School + Work

PLEA works in partnership with School Boards and employers to provide educational opportunities,support, job skills training, job placements and employer mentoring designed to improve the employment prospects of young people.

Our school and work programs include: 

Genesis

There are three Genesis Schools, each staffed with a teacher from the Vancouver School Board and a youth worker from PLEA. The program provides students, age 16-18 years, with a flexible learning environment that encourages them to identify and pursue educational and vocational goals. The Genesis Schools provide a positive learning experience for each student and strive to reconnect students to school and community. Individualized, student driven, self-paced programming is designed to meet the academic, personal and social needs of each student. The schools combine to offer recreational programming, and initiatives such as Yardworks provide job readiness training and vocational opportunities for students.

Contact Information

Wilf Leung
604.708.2614
wleung@plea.bc.ca

Location: Vancouver

GOAL

The GOAL (Goal Orientated Alternative Learning) program is provided through a partnership between School District #43, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and PLEA. Our Youth Development Workers provide comprehensive support to young people by engaging them individually and in groups (where appropriate) to accomplish their goals. The program includes academic curriculum, life skills, recreational activities and work experience through our Yardworks program. We also work with young people and their families to reduce risk factors and increase their protective factors.

Contact Information

Lee Bobb
604.939.9241
lbobb@plea.bc.ca

Location: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, Belcarra

Connex

Connex provides comprehensive support services to youth who are referred by their probation officers to access support services for academic curriculum, life skills, and recreational activities. The program is provided through a partnership between School District #42, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and PLEA. Youth are able to participate in our support services after regular school hours and during the summer. We also work with youth and their families to reduce their risk factors and increase their protective factors.

Contact Information

Michelle Cherak
604.476.2020
mcherak@plea.bc.ca

Location: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie

Q – Creative Urban Employment

The Q Program provides opportunities for youth who are not enrolled in school and have little or no job experience. The program combines training that improves employment readiness, employment opportunities and work experience. The Q team helps participants develop the life skills they need to apply for, secure and maintain employment, and provides them with consistent support and encouragement.

Contact Information

Wilf Leung
604.708.2614
wleung@plea.bc.ca

Location: Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sea to Sky, Squamish and Sunshine Coast

U-Learn

U-Learn offers one-to-one academic support to our program participants across the Lower Mainland.  All our tutors are certified teachers who are skilled in tailoring lessons to the individual needs of the students.  Our services are offered on a contractual basis.  For rate and availability, please contact us and request to speak with a U-Learn Coordinator.

Contact Information

Eva Giang
604.765.2615