Each of the 24 Vancouver Park Board community centres provides opportunities for youth to gain volunteering experience. There are varying opportunities that are site dependent. Some opportunities include, event planning as part of a committee, special event set-up and clean-up, computer mentoring, assisting with programs for children, volunteering at a concession, youth room supervision, administrative assistance, etc.
Each community centre offers a variety of training for local youth. Trainings can include leadership development, planning, self-advocacy skills, career goal setting and planning, problem solving, effective communication, conflict resolution skills, Food Safe, first aid, public speaking, resume writing, interview skills, and more.
We are developing a Leadership Certification Program to acknowledge youth involvement at their community centre and in their community.
VPD Cadet Program
The Vancouver Police Department Cadet Program is a community-based youth program that brings together high school students from grades 10 to 12, and gives them the tools to maximize their personal potential.
Emphasis is placed on the five VPD Core Values: integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence. There is no cost to join and everything is provided throughout the year.
Youth Firefighting Opportunities
Are you a high school student with a passion for finding out more about a career in firefighting?
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services provide different opportunities for secondary school students to learn that working as a firefighter involves more than just fighting fires.