Ve'ahavta Street Academy (VSA) Screening Form

Employment Essential Services Program
200 Bridgeland Avenue, Unit D. North York, ON M6A1Z4
PH: (416) 964-7698  FAX: (416) 964-6582 

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Screening Guide
The information collected on this form will be held in confidence. This form is the first step in assessing your program needs. Please provide as much detailed information as possible. 

Program Information

For the past five years, Ve'ahavta Street Academy (VSA), in partnership with George Brown College, has delivered an innovative and powerful adult essential skills program created for individuals who are at-risk and/or are marginally housed. The program aims to break down barriers, restore human dignity, foster inclusivity, and empower marginalized individuals to break the cycle of poverty and improve their lives through education.

A high percentage of VSA graduates move on to other opportunities: vocational training, education (such as academic upgrading, ESL, FSL, basic education apprenticeships, and post-secondary education), and volunteer or paid work. Our graduates also receive referrals to external counselling, addiction treatment, employment services and income support programs (e.g. ODSP, OSAP).

In the course of the calendar year, VSA offers three 9-week sessions, 3 days/per week, 9:30am - 4:00pm, and case management by appointment. The general curriculum covers communication, personal management, career exploration and development, diversity (human rights code, workplace rights, labour legislation), academic /educational support subjects, transition planning and referrals, post program and support.

Thank you for interest in the Ve'ahavta Street Academy.
Personal Information

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Intake Process:  Prior to acceptance into the program, Ve’ahavta will determine eligibility through the following activities:

Step #1     
Telephone/ Online Screening Form:  Individual screening will be conducted to determine client eligibility and interest in participating in the program. To be eligible OW clients must obtain and bring their OW Referral Form to the Information session. 

Step #2 
Information Session:  Eligible applicants will be invited to attend a session where detailed information regarding the pre-requisites and program details will be described. Applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions and determine if the program is the right course for them. (Approx. 30 mins.)  

Step #3
Intake Questionnaire and Interview:  Ve’ahavta will administer a short intake questionnaire to determine client needs and conduct an individual one-on- one interview. At this stage, only selected applicants will be asked to continue in the intake process. (Approx. 20 mins.) 

Step #4
Group Session:  Qualified selected applicants will be invited to participate in a group session at a date closer to the start of the program to evaluate the individual’s ability to engage in a group setting. (Approx. 90 mins.) 

Next Steps:  Applicants that have been identified to start the program will be notified by telephone after the group session and formally accepted. All applicants who are NOT accepted into the program will be notified and will be provided with information regarding other programs and services available in the community.