Red Fox is helping children stay active through our new on-line activities
Active Play and physical activity are critical to healthy child development, so Red Fox is supporting families by offering free, on-line Active Play and arts activities.
When schools shut down temporarily in the spring and our school programs in the schools were put on hiatus, we mobilized into action and delivered equipment to children and youth to their homes. We created on-line communities so that we could continue to coach children in building their skills and stamina. Children started creating friendly competitions and in the process, they made new friends. We continue to find creative ways to engage and support children and youth virtually while we are advised to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Contact us to find out more.
Is your family experiencing food insecurity during this pandemic?
Red Fox Society collaborates with our community partners and delivers groceries right to your door!
During the first wave of Covid-19, many youth and families involved in our programs were experiencing food insecurity. Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and United Way of the Lower Mainland, Red Fox Society launched our Healthy Families Program in September. Some of the food is rescued from local grocery stores. By distributing it to families who need it, we are preventing good food from going to waste. Many of the families we are supporting eat food items that aren’t usually included in typical food security programs. We ask families what items they eat on a regular basis, and we are purchasing those items at small local grocery stores that cater to specific immigrant communities. We are currently serving 57 families and over 230 individuals and this number will grow in 2021 as we continue to roll out the program.
We distribute clothes and books to children and youth as well, thanks to donations from local businesses including Iron Dog Books, an Indigenous-owned local book store.
Our Youth Programs provide youth with life skills and employment training to set them up for success while they transition into adulthood. Knowing how to budget for and prepare healthy meals is an important life skill and essential to healthy living. This year, Red Fox has started training youth and giving them the resources they need to develop life-long habits in healthy eating. We are leading on-line lessons on shopping and cooking and giving youth the resources they need, including groceries and cookware, so that they can make simple healthy meals on their own.
Join Red Fox for a unique volunteer opportunity giving you hands-on experience through recreation and cultural activities.
For Metro Vancouver Youth between the ages of 15-19 who are Indigenous, racialized, living with a disability or LGBTQ2+
The Seed Generation program is an outdoor in-person program that takes place at Strathcona Community Gardens, Still Creek and Norquay Food Forest as well as at parks and outdoor recreation sites throughout Metro Vancouver. During the Covid-19 pandemic, some group activities are taking place virtually.
Red Fox Healthy Living Society and Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) have teamed up to bring like-minded youth between the ages of 15-19 together for environmental stewardship volunteer work and recreation and cultural activities from March, 2020 to March, 2021. Over the course of the year, there will be 3 cohorts that will engage 14 youth over a 3 month period, engaging 44 youth in total.
Seed Generation will give youth hands-on experiences creating wildlife habitat and Indigenous foodscape gardens in Vancouver Parks. They will volunteer as youth leaders at Red Fox Active Play, Food Security and Drum Group programs, helping local children and families be active, enjoy healthy food and connect together safely on-line. They will learn from Elders and Knowledge Keepers and engage in wellness activities together. The youth leaders will gain a certificate of completion for 120 service hours over the 3 month period.
The government is slowly allowing the public to return to everyday activities with certain conditions. Red Fox and EYA are committed to keeping youth safe and we are following all recommended guidelines from the BC Health Authority.
In-person outdoor programs beginning June 14, 2020 with the following health and safety measures in place:
2-metre physical distancing at all times
Face masks (provided by Red Fox & EYA)
No sharing of gloves or tools
Free snacks and lunch, pre-packaged individual meals purchased from a local restaurant
Smaller group sizes, and outdoor garden programming
Youth aged 15-19
Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth
New immigrant youth
Youth with disabilities
Connect with Knowledge keepers and Elders
Garden and grow food
Develop leadership skills
Learn about Traditional plant use
Enjoy weekly recreation outings
“I love Seed Generation because it’s brought me outside more to places I’ve never been to even though I’ve lived here nearly all my life. It’s such a positive place and I feel like I can be myself around everyone. Seed Generation has helped me understand more about our habitat, and has brought me closer to the land I grew up on. Thank you Red Fox and EYA!”- Cynthia, a youth from Burnaby.
“The Seed Generation program has had a big impact on my mental health because in the past, I didn’t really know how to cope with stress or realize the potential I have. Now I am slowly seeing my strengths, realizing my potential and finding healthy ways to cope. This program reduces stress because of all things you learn, and of course, the fun you get to have!” – Sven, a student from Windermere Secondary.
An employment training program giving young adults the chance to gain confidence, literacy skills, and to secure employment
For Metro Vancouver Youth between the ages of 18-25 who are Indigenous, racialized, living with a disability or LGBTQ2+
Red Fox Society empowers and equips youth to realize their potential as active, healthy leaders and role models. This Youth Internship Program is an employment training initiative that builds health, skills and confidence to serve youth in education, in employment, and in life.
The Youth Internship program provides youth facing barriers the opportunity to work as part of a team to deliver a wide range of programs. Red Fox Society runs free child and family recreation, arts and cultural programs, and trains participants to gain work experience by job-shadowing these programs. As part of this employment training program, young adults participate in physical literacy sessions, recreation outings, sessions on digital and financial literacy, and connect with Indigenous Elders.
The Youth Internship program consists of two parts: the first is Employment Training with Red Fox Society, where Youth Interns participate in sessions to gain skills and knowledge to work in recreation and childcare. The Youth Interns also participate in activities that build their communication skills to better prepare them for their internships and future workplaces. The second part of this program is the Quality Employment Experience, where the Youth work as an intern with one of Red Fox Society’s community partners. At the moment, we have youth working with Ray-Cam Community Centre, Collingwood Neighbourhood House and Sea Smart School Society.
“I’ve learned leadership and computer skills and discovered how cool it is to work with children. I’m really enjoying myself and looking forward to learning more.” – William, Intern
“I spent my whole summer as a program facilitator and wouldn’t change that for anything. I was surrounded by friends and new experiences. I learned so much about leadership, responsibility and communication throughout the program.”- Dylann, Intern
This program has 7 cohorts with intakes every 4 months.
Cohort 1: June 22, 2020- October 23, 2020
Cohort 2: September 28, 2020- February 26th, 2021
Cohort 3: February 8th, 2021- July 9, 2021
Cohort 4: June 28th, 2021- November 26, 2021
Alumni cohort 1: November 15, 2021- December 17, 2021
Cohort 5: January 3, 2022- June 3, 2022
Cohort 6: May 23, 2022- October 21, 2022
Cohort 7: September 19, 2022- February 24, 2023
Alumni cohort 2: February 20, 2023- March 24, 2023
Click the document below to read the details of the upcoming position:
A unique opportunity to develop practical skills that can help you succeed in employment and life!
For Metro Vancouver Youth between the ages of 14-19 who are Indigenous, racialized, living with a disability or LGBTQ2+
Our Youth Leadership program gives youth that face barriers a unique opportunity to develop practical skills that help them to succeed in employment and life.
Red Fox creates a supportive environment that empowers youth to build Indigenous cultural pride, confidence, responsibility, accountability and authority–while also having fun!
Youth Leaders receive training and mentoring from Red Fox staff and Youth Interns, while gaining hands-on work experience in Red Fox’s children’s programs. The Youth Leadership program is individualized to fit the needs of each youth and this model has worked for hundreds of youth since 2007.
The Youth Leadership program is for youths aged 14-19, and currently runs throughout the year across 7 municipalities in the Lower Mainland: Vancouver, Surrey, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster and Maple Ridge.
Youth Leaders benefit from:
Work experience in Red Fox’s Active Play and other children’s programs
A variety of life-skills and workplace workshops, such as physical literacy, leadership, financial and digital literacy training sessions run by Red Fox Society and our many community partners (such as viaSport, ISPARC, Jump! Foundation, VanCity, etc.)
Certificates in areas such as First Aid, High Five, Red Cross Workplace Respect, etc.
Supportive mentoring from Red Fox Staff and Youth Interns
Outings to explore local Metro Vancouver Recreation Centers/ locations
Honorarium for their participation!
Previous Red Fox Youth Leaders have joined our Youth Internship program, have been promoted to Red Fox employees, or are employed in recreation and community work with our community partners. These youth have become inspiring role models for the next generation of Red Fox kids.
“Whether it be stress from school or just a down mood in general, Red Fox knows how to lift my mood! Coming back again this year, I was able to be more of a leader and actually feel like I am contributing to this program. I am thankful for this opportunity, the connections I made and the experience I keep gaining.” – Riya Charla
The Red Fox Youth Internship program provides youth facing barriers with the opportunity to gain employment skills and launch their careers in recreation, childcare and other rewarding fields. Interns job shadow and assist a team of staff and youth leaders to deliver physical literacy “Active Play” programs to children and environmental and recreation programs to youth. Interns are mentored by Indigenous Elders and artists. They learn critical digital and communication skills through workshops and projects. Then, they do a practicum placement with one of Red Fox Society’s community partners to try out their knowledge and skills in a new environment.
The program length is 4 to 5 months and there are new intakes every 4 months. If you are interested, contact:
It’s that time of year when we get to look back on the incredible impact Red Fox has made in the community this year. Our Impact Report provides an overview of where donor and funding dollars have been used and how that empowers our youth to give back in their own ways.
Red Fox Healthy Living Society and Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) have teamed up to bring like-minded youth between the ages of 15-18 together for unique volunteer experiences and opportunities starting March 31st, 2019 that will run until the end of March 2020. Over the course of the year, there will be 3 cohorts that will engage 14 youth over a 3 month period, engaging up to 42 youth in total.
The Garden Project will give youth hands-on experiences creating wildlife habitat and an Indigenous foodscape garden in Strathcona Park. They will volunteer a youth leaders at Red Fox Active Play, Feasting and Drum Group programs, helping local children be active, enjoy healthy meals and connect with Indigenous culture. The youth leaders will gain a certificate of completion for 120 Service Hours over the 3 month period.
Youth will get to design an Art installation for the garden, connect and learn from knowledge keepers and Elders from the community, and learn about decolonization and reconciliation. Each of the three cohorts will begin and end with an over-night urban camping orientation weekend and wilderness camping weekend.
We are excited to announce that our 3 cohorts will run from:
Click here to view a summary of our winter updates including wonderful reports from our first ever Creative Cabaret FUNdraiser and stories from our youth who got to experience life on the Salish Sea with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
Click here to view a summary of our summer updates including the impact of our partnerships with the City of Surrey and the announcement of our first ever Red Fox fundraiser and 10 year anniversary celebration.
Click here to view a summary of our spring updates including reports from our new Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp and a story of how our leadership continuum is helping youth of today become leaders for the next generation.