There are numerous ways youth can get support via the YES Project. The YES Project has a youth engagement worker (YEW) that is available to provide one-on-one support and operates out of the Penticton and District Community Resource Society (PDCRS).
PDCRS has received a grant from the YES Project to hire a half-time Youth Engagement Worker (YEW). Based on community needs identified during the YES Project research, the Youth Engagement Worker will be mobile and work flexible hours to be available for youth when and where they need support. The YEW will connect with young people in many different ways with the goal of making youth feel safe and comfortable to ask for assistance when they need it. The YEW will visit the schools regularly, be available by cell phone via text and voice calls, and be able to travel to a common meeting place to support young people. This model for providing youth service has been developed through research and in consultation with the YES Collaborative Partners Table, a YES Project volunteer committee comprised of professional youth service providers who are committed to creating lasting change for young people in Penticton.
Meet Melissa – Youth Engagement Worker (YEW)
“Hi my name is Melissa Redfern and I am the YES Youth Engagement Worker (YEW). My role as a Penticton and District Community Resource Society (PDCRS) employee is to help youth achieve their maximum potential through the provision of quality supports and services. These supports and services are provided within the area to meet desired interests and outcomes identified by the Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) of Penticton. I am dedicated to practice and display the values, which are an integral part of the community of Penticton.
I like long walks on the beach, fuzzy kittens … lol jk. I am studying to become a social worker with a career focus of working with youth- all youth!! I am interested in leadership and in addition to attending University, I have participated in various programs and workshops to facilitate these skills. Role modelling is paramount and honing my skills and assets in order to assist youth with their quest to develop a healthy sense of self and positive disposition is essential in my practice as an ally for teens in Penticton.
My purpose, is to be accountable, accessible, respectful, practice integrity and collaborate with community partners to build a better Penticton for our youth. I am looking forward to becoming a familiar face within the community and to be an ally for Penticton youth.”
You can Melissa via email email@example.com, via Facebook: Melissa Yew OR on her cell at 250 462 6704 (feel free to text)