The Squamish Youth Resource Centre provides opportunities for youth to make healthy choices in their social and physical lives through the following programs and services:
The LIFE program: this program is funded through Vancouver Coastal Health and assists in providing a healthy snack every day, transportation, and leadership skills. Out of this program is the Leisure Bucks program where youth are awarded leisure bucks for helping to prepare the daily healthy snack, choosing to participate in organized physical activity, random kindness acts, helping around the centre, and any acts that promote the green ecology of the environment e.g. riding a bike instead of taking the car.
Youth Gardening Project: youth participate and learn about organic gardening and marketing their product at the Squamish Farmers Market. Their produce will also fortify the daily snack program.
Sports Programs: youth are encouraged to participate in soccer, skateboarding, snowboarding, biking, hiking, etc. All activities are facilitated by Youth Workers proficient in that area of sport. Youth are encouraged to mentor other youth in learning a sport.
What’s Cooking: youth are guided in planning a meal on Sundays and learn about nutrition and budgeting as well as the safe and healthy meal preparation and food choices.
Professional Referrals: Youth Workers advocate for and support youth in accessing medical assistance, drug and alcohol counselling and treatment, housing, psychological services, and financial assistance.
Arts and Culture: youth are given the opportunities and can use their leisure bucks to subsidize attending theatrical, concert, move, gallery and display events. The centre also has a Craftastic program. Over the last two years, the youth have been fundraising to renovate the garage into a music room where local bands can rehearse and youth can learn various musical instruments from visiting artists.