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We envision a City where all youth feel that they have a voice and opportunity to positively impact their community.
Read the City's Youth Strategy [PDF - 302 KB]
- Openness and Inclusivity
- Communication and Education
- Opportunities and Support
City of Victoria Youth Council
The City of Victoria Youth Council is a youth-driven, grassroots program funded by the City of Victoria and hosted by Volunteer Victoria. Youth Council offers opportunities for young people to get involved and act as young leaders in their community. They are a passionate group who take action and raise awareness about important issues in the community and share youth perspectives and experiences with Victoria City Council, City staff and citizens.
To learn more, contact the City of Victoria Youth Council Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supports and Resources
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Where can I go for health support?
818 Douglas Street
Foundry Victoria is available for youth up to 24 years of age and provides mental health, physical health, sexual health, and peer support services.
For youth older than 24 years of age, you can contact Need2 Suicide Prevention, Education and Support.
The United Way's 2-1-1 telephone line and online directory service connects users with vital community and social resources, from basic needs like housing and food, to support for seniors and children, to responding to crisis situations.
If you need immediate mental health support, please call 9-1-1 or go to a hospital nearest to you.
Island Sexual Health
#101 - 3960 Quadra Street
Island Sexual Health is running the majority of their services through distance medicine via telephone and video conferencing. They can see pre-arranged clients in clinic if absolutely necessary.
Please call them at 250-592-3479 so they can determine the best way to support your needs and/or the needs of the people you're working with.They are only providing services through their Quadra Street location (#101-3960 Quadra Street) and ask all patients to call their clinic at 250-592-3479 for more details. You do NOT have to be an existing client to access their services. All are welcome.
Their confidential texting line is still available at 250-812-9374 for any sexual health questions. Please note this line is for general sexuality questions, not medical advice. For more info islandsexualhealth.org.
What other local organizations support youth?
530 Fraser Street
The Discovery Centre is still providing services. They are encouraging clients to meet with counsellors by phone, Skype, and other video platforms being developed with security measures.
You can still refer youth and their families by contacting their intake team by email or phone. The phone number is (250) 519-5313 extension 34345, please leave a message for good time to call. Referrals can be faxed to (250) 519-5314. Learn more at islandhealth.ca/our-services/youth-family-substance-use-services
Indigenous Harm Reduction Team Street Entrenched Youth Survival Guide
View this helpful online guide. Find the Indigenous Harm Reduction Team on Facebook.
Out of the Rain Youth Shelter
1450 Elford Street
Out of Rain Youth Night Shelter is available October 15 until April 15. The shelter open each night from 9 pm and closes at 8am with thirty spaces for youth aged 15-25.
Learn more at: www.outoftherainvictoria.ca
NOTE: This list of resources is subject to change. Please note updates to email@example.com.
Where can I access information on youth and recreation programming?
All information on our youth recreation programming is available here.
Can you recommend any local organizations available for immigrants and refugees?
Some organizations that work with immigrants, refugees and newcomers in Victoria include:
Where can I access open youth volunteer opportunities?
What are some local Indigenous organizations and resources?
Does the City have any youth-specific granting opportunities?
The City has grants that are available for youth and youth programming. Please visit our granting page here.
Where can I find about the City's engagement projects and provide input?