Need Money?

We can help you connect with sources of money like the Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) if you’re under 19, and Income Assistance or Disability Assistance if you’re over 19. Please talk to the staff at the Intake desk.

You can also earn money quickly through our pre-employment program, Street Youth Job Action (SYJA). SYJA can help you learn job skills and get work experience while you make money.

Participate Today, Get Paid Today with SYJA!

What is SYJA?

SYJA stands for “Street Youth Job Action”. It is a pre-employment program run by Directions Youth Services. To participate in the program, you must be an existing client of Directions, under 25, and be legally eligible to work in Canada (this means you must have a Social Insurance Number). If you’re at Directions during the day on weekdays, you may ask the staff to speak with the Program Coordinator, or you can call and leave a message at 604-633-1472 ext 3519.

How do I get a shift with Street Youth Job Action?

Once you are enrolled in the program, you must be at Directions well rested, sober, and ready to work between 8:30 and 9:30am. Shifts are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays – SYJA does not operate on Wednesdays or statutory holidays. Jobs are handed out at 9:30am. You have to be at the Centre to get a job but we can’t guarantee you will get one. If you are not chosen that day, you will be at the top of the list for the next work day so be sure to check back!

What kind of work is It?

  • Street beautification (street garbage removal, graffiti paint-over, posted bill removal)
  • Needle sweeps, condom pick-up & safe disposal
  • Cleaning and tidying the Centre and surrounding area

You will be trained on all of the proper techniques for the jobs you are given and provided all the necessary safety equipment and weather resistant clothing and outerwear.

When do I get paid?

You will be paid by cheque at the end of your work day. Work days are generally about 5 hours long. If you need help with cashing your cheque, please talk to the Program Coordinator!

What else can SYJA help me with?

SYJA staff can help you with developing employment skills, work clothes, financial empowerment, getting ID or a bank account, working on your resume, finding jobs, getting training, and providing an employment reference.

Talk to the staff for more details!

Here's what other youth have said about SYJA....

  • Directions Street Youth Job Action program really made a huge difference in my life. They gave me much more than a daily paycheque. I got more confidence in myself since they trusted me. Having them on my resume is what allowed me to get off welfare.

    Graduate, Street Youth Job Action
  • Street Youth Job Action gave me the confidence to enter the workforce after having lived on and off the streets for years. 

    Graduate, Street Youth Job Action
  • Street Youth Job Action was the only thing that got me out of bed & doing something on a daily basis. It has gotta be the most beneficial program I’ve ever come across as a street youth.

    SYJA Graduate
  • SYJA is the most beneficial, great experience to let people that never worked before to experience how work is!

    SYJA Youth
  • SYJA helped me get employment when I lost mine over a mental health issue. It’s helping me build up my social skills when forced to work with someone else.

    SYJA Participant
  • Thanks again for this opportunity - I haven't worked in 3 years and this really made me feel good.

    SYJA Participant
  • The most beneficial thing I’ve participated in is SYJA. It’s a great experience to lead people that never worked before and to expose them to work.

    SYJA Participant
  • It helped me gain good structure in my life.

    Participant, SYJA
  • SYJA taught me self-discipline

    SYJA Participant
  • The most beneficial part of my time at Directions was meeting new people and being Team Leader in SYJA.

    Graduate, SYJA
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