Youth Independent Living Services (CA-YIL) 7: Family, Community, and Workplace Connections
Services and supports effectively draw upon a full range of available family, school, workplace, neighbourhood, and community resources that establish the youth as a primary resource for, and an active participant in, his or her development.
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Young adults who receive Youth Independent Living Services obtain safe and stable housing, develop life skills and competencies including work readiness, achieve educational and financial growth goals, and establish healthy, supportive adult and peer relationships.
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
Procedures need strengthening; or
With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
Timeframes are often missed; or
Several client records are missing important information; or
Client participation is inconsistent.
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.
Procedures for facilitating community and social connections
Procedures for referring youth to services
Table of contents of educational curricula
Community resource and referral list
Informational materials provided to youth
Interviews may include:
Review case records
To facilitate access to all available services and active membership in the community, the organization:
remains knowledgeable about local, regional, and provincial resources, including networking and leadership opportunities; and
finds and creates opportunities for individuals to develop positive ties to the community based on mutual interests and abilities.
The organization strives to engage youth directly as key partners, and to promote sufficient relevant resources, by encouraging youth participation in local or provincial leadership and advocacy activities, including community advisory and partnership groups.
Program activities facilitate:
development of social support networks and healthy, meaningful relationships with caring individuals;
participation in peer group activities where they can meet, lend support, and share positive experiences; and
a coordinated response to youth interests and needs.
Examples: Opportunities to participate in culturally appropriate social, cultural, recreational, and religious activities can help to expand the range of life experiences, and meet the needs of indigenous groups or individuals with special needs.