UNYA was formed in 1988 to assist the growing number of young Native people leaving reserves and coming to Vancouver. The Association offers programs in the areas of education & training, personal support, and sports & recreation. It is also involved in advocacy and community development. UNYA’s goal is to help Native youth reach their full potential.
The years between childhood and adulthood are full of challenges and choices. ANPs help Aboriginal youth meet the challenges and make good choices—and have fun too! ANP programs include education, job training, sports and recreation, cooking classes, and substance abuse treatment. Traditional knowledge, culture, and activities are always emphasized, so that youth develop not just as people but also as Aboriginal people.
Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society
PLWCS is located in Tsilhqot’in territory in Williams Lake, BC. It offers a variety of recreational programs for youth that emphasize traditional values and practices, including wilderness camping, competitive sports, archery, drumming, and art camp. PLWCS can also bring programs to communities upon request or collaborate with other organizations on program planning.
Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association (KAYA)
Established in 2002, KAYA is governed by a board of directors made up of local Aboriginal youth. It is located on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, but its members travel anywhere they can to promote youth inclusion and empowerment. KAYA has been recognized by the United Nations for its work in Aboriginal youth governance. It also operates the Song Weavers music studio, which is free for youth to use.
Broadway Youth Resource Centre
The BYRC is a one-stop youth centre that provides a wide range of social, health, education, employment, and life skills services. BYRC has been in operation since 1999 at the corner of Broadway and Fraser Streets in Vancouver. The BYRC building is also the site of Kwayatsut Housing, administered by Vancouver Native Housing Society; of the 101 units in Kwayatsut, 30 units are designated for youth.
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Big Sisters is committed to enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls through supportive relationships with female mentors. Every child in the BC Lower Mainland who needs a mentor, has a mentor.