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About our services for youth

The Vancouver Park Board and Community Centre Associations are strong supporters of young people and their families.

Through community centres, the Park Board strategically funds community youth workers in 17 Vancouver neighbourhoods to ensure there are caring adults who support, mentor, encourage, and empower young people. Community Centre Associations provide resources such as additional youth staff, supply budgets, and out-trip funding.

Through this partnership, we employ approximately 120 youth staff annually who implement programs, events, and initiatives. The community youth worker team is guided by the principles of:

  • Accessibility
  • Inclusion
  • Prevention
  • Collaboration
  • Best practices
  • Youth as partners

If you are a young person looking to get involved in your community or want to find out about opportunities, contact your local community youth worker.

Locations

Find a community centre in your neighbourhood

Services

Each community is unique and services provided vary depending on needs, resources and input from the young people in each area. The following are examples of the types of services available:

  • Social programs
  • Educational programs
  • Physical recreation
  • Leadership development
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Employment training
  • Life skills training
  • Out trips
  • 2SLGBTQ+ programs
  • Specialized programs
  • Community events
  • Resource referrals

For more information and to find out specific opportunities in your neighbourhood, contact your local community youth workers.

Community youth worker profiles

Learn about the community youth workers who encourage the development of young peoples' strengths and skills at Park Board community centres in Vancouver.

Annual reports

2017 (16 MB)