Community youth workers work with partner organizations to best support youth in the community. We have 257 partners and counting.
Here are some of the ongoing initiatives that we offer in partnership.
BC Youth Week
BC Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun-filled interaction and a celebration intended to build a strong connection between youth and their communities. This event is intended to highlight the interests, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province.
Community youth workers initiated an annual citywide camping trip in which they share resources and funding to minimize financial barriers for vulnerable young people. With the financial support of the Len Cederholm Memorial Trust Fund and Community Associations, 10 Park Board sites with 100 local youth take part in activities such as team building, swimming, kayaking, archery, hiking, and many other activities.
Chill Vancouver operates year-round with snowboard, skateboard, and stand up paddleboard programs for youth from 10 to 18 years old who are dealing with various life challenges. We work with various schools, youth agencies, social programs, and boardsports partners to provide these programs with all associated costs covered and barriers to participation removed.
The camp is planned in partnership with five Park Board community centres and their youth workers. With inspiration from the Equitas Speaking Rights program, this 2-night camping trip is geared toward fun outdoor recreation experiences and educating young people, between the ages of 13-18, on human rights issues. During one activity, youth were asked to share their experiences and feelings on racism and discrimination.
This partnership between Strathcona, Ray-Cam, Pacific Community Resources Society, and Pathways to Education offers free supports such as tutoring, mentoring, financial supports, and one-on-one support.
Moresports creates and facilitates recreational programs for children aged 5-13 that promote sport and leadership development. Supported by a city-wide network of community partners, they ensure positive engagement and experiences among youth. Community youth workers work with and support hub developers in planning and offering a variety sports and physical activity programs in multiple neighborhoods across the city, and often help with leadership development for youth coaches and volunteers.
NASKARZ (Never Again Steal Cars) is an innovative program that addresses youth and gang crime through mentorship and positive relationships. Developed in partnership between RayCam Cooperative Centre, Vancouver Community College, and the Vancouver Police Department, this award-winning program offers young people from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside automotive, social, and educational opportunities.
Cars are just the hook into the program. NASKARZ is important for its participants’ futures because these kids are not hungry for crime; they’re starved for opportunity. The Insurance Corporation of BC credits NASKARZ as one of the initiatives that led to a 71% multi-year reduction in car-theft in Vancouver.
The Park Board partners with Night Hoops to provide a positive late night activity for young people. This supportive environment promotes community and personal development through teamwork, fair play, life skills, and fun. Night Hoops operates on the principle of inclusion. There are no skill level requirements, no cuts, and Night Hoops is free! Youth receive instruction from skilled basketball coaches who also provide life skills workshops.
The Positive Ticket program is developing positive relationships between the Vancouver Police Department, the Vancouver Park Board, and youth aged 10-18 years. Youth who are witnessed displaying positive behaviours could receive a Positive Ticket, redeemable for four complimentary drop-in visits to any Vancouver Park Board pool, fitness centre, or ice rink.
The Skate Host program is a partnership with the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition (VSBC), Roundhouse Community Centre Association (RCCA) and Park Board. It has been running successfully for over 12 years during the summer at the Downtown Skate Park. Skate Hosts are Park Board staff, hired to ensure a safe environment, teach skate skills and etiquette and maintain positive relationships with community members. Safety, creativity and originality are encouraged over pure skill.
Youth in Action is a Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) funded program for teens with mild to moderate behavioural and developmental needs. Youth participate in fun, challenging activities in a safe recreational environment. Youth must first be registered with a Children and Youth with Special Needs worker through MCFD.
Child and Youth Mental Health Substance Use Collaborative
The Child and Youth Mental Health Substance Use Collaborative is a group of professionals working towards the common goal of improving the lives of children, youth, and families struggling with mental health and substance use issues. The Collaborative’s local action teams and working groups address communication barriers, service delivery gaps, and coordination of care both locally and system wide.
Park Board community youth workers have taken a lead in developing youth service hubs across Vancouver. Regular meetings with youth-serving organizations are held as part of an extensive network of prevention and early intervention services for young people in the city. The partnerships, strategies, and joint ventures developed between these organizations combine to form a safety net of physical, social, and emotional support for children and youth in Vancouver.
Transition in Resources, Relationships, and Understanding Support Together (TRRUST)
TRRUST is a collective impact initiative around the common interest of achieving system-wide improvements in the outcomes for youth transitioning out of government care in Vancouver. The Park Board Youth Services Team are active participants of this collective.
In concurrence with the Healthy City Strategy and the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, every four months, youth serving organizations, ministries, government agencies, community members, and young people come together to work toward systemic change that will positively affect young people in our community.
Park Board community youth workers from across the city work together to ensure effective, innovative, responsive programs and services at Vancouver community centres. Community youth workers meet monthly to discuss mutual concerns, share knowledge, take part in trainings, provide support, and work on multi-site projects.