YWCA High School Mentorship Program

Unsure about your career interests and looking for support? The YWCA’s High School Mentorship program matches Grade 11 and 12 girls* (mentees) with volunteer professionals (mentors) for a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Together, your mentor will support in exploring your career options, planning your next steps after graduation, learning fundamental life skills and nurturing your leadership skills!

* This program is open to youth who self-identify as girls, non-binary or gender diverse. We warmly welcome members of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+ and Disabled communities.

To learn more, register for our upcoming information session on Wednesday October 5, 2022 at 4:00pm over Zoom! If you’re ready to apply, head to our application form on our website!

  • What: High School Mentorship Program – Information Session
  • When: Wednesday October 5, 2022 at 4:00-4:30pm
  • Where: Zoom (registration is required at this link)
  • Who: *Self-identifying girls and non-binary youth in Grades 10-12 who will benefit from 1-to-1 mentorship to plan their next steps after high school

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!


The High School Mentorship Team 

YWCA Metro Vancouver
535 Hornby Street Vancouver, BC  V6C 2E8
Cell 604 209 6355 (preferred)
Tel 604 895 5846

BCIT Big Info Night – October 5

Wednesday, October 5
Burnaby Campus



Big Info is back in-person and online

Big Info is the largest program expo and information session at BCIT. It’s your chance to find out about all our programs – from business and media, and computing and IT, to engineeringhealth sciencestrades and apprenticeships, and applied and natural sciences.

It’s free. It’s lively. It’s a night of possibilities.

Join us in person on Wednesday, October 5 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. at our Burnaby Campus.


Or join us online Monday, October 17 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and hear from Program Advising, Student Services, Indigenous Initiatives, and International.


Win $1,000 in tuition

Have a chance to win one of three $1,000 tuition prizes by registering to attend Big Info in person or online above. Full contest rules and regulations are available here.

What’s next?

Attend Program Information Sessions

Join an info session that interests you. BCIT provides information sessions to help you learn more about a program, related careers, and to get your questions answered by our expert faculty and staff. Find an information session by category.

Register for an Information Session.

Connect with a Program Advisor

Whether you are a prospective or current student, parent, or counsellor, our Program Advisors are here to help you.

Program Advisors help you make a well-informed decision on the program that fits your passion and career goals. Connect with us to ensure that you have all the information you need to apply and to be successful at BCIT.

Contact a Program Advisor by telephone, in-person, virtually, or by email.

Request a BCIT Future Student Guide

Are you interested in learning more about BCIT? Get a glimpse into student life on campus at BCIT. Request a copy of the BCIT Future Student Guide where you can find a concise overview of the various areas of study at BCIT.

Order your Future Student Guide today.

Teen Advisory Group – NVD Library


Are you a bit of a book nerd? Do you want to have a say in library programs and teen book displays? The Teen Advisory Group meets monthly to give input on library programs, spaces, and activities, and it counts towards your volunteer hours! TAG is for teens grades 8-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!


Zoom Teens


Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, October, November on the last Wednesday until Wed May 26 2021.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm


  • Teens



Sports Leadership, Education & Development Program

SLED Program Details

The SLED Program is a minimum 35 hour volunteer program and broken down into a number of different workshops:

  • Two 6 hour workshops (hosted on Saturdays)
  • One 5 hour online learning module to be done at your own pace
  • 20 hours of practical “on-the-floor” work experience

The curriculum supports youth in their understanding of how they can influence others and how to support others in their learning. SLED Program Testimonials Our most recent SLED Program graduates, reflected on the program and said the following:

“What I found interesting after learning and watching these modules/helpful in the gym is that the way [you] talk to kiddos: say their name, make eye contact, and connect with them. I think doing that makes a really big difference. [From my] past experiences when I was doing sports, they didn’t say my name or [keep my attention]. It was harder to focus. Learning milestones for each age is also important.” – Nadia

“[I learned] how to handle and stay calm in stressful situations, social emotional skills to teach kids, and how to interact with adults professionally. I would have liked it if we had a bit of a run down on skills. I would make it a longer program.” – Grace SLED

Program Application Applicants should make sure they are able to attend both Saturday in-person training sessions that are listed online.To apply, fill out our online SLED Application Form before September 24th, 2022 . Successful applicants will be contacted.

BC Children’s Hospital – Mini-Med School


What is a Mini Med School In-Person participant?

As a Mini Med School In-Person participant, you would:

  • Attend ALL the following lectures during the assigned times at BC Children’s Hospital (950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC | Directions):
    • Session #1: Wednesday, October 19 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    • Session #2: Wednesday, October 26 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    • Session #3: Wednesday, November 2 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    • Session #4: Wednesday, November 9 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the presenters
  • Receive a weekly newsletter to keep you informed on program updates
  • Receive an electronic certificate of program completion if you participate in all 4 sessions
  • Be eligible to apply for the Mini Med School Scholarship (grade 12 students only)

Registration Form

The registration form for Mini Med School will be posted here from Monday, September 19 (9:00 am) to Sunday, September 25, 2022 (11:59 pm). 

Teachers interested in receiving notifications about upcoming events and important registration deadlines are encouraged to join our mailing list. Information is only distributed to mailing list subscribers.

Do you have more questions? Check out our Mini Med School FAQs or contact researchevents@phsa.ca.

Summer Coding Course – BC Children’s Hospital

High School Student Opportunity: Summer of Coding

Computer programming (coding) empowers people to bring ideas to life. While it can take years to become an expert, the journey starts with a first step. At the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, we seek to open doors for youth from across BC to make a positive impact. By learning a few concepts of computer programming, it is our hope that youth will discover a passion for coding and choose to continue exploring the space.

The Wasserman laboratory at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute is developing a new education program for high school students interested in learning computer programming. We are currently seeking students who would be interested in demoing this exciting new program at no cost. As coding can be perceived as difficult and isolating, the new approach attempts to connect participants and encourage them to learn together. To enable such interaction and create broad access for interested youth, the new class features three important aspects:
• Online learning materials created by UBC computer science students intended to be fun and approachable
• Interactive sessions in which teaching assistants will engage with students to assist with challenges and the opportunity for students to interact and learn from like-minded peers
• A free computer (a Raspberry Pi 400 Linux Computer) so all students will have access to the same resources.

x10 BC students aged 14-17 who are interested in learning about computer programing in July and/or August. As this is the initial iteration of the program, it will be limited to the small cohort. Additional students should have opportunity to participate in future editions of the program in the upcoming school year.
All supplies and course materials will be provided at no cost. No previous experience in computer programing is necessary. Students will have access to teaching assistants and their peers virtually during the course of the program. The estimated time commitment is 5-7 hours a week for 3-6 weeks, the program is self-paced to allow for scheduling flexibility. Participants will require access to a stable internet connection.
As space for the initial iteration of this unique new program is limited to only 10 students from across BC, we’d encourage educators to only forward the details along to individual students who you feel will be a good fit for the program at this initial stage.
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4H4
t 604.875.3194 f 604.875.2496

During the course of program students will:
• Learn to install and set up a provided Raspberry Pi 400 computer
• Complete 3-6 course modules online over July and/or August to start learning to program in the Python computer language
• Participate in weekly video conference with instructors and peers
The program has been set-up to allow flexibility. Students can participate in 3-6 modules at their own pace over July and/or August (taking weeks off to focus on other activities). The estimated time committeemen for each module is 5-7 hours over approximately one week. This includes 3-4 hours of instructional materials and 2-3 hours of video conferencing with teaching assistants and peers.

To apply, interested students should email wyeth@bcchr.ca with the following information before
July 4, 2022. Late applications will be considered if space is available.
• First & Last Name
• Age
• School Name
• Home Address
• Parent or Guardian Name & Email Address
• 2-4 sentences indicating how you found out about this opportunity and why you are interested in participating

It is hoped that students will share their perspective about the experience throughout the process. As
this will be the first edition of the program, we will be learning with the students about what aspects of
are working well and what can be improved. Ideal participants will be willing to give feedback and
engage with the program faculty.

GranFondo Volunteers Needed

Join us for the RBC GranFondo Whistler on September 10th, 2022.

The GranFondo is North America’s largest GranFondo and Canada’s largest cycling event. It is a world class ride from Vancouver to Whistler along the Sea to Sky Highway. The course is 122km and leads to an exciting finish line and celebration plaza in Whistler.

Volunteers are the backbone of our event. We need over 600 volunteers to make this event run, and we would love to have you on our team!

There are many different exciting positions from helping at the start line in Stanley Park to the finish line in Whistler (and everywhere in between!). Helping out is an amazing way to build your resume, meet new friends and of course get some free swag!

For details on volunteer roles available check out http://rbcgranfondo.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/ or email volunteer@rbcgranfondo.com


Operation: This IS You!


LOCATION: Vancouver, BC
Monday July 4, 2022 – 0900-1600

Restrictions: Minimum Age – 12 Years, no maximum age. Proof of full vaccination and masks required.

Hands-on experience of a day in the life of Navy personnel on board an active duty warship! See and experience the various ship duty stations, crew quarters & mess, operational equipment; RCAF joint search and rescue demonstration, ship firefighting simulation, and scenario demonstrations of the warship’s impressive manoeuvring capabilities.
Lunch will be provided.

Each eligible woman or girl desiring to attend an Operation: This IS You! event must apply individually on their own merit, using a unique email address they regularly have access to. Though there are no “right” answers, we recommend applicants be thorough, thoughtful and sincere in their responses for best chance of being selected.

The person wishing to attend an event must apply on their own behalf, and must answer the questions in their own words, to the best of their ability. While you may provide assistance, you may not apply on behalf of someone else.

A completed application does not assure acceptance to an event. The selection process for each event varies depending on the quality of information provided, number of applicants, available space, nature of the event and other operational factors.

Admission to an event is by invitation only, without exception. Invitations are not transferrable and do not include any other person other than the successful applicant named in the invitation. RSVPs must be received by the stated deadline in order for the invitation to remain valid.

The information you provide us is protected once completed, and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Achieve Anything Foundation or agency partner hosting the event, without your prior consent.

You may apply to only one event at a time. Within 48 hours of a completed event, your status will be released and you may then apply for other events. If you have previously applied to an Operation: This IS You! event, or as a volunteer for the Achieve Anything Foundation, enter the email address you previously used and then select “login”.

You may apply for, and attend more than one Operation: This is You! event, however you may not repeat the same event.

The selection process for an event is ongoing and remains open unless otherwise indicated. We sometimes have last minute cancellations so if you’re interested in an event and applications are listed as open – APPLY!

Events may be postponed or cancelled at any time due to circumstances outside of our control.