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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                      Sylvia Galica

                      Outreach Program Coordinator
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                      Michelle Hodgins

                      Program Coordinator (Maternity Leave)
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                      Peony Wong

                      Program Coordinator
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                      Victoria Stosky

                      YVC Program Coordinator
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                      Danni Bauer

                      Education Coordinator
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                      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, CA, CFA – Vice President, Lynx Equity
                      Treasurer: Yisha Pang, CA – Senior Advisor Financial Reporting, Enbridge Inc.
                      Secretary: Julianne Rohel – Strategic HR Specialist

                      Jennifer Acevedo – Instructor, Bow Valley College

                      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 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)

                      $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; Cristina Zaganelli; 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; MEG Energy; Michelle Kemball; Miguel Capriles; 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; Ruhee Ismail-Teja; 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