We understand that not all youth receive the necessary support and modelling needed in order to make a healthy transition into adulthood. We are here to help youth with this transition process so that they can develop the necessary foundations for living fulfilling and productive lives as adults.
In the Youth Outreach Program, we assist local youth, aged 13 -19, with making positive life changes and strengthening their connections with the community, school, family, and friends. This happens by: • offering safe, confidential services, including re-integration/connection to educational institutions, • supportive counselling and crisis intervention, • information and strategies for decision-making, harm reduction, • short and long-term shelter, • the provision of food and personal items that help youth meet their basic needs, • referrals to other services and, • when needed, a physical presence/support to help facilitate and encourage youth to access important community resources.
Our approach is welcoming, flexible, and non-judgmental and reflects each youth’s personal growth, strengths, and individual lifestyle.
This program is funded by School District # 8 and the Ministry of Children & Family Development.
NCS is a multi-service, multi-funded non-profit agency that has been serving our community since 1972.
NCS has a volunteer Board of Directors who share their vision, mission and values.
OUR MISSION: To support the well-being of families, youth, and individuals in our community by providing counselling, housing, support, and outreach services.
OUR VISION: A compassionate and empowered community where families, youth and individuals receive the supports and services they need to live dignified, resilient and hopeful lives.
Nelson Community Services acknowledges that the land upon which we offer our services is the traditional territory of the peoples who have lived here for thousands of years — the Ktunaxa, the Sylix, and the Sinixt. We respect and honour all our relations.