WHAT IS A YOUTH AGREEMENT?

A Youth Agreement (YAG) is a legal agreement made between youth (16 – 18 years old), the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services (SCCFS). A thorough assessment of a youth’s circumstances is completed by a local MCFD office or fully delegated DAA and then assigned to SCCFS who will work directly with youth to address their needs.

WHAT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE THROUGH A YAG?

Depending on what you need to live on your own, a YAG can assist with the following:

  • Finding a place to live

  • Learning life skills like grocery shopping, preparing healthy meals, paying bills and communicating with landlords

  • Coping with substance dependency (alcohol, drugs, etc.)

  • Managing your mental health and wellness

  • Managing your money

  • Getting and completing an education

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

You may be eligible for the Youth Agreements program if:

  • You are between 16 and 18 years old; AND

  • You are in need of assistance and may need protection. This will be thoroughly assessed at the local MCFD office or fully delegated DAA.

If you have any questions about your circumstances, or to see if you are eligible to be considered for a Youth Agreement, you can contact MCFD’s Centralized Screening at 1-800-663-9122.

You may also contact Lee Smith at Surrounded by Cedar by calling (250) 383-2990, ext. 220 or by emailing lee@sccfs.com.

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