Youth Central is a charitable non-profit organization founded in 1992. Our mission is to empower youth to find and build their communities. 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.


Empower youth to find and build their communities.


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.

                      DIVERSITY STATEMENT


                      Youth Central believes diversity builds community and all individuals should be valued, empowered and respected members. To be accountable to this statement, we are taking steps to continuously strive to do better as an organization. Here are the actions we are taking:

                              • We will ensure the safety and well-being of all program participants, volunteers and staff are of the utmost importance;

                                • We will strive to ensure all program participants, volunteers and staff feel welcome and accepted for who they are;

                                  • We will offer programming that has limited barriers to involvement and unique platforms to amplify the youth voice in a safe and supportive environment;

                                    • We will educate ourselves through training and development opportunities, and seek input from youth and others; and

                                      • We will strive to ensure our program partners recognize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community, and are educating themselves on ways to improve their organizations.

                                    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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                                    Danni Bauer

                                    Education Coordinator
                                    Michelle website (2)

                                    Michelle Hodgins

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                                    Sylvia Galica

                                    Outreach Program Coordinator
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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.


                                    Chair: Matt Grant – Manager Canadian Government Affairs, Enbridge Inc.

                                    Vice Chair: Julianne Rohel, CHRP – Senior Human Resources Consultant

                                    Treasurer: Yisha Pang, CA – Specialist, Corporate Risk Control, Enbridge Inc.

                                    Secretary: Bryce Kapsha – Support Operations Lead, Benevity


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

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                                    Mathew Burpee, CA, CFA – Managing Director, Kepler Capital Corporation 

                                    Michael Doerksen – Lawyer, Field LLP

                                    Derek Fraser, CFRE – President, iDophilanthropy

                                    Dean Koeller – President, Calvert Home Mortgage Investments Corporation

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

                                    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; Family & Community Support Services (FCSS); The Calgary Foundation; Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps

                                    $25,000 – $49,999

                                    Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited;  The Prosser Charitable Foundation

                                    $10,000 – 24,999

                                    5th Avenue Building; Birdies for Kids, presented by AltaLink;  Bonita Runway Clothing; Canada Life; Enbridge Inc.; Jessalyn Rohs and Michael Stensby; SMART Technologies; Werklund Foundation; Youth Volunteer Corps

                                    $5,000 – $9,999

                                    Cenovus Energy; Gibson Energy; Government of Canada – Canada Summer Jobs; Home Depot Canada Foundation; J.W. McConnell Family Foundation;  Kinette Club of Calgary; Penny Hume; Sentinel Storage

                                    $1 – $4,999

                                    Al Duerr; Alan and Geri Moon; Alex Traxel; Allyson Phillips; Andrea Clarke; Anonymous; Ashton Rudanec; Ben Sands; Bertha Taylor; Brian Rudneski; Blissful and Bridal; Blush and Raven; The Bridal Centre; Bryce Kapsha; Byron Neiles; Calgary Youth Foundation Fund – Youth Central at the Calgary Foundation; Calvert Home Mortgage Investment Corporation; Calvin Ziganash and Kate Hume; Cameo & Cufflinks; Canwest Productions Inc.; Carolyn and Lloyd Byers; Carscallen LLP; Chantal Malette; Chelsey Layden; Christi Harter; Claire Black, in memory of Eric Morris; Community Natural Foods; ConocoPhillips Canada; Countryside Landscapes & Garden Centre; Cremers and Elliott Chartered Accountants; Danelle O’Dwyer; Danielle Bezeau; David Woodbury; Dawn Blomme; Dean Allatt; Dean Koeller; Derek Fraser; Di Vertz; Doug MacLeod; Dream Weddings – Bridal & Formal Wear; Durand Bridal; Elarbe Professional Services Inc.; Elizabeth Lunney; Elvine Wong; Enbridge Pipelines Employee Club; Erin Blender; Ever Active Schools; Fully Managed Inc.; Glori-Jeanne Stephenson; Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation; Henry Su; Hunter Family Foundation; In Memory of Molly-May a Youth Central Honorary “Fur”ever Staff Member; Ingo Abresch; Jamie O’Brien; Jane Wu; Japman Bajaj; Jasreet Badyal, in memory of Eric Morris; Jeff Lowe; Jemison Jackson; Jim Pasieka; Jo-Ella O’Neill; Jon-Scott Kohli; Julianne Rohel; Justin Smalley; Karen McKinnon; Kaylie Byford; Ken Lima-Coelho; Kim Rosebush; Kit Chan; Laura Istead, in memory of Eric Morris; Leandra Fraulin; Leticia Gutierrez; Linda MacNamara, in memory of Eric Morris; Lisa Kindree; Liz Butti; Lori Waslen; Lynn Berry; Madeleine and George Yarranton, in memory of Eric Morris; Mahogany Homeowners Association; Magda Galica-Huot; Maggie Chopra; Marc Brebber; Margaret Bertagnolli; Mark Pettigrew; Marketplace Events; Martinizing Dry Cleaning; Matco Financial Inc.; Mathew Burpee; Matt Grant; Matthew Lowe; Megan Wilson; Nancy Biltek; Nicole Mfoafo-M’Carthy; Paige O’Neill; Patti Phelps; Peeranut Visetsuth; Pete The Plumber Ltd.; Peter Burpee; Purdy’s Chocolatier; RBC Foundation; Richard Lee-Thai; Rn’R Wellness Spa; Ros Doi; Rosanne Goetz; Rotary Club of Calgary East; Ryan Duerr; Sanchit Chopra; Sandra and John Hodgins; Sandstone Asset Management Inc.; Sanjel Energy Services Inc.; Sarah Elder-Chamanara; Sarah Pervez; Satish Raj; Scott Townend; SingleTrack; Social Venture Partners – Calgary; Stephen Guppy; Sunterra Market; Susan Church; Sylvia Galica-Casuncad; TD Bank Group; Terry Booth; Tracy Allen; Trung Bien; Tyler Butler; United Nations Association in Canada – Calgary Branch; Usman Tahir Jutt; Wayne Stewart; Wendel Business Machines Corp.; Wentao Li; Yisha Pang; 2020711 Alberta Ltd.