About Chill Vancouver
Chill Vancouver operates year-round youth development programs through boardsports. Our target demographic are youth 10-18 years old, from vulnerable neighbourhoods & households, or those struggling with mental health and addiction. We use the power of board sports to teach life skills, build confidence, and provide a safe & inclusive space for learning.
Chill uses Positive Youth Development (PYD) techniques throughout our programming to inspire youth working through adversity, and support them with opportunities to build resiliency through every aspect of their lives. We run snowboarding, skateboarding and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) programs in the winter, summer, and fall seasons, reaching 150+ local youth in our communities. Our programs utilize a 6-day curriculum, where a new life skill is introduced to the youth through discussion, hands-on activity, and on-board progression.
Our themes are: Respect, Patience, Persistence, Responsibility, Courage, and Pride.
Located at Cypress Mountain Resort, our six-week snowboard program runs two evenings a week from January-March. The entire program, including transportation, equipment, lessons and lift tickets, are provided at no cost to the youth involved. Program participants meet at Thunderbird Community Center in Vancouver, and ride as a group to and from the mountain. The coach bus will be used to facilitate our daily discussions and activities.
Our six-day skateboard program takes place September-October, running two sessions, each 2 days per week for 3 weeks. The entire program costs are covered for participants, including equipment and skate park lessons. Program participants will meet at the Landyachtz Factory Store in Vancouver, and learn as a group indoors and at outdoor skateparks. The park will be used to facilitate our daily discussions and activities.
Our six-day SUP program takes place July-August, running two sessions, each 2 days per week for 3 weeks at Ecomarine Paddlesports The entire program costs are covered for participants, including equipment and on-water lessons. Program participants will meet at the beach in Vancouver, and learn as a group on-water. The beach will be used to facilitate our daily discussions and activities.
The Latest from Chill Vancouver
WATCH OUR SUP SESSIONS VIDEO!
Summer fun in Vancouver with our SUP youth crew. We had the opportunity to paddle at English Bay and Granville Island, thanks in part to our partners at Ecomarine Paddlesports Centre. This video was created by Moonrider Productions, a digital media company that chases the idea that we all have a story to tell.
Our Host Mountain
Cypress Mountain Resort
Chill Vancouver is stoked to partner with Cypress Mountain Resort again for the 2017 season!
We use our time on the ride up to Cypress Mountain Resort to introduce the weekly theme through an activity, and reinforce the concept during our time on the mountain. This structure allows participants to make meaningful connections to the curriculum while experiencing the innate joy of snowboarding.
Our Local Partners
We work with over 25+ agency partners throughout Metro Vancouver in the Lower Mainland and Northshore communities. These include alternative schools, development schools, youth mental health centers, youth outreach facilities, at-risk Community Centres, ESL students & Neighbourhood Houses.
- Parkgate Community Services Society
- Whytecliff Agile Learning Centre
- Ambleside Youth Services
- SACY Leadership Program
- Hastings Community Centre
- Hollyburn Family Services
- Grandview Elementary School
- Thunderbird Community Centre
- Sunset Community Centre
- Marpole Oakridge Community Centre
- Byrne Creek Secondary School
- HD Stafford Middle School
- Mount Pleasant Community Centre
- Vanguard Secondary School
- Britannia Community Centre
- Take-A-Hike Foundation
- Strathcona Community Centre
- Eagle House
- Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS)
- Tseil-Waututh Nation
- City of Richmond- Youth Services
- Richmond Youth Services Agency
- Champlain Heights Community Centre
- South Central Youth Centre