Child and Youth Programs

Child and Youth programming

Child and Youth Programs offer a wide range of programming for children and youth ages 6-18 years old. The diverse programs range from after school literacy programs, pre-teen drop-ins, year round literacy camps, homework clubs, youth leadership, youth council, special services, as well as annual youth-driven community events. All programs take place at the neighbourhood house, local elementary or secondary schools, and community organizations within the Riley Park/Sunset areas.

Child and Youth programs are funded by City of Vancouver, United Way of the Lower Mainland, BC Gaming Branch, BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), Betty Averbach Foundation, TELUS, Coast Capital, Service Canada, Adopt-a School, CLICK, Vancity, BC Housing, Vancouver School Board, Community Schools Teams, PACs, and local donors.

Tanya Findlater
Manager of Child and Youth
604.879.7104 ext 310

Stephanie Feng
Child and Youth Coordinator

Steve Sorrenti
Youth Worker

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 5 elementary school students in grades 1-3.

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
Application Form

Who: Grades 1 – 3
When: Fridays;
Where: Gym
Cost: $60
Time: 3:00 – 4:45 PM

Contact: Stephanie

Henderson Elementary Literacy Leaders

Who: Grades 1 – 3
When: Monday, Wednesday;
Where: Gym
Cost: $25
Time: 3:00 - 4:45 PM

Contact: Stephanie

Spring Break Camp

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

Who: Ages 6-12
When: March 15 - 26
Where: LMNH
Cost: $145 / Week

Contact: Stephanie

CREW Preteen Cooking Program

A 6-week online cooking program for preteen children. The program is intended to engage preteens by offering interactive and supportive activities to gain life skills, social skills, and interpersonal skills.

Who: Ages 9 - 12
When: Thursday Nights
Time: 5:oo - 7:00 PM
Where: Online!

Registration: Contact Stephanie for a registration form


Youth Programs

(12-18 years old)

Learning is First (LIFT) Homework Club:

is a partnership program of the Vancouver School Board, Community School’s Team, and LMNHS that provides free tutoring, healthy food, mentorship, and recreation at Sir Charles Tupper and John Oliver Secondary School and supports the inclusion of 400 youth who face multiple barriers to success in school. The program strives to provide lifelong learning and academic success by keeping vulnerable youth’s minds active to acquire academic achievement and career readiness while keeping their bodies physically moving with recreational-based activities.


Who: Gr 8-12
When: Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 3:00 – 4:45pm
Where: Cafeteria
Cost: Free

Contact: Stephanie


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John Oliver: 

Who: Grades 8-12
When: Monday
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Where: The Hall, Sunset Community Centre
Cost: Free

Registration: Sign up with ActiveNet, open each week starting the Friday before

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 October 21 - December 12
Time: 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Where: Eric Hamber - Multipurpose Room
Cost: FREE

Registration: open to all Eric Hamber students

Contact: Stephanie

Mid-Main Mountaineers Youth Council: On Hold

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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:

supports children and youth with developmental delays, disabilities and social needs, through weekly 1-1 and group visits to connect clients to resources in the community. The focus of the visits is on life skills, social skills, and communication skills. Staff advocate on behalf of children and families, when appropriate. Referrals are based on a contract with MCFD.

Contact: Tanya