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We work together with children, youth, families and individuals to build healthy and positive lives through counselling, education and support.
The Bridge Youth & Family Services positively affects the lives of children, youth, families and individuals through leadership in policy development and innovative programing, locally, provincially and nationally.
Principles and Core Values
Children, Youth, Family and Individual Needs
Meeting the needs of children, youth, families and individuals is maintained as our highest ideal. It is against this that all our activities are ultimately measured. We remain sensitive to the changing needs of children, youth, families and individuals and assume the initiative in assisting them to meet their needs through the provision of innovative and quality programs and services.
In the delivery of programs, we are proactive, effective and professional, with continuous quality improvement being central to our work. We implement ongoing measures of effectiveness, keep abreast of the most current research in related fields, and attempt to meet the most current standards of programs and services. We subscribe to a code of ethics to ensure accountability.
All people can access our services.
We cooperate and form partnerships with other community agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, for the purpose of providing quality service for children, youth, families and individuals. We openly and freely share information and resources that will enhance the lives of children, youth, families and individuals.
We believe that the family unit, in all its diversity, is the basic building block of society and actively support the family's efforts to meet the needs of its members.
Growth and Empowerment
All individuals who are in contact with us feel respected and valued. We believe that all individuals have the capacity for positive change and growth. Wherever possible, we provide individualized programs and safe, positive, and nurturing services which foster individual growth, development and positive self-esteem.
We recognize and support the fundamental rights of individuals. We are sensitive to cultural diversity and work to ensure equal participation in our activities. We believe services that are voluntary, involve the program participant, and employ the least intrusive method in the shortest period of time are respectful of program participants' rights.
We value people as our most important resource. We achieve our mission through the work of our volunteers and employees and ensure that they are adequately trained, supported, and rewarded. We achieve congruence between individual and organizational goals and foster the concept of collaboration.
We operate with a focus on sustainability.
The Society believes that an outcome orientation and feedback is essential to providing effective service. The Society monitors the effectiveness of its services through a regular survey of program participants.
More About Us
The Bridge Youth and Family Services Society, a non-profit, charitable organization, has been developing and providing innovative and quality programming for children, youth and families in the Central Okanagan of British Columbia since 1969. The Bridge is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by dedicated and caring individuals. Funding is received from provincial, federal and municipal governments, foundations, service clubs, businesses and individual donations.
The Bridge Youth and Family Services Society works to enhance the lives of all citizens of our community and is committed to service excellence. The Bridge is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Families. We have implemented research and development as well as continuous quality improvement initiatives.
The Bridge continually strives to strengthen our connections to the community and those who use our services. We welcome stakeholder feedback and input. We work with other service agencies to streamline service delivery.
We hope you enjoy this website and find it useful. For some it will be the beginning of our connection with you, while for others who already know us, we hope it will deepen your understanding of the Bridge and its activities. Whether you wish to access our services or support our activities, we sincerely welcome you.