Collaboration is in our DNA


We are proud to deliver our programs in partnership with government, school districts, law enforcement and other non-profit organizations. Hear what our partners are saying: 

Many of my students have been exposed to the pitfalls of addiction, prostitution and gang life. It has become all too common that students leave elementary school at the age of 12 only to be fully engaged in an addiction within a few years. It is a major issue that has yet to be dealt with in an effective manner. Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative is out to change that.
— Justin Borsato, Grade 7 Teacher, Britannia Elementary School, Vancouver

For the past seven years, I have witnessed Joe Calendino mesmerize students with the story of his former life. Young males nod their heads while Joe talks about early experiences to which they can closely relate. Females are just as affected by Joe’s story and it is this genuine relating of the truth behind the glory, that has youth buying into wanting to be part of writing a new outcome for themselves through participation in Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative.
— Adair Bastin, Youth Care Worker at City Central Learning Centre

Joe Calendino and the Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative have made a difference in the lives of many students. I have watched many troubled youth from our school and community become young, confident men and women, who are now mentoring their peers, taking on leadership roles, and thriving toward their preferred futures. They are part of the YBYG team, giving back to the community, and continuing to grow and learn as young adults.
— Janice Smith, Principal South Surrey Learning Centre