Practicum Student Placements

Boyle Street Community Services has been working in the inner city of Edmonton since 1971 to serve, support, and empower people to take control of their lives and escape the cycle of poverty and homelessness. 


Our mission is to build and provide community supports for vulnerable populations who face multiple barriers to inclusion. Our vision is to see that all people grow healthier through involvement in strong, accepting and respectful communities.  

We operate under a set system of values created in conjunction with our clients: 


  • Boyle Street is a home, a family, a village – a place of safety, trust, love, welcome and also a place with all the challenges that a home, a family, and a village bring. 

  • Everything we do matters, and the little things are just as important as the big ones – a small gesture can have a great impact on another’s life. 

  • We believe that life is too serious to be taken seriously and humour is a central part of our life and work at Boyle Street. 

  • Our community members are diverse, and we welcome everyone. We serve adults, youth, and families and are proud to act as a knowledgeable resource for Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+, and new immigrant communities. 


To see our full list of organizational values, click here.  

Program Descriptions

Housing First Program

Accepting one student

The Boyle Street Housing Unit is one of the Housing First agencies in partnership with Homeward Trust. This program is multifaceted and faced paced completing everything from walk-in and phone assessments, program enrollments, referrals, ID services, income set up, conversing with landlords, teaching home skills, setting goals, and advocating for our community members. This can be an intense area to work and requires a more experienced student. The ideal student would be at least a 2nd year student coming from a social services, addictions, community development, political science or counselling (diploma or degree) program.


Managed Alcohol Program (MAP)

Accepting 1-2 students

The Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) is designed to support people who are consuming non-beverage alcohol (i.e. hand sanitizer) and/or whose consumption of alcohol is negatively impacting their housing status and health. Participants are provided a daily allotment of wine, assisted with resource provision and system navigation, and participate in programming and peer groups. Students will learn harm reduction skills, case management, social justice, ethical dilemma navigation, de-escalation, working in a multi-disciplinary team. The ideal student is a 3-4 year Social Work Student.


Street Outreach

Accepting 1 student

Street Outreach works with individuals who reside in encampments throughout the city of Edmonton primarily situated in the river valley system. Workers build relationship and connect folks to services. This includes but it not limited to supporting community members with medical appointments ,mental health services, income support, ID, housing, etc. The primary street outreach worker supervising this student is a Registered Social Worker with her diploma therefore, we are looking for a Social Work student.


Streetworks Program

Accepting up to 3 nursing students

Streetworks has a number of health-related programs that include needle exchange, overdose prevention and response, nursing station, STBBI education, testing and treatment, and drug poisoning outreach to malls, library and LRT. It operates through a Harm Reduction, Health Promotion, Primary Health Care lens. Students from nursing, social work, addictions would be most appropriate for this program.


Intake and Referral

Accepting 1 student

The Intake team is responsible for Boyle Street’s intake and referral process, acting as the first point of contact for new clients (aka community members). The Intake Team is responsible for conducting intake assessments with community members to determine appropriate service referral and maintain up-to-date information on Boyle Streets’ data system. As one of the first points of contacts for community members accessing Boyle Street services, the Intake Worker will need to build positive rapport with a wide range of people, as well as staff internal and external to the organization. The Intake Worker will need to be skilled in assessing community members’ needs, including complex risk assessments, and have the ability to action plan to mitigate immediate risks, and find sometimes creative solutions to support the individual.

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