The SACY Leadership and Resiliency program (LRP) is a youth leadership and engagement program serving late elementary and early secondary school youth in Vancouver. The program is open to youth attending the schools where the program operates, with priority given to youth who could benefit from increased connection to peers, adults, school and community.
The program engages youth in weekly resiliency groups, monthly adventure based programming, and monthly community volunteer experiences to support the achievement of these outcomes. All LRP staff work in a culturally sensitive way.
The LRP aims to increase the skills and capacity of young people to be happy, healthy, & strong members of our communities is the focus of the LRP. The LRP seeks to achieve the following outcomes with youth:
Increased healthy relationships
Increased/supported healthy coping strategies
Setting optimistic and fulfilling future goals with plans for achievement
LRP runs all year long and focuses on the needs and wants of the participants involved. Youth in the program will take part in weekly resiliency and leadership development groups, monthly adventure leadership learning and monthly community service leadership learning.
All of these activities are facilitated by skilled youth engagement staff, but the details are driven by the youth in a specific group. The activities are intended to provide participants with regular opportunities for positive adult mentorship, positive peer engagement and social emotional learning.
When families are connected to their teens' school and community activities, youth are stronger, healthier and better able to live up to their full potential. We offer regular family events to foster family fun and engagement.
Families are vital to youth engagement, and family involvement increase the likelihood that young people will benefit from the LRP. Parents and caregivers of young people in the LRP are able to access support from dedicated Family Engagement staff.
Family Engagement staff offer one-to-one support and facilitate regular groups, workshops and events. They tailor their approach to the needs off parent/caregiver. They also work alongside the Youth Engagement staff to ensure we comprehensively meet your whole family's needs.
Watch our short promotional video about LRP. Please note this video was created during summer 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program is open to youth attending the schools where the program operates, with priority given to youth who could benefit from increased connection to peers, adults, school and community.
There are 8 separate LRP groups running throughout the city. Please contact us to find out about a program in your area.
Funded by the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), the LRP offers young people opportunities that support their healthy development, personal growth and connection to their local community.
The program is facilitated by Vancouver Coastal Health, in collaboration with Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Police Department, Ministry of Children and Family Development and other local youth resources.
Our program would not have been able to function to its fullest capacity without receiving support from the following valuable community partners:
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Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) to get help right away, any time of day or night. It's a free call.
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Youth in BC 24 hours crisis line: (604) 872-3311, also provides online chat launch if this is preferred, visit youthinbc.com.
Kid's Help Phone: for children and youth aged 5 to 20. Call 1 (800) 668-6868 to speak to a professional counsellor, 24 hours a day. It's free, confidential, anonymous and available across Canada in English and French. They can also refer you to local services and resources.
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Child and Youth Mental Health Intake Teams: Provides mental health services for children/youth ages 5-18. West Team: (604) 267-3970, East Team: (604) 675-3895.
The Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service: Call 1 (800) 663-1441 (toll-free in BC) or (604) 660-9382 (in the Lower Mainland) to find resources and support. They can refer you to services across the province.
HealthLink BC: Call 811 or visit healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health and substance use information. You can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you're worried about, talk with a pharmacist about medication questions, and discuss with a dietitian about dietary related concerns.
Anxiety BC ? provides online support and educational materials around mental health and anxiety.
The FORCE Society for Kids' Mental Health supports and empowers families while working collaboratively with professionals and systems in understanding and meeting the mental health needs of families.
Here to Help, a group of seven leading mental health and addictions non-profit agencies working together to support people in preventing and managing mental health and substance use issues.
Kelty Resource Centre, a provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC. The centre also provide peer support to people of all ages with eating disorders.
Mindcheck, an educational website on topics such as mood, anxiety, stress, alcohol & drugs, body image and eating disorders.
Urban Native Youth Association offers programs to Native youth which include education & training, personal support, live-in programs, and sports & recreation.