What is RiseUP!?

Thrive Social Services (formerly Phoenix Human Services) launched the Rise Up Youth Employment Program in 2015 after seeing a need for supportive employment for marginalized youth with barriers to employment. The Rise Up Youth Employment Program provides one-to-one outreach support to help youth meet their employment goals.

Employment Counsellors will work with most youth between 4 to 6 months and provide a variety of services including résumé building, interview skills, and on the job coaching. Thanks to the generosity of funders, Thrive Social Services is pleased to offer this program at no cost to participants.

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How We Help

Learn more about how our team work to help youth to find the right path, no matter the barrier.

Our Funders

We are able to provide the Rise Up program free of charge thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, and engagement of valued business partners in the community.

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RBC Future Launch is a 10-year, $500 million commitment to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. With a focus on networking, skills development, practical work experience and mental wellbeing supports and services, the initiative aims to help break down the barriers facing young people. In 2020, RBC committed to providing $50 million in focused funding through RBC Future Launch to create meaningful and transformative pathways to prosperity for up to 25,000 BIPOC youth by 2025, with investments in areas such as skills development and mentoring. “We’re excited to be working with THRIVE Social Services to help bring RBC Future Launch to life,” said Mark Beckles, Vice President, Social Impact & Innovation, RBC. “We have a responsibility to prepare young people for the opportunities and ambiguities of the future. RBC Future Launch is a decade-long commitment to helping Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Our Thrive team acknowledges that our agency stands and works on the unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We also acknowledge the five W̱SÁNEĆ communities: W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱,(Tsawout) W̱SIKEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat), as well as the Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, and Pacheedaht Nations and the Spune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) tribe where our work extends. We are committed to acknowledging our relationship with these unceded lands and communities, at staff and Board meetings, and during our hosted events. We encourage the evolving learning and awareness of our staff, Board, and the Thrive community, discovering and striving for meaning and personal connection within each acknowledgement.