Community organizations

After School Programs

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lower Mainland

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver provides out-of-school hours programs in the school year and day camp programs in the summer through seven neighbourhood-based clubs located throughout the Lower Mainland of Greater Vancouver. Details about all the locations can be obtained by calling the central office at 604-879-6554.

Spare Time Child Care Society

Spare Time Child Care Society is a nonprofit society that provides integrated, school-based, before and after school childcare in 4 communities, and has been a partner of the VSB since 1972.

Spare Time offers day camp programs during Spring, Summer and Winter breaks. For more information visit , or call 604-325-1010

YWCA Vancouver

The Welcome to My Life and Boys 4 Real programs aim to boost self-esteem and confidence amongst Grade 7 girls and boys, giving them essential life skills and the tools to help them achieve a smooth transition to high school. The two programs are delivered over seven to nine weeks in elementary schools throughout Metro Vancouver by two university/college students (Facilitators), a High School Mentor and two Wisdom Champion™ Mentors.


Family and Parenting Support 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver

Parents Together is a professionally supported mutual support/self help program that provides safe, supportive group environments where parents can access understanding, nurturing, resources, knowledge, and additional skills to improve and strengthen their relationships with their youth aged 12-18.

BC FRIENDS For Life Parent Program

The BC FRIENDS For Life Parent Program has been developed by parents for parents and can be used with children/youth aged 5 thru 15.This online program has six video segments with corresponding easy-to-use resource material sections. Just click on the tab for the section you want to learn about (or simply follow in order of sections 1 thru 6). 

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Since 1928, people experiencing challenges have been turning to Family Services of Greater Vancouver—a community-based not-for-profit organization providing crucial social services to children, youth, adults, and families across Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey. We offer support, provide hope, and present opportunities—helping people realize and create possibilities for themselves. All of our work is about building healthy, vibrant tomorrows.


Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society is an Aboriginal non-profit society providing service to urban Aboriginal children and families living in the Greater Vancouver area.


Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre

Since 1963, the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) has been meeting the needs of aboriginal people making a transition to the urban community.  The Friendship Centre, a charitable organization provides programs in health and welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, recreation and equality for all genders of aboriginal people of all age groups.  The Friendship Centre emphasizes the philosophies and values of aboriginal culture and tradition.

Personal Development and Healthy Relationships

RSVP Program (Respect, Safety and Violence Prevention)

The Respect, Safety and Violence Prevention Program (RSVP) is an early intervention program from Family Services of Greater Vancouver that helps children and youth to understand and deal with violence in their communities by exploring topics about healthy relationships.

RSVP is school-based and is focused on children and youth who are vulnerable to becoming involved in unhealthy relationships. 

We strongly believe that:

  • Healthy relationship skills are fundamental to all life endeavours
  • The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself
  • In order to respect, trust, understand and accept others, you must first respect, trust, understand and accept yourself

We provide a variety of services to promote the development of healthy relationships including:

  • School-based therapeutic groups
  • Presentations to elementary and secondary school classes
  • Community education and outreach
  • Facilitator training
  • The RSVP Ambassador Program, which offers mentorship for students who have previously participated in an RSVP group

Special Needs Support

Developmental Disabilities Association

The Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) provides over 50 community-based programs and services for children, youths, and adults. The Developmental Disabilities Association not only strives to enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential, but also is one of the largest daycare providers in the Lower Mainland.

Visit their website at or keep up-to-date with their blog at


Homework and Literacy Support

Vancouver Public Library

For over 100 years Vancouver Public Library has played a key role in our community. As the busiest library in British Columbia, we're not only a cornerstone for Vancouver's neighbourhoods – we connect people to each other and a world of information and literacy.

Recreation Services

Neighbourhood Houses

Your local neighbourhood house has activities and programs for the entire family to enjoy. Contact them for more information.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

The Vancouver Park Board operates, along with community-based Associations, a community centre in each of our 23 neighbourhoods. These centrally located facilities serve all ages and offer a wide range of resources that focus on recreational, social and cultural pursuits. Programs can include fitness, arts and crafts, culture, dance, swimming, skating, child care and a multitude more.


YWCA Vancouver

YWCA Vancouver is a progressive, non-profit organization dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.