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Who We Are

The Educational Initiatives are programs that focus on every young person’s potential to learn and be successful. Our educational programming is intended for youth who have found that the “regular” school system was not for them, whether because of differences in learning, social challenges, or other factors.

All programs focus on the strengths of young people, and the belief that through education, opportunities are created for youth and their families. These youth centered programs have been developed and informed through the thoughtful input of the many youth who learn with us.

Who We Serve

The Educational Initiatives help youth 16 to 29 who are struggling with staying in school or who have left school already.
We have 2 programs:

Youth at Promise

Young people 16 and over who have not completed high school are welcome at YAP. If you found that school was not the place for you, or you are overcoming challenges with housing, addiction or mental health, Youth at Promise may be the appropriate program for you. People in this program may have attended school throughout junior high and into high school, but may have large gaps in their literacy and numeracy that need support before other programming options can be explored.

Springboard GED

Youth 18 and over who have not finished high school are the learners in this program. If you are able to attend classes several times a week for a few hours, and have attended school up to grade 8, this is the program for you.

How to Refer

Referrals are accepted for all programs throughout the academic year. We like to meet all young people who are interested in learning with us at Thrive. Both Youth at Promise and Springboard GED have a rolling intake process, meaning as space becomes available we add new students in to fill spaces.

Referrals are accepted from anyone – from the young person interested in school, family members, or community professionals; however, we ask that the young person be involved in the referral process so we have an accurate picture of their situation.

Referral Form THRIVE

Completed referral forms can be sent to any of the below contact by e-mail, mail, or fax.

Director of Programming

Ellie Jones: 754-0536 ext. 210

Learning Facilitators:

Shelby Arnold 754-0536 ext. 205

Veronica Hounsell 754-0536 ext. 206

Alex Powell: 754-0536 ext. 214

Fax: 709-754-0842

Mailing Address: 


PO Box 26067

St. John’s, NL  A1E 0A5

How to Volunteer

The Educational Initiatives have many opportunities for volunteers. From in-class tutoring, proctoring GED examinations, or preparing healthy snacks for our learners, volunteers are an asset to all of the services that Thrive provides.

To be matched with an opportunity please complete the Online Volunteer Application.

Alternatively, you can contact Erin Butler or 754-0536 ext. 207 for more information, or see the Volunteer Section of this website for current opportunities.

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