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Youth Philanthropy Council


How To Get Involved - Students

Do you want to make a difference for West Vancouver youth/young adults? Join the Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC), a passionate group of West Vancouver students dedicated to developing leadership and next-gen philanthropy through youth-led grant making and volunteerism. We are looking for committee members (Fund Development, Granting, Community Insights and Communication, Volunteerism and Leadership). There are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer at community events. Join us today, email;, with your name, contact information, school and grade/occupation and employer or fill out the application below. Commitment can be monthly, quarterly or more - it's up to you.




Adult Youth Leader Volunteer Position

We are seeking an adult community volunteer to provide administrative support and general coaching for the Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC). Volunteer details here. Resume and letter of interest should be sent to; Application review open now. 


100 Youth Who Care & Newsletter

Our March 3rd online event was a great success. $1,000 was granted out to the charities below who benefit youth/young adults in North and West Vancouver:


Responding to the urgent needs around the COVID-19 pandemic, the YPC have pivoted our granting efforts to social media. December saw the launch of our second online campaign. 1 'Like' = $1 from our fund, up to a maximum of 250 which through the generous donations of matching donors is increasing the dollar amount of each 'like'.

YPC has granted $11,700 to organizations supporting youth on the North Shore during 2020.

If you would like to help the youth of West Vancouver, please consider being a matching donor or adding to our funds with your donation, no matter how big or small.

Donate here.

Holiday Campaign

$1720 Week 1 recipient - Family Services North Shore-Christmas Bureau
$2220 Week 2 recipient - Ocean Ambassadors
$2220 Week 3 recipient - PLEA BC

Spring Campaign

$1,250 Week 1 recipient - Foundry North Shore
$1,250 Week 2 recipient - Harvest Project
$1,000 Week 3 recipient - North Shore Crisis Services Society
$1,000 Week 4 recipient - Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

A big thank you to our matching donors (varies by week); Naomi Denning, Adine Mees, Nancy Farran, Victoria and John Mendes, Linda Harrison Youth Fund, British Pacific Properties, Hartvikson Family, Christine McDonald, Denise Howell, Catherine Heath, TD Bank Park Royal North, Patti Minnes and some anonymous donors.

100 Youth Who Care events held in October 2019 and February 2020, attended by students from public and private high schools across West Vancouver have resulted in monies being granted to the below charitable organizations that benefit youth/young adults in our community and across the North Shore:

Pitches made at these events highlighted financial need for youth programming and initiatives in the areas of Mental Health, Environment and Social Well-being.

Donate to the Youth Endowment Fund 

Community Initiatives

YPC embrace the philosophy of inclusion, a sense of belonging and celebration of diversity by initiating 2 major youth events in, which connected with youth of West Vancouver and beyond.

TEDx Youth West Vancouver: The Butterfly Effect
A number of YPC members initiated, created, and planned the first ever TEDx Youth West Vancouver held on September 22, 2018 at the Kay Meek Centre and it was a great success! Click here for videos. TEDxYouth @ WestVancouver inspired the local youth community through demonstrating what is possible. Their diverse set of young and experienced speakers shared how their philanthropic, innovative, and entrepreneurial ventures have impacted the greater world. On September 22, youth from West Vancouver and beyond gathered to have conversations about what pushes the limits of what is possible.

Click here to learn more about the local youth community pushing boundaries and changing perspectives.

YPC launched the first ever “Do1Give” event on April 19, 2018. They involved most youth of West Vancouver within West Van schools. For one day, they inspired every youth to do something special for someone else and inspired more than 4,000 acts of giving - successfully starting a wave of giving – and happiness! On April 17, 2019 there were 81,500 small acts of giving completed locally and globally! Every act of giving creates a ripple - and in this case #Do1Give Day created a WAVE of happiness all over the world.




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YPC at Mayor's Lawn Bowling Event

Fund Development


Donate Now

The Youth Philanthropy Council relies on fundraising and donations to add to their Funds. Without community generosity, many programs for youth simply do not happen.

For the price of a cup of coffee that may help to start your day, consider how this money could go towards helping a youth/young adult in crisis start theirs.

Would you like to contribute? Consider a donation (one-time or monthly) or become a matching donor or sponsor.

Contact us today if you have any questions or wish to give a larger amount

Youth Philanthropy Council Committee Chairs

Fund Development Committee; AJ Mendes and Verity Carrie
Communications Committee; Zoe Da Roza and Priyanka Chopra
Volunteerism & Granting Committee: Victoria Lu

Youth Philanthropy Council Committee Members

Julianna Angel, Paniz Bani, Sean Cyr, Carmen Golnaraghi, Alexa Hartvikson, Sophia Hartvikson, Kristopher Kirkwood, Sierra Lee, Olivia Mendes, Isabella Pejman, Eleena Shahbazi, Melika Tehrani, Christina Zhang and Vincent Zhang.