Cedar Walk Program
Cedar Walk is an alternative educational day program for Indigenous youth ages 16-18 years old. Our staff works with each student individually to help them with their school or employment options. Students can explore the pathways to graduation from high school, or learn about and experience employment options. We provide a respectful, safe, and culturally relevant environment that respects each student as an individual. We are "always a place to come to.”
Cedar Walk has one teacher, a coordinator and two youth workers. We work with local businesses and employers to provide work experiences, paid and unpaid, for our students.
- Students attend our school on Kingsway five mornings or afternoons per week
- There are 10 morning students and 10 afternoon students
- Staff work with each student to create an Individual Education Plan to upgrade their education
- A nutritious hot lunch is provided
- Physical activities including skating, weightlifting, hiking and gym sports
- Core subjects up to grade 10 and beyond are offered to increase reading, writing, and math, and help students make the transition to another school or the workplace
Cedar Walk also meets youth’s spiritual and cultural needs through arts and crafts, Indigenous cultural enrichment, and frequent field trips and nature walks. Life skills, health information and other knowledge are provided in workshops, and every student is treated as a whole individual with mental, spiritual, physical and emotional needs. Referrals to alcohol and drug counselling and other support are also provided.
How to get involved
At this time, only Indigenous youth ages 13-18 years old who have an open file with the Minister of Children & Family Development (MCFD) can join this program. Youth can contact us first to see if this program is right for them, and we can let them know how to receive a formal referral.
Interested? You can call 604-708-9130 or ask your Ministry worker for help in applying.
We appreciate donations of Indigenous art and craft supplies, bus tickets, and gently used educational books for grade levels 8-12.
Depending on the type, size and value of the donation, UNYA may be able to provide a tax receipt. Please call the Program Manager at 604-254-7732 to discuss your possible donation.
Cedar Walk Program brochure (pdf)
Contact us today
c/o 1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1S6