About Chill Vancouver
Chill Vancouver operates year-round youth development programming through boardsports. Our target demographic are youth 10-18 years old, from vulnerable neighbourhoods & households, those struggling with mental health & addiction, new comers & refugees, and youth living in care. We use the power of board sports to teach life values, build confidence, and provide a safe & inclusive space for learning through positive adult mentorship.
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 160+ local youth in our communities. Our programs utilize a 6-value curriculum, where each life value 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 6-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 is used to facilitate our daily discussions and activity.
Our six-day skateboard program takes place September-October, running three after-school sessions for 6-weeks. The entire program costs are covered for participants, including equipment, safety gear and skate park lessons. Program participants will meet at the Landyachtz Factory Store, and learn as a group indoors and at outdoor skateparks. We facilitate our daily discussions and activity at the park.
Our six-day SUP program takes place July-August, running three morning sessions for 6-weeks at Ecomarine Paddlesports The entire program costs are covered for participants, including equipment and on-water lessons. Program participants will meet at Granville Island, and learn as a group on-water. We facilitate our daily discussions and activity on-land.
The Latest from Chill Vancouver
PROGRAM COLLABORATION WITH RIGHT TO PLAY!
We took to the road in May 2018, traveling to Northern BC, to deliver a 3-day skateboard clinic opportunity to the community of Gitanmaax! Chill is honored to be invited to their land to create a safe & inclusive space for the local youth to learn the ins and outs of their new skate park and practice our core-values.
Do you want a Skateboard Clinic to happen in your community? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our Host Mountain
Cypress Mountain Resort
Chill Vancouver is excited to partner with Cypress Mountain Resort again for the 2018 season!
We use our time on the ride up to Cypress Mountain Resort to introduce the weekly themes through an activity, and reinforce the concept during our time on the mountain with instructors & mentors. 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