WHO WE ARE
Youth Initiative Vancouver (YIV) is a non-profit organization under the Academy of Modern Art (AOMA) registered by the government of British-Columbia, Canada. We are committed to fostering multicultural exchanges and promoting international education. As a co-organizer of renowned art competitions for 7 years, YIV also aims to inspire children and young people to express creativity through visual art and design. Philanthropic action is interwoven within our mission, with YIV having hosted fundraisers to support polio eradication and children education. As an organization fully operated by youth, it has become the largest student-run educational organization in Greater Vancouver.
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weekly volunteer-run lessons
WHAT WE DO
Our Programs and Initiatives
YIV strives to create positive societal impacts while honing leadership, management, communication, and teamwork among a plethora of essential skills in the 21st century. YIV’s programs range from our Peer Tutoring programs and Teaching Assistant (TA) programs—which provides peer-to-peer education and connection—to promoting artistic expression through the Canada Youth Visual Art Contest (CYVAC), an annually organized art contest with a charity auction and fundraiser. Learn more about our programs below:
Sanya, Summer 2021 Volunteer
“I truly felt that tutoring for YIV has made a change in my life. It’s given me more patience, deeper critical thinking abilities, and more.
It was difficult at first to engage with my student because I didn’t want anything to be awkward, but once I realized that the child sitting in front of me is looking up to me as a source for help, it filled me with pride and I did everything I could to fulfill his sessions.”
Get in touch with Youth Initiative Vancouver to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.