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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 [email protected] 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.

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Volunteer & Career Opportunities

SCY is currently hiring for the following positions:

Contract Legal Counsel for ROSTER 

We are currently seeking lawyers to be placed on a roster, to provide legal service to children and youth on a contract basis. The focus of the Child and Youth Legal Centre is to provide legal assistance to vulnerable, immigrant, and Indigenous children and youth. Presence on or removal from the roster is at the discretion of SCY.

If you are interested in applying to join the SCY CYLC Roster, please email [email protected] to be provided with log in details for the Roster Lawyer Portal

Volunteer Positions

We currently have no volunteer positions available.

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Join us for A Night for Rights – Sunday, November 20th at 5pm

On National Child Day, join the Society for Children and Youth of BC for an evening celebrating the advancement of children’s rights in BC. This will be an opportunity to learn about our work and impact, bid on some amazing silent auction items, and meet other children’s rights supporters from across the province. Our event this year will feature keynote speaker Lynda Gray, bestselling author of First Nations 101, as well as youth speakers Jessica Kim and Spencer Izen, co-campaign directors of the Student Press Freedom Act.

A Night for Rights tickets are by donation, please enter any donation amount to purchase your ticket(s). The amount you donate towards tickets is eligible for a tax receipt – you may request a tax receipt during registration.

Get your tickets here!

Celebrating the launch of Play Streets

Co-designed with kids, Play Streets will temporarily transform select streets into thriving public spaces throughout the City of Vancouver.

Click here to read our press release.

Our last Play Street for calendar year 2022 was held on Tuesday, November 1st. Stay tuned for 2023 dates in the coming months!

Child and Youth Legal Centre receives new funding in Budget 2022

We are excited to see the BC Government’s new investment in legal aid services, which will include support for SCY’s Child and Youth Legal Centre.

Click here to learn more.



Child and Youth Legal Centre featured in National Post

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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 [email protected], or call 778-657-5544 or toll free 1-877-462-0037


A Night for Rights – Past Celebrations

Dear Friends,

Thank you for attending our 2018 2nd Annual A Night for Rights Celebration FundraiserWith your amazing support, we raised $15,000!

A Night for rights poster featuring a small child wearing a cape.

Sponsored By:

Thank you to:

Our Guest Speakers: 

Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, BC Representative for Children and Youth
Meredith Graham, Spoken Word Artist and Young Person from Care

Our musical guests:

Scrap Metal Sun

Our Silent Auction Donors:

Thank You! With Your Amazing Support we Raised $22,000.

Society for Children and Youth of BC: A Night for Rights Gala
Wayne Robertson, QC, executive director, Law Foundation, Suzette Narbonne, Child and Youth lawyer and Donna Maser, previous Child and Youth Lawyer, Child and Youth Legal Centre; Stephanie Howell, Executive Director and Nina Purewal, Chair, Society for Children and Youth BC; Judge Patricia Bond, Governor and Veenu Saini, Program Director, Law Foundation

Dear Friends,

Thank you for attending the 2017 A Night for Rights. With your amazing support, we raised $22,000.

Thank you to our 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

We would like to thank the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch Children’s Law Section for their collaboration on the 2017 event.

Save the Date

A Night For Rights with The Society For Children and Youth of BC

November 20, 2018 – National Child Day

Heritage Hall – Vancouver


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