Youth Who Care
Youth Who Care is the first of its kind in Canada. Since 1997, this group of high school students has provided a shadow board to our senior Board giving them a meaningful experience in volunteering for our hospital. Developed out of a concern for youth and their lack of opportunities to have a positive influence in their community, Youth Who Care was formed with input from the local hospital foundation, five high schools and the community.
Youth Who Care Directors believe that there is a bright future for youth as contributors in society. Their vision which looks "towards tomorrow" means they are willing to take the challenge and responsibility of building a healthy and strong communities -- wherever their lives take them in year to come.
Benefits to the Community
• Unique skill-building opportunities for young people
• Not just a group of youth carrying out "fund raising dirty work" which traditional groups may be reluctant to do, but showing philanthropy at its best, in action.
• Life-long commitment to community service in a much wider capacity than just with our organization.
• Opportunities for positive voices for young people
• The value of fresh and challenging ideas to stimulate positive & creative change in the future.
• Foster a sense of self worth to young people.
• Adults seeing youth as a part of the solution, instead of part of the problem in society.
Youth Who Care felt the need to create goals which would guide them in their broad public service activities. After numerous brainstorming and planning sessions, the Youth Directors created five (5) goals on which they focus; Health Promotion, Skill Development, Community Service, Voice of Youth, Fundraising.
If you would like more information on Youth Who Care, please contact the PCH Foundation.