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Do you know that mental health challenges and social exclusion are some people’s biggest barriers to accessing education and jobs?  Every year at Pacific Centre Family Services we support 955 youth and their families as they work hard to change their lives. Jon’s story shows how powerful our Skookum Skills on-the-job training program can be:

In grade 9, Jon walked his mother around Langford and showed her all the jobs he could get if he quit school now, because he thought there was no hope for him. His learning disability had discouraged him from reading and he refused to study. He felt like he wasn’t good enough. His worried mom got him an interview with the Skookum Skills training program for youth, and from that point forward, she watched his enthusiasm grow. Jon got himself to every training and every work shift.

When Jon finished Skookum Skills, a local coffee shop hired him on the spot because of his description of the training he received at Skookum. Jon went into grade 10 with confidence, and accepted help with his learning disability. He was then hired at a grocery store and was recently promoted to shift manager.

Now in grade 12, Jon has learned his worth and his true potential. He is working hard to get into the university of his choice.

Can you imagine how far Jon will take his life now, simply because he received the support he needed when he was in a vulnerable time?

I know what a difference Skookum made for my son. He now cares about his future and is a leader among his friends. Every certificate remains on his wall to this day.” ~ Jon’s mother

Please DONATE NOW to continue supporting the youth in our community.

Since 1968, Pacific Centre Family Services Association has been promoting dignity and quality of life for families and individuals across Greater Victoria, especially on the West Shore, through education, counselling and creative programming. We offer a wide range of vital services for people dealing with substance use, mental health issues, and day-to-day life challenges. Across 14 core programs, our services are improving the lives of an average of 1,700 youth-at-risk, adults, families and seniors each year.