What is THRIVE?

THRIVE: Transforming Hiring Relationships; Inspiring Vocational Experiences

An innovative concierge service for youth with diverse abilities that offers one to one coaching, mentorship, advocacy and direct connections to employers.

THRIVE assists post-secondary graduates aged 19-29 create employability foot holds while gaining confidence, tools, experience and the ‘how to’ towards reaching vocational goals.

The goal of THRIVE is to assist young post-secondary graduates (aged 19-29) with diverse abilities in obtaining sustainable employment.

The THRIVE approach recognizes that the current system does not always provide suitable opportunities between employers and post-secondary graduates with diverse abilities. Our aim is to support participants in building vocational and employability skills, and assist employers to harness the talent of these individuals. The services are customized to meet the unique needs of each participant and employer.

THRIVE leverages the BC Centre for Ability’s many years of experience in vocational services; partnerships with community service providers and BC post-secondary institutions; and links with key employers.

THRIVE works to further perceptual shifts within our local employment landscape while promoting innovation, diversity and inclusion.’

‘So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.’

Christopher Reeve

Community Support:

THRIVE is supported by the RBC Future Launch Initiative, Coast Capital Savings Community Investment Grants For Youth and the BC Centre for Ability Foundation.

The THRIVE Process

THRIVE Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is Eligible For THRIVE?

  • Clients who are between the ages of 19 – 29
  • Clients who identify as having a disability
  • Have completed, or, are in process of completing some post-secondary education

How many spots are available?

  • Currently this is a pilot program with 15 spots available
  • A waitlist will be available once current spots have been filled
  • Intakes are continuous and not cohort based

Are there any costs associated?

  • No this is a free service for clients, institutions and employers

How do I apply?

  • You can self-refer or have an employment counsellor apply on your behalf
  • See our referral form on our landing page

What is the length of the program?

  • At least 20 hours of service for a minimum of three months; however it is flexible depending on individual client needs
  • What can one expect to receive after service completion?
  • Participants will have increased employability and job search skills with the potential of having a relevant work experience.

‘The single most powerful element of youth is that you don’t have the life experiences to know what can’t be done.’

Adam Braun

Contact Information

Program Manager
(604) 451-5511 (x1423)

Vocational Consultant

(604) 551-3287

General Enquiries

THRIVE Program
BC Centre for Ability
2805 Kingsway, Vancouver V5R 5H9

Tel: (604) 451-5511
Fax: (604) 630-3041