Programs & Facilities

Youth Week

Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May (May 1 to 7). It is intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments and diversity of youth across the province.

As part of BC Youth Week, the City of Richmond and its Community Partners host a number of free or low-cost events. These fun and interactive events are a great way for youth to spend time with friends in a safe, youth-friendly environment and celebrate being a youth in Richmond. 

Youth Week in Richmond
Monday, May 1-Sunday, May 7
Andante Cafe – City Centre Community Centre – May 1
Youth Week FEAST-ival! – Cambie Community Centre – May 2
Youth Fit Fest: Take it Outside – Thompson Community Centre – May 2
Science & Technology Expo – Richmond Public Library – May 3
Grab n’ Go Clothing Shop – South Arm Community Centre – May 3
Youth Job Fair – Richmond Public Library – May 4
Bubble Soccer – West Richmond Community Centre – May 4
Basketball Tournament – South Arm Community Centre – May 5
Ships to Shore King of the Sea! – Garry Point Park – May 5
Careers in Media Arts – Richmond Cultural Centre – May 6
Youth Leadership Workshop – Richmond Cultural Centre – May 6
Youth Swim – Watermania – May 7

Andante Cafe – City Centre Community Centre
Monday, May 1, 6:00-8:00pm
Take in the talents of Richmond’s youth at this showcase of singers, musicians, poets, performers and comedians performing in a relaxed café setting.

Free. For more information: Usman at Usman.Mushtaq@richmond.ca or 604-204-8571 or visit City Centre Community Centre @ 5900 Minoru Boulevard

Youth Week FEAST-ival! – Cambie Community Centre
Tuesday, May 2, 12:30-1:30pm
Come for free food and fun games, try to win prizes and browse the booths for extra info and freebies at this thank you to youth for their active involvement in the community.

Free. For more information: Nancy at Nancy.Frappier@richmond.ca or 604-238-8379 or visit Cambie Community Centre @ 12800 Cambie Road

Youth Fit Fest: Take it Outside – Thompson Community Centre
Tuesday, May 2, 3:00-4:30pm
Check out and drop in to a free yoga, self-defence class, floor hockey and more during this outdoor, active session.

Free. For more information: Chantelle at Chantelle.Ingram@richmond.ca or 604-238-8432 or visit Thompson Community Centre @ 5151 Granville Ave  

Science & Technology Expo – Richmond Public Library
Wednesday, May 3, 3:30-5:30pm
Be part of this amazing science experience with hands-on activities and engaging workshops presented by science and technology professionals.

Free. For more information: Maggie at maggie.lukban@yourlibrary.ca or 604-231-6413 or visit Richmond Public Library – Brighouse Branch @ 100-7700 Minoru Gate

Grab n’ Go Clothing Shop – South Arm Community Centre
Wednesday, May 3, 4:00-5:00pm
Get ready for a new-to-you wardrobe at this unique and free shopping spree that includes clothes, shoes, accessories and more. All items are gently used with lots of different styles and sizes to choose from for all genders. Ages 13-24 years welcome.
Donated items are still being accepted at South Arm Community Centre until Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 pm.

Free. For more information: Krista at Krista.Germyn@richmond.ca or 604-516-9538 or visit South Arm Community Centre @ 8880 Williams Rd

Youth Job Fair - Richmond Public Library
Thursday, May 4, 3:00-5:00pm

Bring a resume and come prepared for an informal interview with community employers looking for youth to join their team!

Free. For more information: Maggie at maggie.lukban@yourlibrary.ca or 604-231-6413 or visit Richmond Public Library – Brighouse Branch @ 100-7700 Minoru Gate

Bubble Soccer – West Richmond Community Centre
Thursday, May 4, 3:30-5:30pm
Join this action-packed, modified version of five-on-five soccer enclosed in a personal, plastic bubble that is safe, fun and hilarious! Register in person or online, barcode: 1970438

Free. For more information: Brendan at Brendan.Walker@richmond.ca or 604-238-8416 or visit West Richmond Community Centre @ 9180 No. 1 Road

Basketball Tournament - South Arm Community Centre
Friday, May 5, 3:30-6:00pm

Come register a team and play in this all youth 3 on 3 youth tournament or come cheer on your favourite team! Register your team through South Arm Community Centre

Free. For more information: Neela at Neela.Gottenbos@richmond.ca or 604-238-8066 or visit South Arm Community Centre @ 8880 Williams Road

Ships to Shore King of the Sea! – Garry Point Park
Friday, May 5, 4:00-9:00pm
Join us for an outdoor concert on the Ships to Shore King of the Sea main stage.

Free. For more information: Andrew at Andrew.Chornohus@richmond.ca or 604-238-8019 or visit www.shipstoshore.ca.

Careers in Media Arts – Richmond Cultural Centre
Saturday, May 6, 12:00-4:00pm
Find out more about a career in this specialty area by attending workshops and having discussions with professionals currently working in graphic design, animation and video game production.  Register in person or online: Animation barcode: 2022488 Graphic Design barcode: 2022588, Video Game Production barcode: 2022538

Free. For more information: Lauren at Lauren.BurrowsBackhouse@richmond.ca or 604-247-8303 or visit Richmond Cultural Centre @ 7700 Minoru Gate

Youth Leadership Workshop – Richmond Cultural Centre
Saturday, May 6, 5:00-8:00pm
Come listen to speakers and join in discussions focused on education and leadership and how to translate these learnings into future success. This workshop is hosted by the Steveston Youth Council and includes snacks and refreshments.

Free. For more information: Andrew at Andrew.Chornohus@richmond.ca or 604-238-8019 or visit Steveston Community Centre @ 4111 Moncton St.

Youth Swim – Watermania
Sunday May 7, 3:00-5:00pm
Swim, dive and flop to sick beats during this “free for teens” time! Compete for prizes in the “best dive” and other competitions.

Free. For more information: Darren at Darren.Chen@richmond.ca or 604-448-5360 or visit Watermania @ 14300 Entertainment Boulevard

U-ROC Awards
Every year during Youth Week, the City of Richmond hosts the U-ROC (Richmond Outstanding Community) Youth Awards to celebrate the achievement and dedication of Outstanding Youth and Asset Champions within the Richmond community.

Award Categories

  • Outstanding Youth - exceptional young people 13-18/19 years that live in Richmond. Youth in this category are nominated for being truly outstanding; displaying remarkable qualities, and making Richmond a better place!
  • Asset Champions - adults who have shown dedication and commitment to build Developmental Assets, and who inspire, mentor and make a difference in the lives of youth. These adults play an integral role in finding ways to help youth grow and thrive, and see the strengths in young people and believe in their potential.

The City asks for professionals and community members working with youth, who have an Outstanding Youth or Asset Champion in their midst, to nominate them for an award. Please consider those who go above and beyond the day to day expectations and activities required of them, and shine in their own special way.

Previous U-ROC Award Recipients:
PDF Document 2016 U-ROC Award Recipients
PDF Document 2015 U-ROC Award Recipients
PDF Document 2014 U-ROC Award Recipients