Leave Out Violence (LOVE) is an award winning, not-for-profit, grass roots youth organization that is an effective means of social change, providing hope, motivation and opportunity to thousands of young people. LOVE volunteers learn to channel their experiences with violence to develop the skills to become local leaders against violence.
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SFU offers a clinic, vaccinations, counselling and physiotherapy to currently enrolled students but also features some excellent web-based resources, including interactive blogs on nutrition & sexual health, a resource list with info on popular health topics and audio/video recordings for use in relaxation, yoga and mindfulness exercises.
Jennifer Ann’s Group is an American non-profit whose goal is to educate others about the very real dangers of teen dating violence. Every year, they have sponsored the Life. Love. Game Design Challenge, challenging game designers to produce a game that deals with teen dating violence without using any violence in the game itself.
The Looking Glass Foundation runs Canada’s first treatment Centre dedicated to adolescents with eating disorders. They run a summer camp, weekly on-line support groups and have a web site full of links and resources on the subject.
For a list of LGBTQ drop-ins, please consult our (usually) up-to-date list in the Resources section: http://youthinbc.com/learn-more/lgbt/resources/
The WISH Drop-in Centre Society is run by women, for the exclusive use of female survival sex workers. The centre offers a safe place to find support, a hot meal, showers, basic supplies and health care.
Listing of Greater Vancouver area Youth Clinics. Youth clinics (up to age 24) are free and confidential, and offer counselling and support on all medical, health, sexual and wellness-related issues. No appointment, Care Card (usually) or parental accompaniment required.
Shelter in Victoria for youth, 13-18. 10 beds, 24-hour intake, voluntary. Consent of legal guardian is needed to stay.
Safehouse in North Vancouver for youth, 13-18. Drug/alcohol free, 14-day stay. Self-referral okay.
VAFCS is a community centre that provides social, cultural, recreational, and other life-enhancing programs and services to aboriginal people making the transition to urban society.