The YAC is a dedicated, hard-working and diverse group of 15-20 youth ranging in age from 15-24 who want to make a difference in their communities. Since 1995, the YAC has initiated its own events/projects, participated in McCreary’s various projects as well as activities sponsored by other agencies.
The YAC is about getting youth out and engaged in their communities as well as speaking out about issues that are relevant and important to them. The YAC is a youth-driven group which means the YAC members decide which projects and events they would like to be involved with. The YAC strives to create an inclusive and diverse group of youth with a wide range of experiences which they could bring to their understanding of issues that youth face in B.C.
The YAC provides a great opportunity for youth to:
CitizenU is a project aimed at creating a safer, stronger and more inclusive Vancouver by tackling racism, discrimination and bullying on all fronts and by striving to build stronger, more positive relationships among our diverse communities. Our YAC members are participating in Cycle 5 of the 3 year project. They will be guided through a 9-month anti-racism, anti-discrimination and community building Action Research program along with other Action Research Host Organizations throughout Vancouver. The YAC will receive anti-discrimination and anti-racism training; they will attend CitizenU city-wide events and end the cycle by developing their own CitizenU action project.
These are some of the youth projects McCreary has undergone over the years. All of them had youth staff involved and youth input into the planning and/or reporting of the project. Meaningful youth participation is a critical component in all McCreary youth projects.
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Current & Ongoing Youth Projects
Organized and run by McCreary's Youth Advisory Council, the Breaking Barriers & Building Bridges (B4) is a youth-for-youth weekend conference that provides workshops in skill development and general issues important to youth. In addition to the variety of skills offered, the B4 is a great opportunity for youth to network with youth from all over BC and to have a lot of fun.
Meaningful youth participation involves recognizing and nurturing the strengths, interests, and abilities of young people through the provision of real opportunities for youth to become involved in decisions that affect them at individual and systemic levels.
These resources have come out of McCreary's youth participation projects. All projects have included youth involvement in varying capacities. Either in consultation in designing the project, youth staff employed, and/or youth have produced the final results.