What is a Local Youth in Care Network (Local)?
Locals are groups run by partnerships between youth and adult allies. They are designed to support youth in and from care ages 14-24. A local follows the Fed’s mission and Values Code. Local youth leaders are supported by host agencies and Fed staff who can help the group to establish a budget, create an annual plan and follow the Values Code. Each local is unique to the community that builds it. Some are fun activity-based, while others focus more on life skills, and some are a combination of both. Youth shape the local to best meet their needs. Locals also help the Fed provide a provincial voice for youth in and from care.
The Fed strives to help communities create a safe space for youth in and from care to come together, build connections, identify challenges, and feel at home.
Mission of a Local
To create an environment for youth 14-24 to come together for support so they don’t feel alone in their experiences. Locals should give young people an opportunity to meet new people, do fun activities, develop skills, and unite their voices to create change in the systems that affect them.
Why get involved with a local?
- Meet people with similar lived experiences and support each other
- Have fun with peers in and from care
- Help create a safe and fun space
- Unite their voices to create change in the system
- Build a group that meets the needs of youth in and from care in the community
- Help youth-serving organizations learn how to better work with youth in and from care
- Access to funding up to $4,000 a year
- Ability to use the Federation name and logo
- Work and build relationships with other Locals across BC
- Build and share knowledge of existing community resources throughout the province
- Promote Local’s activities through the Federation’s website, e-newsletter, social media, and Power Pages
- Help create a safe and fun space for youth in and from care
- Better understand how to work with youth in and from care
Surrey (Coast Fraser)
Host Agency: Options Community Services
9815 140 St, Surrey, BC V3T 4M4
Contact: Pryia Signh at email@example.com
Campbell River (Vancouver Island)
Host Agency: Sasamans Society
680 Head Start Crescent, Campbell River, BC V9W 1P9
Contact: Monica White at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parksville (Vancouver Island)
Host Agency: Family Resource Association
Contact: Ashley Fredrics at 250-752-6766
Victoria (Vancouver Island)
Prince George (North)
Host Agency: Prince George Native Friendship Centre
Contact: Roland Garney at (250) 564-3568
Host Agency: Interior Community Services
765 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, BC V2B 3J3
Contact: Renata Saat at email@example.com, Kristina Splane at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Carrie Davis at email@example.com
Host Agency: The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society
2604 Enterprise Way #8, Kelowna, BC V1X 7Y5
Contact: Danielle Venne at Danielle.Venne@thebridgeservices.ca
North Shore (Coast/North Shore)
Host Agency: North Shore Neighbourhood House
225 east 2nd street, North Vancouver, BC V7L 1C4
Contact: North Shore Neighbourhood House Youth Outreach Workers at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Are you interested in starting up a Local in your community? Contact Jeff O'Neill to help you start the application process.