Fundraising Priorities

Employment Training Programs: YCAP

Young people in the Youth Culinary Arts Program (YCAP) learn hands-on culinary skills in a commercial kitchen while receiving direct support for their mental health and basic needs like housing, groceries and transportation for school and work.

Both a professional chef and Youth and Family Counsellor help these young people develop job readiness skills over 8 weeks in a safe, structured environment that prepares them for the demands of employment and helps them transition to independence.

“…the circumstances of my life, the things I was doing at the time, and the bad choices I was making, I never even expected to live past 13. I'm almost 19 now and I’m finally content with where my life’s taken me. I’d never imagined I could have made it to where I am now. And I’m eternally grateful to all the supports that helped me along the way, including my time at YCAP. They’re what made me want to be a better me. Thank you to all of those who got me here.”

Michelle H., YCAP graduate and youth mentor

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Please contact Karen Karpuk, Philanthropy Advisor, at karen.karpuk@woodshomes.ca for more information about how you can help.