Zero Ceiling’s signature Work 2 Live program is a Whistler-based residency offered annually to under-served, at-risk and homeless youth ages 19 to 24 from Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Corridor. The 12-month program builds on existing strengths while transforming participants’ lives, giving them the foundation and tools for moving forward in life with functional independence, responsibility, passion and purpose.

Each Work 2 Live participant is provided with housing, job training, employment, strengths-based life skills support, life coaching (focusing on goal-setting and self-development), outreach services, fitness training, one-to-one mentoring, adventure learning sessions, development of snowboard, ski or bike skills, and sports equipment. Counselling is available when needed. Participants also volunteer in the community. Adventure-based incentives (like a bungee jump experience, for example, or a day at the indoor climbing gym) are offered for completing key requirements of the program.

Work 2 Live youth are mentored throughout their residency by employment supervisors, coaches, instructors, outreach workers, volunteers, and Zero Ceiling staff. The program provides a unique opportunity for participants to live in a stable circumstance while making a fresh start, receiving key  support, and developing skills and habits needed for successful and independent lives.

Participants with a strong desire to embrace positive change can apply to the Work 2 Live program and must be:

  • 19 to 24 years old
  • Free of alcohol and drug dependencies
  • Homeless or at-risk of homelessness

Find out more about starting with our Adventure Sessions.


If you are referred by a youth agency, and you meet the following criteria, you can apply to participate in the Work 2 Live Program. You must be:

  • 19 to 24 years old
  • free of alcohol and drug dependencies
  • homeless or at-risk of homelessness
  • willing to embrace positive change.

Four participants are currently accepted for the winter program each year. Selection takes place in October. The program runs from November to the end of April each year.

Contact your local youth organization for more information or contact Zero Ceiling staff to apply directly.