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Kinnections Program

Kinnections provides support to Aboriginal youth ages 16 - 19 years old.  The program connects youth to trained community volunteer mentors who can provide life skills training to assist youth in becoming adults.  Kinnections provides support to youth, mentors, and referral sources.

Goals/Purpose of Program

  • To connect Aboriginal youth to volunteer community mentors
  • Mentors will become a youth's advocate, role model, and friend
  • Mentors will assist youth with goal setting and obtaining life skills necessary for adulthood
  • To form long-term friendships to help support youth as they transition to living independently

For more information:

  • Call the Kinnections Program at 604-254-7732
  • Email
  • Youth - complete our referral form
  • Volunteers -please call our Coordinator directly, at the number above

Program Activities

How Youth Benefit
Youth can identify their own mentor, or we have available mentors waiting for you.

Your mentor can act as a friend and personal confidant, who will care for and respect you.  You can also do things together that will help you as you are becoming independent, such as:

  • Apartment hunting
  • Job, training, or education search
  • Help with budgeting

Youth can also access referrals to other programs and services.

How Social Workers Can Benefit
Provide youth with access to a fully trained mentor in areas such as:

  • Lifeskill coaching
  • Prevention of sexual exploitation
  • Cultural awareness
  • Substance abuse and misuse

Ensure youth has access to a trustworthy, reliable adult.
Ensure youth will receive referrals to appropriate services through their mentor.

How Volunteers Can Benefit

  •  Gain valuable experience for your resume
  • Make a difference with a youth who needs someone like you – volunteering just 6 hours a month makes a big difference
  • Share your knowledge and experiences
  • Receive ongoing training in areas such as:
    • Cultural awareness
    • Lifeskill coaching
    • Conflict resolution
    • Online safety
    • Mental health
    • Healthy boundaries
    • Referrals to services 

How You Can Become Involved

We are actively seeking participation in the Kinnections Program from youth, Social Workers, and community volunteers.

Kinnections can provide support to Aboriginal youth ages 16 - 19 years old.
For more information:

Community members are welcome to enquire about becoming a volunteer mentor.  We are seeking Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal volunteers, ages 21 and up.  You can also view our Kinnections volunteer mentor posting.

For more information:

Donations Needed

Kinnections appreciates donations of bus tickets, Native arts and craft supplies, and tickets to concerts or sporting events for youth and their mentors to attend.

Program Funders

BC Ministry of Children & Family Development

Kinnections Program Brochure

How To Contact Us

1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1S6
Phone: 604-254-7732
Fax: 604-254-7811

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6 Call: (604) 254-7732 Email: