Youth and teens

Find information on youth and teen services in Burnaby, BC and beyond to support you during COVID-19. Many resources offered are free or low-cost. Contact the organization, or check their website to determine service eligibility. 

We're working closely with service providers to keep these guides updated, however information provided here may quickly change. Contact us if your organization listed here needs information updated, or if your organization would like to be included in our guides. 

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Burnaby Youth COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Information for Teens

The official student-led Burnaby School District response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow for updates, information, and activities!

Last updated
May 27, 2020

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24/7 helplines

Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service

Available to anyone needing help with any kind of substance use issues.

Contact

Phone: 604-660-9382 or 1-800-663-1441 (Toll-free)

Last updated
April 28, 2020

The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC (Crisis Centre) is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis.

Also provides emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health. Resources are also provided on the website.

Support by phone (24/7) and online youth chat (12 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

Contact

Phone:
24/7 Support: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
24/7 Mental Health Support: 310-6789 (no area code needed)

Last updated
April 28, 2020

Information on a variety of mental health topics. Here to Help provides resources on navigating anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated
April 28, 2020

Call or text to connect with a professional counsellor or a trained volunteer Crisis Responder.
Kids Help Phone’s Live Chat service is temporarily closed.

Contact

Call: 1-800-668-6868 to speak with a professional counsellor 24/7.
Text: CONNECT to 686868 to reach a trained volunteer Crisis Responder 24/7.

Last updated
April 28, 2020

KUU-US Crisis Line Society

Provides 24/7 culturally-aware crisis support to Indigenous people in B.C.

Contact

Phone: 250-723-2040 (Child/Youth) or 1-800-588-8717 (Toll-free)

Last updated
April 28, 2020

Suicide Help Line

Trained volunteers provide confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional crisis support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 140 languages. Chat services are available online as well as other crisis lines.

Contact

Phone: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) (Toll-free ) or 604-872-3311 (local)

Last updated
April 28, 2020

“We Matter” is a place to help indigenous youth get through hard times, whether you need support yourself or want to support someone you know.” We Matter has put together a toolkit for Indigenous Youth https://wemattercampaign.org/toolkits/youth

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Last updated
May 8, 2020

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Counselling and support

Community-based agency providing online support groups, and individual support via call or video for individuals and families. The monthly calendar for online parent support groups for May is here: http://cameray.ca/parent-support-program-may-online-group-calendar/ .

Address

102 - 5623 Imperial St., Burnaby

Contact
Last updated
May 11, 2020

Online information on mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports. Quickly connect to resources, services and supports online or by phone.
BC’s young people ages 12 to 24 and their caregivers can access Foundry’s virtual drop-in counselling service. Call to book an appointment.
No referral or assessment required. Services are free and confidential.

Contact

Phone: 604-283-2234

Last updated
April 28, 2020

Youth Wraparound Program offers youth, ages 13 to 17 living in South and East Vancouver, wraparound support to develop their strengths and to build on their resilience. Please contact your current Youth Worker.
Peer Support Group will be offered online via Zoom on the second Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Counselling Support Group will be offered online via Zoom on the last Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Contact

Number: 604-254-9626

Last updated
April 28, 2020

Odyssey (Burnaby Great Community)

A program for youth that are struggling with substance use. Youth ages 12 to 24 and their families can access counselling services.
Currently operating and providing counselling services primarily through social media, phone, email, text or FaceTime.

Address

518 Howard Ave., Burnaby

Contact

Phone: 604-299-6377

Last updated
April 28, 2020

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COVID-19 information for teens

Burnaby Primary Care Network's official COVID-19 website. Information on Burnaby's response strategy, satellite testing and treatment centre, and other items to help local residents deal with the pandemic.
Available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog.

Last updated
April 28, 2020

Youth aging out of foster care can apply for Telus’s two year Mobility for Good program. Youth receive a refurbished smartphone with unlimited, Canada-wide talk and text and 3 GB of data per month, all at no cost.
Youth in BC are eligible if they were in permanent or temporary care of Ministry of Children and Family Development/Delegated Aboriginal Agency or on a youth agreement as of their 19th birthday OR are eligible for the Agreement with Young Adults Program

Last updated
April 29, 2020

A one-stop resource center and FAQ specifically designed to support young people under 30 in navigating their health and social needs during COVID-19.

Last updated
April 28, 2020

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Harm reduction

Odyssey (Burnaby Great Community)

A program for youth that are struggling with substance use. Youth ages 12 to 24 and their families can access counselling services.
Currently operating and providing counselling services primarily through social media, phone, email, text or FaceTime.

Address

518 Howard Ave., Burnaby

Contact

Phone: 604-299-6377

Last updated
April 28, 2020

Purpose Society

Brown bag lunch Monday to Thursdays and Saturdays 4 pm. to 5:30 p.m. Food Hampers (existing clients only) Friday 10 a.m. Youth Source: Run by the Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families. Services available to youth ages 12 to 21 of all genders. Indoor services are not wheelchair-accessible. Services include:

  • Harm reduction supplies available from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at reception
  • Emergency food bank
  • Personal hygiene items and clothing (as donated supplies last)
  • Information and referral on housing/employment/other
  • Free medical care on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m
  • Sandwich and drink available at 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and Saturday out the back door on the Alexander Street side
  • Bags of groceries available on Fridays at 9 a.m
  • Food hamper program waitlist (email mail@purposesociety.org)
  • Rent bank temporarily available to Burnaby residents for loans

Purpose Youth Services open on a modified basis. Currently offering meals, food hampers, outreach and harm reduction, Stride program and Rent Bank for youths. Stride for Purpose provides HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Support Services.

Health Van provides harm reduction supplies, sharps containers, and sometimes food supplies; will pick up sharps containers. Operates Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; daytime services sometimes available. 

Address

40 Begbie St., New Westminster

Contact

Phone: 604-526-2522
Email: mail@purposesociety.org

Health Van Phone: 604-351-1885

Last updated
May 27, 2020

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Health

Burnaby Youth Clinic

Provides free confidential information and education regarding sexuality and health to youth 21 and under.
Phone first and a doctor will see youth in person if needed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Address

4734 Imperial St., Burnaby

Contact

Phone: 604-293-1764

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Last updated
April 28, 2020

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LGBTQIA2S+ support

Alphabet Soup

Online support for LGBTQ+ youth. Follow or email to find out about online programming and support.

Contact
Last updated
April 28, 2020

The I Belong Program (MOSAIC)

A support program for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) newcomer immigrants and refugees.
Call or email 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday for more information.

Contact

Phone: 236-521-7082
Email: ibelong@mosaicbc.org,

Last updated
April 28, 2020

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Schools

Burnaby School District (SD41) is helping the community in many ways:

  • The Continuing Learning Website is a newly launched remote learning platform for all Burnaby Schools. The resources on this site are intended to support students with self-directed learning activities across a wide variety of subject areas. 
  • Burnaby School District is connecting directly with families to loan devices to students in need.  Their priority is secondary students. Please contact your child’s school for more information.
  • Access to learning opportunities during regular school hours will be available for children of Essential Service Workers grades K - 6 who have exhausted all other opportunities for supervision of their children. These free services are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See SD41 website for more information.
  • Strong Starts (family programs for young children) have set up blogs to connect with families at the following schools: Cascade Heights, Chaffey Burke, Edmonds, Forest Grove, Kitchener, Lochdale, Maywood, Morley, Second Street, Stoney Creek, Stride and Twelfth Avenue. Go to each  school website for more information. Website provides links to schools and contact information.
  • Lunch program available for pickup at various locations throughout the Burnaby School District. Free for Burnaby Students. Please contact your school's principal for more information.
  • Burnaby School District has aiso shared health resources for talking about COVID-19 with your children.
Last updated
April 29, 2020

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Teen Librarians

Burnaby Public Library: Teen Librarians

Have questions about the library? Looking for a new book? Need to know the right information? Need technical support? Looking for something in the community? Teen librarians are available to answer your questions.
Phone, text and email services are open, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact

Phone: 604-314-2480
Email: andrea.lukic@bpl.bc.ca or cristina.freire@bpl.bc.ca

Last updated
April 29, 2020

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Things to do

Use Canva’s free and easy drag-and-drop feature and layouts to quickly design and share email headers, social media posts, logos, and website graphics. You can cut out the middleman and publish your designs directly to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and more.

Last updated
April 29, 2020

This interactive career guidance site includes a "career matchmaker" skills assessment tool, occupational profiles and an extensive listing of post-secondary academic and training programs.

Access: With your library card.

Last updated
April 29, 2020

Free virtual yoga classes for all different levels.

Last updated
April 29, 2020

Tours of 500 of the World’s Most Famous Museums including MOMA, the Met, Palace of Versailles, National Gallery of London and many more.

Last updated
April 29, 2020

Learn software, creative and business skills with lynda.com training tutorials. Includes more than 6,000 courses on software programs like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop and Premier, plus courses on career improvement, productivity, marketing and more. Lynda.com also includes tutorials on social media and web publishing tools like Facebook, Twitter and Wordpress.
Access: For Burnaby residents, in the library and at home with your library card.

Last updated
April 28, 2020

STEM for FEM is a Burnaby based youth-led non-profit organization geared towards providing free science education to girls and other underrepresented gender identities in elementary and middle school. Sessions are all completely free of charge and are recurring for youth at different levels (e.g. intro, novice, intermediate). Workshops include a variety of hands-on activities and guest speaker presentations, as well as collaborative discovery and online learning.

Contact
Last updated
May 27, 2020

Annual youth writing contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 8 to 12 in British Columbia. Contestants can submit either fiction or non-fiction short stories. Participation is free.

DEADLINE: May 29 2020

Last updated
April 28, 2020
Address

As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all kinds are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans. A list put together by NPR or live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre.

Last updated
April 29, 2020

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Volunteering and employment

Services for seniors:
(Self-referrals as well as referrals from BC211 and community agencies for these services)

  • Grocery shopping and other essentials for seniors who are able to pay for cost of groceries (service is also available in Farsi and Chinese).
  • Delivery of donated food bags for low income seniors.
  • Phone check ins, and support with any other needs.

Services for families with children 0-12:

  • Grocery shopping and other essentials for families who are isolated and can't get out but can afford to pay.
  • Delivery of donated food bags to low income families who are isolated. Grocery food cards may be avaliable (dependent on donations) for families who can still get out to shop.
  • Virtual programming, will include: children's activities, parenting resources, and connections to partners who are doing programming.
  • Phone check ins, and support with connecting to any other needs.

Services for youth:
20 week paid program for unemployed youth (ages 15 to 30). The employment program offers 8 weeks of online classes and 12 weeks of work placement. Start date: May 11, 2020. The program is 100% online.

Technology help:
Burnaby Neighbourhood House provides one-to-one support to help individuals learn to use technology or apply for benefits (including EI and CERB). They have created a series of YouTube videos in English, Punjabi, Chinese and Farsi about how to use different video calling tools, including Zoom and Skype.

Virtual Programs:

Check out Burnaby Neighbourhood House's schedule of virtual programs.

Address

North: 4908 Hastings St. Burnaby
South: 4460 Beresford St. Burnaby

Contact

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

North: 604-294-5444
South: 604-431-0400

Youth Employment Program: 236-889-4065

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Last updated
May 27, 2020

CAVE Youth Employment Program (ages 17 to 29) and Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants (Health, Education & Social Services). All services are provided online, video conference, email and phone.

Contact

Phone: 604-438-3045 and leave a message
Email: cave@douglascollege.ca or careerpaths@douglascollege.ca

Last updated
April 28, 2020

A multicultural, multi-service agency that assists people with newcomer settlement, employment, community development, language training, family and youth counselling, affordable housing and seniors care in all stages of their Canadian journey.

Currently providing webinars, virtual tours, parent support groups, Mother Goose programs and youth employment programs online. All programs can be viewed on SUCCESS’ events page.

Contact

Arabic: 236-880-3048
Korean: 236-880-3071
Vietnamese: 236-880-3250
Chinese (phone 1) - Burnaby: 604-889-2486
Farsi (phone 2) - Tri-Cities: 236-880-3483
Japanese: 236-880-3392
Tagalog: 236-838-5782
Punjabi: 604-362-0216

For Mother Goose programs and parent support groups:
Teresa (Mandarin) Phone: 604-318-2731, Email: teresa.hsieh@success.bc.ca
Monica (Korean) Phone: 604-468-6064, Email: monica.lim@success.bc.ca

Last updated
April 28, 2020

To find volunteer opportunities visit the go volunteer website and use the advanced search to select positions that are suitable for you.

Youth who are interested in learning how volunteering can contribute to your Career and Personal Planning (CAPP) contact the CAPP Coordinator in your school.

Volunteer Burnaby now has section for those interested in volunteering for COVID-19 related causes.

Last updated
May 29, 2020

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Youth spaces (online)

Alphabet Soup

Online support for LGBTQ+ youth. Follow or email to find out about online programming and support.

Contact
Last updated
April 28, 2020

The Burnaby Youth Hub is a safe, inclusive space where youth can access a variety of resources, programs, and services for their personal health, development, and well-being. Currently The Hub is only operating essential programs, and is operating a Food Bank program for youth and families.

Address

4750 Imperial St., Burnaby

Contact

Phone: 604-569-0951

To set up a food bag pickup, contact Evelyn at info@burnabyyouthhub.org or at 604-367-7349.

Last updated
April 28, 2020

Creekside Youth Centre

City of Burnaby drop-in recreation centres for youth aged 10 to 18 years of age are now connecting virtually via social media outlets (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Zoom). Teens can look for resources, connect with staff and share thoughts. Staff are also connecting and providing support to all youth via phone calls and text messages.

Contact

Office Phone: 604-294-7607
Cell Phone: 604-202-4534

Snapchat: Creekoftheside

Last updated
April 29, 2020

Edmonds Community Youth Centre

City of Burnaby drop-in recreation centres for youth aged 10 to 18 years of age are now connecting virtually via social media outlets (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Zoom). Teens can look for resources, connect with staff and share thoughts. Staff are also connecting and providing support to all youth via phone calls and text messages.

Contact

Phone: 604-297-4841
Cell Phone: 604 833-1823

Social media
Last updated
April 29, 2020

South Central Youth Centre

City of Burnaby drop-in recreation centres for youth aged 10 to 18 years of age are now connecting virtually via social media outlets (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Zoom). Teens can look for resources, connect with staff and share thoughts. Staff are also connecting and providing support to all youth via phone calls and text messages.

Contact

Phone: 604-294-4497
Cell Phone: 604-612-3293

Last updated
April 29, 2020

Summit Youth Centre

City of Burnaby drop-in recreation centres for youth aged 10 to 18 years of age are now connecting virtually via social media outlets (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Zoom). Teens can look for resources, connect with staff and share thoughts. Staff are also connecting and providing support to all youth via phone calls and text messages.

Contact

Office Phone: 604-268-1369
Cell Phone: 604-612-3293

Snapchat: Summit Youth Centre (summit_youth)

Social media
Last updated
April 29, 2020

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