Youth Central is a charitable non-profit organization located in Calgary, Alberta. We offer nine different volunteer and leadership programs to youth ages 12-18 that help to positively engage youth with their communities.

Our goal is to change the perception of youth in our communities by giving youth the tools and support to become engaging, empathetic and caring citizens with a sense of ownership and responsibility.


To inspire, engage and celebrate youth through community participation. 


We visualize a city in which all youth participate in shaping a vibrant community


        • We believe that all youth are awesome!

            • We honour the power of the youth voice and the importance of youth in our society.

                • We value a community in which all youth are respected and encouraged to be active citizens.

                    • We value the diversity, skills creativity and talents of our volunteers, participants, and staff.

                        • We value community partnerships that align with our vision and mission.

                      OUR TEAM

                      Penny Hume

                      Co-Executive Director

                      Lisa Kindree

                      Co-Executive Director

                      Ros Doi

                      Program Director

                      Sylvia Galica

                      Outreach Program Coordinator

                      Michelle Hodgins

                      Program Coordinator (Maternity Leave)

                      Peony Wong

                      Program Coordinator

                      Victoria Stosky

                      YVC Program Coordinator

                      Danni Bauer

                      Education Coordinator

                      Sasha Tomchuk

                      Communications Coordinator

                      OUR BOARD

                      The Youth Central Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the mission and vision of Youth Central are being fulfilled through strong leadership, effective planning, and sound fiscal management. Thank you to the Youth Central Board of Directors for their hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm.

                      Board Chair: Matt Grant – Government Affairs Strategist – Prairies, Enbridge Inc.

                      Vice Chair: Mathew Burpee, CPA, CA – Vice President, Lynx Equity

                      Treasurer: Yisha Pang, CPA, CA – Manager, Corporate Reporting, Canadian Pacific Railway

                      Secretary: Julianne Rohel – Strategic HR Specialist


                      Jennifer Acevedo – Instructor, Bow Valley College

                      Dean Allatt – Legal Counsel, ConocoPhillips Canada

                      Derek Fraser, CFRE – President, iDophilanthropy

                      Bryce Kapsha – Relationship Coordinator, Benevity

                      Dean Koeller – President, Calvert Home Mortgage Investments Corporation

                      Jeff Lowe – VP Marketing, SMART Technologies

                      Elizabeth Lunney – Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Matco Financial Inc.

                      Sarah Pervez – Strategy Lead Children and Youth, United Way of Calgary and Area

                      Fazilah Shariff – Health Administration Professional

                      If you’re interested in joining the Board of Directors or would like to reach a specific Board Member,

                      please contact Lisa Kindree at 403-266-5448 or lisa@youthcentral.com.

                      OUR FUNDERS

                      Thank you for generously supporting Youth Central. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list, however, if you discover any errors, omissions or you would like to be removed, please call 403-266-5448 or email info@youthcentral.com. All major program funders can also be found on the program page they support. Thank you.


                      Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission; The Calgary Foundation; Anonymous Donor at the Calgary Foundation; Family & Community Support Services (FCSS)

                      $25,000 – $49,999

                      Alberta Government; TD Canada Trust; The Prosser Charitable Foundation

                      $10,000 – 24,999

                      Birdies for Kids, presented by AltaLink; Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited; Government of Canada – Canada Summer Jobs; Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life; RC Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary – Catholic Charities; TELUS; United Way of Calgary and Area

                      $5,000 – $9,999

                      Girish Agrawal; Matco Financial Inc.; Nickle Family Foundation; Rotary Club of Calgary East; SMART Technologies 

                      $1 – $4,999

                      Al Duerr; Alan and Geri Moon; Alberta Canada 150; Alice Lam; Alykhan Janmohamed; Anonymous; Art Korpach; Ashley Manis; ATCO EPIC Campaign; Benevity; Bishop’s Dinner 2017; Brad Nathan; ConocoPhillips Canada; Calgary Economic Development; Calgary Youth Foundation Fund – Youth Central at the Calgary Foundation; Canadian Western Bank; Canwest Productions Inc.; Carolyn and Lloyd Byers; Charles Fischer and Joanne Cuthbertson; CIP Document Solutions; Community Natural Foods; Connie and Eric Morris; Cremers and Elliott Chartered Accountants; Crescent Pointe; Darcy Holtman; Dean Allatt; Dean Koeller; Derek Fraser; Discovering Choices School; Elarbe Professional Services Inc.; Elizabeth Lunney; Eric Persi; Evelyn Judy Thomas; George Fink; Glenbow; Gordon Boersma; Government of Alberta – Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP); Greg Quinn; Green Calgary Association; Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation; Henry Su; Jane Wu; Jemison Jackson; Jennifer Acevedo; Jennifer Mooney; Jim Gray; Jo Williams; Joanna Low; Jon-Scott Kohli; Julianne Rohel; Karen Lacharite; Karen McIntosh; Keum-Joo Min; Laurel Hodgins; Lisa Kindree; Louis Westergard; Lucas Vomacka; Lynn Berry; Lynn and Thomas Rafter; Mahogany Homeowners Association; Marc Brebber; Margaret Bertagnolli; Marketplace Events; Mathew Burpee; Matt Grant; Matt Stellick; Mars Saad; Michelle Kemball; Murlyne Fong; Nancy Briggeman; Nichalas Iskandar Aramouni; Nick Dimarzo; NRG Research Group; Patti Phelps; Penny Hume; Pepsico; Peter Burpee; Primaris Management Inc.; Purdy’s Chocolatier; Raymond To, in honour of Sean Qi; Richard Lee-Thai; Rob Gray; Ros Doi; Roshan Cherer; Rotary Club of Calgary South; Russell Anderson; Ryan Duerr; Sairose Kassam; Sandstone Asset Management Inc.; Sean Baylis; Shawn Freeman; Sugar Rush Calgary; Superior Truck Equipment Inc.; Suzy Moutinho; Sylvia Galica; TD Canada Trust – Branch #8181; Terry Booth; Theresa Dewis; Tirian Eynon; Trung Bien; Tuan Tran; TWT Group; Wentao Li; WinSport Canada; Yisha Pang; Youth Volunteer Corps; 1908263 Alberta Ltd