Robert Lee YMCA

Ages 15 to 29

The YMCA Youth BEAT employment program supports youth with mental health challenges to breakthrough to employment and training, and to get the confidence, skills and experience needed to kick-start their careers. From finding employment, or upgrading skills, to discovering education programs that match with what you’re passionate about, we’re here to help!

This holistic program, in partnership with the Inner City Youth Clinic, provides a wealth of support, training and mentorship that is tailored to meet the individual needs of our participants. Youth benefit from:

  • Pre-employment and job readiness skills
  • Workplace communication and conflict resolution
  • Career planning, employment counselling, mentoring and coaching
  • Short-term certificate training
  • Job placement and follow up support to assist participants in finding and maintaining employment
  • Mental health and physical wellness workshops
  • Support provided by Program Facilitators, Job Developers, an Occupational Therapist and a Peer Support Worker

Additional program benefits include a six-month YMCA Fitness Membership, daily catered breakfasts, pre-loaded Compass Cards and more!

To participate in the program, youth must be between 15 and 29 years old, eligible to work in BC, not attending school, unemployed or underemployed and not eligible for EI benefits. Prospective participants will be screened for eligibility and must register for an information session.

To learn more or register contact

Are you an employer looking for experienced and skilled employees?

We are also seeking organizations to provide work placements for participants. In addition to creating diversity in the workplace, we help employers recruit and screen candidates, cover training costs required of many positions and offer exclusive access to experienced job seekers. Develop inclusivity in your organisation by partnering with the YMCA’s employment program, Youth BEAT.

For more information, contact 604-685-8066 or

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Robert Lee YMCA

View Larger Map 955 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y2
Phone: 604-689-9622
Fax: 604-699-9622
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