Youth Central is a charitable non-profit organization founded in 1992. Our mission is to inspire, engage and celebrate youth through community participation. Through our different programs, Youth Central offers volunteer and leadership opportunities to youth aged 12-18. Our goal as an organization is to change the perception of youth in our communities by giving youth the tools and support they need to become engaging, empathetic and caring citizens with a sense of ownership and responsibility. We support youth in building valuable skills for future employment, give youth a voice, and grow youth’s understanding of their community. We are building Calgary’s leaders of today and tomorrow.


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

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                      Penny Hume

                      Co-Executive Director
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                      Lisa Kindree

                      Co-Executive Director
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                      Ros Doi

                      Program Director
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                      Michelle Hodgins

                      Program Coordinator
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                      Danni Bauer

                      Education Coordinator
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                      Sylvia Galica

                      Outreach Program Coordinator (Maternity Leave)
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                      Peony Wong

                      YVC Program 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 – Technical Manager – Canadian Government Affairs, Enbridge Inc.

                      Vice Chair: Mathew Burpee, CA, CFA – Managing Director, Kepler Capital Corporation

                      Treasurer: Yisha Pang, CA – Senior Advisor Financial Reporting, Enbridge Inc.

                      Secretary: Julianne Rohel, CHRP – Strategic HR Specialist


                      Derek Fraser, CFRE – President, iDophilanthropy

                      Bryce Kapsha – Benevity Expert/Team Lead, Benevity

                      Dean Koeller – President, Calvert Home Mortgage Investments Corporation

                      Jeff Lowe – Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, SMART Technologies

                      Elizabeth Lunney, CFA – Managing Director, Private Investment Counsel, ATB Investment Management Inc.

                      Sarah Pervez – Principal Consultant, Community Voices Consulting Inc.

                      Henry Su – Chief of Staff, Embark Trucks

                      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 lisa@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); Youth Central’s Volunteer Engagement and Expansion Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps

                      $25,000 – $49,999

                      Alberta Government; Anonymous Donor; The Home Depot Canada Foundation; TD Bank Group

                      $10,000 – 24,999

                      Birdies for Kids, presented by AltaLink; Government of Canada – Canada Summer Jobs; Canada Life; Penny Hume; Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary; The Prosser Charitable Foundation; Trico Homes Inc.; Youth Volunteer Corps

                      $5,000 – $9,999

                      Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited; Galvin Family Fund at Calgary Foundation; Rotary Club of Calgary East

                      $1 – $4,999

                      Adam Stewart; Al Schreiner, in memory of Jeanne Strangeland; Alan and Geri Moon; Alice Lam; Alykhan Janmohamed; Andie Shaffer; Anonymous; Art Korpach; Ashley Manis; ATCO EPIC Campaign; Baljit and Nancy Dhaliwal; Benevity; Brad Nathan; Byron Neiles; Calgary Economic Development; Calgary Youth Foundation Fund – Youth Central at the Calgary Foundation; Calvert Home Mortgage Investment Corporation; Canadian Western Bank; Canwest Productions Inc.; Carmen Jeam; Cassie Gao and Ziyan Cheng; Chelsey Tattrie; Cindy Trieu; CIP Document Solutions; Community Natural Foods; Connie and Eric Morris; ConocoPhillips Canada; Countryside Landscapes & Garen Centre; Cremers and Elliott Chartered Accountants; Crescent Pointe; Cristina Zaganelli; Darcy Holtman; Dean Allatt; Dean Koeller; Derek Fraser; Derrick Hunte; Discovering Choices School; Douglas Nyhoff, in memory of Jeanne Strangeland; E2 & Associates; Elarbe Professional Services Inc.; Elizabeth Lunney; Eric Persi; Europroductions; Evelyn Judy Thomas; Ever Active Schools; First Calgary Financial; George Fink; Gerald J. Maier, in memory of Jeanne Phyllis Strangeland; Gordon Boersma; Greg Quinn; Green Calgary Association; Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation; Henry Su; HEX Entertainment; Jamie Petrowich, on behalf of SMART Technologies; Jane Wu; Jeff Lowe; Jemison Jackson; Jemm & Joules Event Management Inc; Jennifer Acevedo; Jennifer Mooney; Jim Pasieka; Jo Williams; Joanna Low; Jon-Scott Kohli; Julianne Rohel; Karen Lacharite; Karen McIntosh; Keum-Joo Min; Laurel Hodgins; Lisa Kindree; Liquid Capital Smart Solutions; Louis Westergard; Lucas Vomacka; Lynn Berry; Lynn and Thomas Rafter; Mahogany Homeowners Association; Marc Brebber; Margaret Bertagnolli; Marketplace Events; Matco Financial Inc.; Mathew Burpee; Matt Grant; Matt Stellick; Mars Saad; MEG Energy; Michael Yeung; Michelle Kemball; Miguel Capriles; Murlyne Fong; Nancy Briggeman; Nichalas Iskandar Aramouni; Nicholas Kokorudz; Nick Dimarzo; Patti Phelps; Peter Burpee; Primaris Management Inc.; Purdy’s Chocolatier; Raymond To, in honour of Sean Qi; Richard Lee-Thai; Rob Gray; Robert Nicolay, in memory of Jeanne Strangeland; Ros Doi; Rosanne Goetz; Roshan Cherer; Rotary Club of Calgary South; Ruhee Ismail-Teja; Rui Jiang; Russell Anderson; Sandstone Asset Management Inc.; Sarah Pervez; Sean Baylis; Shawn Freeman; Sir Winston Churchill High School – Amnesty International Club; SMART Technologies; Social Venture Partners – Calgary; Stephen Guppy; Suzy Moutinho; Sylvia Galica-Casuncad; Sunterra Market; TD Canada Trust – Branch #8181; Terry Booth; Theresa Dewis; Tirian Eynon; Tom Horner; Trung Bien; Tuan Tran; TWT Group; United Nations Association in Canada – Calgary Branch; Wayne Stewart; Wendel Business Machines Corp.; Wentao Li; Wild Rose Brewery Ltd.; WinSport Canada; Yisha Pang; Yusi Liu; 1150547 Alberta Ltd.; 1908263 Alberta Ltd