Case Study: Youth Live

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Youth Live is program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 years old who have difficulty gaining employment as they are no longer attending school due to various reasons. Youth Live is based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia with two main facilities, The Youth Live Enviro Depot and the Youth Live Warehouse on the St. Margret’s Bay road. Youth who meet the criteria laid out on the Halifax are able to apply through the online application or calling the recruiting line. Once accepted into the program youth are offered to participate in up to 21 weeks of job skill and life development. The program has no cost of joining and youth are able to earn money by participating in the business operations at the facilities. By being given an hourly stipend …show more content…
From participating in the learning sessions over the 21-week period, the youth will have a portfolio of their development that they can take with them to future employers. At the beginning of the program, youth participate in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to ensure that when they come in contact with materials at the facilities they know the safety procedures and are able to report incidents accurately if they were to occur. In addition, youth can receive Emergency First Aid, AED and CPR training after 16 weeks in the program. Giving the youth these opportunities to gain, develop and learn skills that they did not have prior to the …show more content…
In my opinion, have a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) do this job would be beneficial to enhancing the overall experience for youth and everyone involved. A CTRS would be able to build rapport with the youth, complete the initial assessment and work with the youth throughout the 21-week period. Youth are defined by health professionals as needing to be fixed; which focuses on a more deficit way of thinking instead of focusing on the strengths a youth has (Hurtes & Allen, 2001). By adapting a youth development approach to programming as professionals we are emphasizing the potential, strength and abilities in youth instead of the alternative (Hurtes & Allen, 2001). In addition, I think the CTRS would be able help in the creation and further progress with the learning sessions. Another asset that a CTRS could contribute is the creation of leisure education programs that could provide youth opportunities to do meaningful leisure and recreation activities. Many youth experience dissatisfaction and boredom during their free time so it is critical to integrate leisure education into a youth’s everyday life (Wu & Hsieh, 2006). Wu & Hsieh (2006) suggest outdoor adventure

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