Park Board Recreation programs for youth


The Basics
Young people visit the City's community centres every day to participate in sport, recreational, social, cultural, and educational programs. At the same time, they develop important relationships with friends and specially trained staff.

Community-based youth workers provide additional support and resources to youth aged 8 to 18 years, while dealing with the broad range of developmental issues facing today's young people.

Progam activities vary among centres, and are often designed and led by local youth in consultation with staff and youth volunteers. The youth worker's mission is to develop the capacity of youth by engaging them in active participation in the community using a holistic approach.

City Wide Youth Council (CWYC)
The CWYC was established to provide a municipal voice for local youth. Two representatives from each community attend monthly meetings (every second Wednesday for the month from 6-8pm). A team of CYWs support the youth at the meetings. The CWYC divides into 4 working groups – Global Issues; Event Planning; Fundraising; and Youth Week. 

Vancouver 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, interaction, and celebration intended to build a stronger connection between young people and their communities. In Vancouver, the Park Board Community Youth Workers work together with youth in their community and partner with youth serving agencies to host a large free youth driven event. For the past 3 years, this event has taken place in and around the Creekside Community Centre; however, a variation of this event has taken place for 13 years. Some activities include, 3on3 basketball, sumo wrestling and bungee race inflatables, hip hop, skateboarding competition, interactive community booths, Magic: The Gathering Card tournaments, performances by youth bands and individuals, a youth fundraiser BBQ, and youth can watch Dragon Boat Races during the event. The Youth Week Committee meets monthly to plan this event.













City Wide Backgrounder on Youth Workers
Community Youth Workers within the Vancouver Park Board system are part of an extensive network of prevention and early intervention services for young people in this city. Within that network, they work alongside other employees of the Park Board. They also work with our community partners including the: Vancouver School Board, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Police Department, Neighbourhood Houses and other Agencies delivering services to children and youth in the city. The partnerships, strategies and joint ventures that develop between these and other organizations combine to form the “safety net” of physical, social and emotional support that exists for children and youth in the city of Vancouver. To ensure consistency, support and to maximize resources, CYWs contribute to the citywide Community Youth Development Civic Youth Strategy. Citywide Objectives are consistent, Statistics are compiled in a standard format, and CYWs collaborate regularly on several citywide committees. Committees are described as follows:

For greater detail on the role of youth workers in the City, through the Board of Parks and Recreation, take a look at the attached word document.

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