Youth Engagement

BC Health and Wellness Youth Advisory Council

The BC Health and Wellness YAC is a diverse group of youth from all across the province. The YAC will provide youth perspectives on topics related to health and wellness to inform BC government decisions. YAC members will play an important role in guiding BC government decisions by raising the views of young people on issues that matter to them. The focus for the first year will be on vaping and tobacco, including related issues that matter to youth.

For more information about the BC Health and Wellness Youth Advisory Council click here.


Next Steps

The Next Steps is an interactive youth friendly workshop or workshop series used to take the results of McCreary research back to young people across British Columbia. Since the Next Steps workshop model was created in 1998, McCreary has taken research findings back to thousands of youth in communities across BC.

For more information about Next Steps workshops, and to download a do-it-yourself Next Steps toolkit click here.


The Trevor Coburn Memorial Grants Program

The Trevor Coburn Memorial Grants program has been established in honour of Trevor Coburn, who passed away suddenly in August 2020. The granting program will provide grants of up to $500 to young people wanting to address one or more areas of youth health that Trevor was passionate about:

  • Peer mentorship
  • Youth homelessness
  • Youth substance use
  • Youth in and from government care

For more information about the Trevor Coburn Memorial Grants Program click here.


Youth Advisory and Action Council

The Youth Advisory and Action Council (YAC) is a dedicated and diverse group of volunteers ranging in age from 15-24 who want to make a difference in their communities. Since 1995, the YAC has initiated its own events and projects, participated in McCreary’s various projects as well as activities sponsored by other agencies.

For more information about the YAC click here.


Youth Research Academy

The Youth Research Academy (YRA) is a group of youth aged 16-24 with experience of the government care system. Members of the YRA are trained to conduct research projects of interest to youth in and from government care and the agencies that serve them.

For more information about the YRA click here.