Youth Philanthropy Council

The Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC), is a passionate group of West Vancouver students dedicated to developing leadership and next-gen philanthropy through youth-led grant making and volunteerism. 



Do you want to make a difference for West Vancouver youth & young adults?  We are looking for committee members (Fund Development, Granting, Community Insights & Communication, Volunteerism and Leadership). There are also many opportunities to volunteer at community events.

If you are interesting in joining us, email;, with your name, contact information, school and grade or occupation & employer or click Apply Here to download the application.

Commitment can be quarterly, monthly or more – it’s up to you.


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. Whether you are making a one-time donation or monthly, it all goes to helping youth programs on the North Shore.

How we help


In 2019 we had our first 100 Youth Who Care meeting – a ‘giving circle’ that invites local youth out to hear from charities that serve North Shore youth and vote on which programs to grant to. 

Our latest event, on June 9th, 2021, was online and was a great success. $4,000 was granted out to each of the charities below who benefit youth in North and West Vancouver:


Responding to the urgent needs around the COVID-19 pandemic, the YPC pivoted our granting efforts to social media with two successful online campaigns, helped  by the generous donations of matching donors. 

The ‘100 Youth Who Care’, events also held online in March and June 2021,  contributed to the YPC granting a total of $16,700 to organizations supporting youth on the North Shore during 2020/1.

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.

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

$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.


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. Find out more about some of the past Community Initiatives.

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.


Youth Philanthropy Council Committee Chairs

Fund Development Committee; Frank Lu
Communications Committee; Zoe Da Roza and Priyanka Chopra
Volunteerism & Granting Committee: Sierra Lee and Christina Zhang

Youth Philanthropy Council Committee Members

Paniz Bani, Sean Cyr, Alexa Hartvikson, Jamil Lalani, Olivia Mendes, Isabella Pejman, Eleena Shahbazi, Melika Tehrani and Vincent Zhang.

With thanks to our adults mentors: Naomi Denning (WVF Chair), Christine McDonald (WVF Staff), Kathy Li and Justin Yoo.