Work 2 Live Reference Form
The Work 2 Live (W2L) program is designed for young adults, referred from a youth agency or other qualified professional, who face barriers to success and are currently struggling in their existing environment. Successful candidates will have demonstrated that they are eager to make positive changes in their lives and display a sense of responsibility and independence. The W2L program is a 12-month, year round program.

At Zero Ceiling we rely on referring agencies to provide accurate information to assist us in selecting appropriate participants. Even though we support youth to the best of our abilities, participation in the Work 2 Live program means moving away from current supports to a community with minimal social services, particularly in regards to mental health and drug and alcohol counselling. Most supportive services in Whistler operate Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm. Our experience shows that participants need to be independent, mature, and accountable to be successful in the program.

EMPLOYMENT
W2L participants are provided with full-time seasonal jobs through Whistler Blackcomb (WB). Typically our participants work in jobs related to: food and beverage, rental and retail, ski lift operations, and guest services. Zero Ceiling works closely with WB managers to ensure you succeed in the workplace.

HOUSING
Participants will be living in WB staff accommodation, which is subsidized by Zero Ceiling. WB provides 24hr support through their resident advisor program, with which the Zero Ceiling youth worker works closely. For the first-term of the W2L program participants will be living in a single unit with two shared bedrooms. In the second-term, participants move into another unit with other WB employees.

SUPPORT
A Zero Ceiling youth worker supports W2L participants in their transition up to Whistler and throughout their entire time spent in the program. This is done through one-to-one meetings, group activities, workplace assistance, and general support and advocacy. Participants in the second term will also be paired with a suitable mentor to further support their independence.

ADVENTURE
The W2L crew meets weekly to go mountain biking in the summer and skiing/snowboarding in the winter. We start the season off with beginner lessons and gradually work up to intermediate terrain and are able to explore the trails of Whistler. We also participate in other adventure activities, such as zip lining, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking and much more. At Zero Ceiling we believe in the power of adventure and the personal growth that comes from the inherent challenge.

WHAT ELSE DO YOUTH GET OUT OF IT?
• A free seasons pass for Whistler Blackcomb resort (ski pass for winter, bike park pass for summer)
• Opportunities to access training courses of your choice.
• A fresh start in a new community.

WARNING
Drug and alcohol use is highly prevalent in Whistler and those in our programs will likely come into direct contact with such activities. If the youth you are working with is currently working to abstain from drinking or using drugs Whistler may not be a positive environment to do so. There are limited resources available for those who are in the process of quitting as well. If you have any questions regarding this information I encourage you to contact me.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To apply to the Work 2 Live Program, you must:
• Be 19-24 years old.
• Priority will be given to youth who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless.
• Have no drug or alcohol dependencies.
• Complete and sign the release of information form provided below.
• Successful applicants will need government issued photo ID and a bank account for employment purposes.
• Participants will also need to complete a Criminal Record Check to work for Whistler Blackcomb.

If you have any questions please contact

Sean Easton
Program Director
Zero Ceiling
604 902 4253
sean@zeroceiling.org
www.zeroceiling.org
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Please describe the applicant's abilities in the following areas:
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