Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative reaches youth through a series of strength-based programs. Our approach is to cultivate resiliency in at-risk youth and empower them with the tools to avoid the perils of drug use, gang affiliation, crime and violence.
Through eight curriculum-driven programs, crafted collaboratively with School Districts in Surrey, Chilliwack and Vancouver, we reach over a thousand youth each year. Our programs and leaders provide youth with the opportunity to be involved in a positive community that turns high-risk situations and behaviour into resilience, courage and strength.
With the support of our generous donors, all of our programs are free to participants and schools to ensure that any young person that wants to be involved is able to.
KEEP IT REAL
In-school educational presentations that bring awareness of current drug and gang issues facing youth today.
TEAM YO BRO | YO GIRL
After-school, activity program designed to develop physical fitness and personal safety skills to give youth the confidence to make safe and healthy choices.
KNOW MEANS NO
In-school, girls-only education program that helps youth understand more about what healthy relationships look like.
In-school, co-ed violence awareness and prevention program that addresses the culture of violence and equips young people with skills in boundary setting, assertiveness, safety planning, and emotional self-control.
FOUNDATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP
Workshops that build confidence and empowers youth on topics like personal vision and values, mindfulness, communication and resiliency. Many of the program’s alumni go on to be YBYG Youth Leaders, Program Assistants, or Program Facilitators.
YO BRO | YO GIRL MENTORS
Our mentors are senior members of our organization who have personally been impacted by our programs as participants who go on to co-present workshops, lead after school programs, and connect with at-risk youth.
SPRING, SUMMER & WINTER BREAK PROGRAMS
School break programs that support youth during times of the year when they have endless amounts of time on their hands and very little supervision. Activities include a variety of exercises to develop physical and mental strength, flexibility and relaxation.
All our programs are all free of charge to ensure every young person who wants to participate is able to. Everything we do is made possible by you, our generous donors. Your support means we can continue to reach out to those who need us most, keeping kids in school and out of gangs. Learn more about your impact on the community.