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The Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI) is a regional initiative thanks to the generous support of The Horner Foundation, the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria, Volunteer Victoria, Victoria Foundation, and Weikart Centre for Youth Program Quality. Over 60 organizations across Greater Victoria have participated since 2012.
Health and well-being during adolescence are powerful predictors of success in adulthood. We know that participation in high-quality out of school time (OST) programs can positively influence outcomes for youth. The YPQI ensures that youth serving organizations undergo a cycle of program assessment and quality improvement. Youth workers and programmers receive essential professional development training and networking opportunities. In this way, the YPQI provides organizations and youth workers with a community of practice, the know-how and skills to enrich the lives of young people right now. 
By creating environments that best engage and include young people, we are increasing their health, well-being, and ultimately, their chance for success in life.


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Coaches provide one-on-one support to organizations facilitating them through the YPQI cycle of assess, plan, and improve. Coaches guide organizations to incorporate YPQI best practices into their youth programming.  Coaches also provide professional development training for Youth Workers.
    Jen Susana
    Jen Harrison Susana Guardado


JEN HARRISON is a facilitator and educator with a passion for supporting the success of youth, youth workers and their programs. For years she coordinated The Pathway Project, a youth employment and life skills project. Jen thrives on bringing youth programmers together to talk about their experiences and learn from one another. She also delivers the Safeteen program to schools, offering workshops in assertiveness to young women and girls. Jen is a YPQI Coach, Facilitator and External Assessor.



SUSANA GUARDADO has worked in the field of youth work for 20 years. Her experience spans out of school care programs, specialty camps, and residential and alternative education programs. She has a passion for fostering safe spaces where youth can have a voice and create quality programs. Susana has been a YPQI Site Lead and brings that hands-on experience to her work as a YPQI Coach and Facilitator.






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Greater Victoria Youth Program Quality Initiative

c/o Community Social Planning Council
216-852 Fort Street
Victoria, BC Canada V8W 1H8

Tel: 250-383-6166
Fax: 250-479-9411



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