VSB Partner organizations

The Vancouver School Board partners with a number of organizations and agencies to provide or assist with programs during school hours and out of school time.

The list below features a few of these organizations:

Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit arts education centre for children and youth ages 2 to 19. Arts Umbrella is committed to delivering the highest quality visual and performing arts education to young people, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.

Arts Umbrella caters to children of all artistic interests and skill levels— from pre-school to advanced pre-professional training. More than 270 tuition-based classes and numerous outreach classes occur each week, with innovative and high-quality instruction provided by almost 200 dedicated artists and arts educators.


KidSafe is a registered Canadian charity that serves more than 400 inner-city children, providing free programs that foster skill development, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship building in order to support their own capacity for healthy survival.

learning is firstLIFT is a comprehensive after school program in the Broadway Midtown area of East Vancouver. They support young people to succeed in high school and beyond, because success in school helps to build healthy, successful lives. Using over 60 trained volunteers they provide tutoring and mentorship to 150 East Vancouver youth in grades 6 to 12, focusing on the pivotal grade 7 to 8 transition.
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MoreSports provides sustainable sport and physical activity opportunities for children and families living in neighbourhoods across Vancouver. In doing so, the organization has a special focus on people who typically do not participate in sports such as girls, children from diverse ethnic groups, and those who simply face barriers to participation in sports such as cost.


UBC Learning Exchange

The UBC Learning Exchange creates environments where people from UBC and people from inner city communities can work together and learn from each other.

The Trek Program brings students and other members of the UBC community to inner city schools and non-profit organizations where they contribute to community programs while learning about important social issues. 

Learning Exchange Storefront Programs offer free educational resources to people who live and work in the Downtown Eastside and other inner city neighbourhoods. Storefront programs include computer training and access, and ESL conversation groups.