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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

Sandy's Place: Bridge Housing

Sandy’s Place Bridge Housing program provides transitional housing tenancies, to provide opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness to connect with community support and services while working toward securing housing.


Program Outcomes:

We try to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and engage residents with meaningful relationships and programming while they are in our bridge housing program. Students of the Sandy's Place Bridge Housing program can hope to gain valuable experience building relationships with community members experiencing barriers to accessing housing and inclusion in society.


Students will become familiar with systemic barriers which contribute to an individual experiencing homelessness and other forms of marginalization related to the stigma around mental illness, addiction, race, and poverty. They will also become familiar with the day-to-day operations of a Bridge Housing Program and the specific work of the person-centred staff that support Bridge Housing tenants.


Students will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, the Harm Reduction approach, and learn about existing community supports and programs, as well as learning about intersecting stories of individuals by meeting them where they are at in their journey toward securing housing.

The Ideal Student:

The ideal student for this placement will come from a Social Work or Community Services program. Preference is given to students from Indigenous Institutions.

Adult Community Supports

The Community Support program provides individuals with information, support, referrals, and advocacy to help them make positive life changes.


In keeping with the mission, objectives, and strategic plan of Boyle Street Community Services, the Program assists individuals with their recognized needs and goals to enhance their social, physical, and mental wellbeing. Our program supports adults ages 25 & up.


Program Outcomes:

Students can expect to learn how to support individuals in acquiring essential needs at Boyle Street income, shelter, food, clothing, transportation, legal, identification, and medical services. They can also expect to learn crisis intervention, including risk assessment and follow-up until the situation has calmed.


By the end of their practicum, students will have a solid understanding of social work knowledge, values, and skills, as well as a commitment to the principles that underpin professional social work practice. Students will be able to use skills, techniques, and analytical abilities and apply them to their professional development​.

The Ideal Student:

The ideal student would have competence in the field of service Procedures, rules, standards, and practices of Alberta Human Services, Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and other community agents.

Circle and Indigenous Cultural Program at Ubuntu

The Student would work closely with the Oskapewis Iskwew, Elders, and Kinship and Circle Program Manager as we provide a range of Indigenous cultural supports and services to the children and families Ubuntu and NE Clareview Children Services serve. This would include supporting visits, teachings, and ceremonies for our families with our Elders, supporting training events, ceremonies, and teachings for Ubuntu staff and our partners at NE Clareview Children Services, helping to organize and facilitate Circles for our families, and working with the above teams to both learn from and provide ideas and feedback on how Ubuntu’s programing can grow.

The Ideal Student:

The ideal student would come from an Indigenous background and be in a post-secondary program related to Social Work, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, Human Ecology, Child and Youth, Women Studies, Psychology, etc.

HELP (Human-Centred Engagement & Liaison Partnership)

The Human-Centred Engagement & Liaison Partnership (HELP) Team is a collaboration between Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). HELP aims to divert individuals from the criminal justice system by connecting them to resources to better meet their needs, including housing, income, substance use support, mental health support, etc. Referrals for the HELP Team come solely from EPS Patrol to help reduce the demand on the frontline.


HELP works with individuals who are involved in ‘social disorder’ calls, which include panhandling, public intoxication, trespassing, etc. Often, these types of calls are generated by an individual’s need to survive, as opposed to creating intentional public disorder. Boyle Street Navigators and EPS Constables often attend on the scene once a referral is made, and can support individuals with community-based advocacy, follow-up appointments, and court. Individuals are not mandated to work with HELP, as it is a consent-based program.

Program Outcomes:

As stated in the name, HELP is human-centred, which means they position the individual they are serving in control of all the decisions and referrals made on their behalf. Students will learn what strengths-based approaches, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care look like in practice. As well, students will gain an in-depth understanding of how each institution (BSCS and EPS) operates, and how they use their unique strengths to complement one another.

The Ideal Student:
Students who are interested in social and criminal justice are encouraged to complete a practicum with the HELP Team. Please note, all students must complete an EPS enhanced clearance check before being able to start their practicum.

Community Centre Drop-In

The Drop-In programming forms the focus of activities at our Community Centre located in Edmonton’s inner city. The Drop-In is a safe, welcoming and inclusive gathering space for individuals experiencing trauma, addictions, and mental health issues. These individuals are often homeless, face discrimination and poverty, have little or no belongings (including clothing and basic needs) and are isolated from family and other social supports.


The Drop-In provides meals, clothing and basic needs, assistance in accessing internal and external social services supports, human connection, and relationship building. Individuals are able to grow in caring for themselves, develop resilience, and confidence.

Program Outcomes:

Students in this program will develop relationships with community members, identifying strengths and working in a respectful way with individuals that have faced trauma and social exclusion. Students will work in collaboration with the drop-in support workers to build a good working knowledge of resources (both internal and external and help advocate and make referrals for clients. Students can also expect to help facilitate community events, as well as collecting data and engaging client in surveys to assess needs.


The Ideal Student:

The ideal student for this placement will come from a Social Work or Community Services program. Preference is given to students from Indigenous Institutions.

Group Living Program (GLP)

If you are looking to make a difference in a young person’s life, look no further than Group Living Program (GLP).  

Group Living Programs provide stability, consistency and predictability to support children and youth from ages 0-24 in the pursuit of relationship building and permanency. Through collaborations with Children’s Services and their social service agency partnerships, GLP works towards the physical well-being, relationship development and preservation of the cultural as well as the ethnic diversity of the young people we serve.


Our Group Living Programs protect individual rights, teach self-advocacy and ensure that developmental milestones and transition planning into adulthood is done from a multi-disciplinary, clinically supported, therapeutic crisis intervention, trauma-informed place of care. 


Program Outcomes:

Students will have the opportunity to develop their communication, teamwork, and organizational skills while putting classroom theories into practice. Using a trauma-informed approach, students will learn how to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with young person(s) and support them with their individualized goal plans. Students will shadow frontline workers to observe how Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) strategies and Life Space Interviews (LSI) are used to diffuse crisis and bring a young person back to their baseline.


Students will gain insights into legislation that oversees Group Care and how collaborative partnerships with Children Services and Collaborative Service Delivery(CSD) Workers benefit the young person.


The Ideal Student:

The ideal student would come from the MacEwan University (or similar) CYC program (2nd year or higher) or an Addiction and Community Support Worker program.

ID Services

Four Directions Financial Services is part of the social enterprise side (a business that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose) of Boyle Street Community Services. We are a multi-programmed service that offers banking, identification acquisition and mail service to over 3000 clients. Our focus is on assisting those who are marginalized, homeless or at risk of homelessness, and who experience multiple barriers in a variety of areas such as housing, financial services, employment, education, etc.


All staff within the Four Directions family of services are cross-trained to assist clients in all three areas and are knowledgeable in all Boyle Street and Inner City resources to make referrals when needed. This is a fast-paced, widely experienced Team, who continue to grow and expand their services to ensure that all clients are able to access the resources they need.


The Ideal Student:

For any students seeking placement within Four Directions, we are searching for: energetic, socially aware, compassionate individuals, who are interested in being part of a multi-disciplined team. Students should be ready to engage a diversity of clients, be somewhat trauma-informed, and be open and willing to engage culturally supported Indigenous teachings and practices. 


Four Directions Financial Services presently has one placement designated to Norquest College through their Settlement program. We are open to receiving one additional student for placement.


Ubuntu Children and Families

The Ubuntu Children and Families program was created over 5 years ago to deliver innovative services to vulnerable children, youth and families in Northeast Edmonton. Ubuntu was born out of a shared vision of the C5 partnership - a collaboration made up of Boyle Street Community Services, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre, and Terra Centre.


The C5 had a vision for a new type of cutting-edge service delivery model that could be provided by working together differently. With the spirit of collaboration at its heart, Ubuntu offers families access to a streamlined set of services when they need it most. Ubuntu staff and the service team wrap around the family, supporting them with whatever they (the family) identify as needed to be successful.


Our strong relationship with the Provincial Government has been instrumental to the impact we have had with families, as we work alongside the North East/Clareview Child and Family Services Neighbourhood Centre.


Program Outcomes:

Students can expect to learn how to case plan, provide frontline support to children, youth and families, as well as intimately learn the legislation related to the Family Youth Enhancement Act.


The Ideal Student:

The ideal student would be a 3rd or 4th-year student in a social work or CYC program (or related field). Preference is given to students from Indigenous Institutions or specialization.


Apply for Student Practicum

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