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School Support Program

The School Support Program supports Indigenous youth to stay in and do well in school, both academically and socially. Our alcohol and drug prevention focus results in creative programming that helps Indigenous youth learn the skills needed to make positive choices in their lives. 

We work in consultation with the Vancouver School Board teachers, First Nation Support Workers, counsellors, and community organizations to provide a safe, healthy, and positive space for Indigenous youth to learn about issues related to alcohol and drugs, to help Indigenous youth access a wide range of tools and resources in the community to support their personal goals, and to provide workshop and guest speakers to increase youth awareness about the effects of alcohol and drugs on the individual, family, and community.

Lunch Time  

Program Activities  

  • Community based A&D workshops and guest speakers, chosen by youth
  • We partner with the UNYA’s Aboriginal Youth First Sports and Recreation Program to host the Spring Break Basketball Camp which is a basketball skills camp for up to 20 Indigenous youth ages 12-14 years old. We also provide snacks, lunch, coaches and workshops.  
  • Young Spirits Summer Program for 12-13 year old Indigenous youth provides a variety of daily workshops, positive recreational and social outings, and activities. We provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. We also offer the opportunity for the older youth to become a leader for the summer camp.  This is a free program that is offered twice during the summer with 20 youth per camp.


How to get involved

Indigenous youth wanting individual support with school or personal issues can self-refer or be referred by someone else, as long as the youth is aware of and receptive to the referral, as this is a voluntary program. 

Youth that would like to participate in either camp can register at our main office or through the First Nations Support Worker at their school. Registrations are usually handed out a month before the activity (February & May/June).

Donations Needed

Our daycamps would benefit greatly  from basketballs, new youth basketball jerseys and running shoes, and tickets for outdoor summer activities.

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.

Program Funders

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
School Support Program Brochure (pdf)

Contact us today

1618 East Hastings, Vancouver, B.C, V5L 1S6
Phone: (604) 254-7732
Fax: (604) 254-7811

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

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