Beyond bursaries: the AYA program

The Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program is only for former youth in care (Continuing Custody Order or Youth Agreement). It provides financial support for you to finish high school, to go to college or university, to take a rehabilitation program, or to take a life skills program.

*NEW* Temporary Life Skills Program

*NEW* The Temporary Life Skills program option for AYA has been extended until September 30, 2021. 

Check out the Temporary Life-Skills Program infographic here.

Temporary Life Skills Program for those currently on AYA or who choose to age out onto an AYA between April 1 and September 30th, 2021:

Minimum requirements during COVID-19:

A minimum of 5 hours per week of self-directed life skills activities,

OR 10 hours per week of theraputic programs,

OR a combination of both equal to 10 hours per week.
 


 

Check out this link to see a list of Life Skills programs available.


As of Oct 1, 2020, more flexibility to access mental health supports including cultural healing and wellness are available for young adults under the AYA rehabilitative program area. 

Insider Tip

The ''pause'' on AYA time will end as of Sept 30th, 2020 and the age cap (27) is back in effect. This means that as of Sept, 30th, 2020, your AYA will count towards your total of 48 months and youth will only be able to be on an AYA until their 27th birthday.


Click here to read the full announcement.

Reach out to your local MCFD/DAA office to access the AYA under these new guidelines. You can also contact the Representative for Children and Youth at rcy@rcybc.ca or call 1-800-476-3933. The Representatives Office can support you in making the right connections within your local MCFD or DAA office.

Am I eligible for the AYA program?

You can apply to AYA if:

1. You had one of the following care statuses on your 19th birthday:

  • Continuing Custody Order (CCO)
  • Youth Agreement
  • In the process of adoption (Family Relations Act)

2.  you are doing at least one of the following:

3. And are older than 19 and younger than 27 years old.

Insider Tip

When you leave care, get a letter stating your care status (Many bursaries require you to prove you were in care). If you've already left care, call your last social worker's office and ask them for the letter. You might have to go into an office and show your ID to get it.

What kind of financial help can I get from AYA?

You can get money for:

  • Living expenses
  • Child care
  • Tuition fees
  • Health care

How do I apply? 

To apply for AYA:

1. Fill out the application form. (If you experience issues opening the form, please email Info@agedout.com with subject line AYA form and we will send it to you in file format)
2. Drop it off at an MCFD office

When looking for an office:

  1. Click the link above
  2. Enter in your city or town
  3. Look for Child and Family Services offices
  4. Select the one closest to you

3. Wait for the AYA social worker in your area to contact you. It might take a month or so. 

Who can help me fill out the application form?

Anyone at an MCFD office

When looking for an office:

  1. Click the link above
  2. Enter in your city or town
  3. Look for Child and Family Services offices
  4. Select the one closest to you

How long can I stay on an AYA for?

You can stay on an AYA for 48 months.

Which life skills programs are eligible?

Life Skills Programs Eligible for AYA-Funded Young Adults

Where

Who

What program

Contact

Abbotsford

Archway Community Services

Stepping Stones

Lisa Hedrick -lisa.hedrick@archway.ca

Campbell River

Laichwilthach Family Life Society

Aboriginal Life Skills Program

250-286-3430

Campbell River

The John Howard Society of North Island

Foundry Campbell River

250-286-0611

Courtenay

The John Howard Society of North Island

The Station - Supported Independent Living

250-338-7341

Kelowna

New Opportunities for Women Canada Society (NOW)

The Essential Program

250-763-3876

Kamloops

A Way Home Kamloops

Safe Suites

Katherine McParland - katherine@awayhomekamloops.com

New Westminster

Aunt Leah's Place

Branches AYA Life Skills Program


(604) 525 1204 ext. 234

North Vancouver

Hollyburn Family Services Society (HFSS)

Life Success Program

604-987-8211

Prince George

Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS)

Bridging to Employment Life Skills to Success

250-562-3591

Prince George

Prince George Association for Community Living

AimHi

250-649-3321

Surrey

Options Community Services (OCS)

Supported Youth Independent Housing Program

604-418-4736

Vancouver

Covenant House Vancouver

Rights of Passage

604-647-4480

Vancouver

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS)

Youth Housing Services

604-951-4821

Vancouver

YWCA Metro Vancouver

Strive

604-895-5791 604-202-7011 (cell)

Vancouver Island

Prana Services Inc

Life Skill and Outreach program

Linda Foster - lfoster@saanichschools.ca

Whistler

Zero Ceiling 

Work 2 Live

604-962-5000

 

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