For Youth FAQ

What if I don’t live at home?
You don’t need to be living at home to begin Wraparound. You can be living independently or semi-independently. Your Wraparound facilitator will meet with you wherever it’s most convenient.

Can I have a team made up of my close friends?
This is your team—you choose who you want to be a part of it. Your team should be made up of the supports you want helping you through this process. If that means close friends, then they’re invited to the Wraparound meetings.

Does my family need to be a part of my Wraparound team meetings?
It’s your decision. Your family members do not have to be included in your Wraparound team.

Does my family need to be at all my Wraparound team meetings?
Again, it’s your call. You can invite family members to all of your Wraparound team meetings, to just a few, or to none at all.

Is Wraparound like counselling?
Wraparound can sound a lot like counselling, but the Wraparound process takes things further by building positive relationships between you and the members of your family and community. That’s one of the main goals of the Wraparound team that pulls together to help you.

For more information about the Wraparound process, including a detailed description of what you can expect to happen at team meetings, read A Youth Guide to Wraparound Services

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.


*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy