Yo Bro Youth Initiative delivers unique resiliency-based programs to youth in the Lower Mainland at risk of becoming involved in gangs or drugs. The goal of the program is to identify youth before they are drug, gang or street entrenched and offer positive support systems that will enable them to develop resiliency, healthy living skills, proactive coping skills, and avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives.
Before SVP’s involvement, Yo Bro served 80 youth (boys only) in two schools. Now, they have expanded into 16 programs serving 300 youth (boys and girls) in 10 schools throughout four school districts. Senior leader and volunteer mentor training programs have enabled the Yo Bro programs to expand even further.
SVP grant commitment: (June 2016) A Scaling Grant of $100,000 which includes generous co-funding from the BPS Wealth Management Group at CIBC Wood Gundy (represented by SVP Partners Geoff Bertram, Tom Porteous and Eric Southam) in the amount of $17,400.
Executive Director: Joe Calendino
SVP Lead Partner: Nick Bedford