Youth-Friendly North Shore

We're leading a three-year initiative to help build healthy communities where youth thrive, reducing the risk of involvement in gang or organized criminal activities.

Through targeted prevention and intervention activities, the Youth-Friendly North Shore (YFNS) program aims to reduce risk factors, such as negative influences, limited positive role models, and a lack of community attachment, while enhancing protective factors, such as social belonging, recognition, and access to social, recreational and cultural services.

The project is funded by Public Safety Canada through the Building Safer Communities Fund, and supported by the North Vancouver RCMP. 

We selected BUNYAAD Public Affairs to develop and deliver YFNS. This work is done in collaboration with the City of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation. 

What we've done so far

Community engagement (Spring 2023)

We invited a variety of North Shore organizations to share their insights, in order to inform the development of a three-year public safety and youth crime prevention plan. Stakeholders included representatives from K-12 education, sports and recreation, health and crisis support, police and justice, and service agencies.

We developed the plan by incorporating these local insights and reviewing academic studies.

Building on the existing strengths in the community, the plan focuses on two key areas:

  • Creating a youth-friendly North Shore by engaging youth and creating more welcoming spaces for youth
  • Improving the system of care for North Shore youth

We presented the plan to North Shore government partners, including the District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, on May 25, 2023.

Subsequently, we gave a presentation to involved stakeholders on June 15, 2023.

Review the Building Safer Communities Developmental Workplan Stakeholder Engagement Report

Fall 2023 activities

One of the program's first activities to help create a youth-friendly North Shore with more welcoming space is WelcoME.

Youth between the ages of 12 to 18 will identify characteristics of safe and welcoming spaces. They will also evaluate public spaces to identify how these spaces support a sense of belonging, and how they can be improved.

BUNYAAD has partnered with McCreary Centre Society to deliver WelcoME.              

For more information, contact yfns@bunyaad.ca.

How to participate in the program

To participate in the Youth-Friendly North Shore activities, email us at yfns@bunyaad.ca if you live on the North Shore, and are:

  • between the ages of 12 to 18, or;
  • a parent or guardian of youth between 12 to 18 years old

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