About RiseUP!

What is RiseUP!?

Rise Up is a privately funded program. This allows us to provide our service at no cost to youth. No referral is needed to access the program.

Who are the youth accessing RiseUP!?

The youth who access Rise Up are between the ages of 15 and 25 years old and have at least one self-identified barrier to employment.

Youth who join the Rise Up program …

  • Are motivated to find and maintain community-based employment
  • Are able to work independently in the community with natural supports
  • Face one or multiple barriers to community-based employment

What is considered a barrier to employment?

Employment barriers can be wide ranging. Barriers may include ADHD, FASD, autism, lack of confidence, lack of community, anxiety, or little/no previous work experience. Youth do not require a diagnosis to apply for the program nor do they require a professional referral.

What does the process look like?

Before the youth and their counsellor begin searching for employment, they complete a discovery session to find the youth’s individual strengths. Together a youth and counsellor will build a résumé, cover letter, and practice interview skills. Once a youth is comfortable they will begin searching for employment. This is a collaborative effort between participant, counsellor and employer. The participant is also able to access job coaching after finding successful employment.

Benefits to employers

  • Employees are pre-screened and matched for suitable employers
  • The Rise Up program provides on the job coaching in collaboration with employer’s training

History and philosophy of Thrive Social Services

Thrive Social Services (FKA Phoenix Human Services Association) was incorporated in 2006 as a not-for-profit society and became a registered charity in 2010.

Thrive has been a CARF-accredited agency since 2006.

Our staff are recognized throughout the community for their skill, compassion, and integrity. At Thrive, we strive to make a difference through the exceptional support we provide for the persons we serve, our open and giving partnerships with many service organizations we work with, and our accountability to our funders.

Our mission and vision

Thrive Social Services provides strength-based services to individuals and families that create opportunities to build skills, strengths, and resourcefulness

Thrive is recognized as a community leader in providing accessible and meaningful services to children, youth, adults, and families.