Do you know a teen with a learning difference who wants to enter the workforce or apply to higher education opportunities but needs support and guidance to get there?


Secondary students or young adults with learning differences, ages 15-21, who are looking for graduation and workforce transition support are welcome to apply to the program.

The program is ideally suited for teens who will be starting Grade 10, 11, or 12 in September 2022.


RISE TEAM sessions are offered in-person or online via our interactive learning platform.

In-person sessions are available at our East Vancouver Learning Centre or in our North Vancouver Learning Centre.


Sessions are scheduled on a weekly basis on student and instructor availability. The length of the program is dependent on the needs of the individual student and is identified during the intake process.

Intake is rolling, so please apply now!

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Program Description

Our RISE  TEAM program combines our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) with additional Training to advance their Employability, Abilities, or support Matriculation (TEAM). This innovative employment readiness project is designed to help teens with learning differences transition from high school to paid employment, training, or higher education.

RISE TEAM is specifically designed for teen students and includes one-to-one explicit academic and life skills based instruction to focus on the needs, interests, and abilities of the teen. The program is tailored to the individual student to meet their academic needs support them with pre-employment skills and training, or the transition to post-high school training or education.

RISE TEAM participants are paired with a specialized instructor who works with them to develop manageable and timely goals that can be met during the program. Examples of goals include:

  • identifying areas of interest and skill when searching for employment opportunities or educational programs.
  • learning how to search and apply for jobs, creating and tailoring resumes and cover letters for the applications.
  • interviewing and professional communication.
  • life skills and communication skills and financial literacy.

RISE TEAM participants generally complete 8-12 weekly one-to-one sessions with their instructor to develop and meet their program goals.

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Program Highlights

The RISE TEAM program offers one-to-one instruction and support in the following areas:

  • Academic skill development.
  • Executive functioning skill development.
  • Development of employment or volunteer documents (resume, cover letters).
  • Development of applications for post-secondary education.
  • Mentorship and leadership training.
  • Identifying, applying to, and interviewing for employment or volunteer opportunities.
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Learn More About Our RISE TEAM

As part of the program, participants will also have the opportunity to apply and interview for a job at LDS, as part of building their employability skills. All participants will receive coaching and mentorship on all aspects of the application and interview process, and will have the opportunity to participate in a paid work experience at LDS as a Learning Centre Assistant or Program Assistant depending on their skill and interest. Paid work placements include 24 paid hours of work across 4-8 weeks that work around student school and extra curricular schedules.

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Funding for the 2022 program is provided by the United Way of British Columbia and the Ted Rogers Community Fund.

We would like to thank Disability Alliance of BC for their funding of our 2021 inaugural offering of RISE TEAM.

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Thank you to our donors

Our donors play a vital role in sustaining our programming. We are so grateful for their continued support of children and youth in our community with learning differences.