Youth Outreach

We reach out to help youth find safe places to live, access counseling services and peer support, exit sexually exploitive situations, find employment and connect with their families.

Our programs include:

Onyx

Onyx is a one-to-one voluntary support service for youth under the age of 19 who are being sexually exploited. The objective is to assist youth to leave sexually exploitative situations. We provide an immediate response to youth who contact us and work with them to access the support and resources they need.  These may include health services, a safe place to live and /or detox or treatment for substance use.  Onyx is available 24/7. 

Young people may access Onyx by themselves by calling:
1 877 411 7532. 
Parents, outreach workers and other professionals working with youth may also refer into Onyx by using the contact information and / or referral form provided.

PLEA provides these services in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver and Children of the Street Society.

 

Contact Information

Camilia Jimenez
604.708.2647
cjimenez@plea.bc.ca

Location: Metro Vancouver

Jodi Mason
604.927.2600
jmason@plea.bc.ca

Location:Tri-Cities

Michelle Cherak
604.476.2820
mcherak@plea.bc.ca

Location:Ridge Meadows

Download referral form

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Gen-Out

The “Generation Out” drop-in group is for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans, two-spirited and questioning.  Meetings are held once a week in the evening in Maple Ridge and Tri-Cities.

 

Contact Information

604.708.2648 (Ridge Meadows)

604.708.2632 (Tri Cities)  genouttc@plea.bc.ca

Counselling and Parent Support

Parents and family members can access PLEA’s Parent Support counselling services when they need assistance managing their parental responsibilities when their youth is unwilling or unable to participate in counselling sessions.  We also provide counselling to families and caregivers that aims to reduce the multiple risk factors that contribute to antisocial behaviour, family breakdown and out-of-home placements. Counselling services are designed to address how the family is functioning and sessions can include any youth and family members who are willing to be involved. Workers develop strategies with families that are focused on solutions in order to prevent conflicts from escalating in the future. These services are intended to be used as needed.

*Please note - A professional referral is required to access this program.

Contact Information

Jodi Mason
604.927.2600
jmason@plea.bc.ca

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

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Michelle Cherak
604.476.2820

Location: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie

Parent – Teen Mediation

PLEA’s Parent - Teen Mediation Services are designed to improve communication and create better understanding between youth and their families. We provide mediation for families in crisis, including when youth have left the home or are at risk of leaving home. We work collaboratively to ensure that youth and their families can access the additional supports they require and that these are coordinated and timely. These services are designed to be intensive and last no longer than 3 to 6 months.

*Please note - A professional referral is required to access this program.

Contact Information

Jodi Mason
604.927.2600
jmason@plea.bc.ca

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

Youth Development

Youth Development Services are provided one-to-one to participants on an outreach basis in the community.  Our Youth Development workers support youth to reconnect to educational programs and graduate, assist with access to employment programs and help secure jobs, encourage young people to participate in social and recreational activities in the community, and create opportunities for youth to participate in events that provide positive and mutual peer support.  Our services also assist young people to develop Youth Agreements to meet their identified goals in these areas.

 

*Please note - A professional referral is required to access this program.

Contact Information

Jodi Mason
604.927.2600
jmason@plea.bc.ca

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

Michelle Cherak
604.476.2820
mcherak@plea.bc.ca

Location: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie

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