The Delta Youth Support Line Society (DYSL) recently received a $5,000 grant from Vancity for its Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP).
The program employs a high-school student at the DYSL WearHouse Thrift Store in Tsawwassen, a social enterprise that funds DYSL's many programs for youth in Delta. "YAP candidates develop leadership and management skills, self-discipline, selfmotivation and self-esteem through their experience working at the DYSL WearHouse. This program also allows the student to explore career opportunities in the non-profit sector," says DYSL executive director Debbie Lindsey.
YAP started three years ago with a summer student from Delta Secondary. The student left the program with a clear vision of a career path as a result of the business training, mentoring and support by DYSL staff and volunteers. She was particularly inspired by the busy work environment that showcased her artistic talents through clothing displays at the store.
The $5,000 community grant from Vancity allows DYSL to offer this program year-round.
"Vancity is proud to support DYSL and we look forward to working with the next YAP candidate," says Michelle Laviolette, manager of the Tsawwassen Vancity branch.
DYSL is looking for the next youth candidate to work Saturdays during the school year and fulltime during the summer break. Applications should be submitted to Debbie Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. DYSL hopes to fill the position by the end of January.
DYSL is a young non-profit organization serving youth in South and North Delta that has been growing rapidly over the last few years.
To learn more about DYSL, visit www.dyslsociety.com.