Recently, we were fortunate to receive a generous $25,000 gift from Coast Capital Savings for our Rights of Passage program! This gift will allow us to continue to provide for those young people in our care who need some extra help in learning how to live on their own. Our staff teach them important life skills such as how to clean their home, develop and stick to a budget, manage relationships with landlords and roommates, and have an action plan for school and work. Best of all, this program takes place in their own studio suites in our facility, giving them an accurate experience of living in their own home.
Coast Capital Savings is helping to build a richer future for youth in our communities. This means addressing important issues that youth are facing today by engaging and empowering them, and providing financial and in-kind support in ways that will have a positive impact on their future.
Thank you to everyone at Coast Capital Savings for being there for our young people!
As a Rights of Passage youth worker, I often go with youth into the neighbourhood for things like shopping, going to the bank or simply for coffee and a chat. I truly enjoy this part of my job, especially when doing something so ordinary that can result in a memorable shared experience. This was the case with Mike a few months ago when we had to get his passport pictures done. What started as a simple task of going to London Drugs to take passport pictures turned into a very funny and memorable time for Mike, myself and Kate, another Rights of Passage resident who came along with us.
This was Mike’s first passport picture taking experience. We were greeted by the photo department clerk who proceeded to get Mike posed and ready for a smileless official picture. This would be easier said than done. For the first two pictures, Mike was clearly struggling with not smiling and had the giggles. It did not help that Kate and myself were watching Mike behind the photo taker directly in Mike’s sightline. Once the giggles became contagious with us as well and after the two takes Kate and I had to hide in the store isles so that Mike could focus on his serious pose and not see us in the background. After the fourth take, Mike was relieved that the picture taking was done and so were we.
As we all proceeded to leave the store with the giggles, the clerk comes after us to inform Mike that the camera had not been set properly and that the pictures had to be taken all over again. Mike couldn’t believe that he had to go back into the serious pose again.
Three more takes later, including one by the photo lab technician who had to come assist the clerk due to some camera technical difficulties, Mike had his perfect serious pose photos. We were all relieved and couldn’t stop laughing about the whole ordeal. This was indeed a first experience for Mike, and a memorable one for all of us. Who would have thought that getting a simple passport picture taken at Rights of Passage would be something to smile about?
It’s a joy learning to cook
So please share a recipe from your book.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner from you
appetizer, dessert, or fondue
When our youth cook they will think of you!
Please share a recipe and some words of encouragement with our youth. We are creating a cookbook for so when our youth head out on their own they will know they are supported and loved by their Covenant House family.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day is observed every year by people around the world to raise awareness of the danger of drinking during pregnancy. September 9th signifies the 9th day of the 9th month of the year where the world will remember that during the 9 months of pregnancy, there is no safe amount or time to drink alcohol.
Covenant House Vancouver is no stranger to FAS/FASD as we have worked with many youth over the years that are affected by it. FASD is an umbrella term used to describe a number of birth defects caused by mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy, which can result in damage to a child’s central nervous system.
Some of the behavioural issues that affect those with FASD are immature or inappropriate behaviour, poor judgement, impulse control problems and memory deficits. As you can guess the transition from youth to independent adult can be especially difficult for those with FAS/FASD.
We are fortunate to have a strong team of mental health clinicians and youth workers that are able to recognized FASD and have the skills to work those young people affected by it.