Genesis Central

Inter-Agency Alternative Programs
Student Group:
Alternative Education

The Genesis programs address the needs of students who have an extended history of non-engagement in school.  

Address: 3491 Fraser Street, Vancouver, B.C.  V5V 4C3
Administering School:Vancouver Alternative Secondary School

Program Description:

The Genesis programs address the needs of students who have an extended history of non-engagement in school.  The three Genesis programs are designed to meet the academic, vocational, personal and social needs of each student.

Student Profile:

Students are ages 16 to 18 years old and are working on Grades 10 Completion.  The Genesis programs work for students who have had a number of school failures and require a more supportive environment.  They also employ a team approach which includes but is not limited to school staff, Social Worker, Probation Officer, parent/guardian, mental health worker and/or one-to-one worker to help students be successful. Students referred to this program meet the Ministry of Education criteria for designation in the “H” category.

Academic Goal:

Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/guardian and program staff. Genesis students work on a Grade 10 Completion program.  Adaptations and modifications are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students.  In addition to the academic component, students may be engaged in work experience, recreation, social and life skills activities.  Transition Plans will be developed to provide transition to a senior alternative program, a vocational program, a college program or employment.

Referral Process:

Referrals from MCFD or Aboriginal delegated agency Social Worker or Probation Officer are emailed to the MCFD Youth Services Community Liaison. Referrals are accepted on an on-going basis reviewed by a MCFD/VSB screening committee to determine eligibility, placement and priority.

Program Capacity and Staffing:

Each Genesis program enrolls 20 students and has 1 VSB Teacher and 1 Youth Worker employed by PLEA Community Services Society of BC.