Youth

Support and activities for kids, youth, and young adults

Resources

Aboriginal Youth Safehouse

A voluntary, short-term, live-in program for youth ages 16 to 18 who do not have a safe place to stay

 

Aged Out

Resources to help youth aging out of care with the transition to adulthood

 

Agreements with Young Adults

If you’ve been in foster care or had a Youth Agreement, you may qualify for this program to help cover a range of costs while you go back to school, or attend rehabilitation, vocational or approved life skills program

Arts Umbrella

Programs of various levels for young artists age 2-22

 

Aunt Leah's Place

Helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. Provides supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.

 

Be The Change Earth Alliance

Empowers youth to take personal and collective action for a just, sustainable, resilient, and personally-fulfilling world

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

Various mentoring programs for youth

Boys and Girls Club BC

Offers activities that are not only of interest to kids, but that are good for them, too: sports, homework, safe access to the online world, arts, crafts, and of course, sharing meals.

Broadway Youth Resource Centre

A one-stop youth centre that provides a wide range of social, health, education, employment, and life skills services to youth

Canucks Autism Network

Recreational, employment, and skills training for autistic children and youth

City of Vancouver Youth Programs

Programs for youth throughout BC. Young persons age 8-18 can also receive support from youth workers who provide additional support and resources. 

Covenant House

Programs and housing for youth and young adults facing homelessness

 

Directions Youth Services

Offers low-barrier programs and services to support youth under the age of 25 who are in crisis or experiencing homelessness

Drive Youth Employment Services

Specialized youth employment services, creative youth programming, and a drop-in resource room. All of services are available to youth aged 16-30.

Driver Licensing and ID

Info on how to obtain or renew a driver license or other provincial ID

Environmental Youth Alliance

Engages youth facing barriers to become environmental stewards and community leaders

Ethos Lab

Promotes diversity in engineering, tech, science, arts, and math education by offering low-barrier learning opportunities

Helpline for Children

If you are a child or youth and would like to talk to someone call the Helpline for Children at 310-1234.

You do not need an area code. You can call at any time of the day or night and you do not have to give your name.

 

Human and Nature Youth Club

Offer nature-based programs for youth grades 1-12. Programs include nature curriculum, field trips and competitions.

Inner Hope Youth

Social programs, life skills, and housing for youth in East Vancouver

Kids Help Phone

Wellness support in multiple languages

 

KidSafe

Provides nurturing safe havens for children facing adversity when schools are traditionally closed

Kids Up Front

Provides tickets to partner organizations so that children and their families can enjoy special experiences in the community

Legal Rights For Youth

Information about legal rights for youth in BC

LOVE: Leave Out Violence

Offers media arts and leadership programs to youth facing multiple barriers in the Lower Mainland

Promise Vancouver

Helps youth discover their inherent value through meaningful relationship and intentional programming in the Downtown Eastside.

Society for Children and Youth of BC

Promotes the rights and well-being of children through advocacy, education, and programs

South Vancouver Youth Centre

A hub for youth in South Vancouver

Street Youth Job Action

Gives youth the opportunity to earn money, confidence and skills, while connecting them to supports that lead to improved outcomes in their lives

Youth Space

An online crisis and emotional support chat service. Chats are without judgement and kept confidential and anonymous

 

YWCA Career Zone

A youth employment centre for job seekers aged 16-30, where they can access a range of free employment services

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are some notable ages in BC?

  • Age of adulthood: 19

  • Age you can drive: 16

  • Age you can fly: 17 to obtain a Private Pilot License; 18 for Commercial

  • Age you can work: 14 with parental permission; 16 no permission required

  • Age you can vote: 18

  • Age you can get a credit card: 19

  • Age you donate blood: 17

  • Age of consent: 16

  • Age of marriage: 16-18 with parental permission; 19 no permission required

  • Age you can own a firearm: 18

  • Age you can join the RCMP: 19, though you can start training at 18

  • Age you can join the military: 17 with parental permission; 18 no permission required

  • Age you can drink, smoke, or gamble: 19

  • Age you can stay home alone: no specific law, but 12 is the guideline

  • Age you can get a tattoo or piecing: no specific law, though the Ministry of Health suggests that studios should get parental permission for minors