Youth who age out of government care are forced into independent living the day after their 18th birthday. These youth often lack social support networks, leaving them at a substantially higher risk of unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration. This group comprises less than 1% of the youth population, which makes them an extremely small minority– one that often overlooked and underserved.
The Weredale Employability Training (WET) Project is a 3-week training program for young adults aged 18-25, focused on individuals who have aged out of residential and foster care, and others who are experiencing difficulties. Participants receive kitchen, maintenance, and life skills training, are provided transportation, lodging, and meals, and in addition, they receive $1,000 for completing the program. To learn more about the WET project, head to www.wetproject.ca