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Your contribution to SCY supports:
  • Education and awareness initiatives
  • Development of Child Rights and Child and Youth Friendly Communities resources to help strengthen communities and organizations
  • Education of decision makers on children, youth, and family issues to influence positive systemic improvements
  • Promotion of the voices of children and youth in decision-making to uphold their right to participation
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Make a difference in the lives of children and youth! Children and youth are facing increasingly complex challenges and vulnerabilities in today’s society. For over 40 years, the Society for Children and Youth of BC has been actively engaged in education, advocacy, and community engagement to promote the well-being of all children and youth.

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Show your support and sign up as a Monthly Donor. By becoming a monthly donor you are helping to ensure that SCY keeps administrative costs low, can successfully plan future projects, and continues our work to uphold the rights of children and youth across the province.

Legacy Giving

Make a Lasting Impact. Legacy giving is an important part of estate planning for many donors and it demonstrates the vision of their philanthropic beliefs. Legacy giving is a meaningful way to support the things that you care most about. Creating a legacy gift for the Society for Children and Youth of BC provides essential funding towards upholding children’s rights across the province and will benefit future generations to this end.

If you are thinking about making a legacy gift to SCY and would like to discuss this more with us, please contact us at or 778-657-5544 or toll free 1-877-462-0037

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Membership is one way in which we demonstrate community support for SCY’s work to donors and funders and is vital to the future and health of SCY.

As a member of SCY you will be automatically signed up for the Child Rights Network. Network participants receive:

  • Information on issues, initiatives, and events
  • Opportunities to be a part of a unique and vital organization dedicated to children and youth in BC
  • Invitations to attend conferences, forums, workshops, and roundtables
  • Access to resource materials
SCY uses membership fees to:
  • Create opportunities for children and youth to express their perspective and to share their own child rights stories
  • Collaborate with community partners to address current issues faced by children and youth in BC
  • Produce child rights resources that are distributed to community groups throughout the province and downloaded worldwide
  • Promote and create professional development opportunities for child and youth service providers furthering dialogue on issues within a child rights context
  • Write evidence based research briefs to decision makers to assist in equipping them to facilitate the development of child rights related laws/policies
  • Continue to lead a multi-media Child Rights Public Awareness Campaign.

$10.00 Individual

$25.00 Organization

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You can also become a member by sending this form and a cheque to:

The Society for Youth and Children in BC
303-1720 Grant Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 2Y3

Volunteer & Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities at SCY

Job Title: Child and Youth Legal Centre Legal Assistant

Position: 35 hours/week, 1 year contract, with possibility of renewal

The Society for Children and Youth of BC is a unique, provincial not for profit organization. Our mission is to improve the well-being of children and youth in British Columbia through the advancement of their civic, political, economic, social, cultural and legal rights. Since 1974, the Society has focussed on providing a strong voice representing children and youth.

We are currently seeking a Legal Assistant to begin work immediately in our office in Vancouver for our new Child and Youth Legal Centre. This role requires a candidate who will be responsible for a variety of legal, administrative and reception duties. This is a full-time position (35 hours per week).


  • As a first point of contact with the organization for many, ensure that the profile and reputation of the organization is maintained;
  • Provide prompt and thorough information when responding to requests from clients;
  • Open new client files, maintain client files, and prepare files for closing;
  • Apply proofreading and editing skills to documents and correspondence;
  • Assist in maintaining the SCY resource referral information database;
  • Obtain information and instructions from clients and forward to lawyer;
  • Book court dates, mediations, appointments with clients, etc.;
  • Liaise with clients, opposing counsel, and communicate with the court registry;
  • Manage stats keeping system;
  • Providing support to lawyers and staff as required and requested;
  • Providing relief reception duties as required; and,
  • Keep ED and Managing Lawyer apprised of matters in office.

Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Diploma in Legal Administration;
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience in a legal assistant position (preferably in family law or child protection); however, a combination of education and experience will be considered;
  • Proficient in MS Office (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word);
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills as well as above average attention to detail;
  • Ability to work under pressure, be flexible and adapt to changing situations easily;
  • Ability to work well with all types of personalities and levels of responsibility;
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, meet deadlines and exhibit sound judgment;
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team;
  • Experience working with young people; and,
  • Familiarity with the children and youth sector in BC and the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child is an asset.

Our organization’s success is built on the unique skills and perspectives of each individual. We respect and celebrate the dignity, value and diversity of all.

This position is subject to a criminal record check. The successful candidate will be able to provide a significant contribution to the Society’s work in promoting children’s access to justice across the province of BC. We are looking for a dedicated individual to help support and strengthen our growing organization.

SCY is a Living Wage employer. Annual salary $45,000.00 plus statutory benefits.

Please submit your cover letter and resume as one attachment. Please save it as a pdf with the name ‘Lastname, Firstname’ and submit it to by 9:00 AM November 10th, 2017. Please indicate “Legal Assistant Position” in the subject line of your email. Interviews may take place on a rolling basis. We thank everyone for his or her interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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There are currently no positions available at this time.

SCY News & Events

SCY frequently holds events and workshops. You can visit this section or sign up for our newsletter to hear about upcoming events.



Suzette Narbonne of  the Child and Youth Legal Centre recently contributed this article to the BC Pediatric Society Newsletter.

You can download the article by clicking the button below. The article appears on page 11.


The Society for Children and Youth of BC announces the launch of a new Child and Youth Lawyer Initiative in British Columbia. This initiative is made possible by funding from The Law Foundation of British Columbia and The Law Foundation of Ontario Access to Justice Fund with additional financial support from The Notary Foundation of British Columbia, The Law Society of British Columbia and The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth of BC.

This initiative is to establish a Child and Youth Legal Centre in order to provide direct legal services to children and youth in British Columbia. Children and youth in BC will be able to access legal services relating to: family matters, child protection, and other children and youth law matters. There will be an emphasis on addressing the needs of immigrant and refugee, street involved, LGBTQ and Indigenous children and youth.

“Every young person in British Columbia has a right to protection from discrimination and exploitation. When a young person’s rights aren’t being upheld and legal protection is required, it is our shared responsibility as a society to assist them”, says Stephanie Howell, Executive Director of the Society for Children and Youth of BC.

“So often the most vulnerable in our society do not get the representation they need in the legal system. The Law Foundation of BC has always advocated for a just society and providing legal services for some of our most vulnerable citizens is integral to our mission. By supporting this program, we hope to begin to meet the need for legal services in BC for children and youth, evaluate its work, and aim to provide long term legal support for children and youth in BC.” – Eileen Vanderburgh, Chair, the Law Foundation of BC.

The Centre is now open. The office will be based in the Lower Mainland but its services will be available throughout BC.

For more information, please contact the Society for Children and Youth of BC by e-mailing, or call 778-657-5544 or toll free 1-877-462-0037



Dear Friends,

We are delighted to be sharing our invitation to join us on November 20th, for A Night for Rights.

Tickets for the evening are $120, with all proceeds going directly to SCY.

Guest Speakers: 

The Honourable Donna Martinson, Q.C., a retired Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court and co-chair of the CBA, BC Branch Children’s Law Section.
Tru Wilson,Transgender Advocate, 14 year old student

Can’t Make A Night for Rights? No problem.

You can also support our work to advance the rights of children and youth in B.C. by donating the equivalent of your ticket to support SCY’s vision.

We would like to thank the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch Children’s Law Section for their collaboration on this year’s event.

Sponsored by:

Youth Art For Change Event

During the past year, youth in and from government care have participated in arts-based projects where they courageously explored some of the issues they face in their daily lives.

On January 25th, 2017 the Society for Children and Youth of BC and First Call, in partnership with Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change Initiative, invited the artists to exhibit their work for the community to come out and hear their collective voice on issues and solutions identified from their lived experience. We honoured and celebrated their various art forms including paintings, photography, youth film, spoken word, and more. We also heard from a panel of media makers and organization leads who reflected on what is possible when we pair youth art and the quest for positive social change

Quote from participant “I’m excited to be heard, to not have an adult speak for me but to use my own voice to speak.”

Click here to view the gallery of photos from the event.

My Life Through the Lens: A Youth Photovoice Gala Photo Exhibit

In July 2016, young people from the Fraser Valley area participated in an innovative rights workshop exploring issues affecting youth in government care using photography. Participants learned about their rights, photography, how to express personal story through image and how to become agents for change in their communities.

On September 15th , 2016, the Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCY) celebrated the work produced by the participants of the “My Life Through the Lens: Youth Photovoice Project” with a free gala photo exhibit. The evening included words from Kris Archie, manager of the Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change Initiative, spoken word performances by Youth participants, and a Youth panel discussion with participants about their photos, challenges and possible solutions for issues impacting youth in government care.

Quote from participant “I’m excited to be heard, to not have an adult speak for me but to use my own voice to speak.”

“Participation & Engagement of Children and Youth” with Dr. Roger Hart

On May 31st, 2016, SCY hosted a public lecture in which child rights expert, Dr. Roger Hart, explored the current global state of practice regarding young people’s participation in the governance of their communities and cities, with examples from Canada and abroad.

A video of Dr. Roger Hart’s lecture is available on Youtube:

“Changing Childhood and the Creation of Child Friendly Communities” with Dr. Roger Hart

On June 1st, 2016, SCY hosted a half-day workshop with Dr. Roger Hart. This workshop was designed for anyone concerned with the current state of children’s play and free time outside of school, including planners, designers, policymakers, and educators. Participants learned about and used an internationally recognized tool to evaluate changes in children’s use of free time, the environments made available to them, and the policy and planning responses in B.C.

A summary of the workshop written by Bob Yates is available as a PDF.