Native Youth Centre

An innovative regional hub for Indigenous youth empowerment.

The Need

The Need

Urban Indigenous youth, Canada's fastest growing population, are the strong, resilient, gifted leaders of tomorrow. Today's youth deserve better outcomes than previous generations, and yet in many cases, these young people don't get to realize their full potential.

History has put Indigenous youth today at a disadvantage. The challenges they face are significant: they are confronted with higher rates of homelessness, mortality, overdose, early pregnancy, and mental health concerns, while also facing lower educational attainment, employment, and income rates than their non-Indigenous peers.

Despite these obstacles, we see the resilience of Indigenous youth, and their ability to succeed. When we provide space for them to feel a positive sense of belonging, and to connect with culture and community – where they know that their voices are not only heard, but that they matter – these young people thrive.

UNYA sees 26,000 youth visits annually. We have played a transformational role in the lives of many Indigenous youth in Vancouver, but there is so much more we can do. By increasing our capacity through the Native Youth Centre, we expect to double the number of Indigenous youth we are able to serve.

Vision

Vision

The Native Youth Centre will be the first facility of its kind in North America - a purpose-built, regional hub, where Indigenous youth access the resources, programs, and services that will help them reach their fullest potential.

This will be a place where Indigenous youth can meaningfully engage with their community, build confidence, develop knowledge, life, leadership and employment skills, and feel that they belong.

Our vision is for a 50,000-square-foot Indigenous youth hub at the corner of East Hastings and Commercial Drive, in the heart of the urban Indigenous community. The centre will offer a diverse continuum of culturally informed, youth-focused programs and services, including: a health and wellness centre, alternative school programs, recreation facilities, social enterprise, spiritual and ceremonial spaces, an arts studio, and more.

In addition to these programs and services, UNYA is working with the City of Vancouver to create an affordable housing project, co-located with the Native Youth Centre. This project targets 180 homes, with housing priority given to Indigenous youth and their families. Our shared vision for this complementary housing component is to create a supportive intergenerational community.

Realizing Our Vision

Realizing Our Vision

UNYA has a philanthropic goal of $6 million to build the Native Youth Centre. With your help, we're confident we'll get there.

The Native Youth Centre is opening doors not only for Indigenous youth, but for the whole community. This project presents an exciting opportunity for us all to take meaningful steps on the path to reconciliation. Every contribution we receive will help us create a community of caring in support of Indigenous youth.

Many partners have already joined us in our efforts to make this a reality. Through major partnerships with Suncor Energy and the City of Vancouver, we have secured $19 million in land for the Native Youth Centre. With growing support, and land for the project secured, we are well on our way. But the Native Youth Centre won't get built without your help.

Ways to Help

Ways to Help

  • Donate to the Native Youth Centre Today

     Donating is a great way to meaningfully contribute to reconciliation, and the best way to support the creation of the Native Youth Centre. In addition to cash donations, we are also able to accept donations of securities and mutual funds. Because the CRA does not apply capital gains tax on donations of publicly traded securities, a donation of securities or mutual fund shares is the most efficient way to give charitably. We’re able to accept these donations through Canada Helps, the largest processor of online security and mutual fund donations in Canada. Click on our donate button to get started.

    Making a donation - large or small - is the best way to support the creation of the Native Youth Centre.

    Cheques or money orders can be sent to:Urban Native Youth Association1618 E Hastings St,Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6

  • Major Gifts & In-Kind Donations

     Interested in making a major gift? Would you like to include the Native Youth Centre in your planned giving? Are you able to donate a product or service that will help make this vision a reality?

    We'd love to hear from you!If you are interested in making a major gift, please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

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Partners

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