Youth Department

Our mission is to provide supportive, empowering, educational and culturally sensitive programming that promotes holistic wellness for Urban Indigenous Youth.

The VNFC Youth Department provides a variety of programming and events to stimulate a positive, supportive,  and creative environment for Indigenous Youth.

The Youth Services Team (Youth Support Workers and Youth Addictions Worker) provide the following one-to-one support services for Indigenous youth ages 12-24, who are living in the Greater Victoria area.

                                                                                                                                                            * Rave Youth Centre logo
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 Youth Services Provided Include:

  • Housing
  • Addressing Poverty Issuesballs
  • Referrals to various community resources
  • Employment readiness
  • Addictions support
  • Court and legal support
  • Education and Alternate Education Plans
  • Probation/community service hours
  • Assistance with mental health issues and navigatimg mental health services
  • FASD support
  • Supporting Youth with crucial appointments
  • Support with family breakdown
  • Tutoring
  • Securing underage income assistance, youth agreements
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Disclosures
  • Access to sports

RAVE Youth Drop - In Hours:

The RAVE Youth Drop In serves youth ages 12-18 years old. Our Drop In program is unkailynique in Victoria, since each night has structured programming that often challenges the youth to try something new, to learn something new, and get out of their comfort zone. We publish our activity calendars at the beginning of each month, which you can find on our website or facebook page - VNFC Youth Services.
  • Mondays: No Drop In
  • Tuesdays: 4pm to 8pm
  • Wednesdays: 4pm to 8pm
  • Thursdays: 4pm to 8pm
  • Fridays: 3pm to 8pm

Currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions


Cultural Support:

Our team includes a Youth Cultural Coordinator who focuses primarily on providing a wide range of culturally appropriate and supportive programming for Indigenous Youth through our RAVE drop - in program. For any questions please reach out to Chris Jim



Summer Camps for Youth:

Summer camps are offered to youth each year from July 2nd - August 9th, with each day bringing new challenges adventures and learning oppurtunities.In past years, our drop in and summer camp have done numerous outings in the community, including:

  • Day trips up Island
  • Wildplayryan
  • Movie night at Silver City
  • Flying Squirrel
  • Thetis Lake
  • Camping on Salt Spring

As well, we have hosted many Educational workshops:

  • Learning Through Loss
  • Art Therapy
  • Foodsafe
  • First Aid

And more! We are always looking for more programming, so please feel free to reach out to our Youth Department if you are interested in connecting.



 Annually the Youth Department works hard to put on the Two Spirit Gathering started in 2015. A gathering that honours Indigenous worldview is open to all LGBTQ2S Youth aged 12-24 years, and the allies who support them. Come meet and connect over two days of ceremony, workshops, keynote speakers, information booths, group activities and feasting,  This gathering also provides friends and family the opportunity to learn about the LGBTQ2S commuity in a safe and open environment!  


Last year the youth team took 7 youth to the National Indigenous Youth conference Gathering Our Voices in Port Alberni from March 19 - 22, 2019.. Youth participated in workshopsv for healthy relationships. Elders Don't Bite, Be A Firefighter, Intro to Screen Printing, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling Usded to Build Resilience snd Self - Confidence, Don't Fear the Podium, and Walking Like Warriors: Basic Self Defence for Indigenous Youth. 




Each of the Support staff is carrying an average caseload between 15 and 20 youth eahc. Many of the referrals or intakes we are seeing are in immediate need of Mental Health or Trauma services. VNFC Youth Depertment continues to provide referrals to VIHA snd Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health we also provide referrals to privste clinicians and various other community resources.




All referrals must go through Intake at 250-384-3211. Intake is by phone only between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm during buisness days.



The Youth Team would like to take this opportunity to honor and acknowledge all our partners who have participated in assisting the Team with providing amazing support services to the Aboriginal Youth within our communities in and around the Greater Victoria area. Without your willingness to work together to provide the best services possible for our youth we would not be able to do the work we do, so on behalf of the Youth Department we would like to say Hych'ka, we look forward to another amazing year serving our youth.










KIDZ First

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is very excited to announce a new funding partnership with KidzFirst Canada. Kidzfirst Canada is generously supporting the RAVE Culture Youth Centre, with this funding for the VNFC Youth Department we will be able to support culturally competent programming for Urban Aboriginal Youth . We are so greateful for this funding and look forward to working together with KidzFirst Canada to provide safe and child centered programs for youth on the Traditional Territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.