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 one-to-one support services for Indigenous youth ages 12-24, who are living in and around the Greater Victoria area.

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 Youth Services Provided Include:

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  • Advocacy
  • Support with housing applications
  • Addressing Poverty Issues
  • Referrals to various community resources
  • Employment readiness (resume writing, job applications)
  • Addictions support
  • Court and legal support
  • Education and Alternate Education Plans
  • Assistance with mental health issues and navigating mental health services
  • FASD support
  • Supporting Youth with crucial appointments
  • Support with family breakdown
  • Tutoring
  • Securing underage income assistance, youth agreements
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Disclosures
  • Support navigating MCFD, health care, and other government systems
  • Access to sports and recreation

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 Instagram or facebook page - VNFC Youth Services.
 
  • Mondays: No Drop In
  • Tuesdays: 3:30pm- 6:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 3:30pm-6:30pm
  • Thursdays: 3:30pm- 6:30pm
  • Fridays: No Drop-in

 

 

Current hours are limited due to staff shortages. Please follow our Facebook or Instagram page for the most up-to-date schedule.

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 Brayden Cook (Brayden.c@vnfc.ca).

 

 

Summer Camps for Youth:

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

  • Day trips up Island  (Cowichan Tubing, Malahat Sky Walk)
  • Wildplay
  • Movie night at Silver City                                                                                                        
  • Flying Squirrelyouth pic
  • Thetis Lake
  • Camping on Salt Spring                                                                                

We have also hosted many Educational workshops including:

  • Learning through loss
  • Art Therapy
  • ISPARC ( Indigenous Sports and Recreation Council)
  • Foodsafe
  • WHIMIS
  • 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.

 

TWO SPIRIT GATHERING:

Annually the Youth Department works hard to put on the Two Spirit Gathering which started in 2015. This is a gathering that honours our Indigenous 2-Spirit, LGBTQIA+ and Indigequeer youth, and is open to all LGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ community in a safe and open environment!  

 
 
 

GATHERING OUR VOICES:

In 2019, 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 workshops learning about healthy relationships. Other workshops which helped build self confidence included: Elders Don't Bite, Be A Firefighter, Intro to Screen Printing, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling, Don't Fear the Podium, and Walking Like Warriors: Basic Self Defence for Indigenous Youth. 

 

 

YOUTH TEAM:

Each full-time youth support worker carries an average caseload of between 15 and 20 youth. Many of the referrals and intakes we are seeing are in immediate need of Mental Health or Trauma services. VNFC Youth Department continues to provide referrals to VIHA and Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health. We also provide referrals to private clinicians and various other community resources.

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REFERRALS:

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 business days. Currently we are closed for intake (May 2022).

 

BIG THANK YOU! 

The Youth Team would like to honor and acknowledge all our partners who have assisted us in providing amazing support services to our Indigenous youth in 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. On behalf of the Youth Department, we would like to say Hych'ka.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.