Youth Programs and Activities
Here for you during COVID-19
The Youth Services team is here to support youth during this challenging time. We are working hard to support needs that arise and help connect youth to appropriate resources where available.
The best way to stay up-to-date on the online programming and support services we offer is to connect with us on Facebook or Instagram.
Programs modified during COVID-19 include:
- Saturday online games groups
- Whatever weekly virtual and/or in-person meetings
- Youth Mind Club
- Youth Outreach Program offering virtual and in-person sessions with youth
New programs created during COVID-19 include:
- At-Home Garden Project – an initiative to help youth grow their own gardens from home this summer; the project was funded by Enhance West Van
- Pre-Employment Program –successful youth will leave the program with certifications and experiences to add to their resumes through the facilitation of various educational workshops and pre-employment training sessions; this program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and West Vancouver Community Foundation
- Food Security Program – this program is supported by Enhance West Vancouver
- Online Fitness Classes – this program is supported by Enhance West Vancouver
- In-Person Fitness Classes – this program is supported by Enhance West Vancouver
- Laptop Devices for Vulnerable Youth - this program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and West Vancouver Community Foundation.
Youth Week is an international celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun, interaction and celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the accomplishments and diversity of youth. Youth Week events in West Vancouver typically consist of a variety of events designed to showcase, entertain and empower youth in our community.
Join this celebration of youth accomplishments, diversity and issues, while helping to build a strong connection between young people and your community.
Visit bcyouthweek.com to learn more about the events and activities we have in store for Youth Week 2021!
Whatever Rec Night
Saturday, May 8 from 5–8:30 p.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre
Cost: Free! Registration required.
West Vancouver Youth Services invites you to another free after-hours all-bodies Rec Night for LGBTQIA2S+ youth and their allies during BC Youth Week! The activities on offer will include leisure swimming in the Aquatics Centre, and free play in the Gymnastics Centre. Top that off with free pizza and time to hang out and play games in the Youth Lounge, and you’ve got a night to remember!
Virtual Youth Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 5 from 6–7 p.m.
The District of West Vancouver's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), Mayor and Council, and interested family and friends are all invited to the annual Youth Council Meeting—virtual for 2021! YAC will prepare and deliver a mock council meeting in which they discuss something of importance to West Vancouver youth. This important event is a great opportunity for youth to share their own thoughts and opinions with community leaders on relevant and timely issues for youth.
Contact Melanie to register:
Preteen Rec Night
Saturday, May 1 from 5–8:30 p.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre
This activity is full.
Youth Services staff will host an after-hours Preteen Rec Night for grades 6 and 7 at the West Vancouver Community Centre for BC Youth Week. Preteens won’t soon forget the opportunity to have the community centre to themselves, with leisure swimming at the Aquatics Centre, drop-in gymnastics in the Dynamic Movement studio, their own individual pizza for dinner, and time to hang out and play games in the Youth Lounge!
Cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check back soon for updates.
Calling all youth in Grade 6 & 7–come hang out and visit with your friends on Friday afternoons at Gleneagles Community Centre. Drop in from 3 to 5 p.m. or register for the Late Night Program from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for sports and games, arts and crafts, or field trips to awesome locations!
View the leisure guide for current dates and to sign up.
The Summer Work Experience & Adventure Program (SWEAP) is a unique opportunity for West Vancouver youth ages 15-18. The program provides youth with employment training and a paid work placement for the participants, as much as possible in a setting consistent with your interests and/or career choices. You do not need to be job-ready to apply, as the focus of the program is on pre-employment training, opportunity, and direct work placement for development and growth.
We work together with local North Shore businesses to provide a positive first work experience for youth and convey a realistic healthy message to our young people about responsibility, relationships, and rewards. We also work with many local service providers and other community leaders to expose the participants to a range of workshops and training that will assist them in gaining the confidence and knowledge they need to enter the workforce.
Find out more about how to get involved in this program:
Places and spaces
Looking to complete volunteer hours for school? Want to work with a community group or start building your career skills and resume? There are lots of opportunities for you!