021, so we had become comfortable operating in that circumstance. Our programs operated at near capacity while our finances continued to improve somewhat. We were fortunate to be able to move the agency fully onto the Microsoft 365 platform with new laptop computers, which allows staff to work from nearly anywhere if they had the need to do so. The move also lowered NYSA’s technology costs notably while making our network and data much more secure.

The agency’s finances continued to improve in fiscal 2022. Our revenue and expenses both increased due largely to increased activity in all parts of the operation and we showed a surplus of $123,876 at year-end. We also moved our telephone system to a cellular-based system. Almost all employees have NYSA cell phones so calls are routed to the cell and can be answered anywhere there is cell coverage. This has cut down on telephone costs while providing employees with the ability to work seamlessly from home or elsewhere.

Looking at our mission circumstance, we need to be doing more to address the needs of youth who are homelessness or at-risk-of-homelessness as this challenge continues to grow year over year. Before NYSA can effectively provide youth with skills enhancements, permanent secure homes must be available to them.
For the most part, homeless adults have made decisions that caused them to become homeless – young people are homeless because an adult in their lives made decisions that forced them into the situation. NYSA plans to tackle this challenge going forward.

Looking into 2023, it is clear that inflation, staffing shortages, supply chain issues and other challenges that we hear about regularly are affecting NYSA’s work. As well, our DiverseFutures contract with the Government of Canada comes to an end March 31, 2023. While we expect that a new Request for Proposals will be forthcoming, it has not been released at the date of this writing (November 2022). NYSA believes it will submit a new proposal if the conditions of delivery have not changed to become more restrictive.

Once again, the success of the organization is due to the continued commitment of NYSA’s employees. The demands of nonprofit work, especially in the area of social service, are stressful, demanding and often ignore standard office hours. NYSA staff have embraced this situation and show their passion through the good work that is accomplished. I thank them for their work and I am pleased to be able to work beside them.

Keith Wilson
Chief Administrative Officer

2022 at a glance

 

TOTAL YOUTH HOUSING ROOM NIGHTS

11,680

 

TOTAL BLADERUNNER SUCCESSES

72

 

TOTAL DIVERSEFUTURES GRADUATES

91

 

RENTSMART GRADUATES

60

 

L2N DRIVER GRADUATION RATE

74%

 

Operations

our programs

 

BLADERUNNERS

BladeRunners is a provincially funded employment training program that provides life skills and job readiness training to youth ages 16 to 30. The goal of the program is to help youth with employment challenges succeed in the local job market.

DIVERSEFUTURES

DiverseFutures is a youth employment program funded in-part by the Government of Canada – Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program. The program is for youth, ages 16 to 30 years, who seek a clear path to full-time employment.

RENTSMART

RentSmart builds capacity and is empowering. Being a good tenant is not an innate skill but is a combination of different skills that can be learned: legal rights and responsibilities, financial management, communication and maintenance skills. Youth graduate with a thorough knowledge of renting and a recognized reference letter.

L2N

NYSA’s L2N program matches learner drivers aged 16 to 29 with a supervising driver to help them get the hours of dr iving practice needed to get their N license. This program is a partnership between NYSA and Snuneymuxw First Nation.

SUPPORTING YOUNG FAMILIES

The Supporting Young Families program supports young parents (between the ages of 15 and 30) navigating pregnancy, birth, and post-partum. A resource guide with information regarding pregnancy, supporting and caring for a newborn baby, and daycare options is also provided. From Monday to Friday, a donation room is available at our Bastion Street location with diapers, formula, clothes, strollers and more!

operations

housing

NYSA’s Youth Housing Centre provides safe, supportive and affordable housing and personal development options to young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years old.

Applicants are assessed on their current requirement for housing based on specific criteria, including the applicant’s need, safety concerns, current living situation, and ability to pay toward the actual cost of housing. Applicants for Waddington also must be willing to participate in NYSA’s life skills and personal development programming. Their progress through the programming determines the amount of personal discretion they are permitted.

The Housing Centre focuses on administration and operation of two buildings in the Nanaimo area. All housing units are drug, alcohol, and violence-free environments and have strict policies in place that could result in eviction should tenants not follow house rules.

events

roughing it 2022

 

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FINANCIAL

TOTAL REVENUE
IN FISCAL 2022:

$1.86 MILLION

IN 2021-2022, WE RAISED
$1.53 M for programs
$0.33 M for operating expenses

IN 2021-2022, WE SPENT
$1.26 M on programming
$0.48 M on operating expenses

NET ASSETS
$1, 132,550 2022
$1, 008,674 2021
$795,020 2020

FINANCIAL

OPERATIONAL COST BREAKDOWN:

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impact
BladeRunners

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PEOPLE
BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

Allan Beaudry, Chair

Don Stedeford, Secretary

Kali Friday, Treasurer

Leana Pellegrin, Director

Sheila White, Director

 
STAFF

Chris Lakusta Director, Housing & Supportive Living

Amanda Pitts Outreach Support Worker

Michelle Ripka Outreach Support Worker

Samantha Mason Outreach Support Worker

Brianna Purdy Housing Coordinator

Greg Birch Housing Assistant

Kourtni Dzugan Residential Housing Worker

Jeremy Stoeklin Residential Housing Worker

Ben Charlton Manager, Facilities

Emma Bruschetta Director, BladeRunners

Eleanor Funk Comox Valley Coordinator, BladeRunners

Berani Fielding Director, DiverseFutures

Anthony Maki Job Coach & L2N Coordinator

Les Pangborne-LaHue L2N Driver Accompanist

Lindsay Rathjen Bookkeeper

Allison Evans Controller

Amy Worth Director, Communications & Development

Keith Wilson Chief Administrative Officer

290 Bastion Street

Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R 3A4

250.754.1989

nysa.bc.ca

NANAIMO YOUTH SERVICES ASSOCIATION