Child and Youth Programs


The Child and Youth Department offers a wide range of programming for children and youth ages 6-18 years old. These diverse programs range from after school literacy programs, homework clubs, pre-teen drop-ins, year round STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) camps, youth council, social justice and youth leadership, special services as well as annual Youth-driven community. All programs take place at the neighbourhood house, local elementary or secondary schools, and community organizations within the Riley Park and Sunset areas.

These programs are funded by Ministry of Children and Family Development, BC Gaming Branch, BC Housing, Service Canada, United Way BC, Vancity, BioTalent, Click, Soong Ching Ling Children's Foundation, Vancouver School Board, Community Schools Team, Parent Advisory Committees (PACs), and local donors.

Tanya Findlater
Manager of Child and Youth
604.879.7104 ext 310

Stephanie Feng
Child and Youth Coordinator

Children’s Programs (6-12 years old)

School’s Out: at Van Horne

The United Way Schools Out “Literacy Leaders” Program is an after-school program for students at Henderson and Brock.

The program aims to support 120 children from Van Horne, Elementary Schools as time goes on to build healthy relationships with 20 peer mentors - older high school students from Hamber, Tupper, and John Oliver Secondary Schools. Participants will be engaged in social-emotional learning and community engagement activities with an emphasis on building resilience, leadership, empowerment, and creating a sense of belonging. By supporting children's health and well-being, the program will provide positive after-school activities that explore: child rights, storytelling, academic, social, and physical literacy, including outdoor play.

The United Way School's Out Program will positively impact child participants who will benefit from increased social connections, a productive and safe space to spend their after-school hours. Youth mentors, meanwhile, will cultivate new leadership skills and build their confidence and experience by becoming positive role models for younger children. Inter-cultural connections will be facilitated between participants, and children and youth will increase their social networks and build trust, increase community connectedness, and improve confidence and critical thinking skills.

*** School's Out registration is open to children attending the schools listed below. ***

Van Horne Elementary Literacy Leaders

Who: Grades 5 – 7
When: Monday and Wednesday
Time: School Lunch time
Where: computer lab
Cost: FREE - 10 weeks


Who: Grades 5 – 7
When: Fridays
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Where: school gym
Cost: FREE - 10 weeks

Contact: Stephanie

Sir John Henderson Elementary Literacy Leaders

Who: Grades 2 – 4
When: Tuesday and Friday
Where: Gym
Cost: FREE - 10 weeks
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Contact: Stephanie

Brock Elementary Literacy Leaders

Who: Grades 2 – 3
When: Mondays and Wednesdays
Where: Building A Basement (Girls Side)
Cost: FREE - 10 weeks
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Contact: Stephanie

Pro-D Day Camps

Games, crafts, friends, sports, and most importantly FUN!

Who: Ages 6-12
When: 2022 - Oct. 21, Nov. 25, 2023 - Feb. 17, Apr. 24
Where: LMNHS
Cost: $40

Contact: Stephanie to be added to mailing list and enrollment dates.

Winter Camp 2022

STEAM activities, games, crafts, friends, sports, and most importantly FUN! Come join us for 2 days jam-packed full of fun! Skilled day camp staff lead this exciting 2-day program for kids ages 6-12.

Who: Ages 6-12
When: December 19-22
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: LMNHS
Cost: $125

Contact: Stephanie

CREW Preteen Program

A drop-in program for preteens ages 9-12 yrs. Learn about diversity, culture, social issues, art, cooking, and try new things.

Who: Ages 9 - 12
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: LMNHS (3981 Main Street)

Family membership required ($10.00) and no advanced registration required.
Registration: Contact Stephanie for a registration form

Youth Programs

(12-18 years old)

Homework Club

This program provides free tutoring, healthy food, mentorship, workshops, and recreation at Sir Charles Tupper and John Oliver Secondary School and supports the inclusion of 120 youth who face multiple barriers to success in school. The program strives to provide lifelong learning, academic success, and career readiness.


Who: Grades 8-12
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Cafeteria
Cost: Free

Registration required.
Contact: Stephanie

follow us on Instagram: homeworkclub_lmnh 

John Oliver: 

Who: Grades 8-12
When: Wednesday
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Room 208
Cost: Free

Registration required.
Contact: Stephanie

Application Form

is a youth volunteer, leadership, and community involvement program. The program takes place at Tupper/Hamber/John Oliver Secondary Schools for youth in grades 9-12 who are looking for opportunities to explore non academically focused career choices. This program provides social and pre-employment skills training in a workplace environment; training in conflict resolution, leadership, communication, resume writing, community event planning; and hands-on volunteer experience in a professional setting with local community agencies and businesses along Main/25th and Fraser/41st.

When: Mondays, Oct. - Dec.
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Eric Hamber - Multipurpose Room
Cost: FREE

Registration: open to all Eric Hamber students

Contact: Stephanie

Mid-Main Mountaineers Youth Council: On Hold

Till then stay connected with us and get daily updates on online resources for mental health, please follow us on Instagram @ymh_lmnh

Youth (13-18 yrs old) meet weekly to increase youth voice in the design and delivery of signature events in the community. This group of youth are mentored in facilitating collaboration, local planning, and community partnerships. Youth learn valuable transferable skills in finance, programming, communications, logistics, sponsorship and outreach. This committee of local youth are responsible for youth-driven programming to host youth-led annual events such as: Children's Day, Car Free Day, and World Refugee Day.

Who: Youth grades 8 – 12
When: Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Where: LMNH
Cost: FREE

Registration: at LMNH during program hours

Contact: Stephanie

Special Services Program:

Provides 1-1 or small group support to special needs children/youth and their families. This offsite program is citywide developing goals with the family, and social worker and connecting the children to their local resources. Referrals and funding through Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Contact: Tanya