About Chill Vancouver
Chill Vancouver annually operates 3-signature Positive Youth Development programs. 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 boardsports to build confidence & self-esteem, and provide a safe & inclusive space for learning with positive adult mentorship.
Chill uses Positive Youth Development (PYD) techniques throughout our programs 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 paddleboarding programs in the winter, fall and summer seasons, reaching 160+ local youth in our communities. Our programs utilize 6 core-values, where each value is introduced to the youth through discussion, hands-on activity, and on-board progression and mastery.
Our themes are: Respect, Courage, Patience, Persistence, Responsibility, and Pride.
Located at Cypress Mountain Resort, our 6-day 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 ride is used to facilitate our daily discussions and activity.
Our six-day skateboard program takes place September-November, running two 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 Flatspot Longboard Shop, and learn as a group indoors and outdoors. We facilitate our daily discussions and activity at the shop.
Our six-day paddleboard 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, safety gear 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.
ALUMNI LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS (ALPS)
Selected youth participants will act as leaders during Chill's signature boardsport programs, while also gaining valuable knowledge through opportunities to complete certifications and meet industry mentors. Through these additional programs we're able to build on the life and boardsport skills developed in our six-day curriculum, and help foster leadership skills in youth. As of March 2018, we have run a snowboard & SUP leadership program, connecting youth to backcountry splitboarding opportunities in Whistler, and SUP-surfing experiences in Tofino!
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FRESH PARK FEATURES
Thanks to the Jumpstart Charity we have been able to acquire some moveable, portable skate park features! These will emmensely help us to facilitate and teach our skateboard programs wherever and whenever we can. Check out freshpark.com to see what they offer.
Do you want a Skateboard Session to happen in your neighbourhood, school, or community center? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
ALPS WINTER SESSION
Check out this awesome video, created in part by Jon Chiang, to showcase our first-ever ALPs program success!
Our Host Mountain
Cypress Mountain Resort
Chill Vancouver is excited to partner with Cypress Mountain Resort again for the 2019 season!
We use our time on the ride up to Cypress Mountain Resort to introduce the weekly core-value 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, build relationships with program mentors, connect to nature, snow, and the challenge 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.
Chill Vancouver Partners
Connect with Chill Vancouver
Gabrielle MacDougall (she/her) | Vancouver Program Coordinator | email@example.com
Gabi Is originally from Hampton, Ontario and currently lives in Vancouver BC. She has completed a Bachelors of Physical Health & Education with Honours from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario. Gabi has experience working and volunteering with other non-profit organizations in both Toronto and Vancouver. Gabi’s favourite board sport is snowboarding, and her favourite place to ride is Whistler Blackcomb. Gabi’s first CD? Spiceworld- Spice Girls.