Indigenous youth paddling in the Coast Salish Canoe Races

Giving Vancouver's youth a strong voice

We work to engage Vancouver's young residents, and ensure that youth have a strong voice in municipal decision-making.

Our goals are to:

  • Ensure youth have a place in the city
  • Ensure a strong youth voice in decision-making
  • Promote youth and their contributions as a resource to the City
  • Strengthen the support base for youth in Vancouver

Interact with City Hall, find out about opportunities to get involved with the community, find available youth organizations, and more on our online youth portal,

Planning Vancouver together

What will your life be like in 2050?

We’ve launched the process to develop the Vancouver (City-wide) Plan that will guide our city to 2050 and beyond.

Share your voice and sign up for updates

Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee

Advises Council and staff on matters that relate to children, youth, and families.

Community youth workers

Many Vancouver Park Board community centres have community youth workers, adult allies that help youth develop their strengths and skills in many ways:

  • Facilitate positive and fun experiences for youth
  • Encourage pre-teens and youth to be active in their communities
  • Help reduce barriers to participation for youth
  • Work with youth to plan and implement youth-driven programs and events
  • Provide volunteer training and opportunities

Meet your community youth workers

Earn a Positive Ticket

Youth witnessed displaying positive behaviours could receive a Positive Ticket, redeemable for complimentary drop-in visits to Park Board facilities.

Learn how to earn a Positive Ticket

Help us fund youth-driven programs

Your donation to the Park Board Youth Services Fund will be used to develop youth-driven programs, events, and leadership initiatives.

Some events and initiatives that were planned and implemented by youth include an anti-bullying event, Vancouver Youth Week, multicultural events, and winter care packages for the homeless.

We will also use your donation to reduce barriers to participation in recreation for youth.

Donate now

Other resources for and by youth

CitizenU anti-bullying and anti-discrimination

Council is creating a safer, stronger, more inclusive Vancouver, by working with youth and their families to tackle racism, discrimination, and bullying.

Healthy youth

Get free information, tools, and resources to help teens make safe and healthy choices, and form lasting relationships with mentors and peers.

Recreation programs for youth

We offer a full range of sport, recreational, social, cultural, and educational programs for youth. Find the dates, times, and locations for youth programs in your area.

Youth firefighting opportunities

Are you thinking of a career in firefighting? Learn about our special youth programs that give elite groups of high school students the total firefighting experience.