Youth Services

About Youth Services

Youth DJThe City of Richmond has adopted an asset-based approach to serving youth and strives for “Richmond to be the best place in North America to raise children and youth.”

Youth Services aims to address the recreational, social and cultural needs of Richmond youth aged 13 to 18 years old by offering a wide range of interactive and innovative programs and services for youth, designed to connect them to their community and build Developmental Assets.

This is achieved by:

  • Building relationships that are grounded in mentoring, role modelling and engagement;
  • Creating meaningful experiences;
  • Working with other agencies and services to support youth; and
  • Building developmental assets in youth.

40 Developmental Assets
The City has adopted the 40 Developmental Assets framework to guide youth programs and services.  The Assets have a tremendous influence on young people’s lives and choices.

Youth Service Plan
The 2015-2020 Youth Service Plan aims to create an environment that generates opportunities for Richmond’s youth to have a safe and healthy journey to adulthood. The plan identifies priority program and service areas for Richmond youth, and provides the City with a strategic approach to making decisions about youth-related matters over the next six years.  

  • Roving Leader Program: The program bridges youth participation towards positive activity and appropriate services designed to influence and increase the development of the 40 Developmental Assets.
  • NightShift: Free Drop-In Program for 13 to 8 year olds.
  • Youth Week: May 1-7 annual week-long celebration of youth.
  • U-ROC Youth Awards: Annual U-ROC (Richmond Outstanding Community) Youth Awards, honouring youth and Asset champions in Richmond.

The City and Community Associations coordinate a variety of events and activities all year long. Contact a local Roving Leader or Youth Development Coordinator for youth-related information.

For more information, please contact:

Youth Services Coordinator
Community Social Development

Krista Germyn
Roving Leader
Community Social Development

Alvin Li
Roving Leader
Community Social Development

Youth Development Coordinators
Youth Development Coordinators (YDCs) are based in community centres throughout Richmond and provide a wide variety of direct services to youth, including program planning, development and implementation and community resources sharing and building of partnerships.

Cambie Community Centre
Deanna:  604-233-8379

City Centre Community Centre
Shivali:  604-204-8571

Hamilton Community Centre
Hallie:  604-718-8055

Sea Island Community Centre

South Arm Community Centre
Neela:  604-238-8071

Steveston Community Centre
Andrew:  604-238-8019

Thompson Community Centre

West Richmond Community Centre
Brendan:  604-238-8416

Program Information and Online Registration
A wide variety of youth programs and services are offered at community facilities throughout Richmond. Register online for scheduled programs or refer to the Parks, Recreation and Culture Guide for details about registered programs, drop-in programs, and events.