Skills 4 Life

Preparing Youth for Life as Adults

Postive Alternatives for Youth

Volunteer mentors 18 and older work alongside MYS staff to help youth 12-20 develop a sense of  pride, achievement and belonging through community service projects that also enhance their skills for work and life.

Some are working toward a high school credit, while others are completing court-ordered community service. Many are there to prevent involvement or re-involvement in the criminal justice system. A lot of youth just show up because they enjoy the experience of doing good in our community at partner organizations like Winnipeg Harvest, Winnipeg Humane Society and Riverview Health Centre.

Independent Living With Supports

Teaches youth 16-21 skills for independence & provides opportunities to:

  • Find & maintain an apartment & positive home environment
  • Secure a job &/or pursue your goals for school
  • Learn to budget, shop for groceries, cook, clean & more
  • Develop positive relationships, support networks & decision-making skills

Personalized programs are developed by occupational therapists. Participants must be in care or eligible for an extension of care. Referrals should include a social history and any psychological/psychiatric assessments.


Life Train

A pre-employment program that helps young adults 18 - 29 with career planning, job searches, on-the-job training & school supports. Participants also get help with basic needs, tax preparation, legal & CFS issues, Treaty cards, identification & more. A FREE message service ensures employers can connect with job-seekers.

All participants have access to computers, email, WiFi, a photocopier & other resources.

In partnership with SEED Winnipeg and United Way Winnipeg, Life Train offers money management training & an asset-building program that matches participant savings three-to-one up to $750 or total savings of $1000 - money they can be used to buy important assets that can help improve your quality of life.

To fill out an application, stop by 175 Mayfair or call to make an appointment with an employment counsellor:

204.949.6500 or 1.866.949.6501 (toll free)