Youth Volunteerism: Barriers and Breakthroughs

Help us kick off National Volunteer Week with this Vital Conversation!

On April 8th, come celebrate young people (aged 15-29) in our region that are engaged in diverse forms of community volunteerism, advocacy, and activism, and address the opportunities, challenges, and barriers to such work. Be inspired, get involved, have your voice heard, or simply discover how to better support these young leaders.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Seating is limited, so book your tickets today.

Panelists to be announced soon.


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Who should attend?

This Vital Conversation is open to all community members. It may be especially valuable for:

  • all youth aged 15-29 years.
  • family members and friends who want to be able to better support their loved ones.
  • people and organizations that work with youth volunteers.


What is a Vital Conversation?

A Vital Conversation is a community discussion aimed at fostering open dialogue about issues that matter to people in our region. Topics are connected to issues and trends identified in Victoria’s Vital Signs, our community’s annual check-up that measures the vitality of our region, identifies concerns, and supports action on issues that are critical to our quality of life.

The 2018 Victoria’s Vital Signs citizen survey told us that people aged 30 and under are:

    • more likely to have volunteered in social justice when compared to those than all other age brackets.
    • less likely to agree or strongly agree with the statement “I participate actively in my community of interest” compared to those aged 65+ years.
    • less likely to mention City administration efforts to engage citizens as working well compared to those aged 65+.
    • less likely to have volunteered at least once a month in the past year compared to those aged 45+.
    • less likely to have donated money to charity at least once a month in the past year compared to those aged 31-54 years.
    • less likely to agree or strongly agree with the statement “I feel I know my neighbours well enough to ask for help or offer assistance” compared to all other age brackets.
    • less likely to have never felt uncomfortable or out of place because of their religion, ethnicity, skin colour, culture, race, language, accent, disability, gender, or sexual orientation, compared to those aged 55+.
    • These statistics, as well as what we’ve heard from our community partners, tell us that bringing the community together to talk about volunteerism is timely and valuable.

This Vital Conversation is being hosted by the Victoria Foundation in partnership with Coast Capital Savings.


Questions or looking for more information?

Contact Emily Wisenthal at the Victoria Foundation – or 250.381.5532.