The Representative for Children and Youth BC (RCYBC) is an independent organization. That means that we are not the government! RCYBC supports youth, young people and their families, and any children and youth who are not in government care but still require assistance in dealing with the government.
The Lansdowne Middle School Choir performed a Namibian folk song on June 18, 2015 at the release of the Growing Up in B.C. - 2015 report by the Representative and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall.
For many years, Nella Nelson has been a leader working on behalf of Aboriginal children and youth to recognize, support and build a sense of place, culture, caring and community. She is the 2013 recipient of the Representative's Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage and Diversity.
The Burnaby School District developed this program in 2010 to support refugee/immigrant students who are overwhelmed by the settlement process and may have experienced trauma. It was one of two projects that received a Representative's Award of Excellence for Innovative Services for 2013.
Under the direction of CEO Steve Arnett, the Nanaimo Youth Association (NYSA) provides free programs and services, directly related to community needs as expressed by those who live in the area. This includes a youth employment centre, a supported-living program for young adults, counselling support, Bladerunner job preparation courses and a one-stop drop-in centre, which includes an innovative music program and nutritious meals. Steve is this year's recipient of the Representative's Award of Excellence for Service Provider.
In the 2012/13 school year, 479 high school-age Red Cross youth facilitators helped to keep 14,340 children and youth across B.C. safe from bullying in their schools and communities. These student leaders undergo two days of rigorous training and build their own workshops for Grade 6/7 classroom discussions based on the program outline. These youth facilitators are the 2013 recipients of the Representative's Award of Excellence for Youth Leadership.
In 1995, at the age of 42, Charles "Chuck" Fraser took a leap of faith to pursue his passion of becoming a social worker. Since then he has worked on empowering people, giving them voice, and building communities of strength. Chuck and his wife, Tina, have also fostered 75 children over the past 28 years. He is the 2013 recipient of the Representative's Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement.
Career Path is a unique program that provides training and employment to high-risk youth. The brainchild of MCFD youth probation officer Kim Marcotte and Ann Alexander, Program Director of Justice programs at Plea, Career Path was recognized with the 2013 Representative's Award of Excellence for Innovative Services.
The recipients of the Youth Leadership award are those between 12 and 24 years of age, whose leadership and innovation has made a positive contribution to the youth community, who have set and reached personal goals and who have contributed time and energy to benefiting or improving their community.