YLSBC believes that society flourishes when its members contribute to it selflessly and with passion. It is not the cause or reason for service but the intent behind it that is important. YLSBC has partnered with following organizations to serve local and international communities.
As a registered WE School, YLSBC is authorized to undertake local and global initiatives outlined by the WE Schools program. YLSBC's members have chosen to support women in India to learn self-reliance and earn livelihood on their own. For the global & local initiative, YLSBC raised funds through its Coquitlam Crunch Challenge and MOSAIC cultural event held this year. The funds were donated to WE charities and utilized for free hot meals.
Every year, WE Day brings together 22,000 like-minded youth at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. Some of the past WE Day speakers were the Dalai Lama, Selena Gomez and Mikhail Gorbachev. YLSBC youth attend this event every year.
Hope for Freedom Society
YLSBC has partnered with Coquitlam-based Hope for Freedom Society, which provides a variety of outreach and professional services to support individuals and families who are challenged by family breakdown, illness, job loss, addiction, or poverty. YLSBC's members and their families have joined Hope for Freedom Society's Meals Program and regularly serve free hot meals. YLSBC youth celebrate festivals with the members of the community as their outreach activity.
Amateur Radio and Emergency Prepardness
YLSBC has partnered with Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Society (C.A.R.E.S.S) and the city of Coquitlam’s Emergency Management Team to educate and trains youth in Emergency Communication & Preparedness. The goal of the program is for the youth to obtain a Ham Radio operators’ license through Industry Canada and become members of Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC). The youth plan to assemble emergency kits as per the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) guidelines and hold workshops at their schools, in their community and with family members on emergency preparedness.
Taking it global
YLSBC is pleased to have been invited to partner with Canada Service Corps, through its community outreach organization TakingITGlobal (TIG) to provide grants under #RisingYouth Community Grants, for youth in British Columbia who want to support their community through a variety of youth-initiated projects. The goal of the program is to provide a platform for youth who are inspired with ideas and ready to implement those by accessing community service grants. There are three different grants; $250, $750, and $1500 that youth can apply for depending on the project idea.
YLSBC looks forward to hearing from any BC youth 14-25 years old, who has a great community service project and is seeking funds to move forward.