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.

Monthly Donations

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 604-822-0033.

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Subscribe to our monthly Child Rights e-newsletter to stay informed on current issues, opportunities, and resources.

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Become a Member

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

Please indicate “Membership” in the message space.

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

The Society for Youth and Children in BC
2765 Osoyoos Crescent
Vancouver, BC

Volunteer & Career Opportunities

Volunteer With SCY

There are currently no positions available at this time.

Career Opportunities at SCY

Job Title: Children and Youth Lawyer

Position: Full-time position, to start as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up the Children and Youth Legal Centre, leading its operation, providing direct legal services and being a spokesperson for child and youth rights. The Centre will provide direct legal representation for children and youth in BC, primarily initially in the areas of child protection and family law. There will be a focus on addressing the needs of vulnerable, immigrant, and Indigenous children and youth.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to by 9:00 AM May 25th, 2017.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. We thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. SCY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from Indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To see the full job opportunity click here.

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.


A Night for Rights

Join the Society for Children and Youth of BC as we launch our inaugural signature fundraising event to support the advancement of rights for BC’s children and youth.

National Child Day
November 20, 2017

Further details to follow.

A Night for Rights is proudly sponsored by GCT Canada.

Interested sponsors, please contact the SCY Executive Director, Stephanie Howell, at

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.