To raise awareness of the importance of investing in youth skills development, the UN designated July 15th as World Youth Skills Day.

World Youth Skills Day 2018

Education and training are key determinants of success. Unfortunately, surveys of learning outcomes and skills show that a large number of youth have low knowledge of basic literacy and numeracy. World Youth Skills Day is a call to contribute to the development of youth skills.

Empowering Youth in Your Community

How we meet the needs and aspirations of young people will define our future! In celebration of World Youth Skills Day, we’re highlighting BC organizations that focus on the wellbeing and future of youth.

BC Technology for Learning Society | Vancouver

With donated computers (and all types of other tech), the BC Technology for Learning Society trains and hires youth to refurbish the computers, and then distribute the computers to schools, nonprofits, libraries, First Nations groups, and students.

Sail and Life Training Society | Victoria

SALTS gives young people (ages 13-25) the opportunity to develop their confidence, character, and teamwork skills while sailing traditional tall ships on the west coast of British Columbia.

Global Youth Education Network Society (Genius) | Vancouver

Genius‘ mission is to build capacity in the progressive social change sector including, but not limited, to youth organizations. Their programs prepare youth to be the leaders in tackling the most complex challenges of our time.

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC | Vancouver

The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC believe that every kid is amazing, know that by seeing and hearing them, they’ll believe it, too! That is why, for over 80 years, BGC has been giving children and youth what they deserve: a place to belong when they aren’t at home or in school.

Junior Achievement of British Columbia, Vancouver Island | Victoria

Junior Achievement prepares and inspires youth to succeed in a global economy through business education programs focused on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, giving them the skills and confidence they need to become leaders of tomorrow.

Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society | Vancouver

Intersections Media offers an employability and life skills workshop and work experience opportunity to youth facing multiple barriers to employment, and a Career Focus program for post-secondary students and graduates seeking employment in the film and television production industry.

Environmental Youth Alliance | Vancouver

Environmental Youth Alliance cultivates transformative nature experiences for children and youth in urban environments to foster community connectedness, build ecological leadership skills, and enhance their well-being.

WITS Programs Foundation | Victoria

WITS Programs Foundation brings together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization.

The KidSafe Project Society | Vancouver

The KidSafe Project Society provides vulnerable children with the safety, supervision, nutritious meals and educational programming they need and deserve but lack access to due to their challenging life circumstances.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria | Victoria

Many children in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria helps to create and support positive mentoring relationships for young people to help them succeed in life.

H.E.L.P for Youth Canada Society | Vancouver

H.E.L.P for Youth Canada Society’s goal is to assist and give at-risk youth a chance at a better life through education and mentorship.

KidzFirst Canada | Vancouver

KidzFirst Canada believes that youth can have the confidence to build and influence positive leadership in their communities and beyond and through their after-school programs, they empower youth by providing them with the tools for social awareness, inclusion and expression.

Check Your Head | Vancouver

Check Your Head provides education, resources, training and support for youth to live as engaged, independent and active citizens within our local and global communities. Their main activities include workshops, training, supporting youth-led actions, and engaging youth volunteers.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland | Vancouver

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland are committed to enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of female, transgender, and non-binary youth through supportive relationships with mentors.

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Sources: United Nations