Logo for youth initiative featuring the phrases "yo bro" and "yo girl" in bold lettering, styled within circles on a black background.

EMPOWERING YOUTH

We're helping youth make safe and healthy choices.

Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative runs a series of strength-based programs in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.  We cultivate resiliency in at-risk youth and empower them with tools to avoid the perils of drugs, gangs, crime and violence.

Gangs and Our Youth

Children and youth in gangs are put into life-threatening situations by those who recruit them. It is a dangerous game because most will have to carry out violence acts to prove themselves, which puts them at the centre of gang wars, and at high risk for criminal charges.

Our Approach

We focus on prevention. And we start in Grade 6.
By starting in elementary school, Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative staff and volunteer mentors aim to develop strong, healthy community early, whether it’s in school, after school, or during school holidays.

Resources

Children in purple shirts sitting on a gym floor, raising their hands and looking attentively forward during a group activity. For further details, contact us.

Every kid needs someone to look up to, to model their lives after. “Maybe I could be the person who, when it mattered, kids could listen to. Maybe I could be the person who pulls them back on the right track,” Billy says.

Testimonials

Justin chand
Justin chand
2024-04-01
Amazing program. Staff here are so welcoming and show a great observation of how the program works.
Carter Pasco
Carter Pasco
2024-03-25
I had the pleasure to work with Yo Bro Yo Girl as my practicum. This organization sets great examples for youth and provides community empowerment.
Sky Hall
Sky Hall
2024-03-25
YBYG is an inclusive and safe place for anyone that wants to grow and learn. From staff to participants, it’s a place to become a better version of yourself.
Baltej Narwal
Baltej Narwal
2024-03-25
A very nice and progressive program. They are really helping the youth develop into positive role models within the community. P.S Tony is the best!
Saga Llore
Saga Llore
2023-08-11
Had a positive experience with the staff and their doing great work with the youth under their care!
Bibaik kaila
Bibaik kaila
2023-08-11
Fantastic organization aimed to better our community each and every day!
Shaan Randhawa
Shaan Randhawa
2023-08-11
Great organization doing some great work in the lower mainland. Honoured to support.

Stories & Updates from the Team

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