Youth Council Summer Project: Pandemic Recovery Youth Lab



Young people have been disproportionately affected by the long-lasting consequences of the pandemic. We want to empower and learn from local young people on how best to enhance our service delivery to cultivate resiliency during this challenging time.

Project Goal: Enhance existing BBBSCV programming to strengthen mental health and wellbeing for children/youth (mentees). This may include strategies, activity ideas, collecting resources for matches, and developing and then facilitating youth-led workshops to offer to mentors.

Eligible age: 12-30

Time commitment: June 28 – Sep 3 (average 2 hours/week which equals 20hrs over the summer)

Phase 1 Skill Development (June 28 – July 23): Participate in workshops/meetings to learn about elements of positive mental health (from experts at various community organizations)

Phase 2 Planning (July 26 – Aug 20): Participants collect/develop resources and create a workshop/presentation to facilitate for existing and new mentors (workshop development will be staff-led)

Phase 3 Delivery (Aug 23 – Sep 3): Youth will facilitate workshop/presentation to mentors in one-to-one mentoring programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley (BBBSCV) is a non-profit organization that supports children between 6-19 years of age from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.

The Youth Council will be comprised of 15-20 members. BBBSCV supports diversity and welcomes applicants of every race, religion, culture, gender and sexual orientation.

The contributions of this group will ensure that this project honours a ‘nothing about us without us” ethos and reflects/responds to the knowledge, values and lived experiences of youth in the Cowichan Valley.

Members meet on ZOOM, and when environmentally safe to do so, members may meet in person.

Download the form here:

Youth Council Application (PDF)
Youth Council Application June (WORD)

Applications can be downloaded, completed/signed, and dropped off at our office or emailed to  Should you require another method to submit, please contact us.

For more information, contact us at: 250-748-2447


This project is funded by the Boston Pizza Foundation.