Youth Central

Youth Are Awesome is a program of Youth Central. Visit Youth Central’s website at

Youth Central (formerly Child and Youth Friendly Calgary) envisions a community where all youth are engaged, involved, informed and inspired. This vision is based on the firm belief that young people who experience involvement and philanthropy at an early age grow up with an ongoing sense of responsibility to their community. Youth in modern society are undervalued and should be challenged to do more: they need to be included in all aspects of community life.

Through various initiatives, Youth Central provides youth the opportunity to volunteer, serve on steering committees, voice their opinions to business leaders and politicians, learn about the diversity in their community, serve on a youth foundation and develop citizenship skills.  Youth Central achieves its mission by way of 10 innovative programs and events – each with a different focus on youth engagement.  The programs are primarily aimed at youth between the ages of 12-18. Last year, approximately 2,500 youth gave 40,000 hours to volunteering in Calgary!

When junior and senior high school aged youth get involved in Youth Central’s programs, they gain experience in areas of volunteerism, philanthropy, teamwork and leadership. In addition, youth enhance their self-esteem while making new friendships. The community is opened up to them and they learn about its rich diversity, at the same time gaining valuable employment skills to help prepare them for the future!