removing participation barriers for underrepresented youth

Co-Creating a Sustainable BC+


CCSBC+ sprouted from our initial Co-Creating a Sustainable BC initiative. It is a result of the learnings and the capacity we gained over the past four years while working with youth on CCSBC in six BC regions. The CCSBC initiative engages young people aged 15-30 with the focus on addressing sustainability holistically at a regional or community level. In addition to our work with the regional cohorts, we were also looking for ways to do more focused work with youth that are experiencing barriers to participation in sustainability and community building initiatives. Through this effort, we have established some great relationships and have launched CCSBC+ to proudly share with you the work of amazing youth whose voices need to be amplified. Your voice matters!  

CCSBC and CCSBC+ are all about uplifting youth and empowering them to take a solutions-oriented approach to action. It’s vital that youth have a say in the issues that will affect their future!

Intersectional perspectives are foundational to equitable and fair sustainability solutions. CCSBC welcomes and strongly encourages BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour), newcomers, LGBTQ2S+ youth, youth with disabilities, and youth of different religious backgrounds to apply. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all youth and can work with applicants to reduce any barriers to participation. Please free to reach out at to begin a conversation around how we may best support you.

helping spirit lodge society youth group

We are thrilled about our partnership with the HSLS! More information about this collaboration coming soon!


START DATE: November 26, 2022 – March 25, 2023

FBC Youth Program has partnered up with a Vancouver artist, Hollis Nelson, to reach out to youth experiencing barriers in Vancouver and to engage them through art in creating a vision for a better community that represents them and their peers. Hollis has a keen interest in art, sustainability and working with marginalized people in her community. With her art, she has a particular focus on recycling and utilizing waste in her creations. Hollis is inviting young people (15-30 years old) who feel underrepresented and are living in Vancouver Urban Core to join her and other young people in envisioning a more inclusive and sustainable community for youth experiencing barriers. Join us to create a better and more inclusive future for your community through art.

Art and creativity are essential to connecting people to other community members, natural and built environments. It allows us to access a more emotional and intuitive side in us and helps us consider new possibilities and futures. Through this program, you will meet once per week to:

  • Meet and make friends with other like-minded youth from your community
  • Explore the role of art in strengthening our communities
  • Discuss the role of youth in challenging the status quo such as lack of inclusion of youth from all walks of life
  • Access free training and tools to build a world with fewer barriers
  • Imagine a community you want to be a part of
  • Create a project to benefit youth in your community and receive funding to implement your project

There is no cost for youth to participate in this initiative. Travel and meal expenses related to your participating in workshops and events are covered. We also offer ASL interpretation, childcare support, and technology support for participants that need it. If you are experiencing any other accessibility barriers or challenges that we haven’t mentioned here, please email and let us know how we can make the initiative accessible for you.

Compensation: youth that complete the program will be able to engage in a small paid contract opportunities with the FBC Youth Program to share their new skills and experience with youth from other BC regions.

Stay tuned for the next round of applications

We also accommodate applications via video, over the phone, or other preferred non-text-based mediums. 

Email us for more information.

stories of the land

START DATE: Early January 2023 

FBC Youth Program is working with the First Nations performer and storyteller, Kenthen Thomas to engage youth in a project looking at the traditions of the Secwepemc Peoples and the stories of the ancestors. Kenthen captivates audiences with his fascinating retellings of legends of the Secwepemc, his family land for more than 10,000 years. This is where his late grandmother, respected and even legendary Secwepemc elder, the late Dr. Mary Thomas, taught him the traditional art of storytelling.

The youth participants will join Kenthen and our FBC facilitator Brock Endean in imagining, implementing and creating a project that will utilize the Secwepemc ways of knowing and being, also connectivity to not only to other humans, but all living things on the tmicw (land). The focus will be on land-based knowledge and how it can be used to sustain the tmicw in a kinder and gentler way.

Participants will:

  • Meet other like-minded youth (online or in-person) and share hopes and expectations
  • Meet and learn from inspiring guest speakers 
  • Decide what direction the group is going to pursue for their project and strive to be inspired and to inspire others
  • Gain new knowledge and skills and feel supported and safe in the way they express themselves
  • Present their project to art schools or make at least a polished piece

cariboo-chilcotin cohort 2021-22

In 2021-2022, FBC Youth Program collaborated with Blaine Grinder, a facilitator from the Tsilhqot’in Nation to engage Indigenous youth in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. Blaine worked with the Alexis creek school, Skyline in Williams Lake and staff from three corners to connect with students, build relationships and work on small projects.

Blaine’s work in the region was inspired by the needed to bring Indigenous ingenuity back. He worked with youth in the region to show them how to solve problems or create tangible solutions and how Indigenous ancestors were able to make many uses of materials for everyday use.   



CCSBC regional cohorts

Learn about the work of the CCSBC regional cohorts! Since 2019, CCSBC participants have planned and implemented some amazing projects to create a positive change and contribute to a shared vision of a healthy and thriving BC communities.

Check out the CCSBC Regional Cohorts Gallery!

If you are interested in learning more about the Co-Creating a Sustainable BC initiative or other work FBC Youth Program is involved in, please email us at or follow us on social media and our eNews to stay up-to-date. 

This project is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program.