Manitoba Youth Transitional Employment Assistance and Mentorship (MYTEAM)

Program Description

MYTEAM was initially a four year pilot project, which is currently operating under an additional one year extension period. The project was piloted by the Department of Family Services and Labour (FSL), which is managed by the Child Protection Branch as part of Rewarding Work and the ALL Aboard poverty reduction strategy. The MYTEAM program, provided through Ka Ni Kanichihk, offers youth, who are leaving (or who have recently left) the care of Child and Family Services, one-to-one support with mentorship, guidance and other opportunities as they work toward their personal goals and greater independence.

Through mentorship and group activities, MYTEAM provides a range of services intended to identify and address youths’ strengths and needs for support and skill development in the areas of education, training, finances, housing, employment, self-development, child care, and basic living skill; so that youths’ primary educational and training goals may be achieved.

Program Eligibility

Participants of MYTEAM are 16 to 21 years-of-age, and are in (or recently left) the care of Child and Family Services as a Permanent Ward, Temporary Order, or under a Voluntary Placement Agreement. In order to be eligible, participants must also:

  • Be eligible for, or already enrolled in Employment and Income Assistance (EIA)
  • Be willing to develop an individual plan with goals toward independent living
  • Be interested in education and/or employment training and willing to work closely with a mentor
  • Be ready and willing to make a commitment to the program for at least one year
  • Live in Winnipeg

Program Activities

Explore youth strengths and needs for their transition to independent living

  •  Mentorship to support youth with training and/or educational goals
  • Work experiences that could lead to long-term career opportunities
  • Resources to help youth find and keep suitable housing
  • Help in search for child care and other important resources
  • Support to help youth deal with life issues as they arise
  • Opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and personal supports (money management, healthy living and personal relationships)

How Do You Get into the Program?

All referrals are processed through Ka Ni Kanichihk, and are subject to a selections process.

Referrals to MYTEAM can be made by:

  • CFS workers
  • EIA workers
  • Community Organizations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Self-referral

MYTEAM participant referral forms can be obtained by clicking here for the Worker Referral Form and here for the Self-Referral Form; or by calling
(204) 594-6500
For more information, contact MYTEAM’s
program coordinator at:
(204) 594-6500 ext: 104