Registration is Open!

BCRPA's youth workers' conference is back! We've got a new name, and a new jam-packed line-up of presenters and educational workshops for you and your peers! This biennial event is for those working directly with youth programs, including front line youth workers, recreation programmers, supervisors, social service workers, youth counsellors, outreach workers, teachers and activists. 

This is a chance to recharge your batteries and get inspired with new ideas to take back to your own programs.  We are here to provide you with new tools and techniques that empower YOU to empower the YOUth you work with each day.

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Join us Saturday, November 3, 2018, at at Coal Harbour Community Centre in Vancouver, 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver. Additional pre- and post-conference workshops are also available:

  • Pre-Conference Workshop (Fri, Nov 2) - HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Childhood Development (PHCD)

  • Post-Conference Workshop (Sun, Nov 4!) - safeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Register by October 3 to save!


Check out the Program Guide for full details.

Program Spotlight: Understanding and Healing from Addictions

Closing Plenary | 2:45 — 3:45 pm

Understanding and Healing from Addictions  | Ross Laird

Dive into an open discussion about the complexities of addiction - what it is, how to understand it, how it is connected to mental health, and how to deal with it. Explore the tools available to youth and to those who work with them, and learn about new developments in addictions and health research.

Rosslaird  This open forum is led by Ross Laird, best-selling author, award-winning educator and scholar, and clinical consultant. His work focuses on the interconnected themes of trauma, addictions, mental health and creativity. Dr. Laird has worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of individual clients, from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to corporate boardrooms and university classrooms across North America.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities for Empower YOUth, please email, or phone 604-629-0965 ext. 260.

BCRPA Policy on Recording Presentations

Any recording (audio, video, still photography, etc.) of any presentations by any attendee or presenter is prohibited. Authorization to record, in accordance with the strict limitations, may be discussed with the BCRPA CEO. Conduct that violates this policy will be subject to sanctions
pursuant to BCRPA’s disciplinary policies.

For more information please contact:

Professional Development and Initiatives Coordinator
Phone: 604-629-0965 ext. 229