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.


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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                      Danni Bauer

                      Education Coordinator
                      Michelle website (2)

                      Michelle Hodgins

                      Program Coordinator & Philanthropy Support
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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.

                      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 – Specialist, Corporate Risk Control, Enbridge Inc.

                      Secretary: Julianne Rohel, CHRP – Strategic HR Specialist


                      Michael Doerksen – Lawyer, Field LLP
                      Sarah Elder-Chamanara – CEO and Co-Founder, Madame Premier
                      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; Anonymous Donor at the Calgary Foundation; Family & Community Support Services (FCSS); The Calgary Foundation; Youth Central’s Volunteer Engagement and Expansion Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps

                      $25,000 – $49,999

                      Anonymous Donor; Government of Canada – Canada Summer Jobs; TD Bank Group; The Home Depot Canada Foundation; The Prosser Charitable Foundation

                      $10,000 – 24,999

                      Birdies for Kids, presented by AltaLink; Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited; Canada Life; Enbridge Inc.; Jessalyn Rohs, in memory of Adele Lytle and Christine Rohs; Penny Hume; SMART Technologies; Trico Homes Inc.; Werklund Foundation; Youth Volunteer Corps

                      $5,000 – $9,999

                      Galvin Family Fund at Calgary Foundation; Gibson Energy; J.W. McConnell Family Foundation;  Kinette Club of Calgary; Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary; Rotary Club of Calgary East

                      $1 – $4,999

                      Adam Stewart; Al Duerr; Al Schreiner, in memory of Jeanne Strangeland; Alan and Geri Moon; Allyson Phillips; Amanda Bustard; Andie Shaffer; Anonymous; Baljit and Nancy Dhaliwal; Bertha Taylor; Brian Rudneski; Byron Neiles; Calgary Youth Foundation Fund – Youth Central at the Calgary Foundation; Calvert Home Mortgage Investment Corporation; Calvin Ziganash and Kate Hume; Canwest Productions Inc.; Carolyn and Lloyd Byers; Cassie Gao and Ziyan Cheng; Chelsey Layden; Chelsey Tattrie; Chloe Mansfield; Christi Harter; Cindy Trieu; Community Natural Foods; ConocoPhillips Canada; Countryside Landscapes & Garen Centre; Cremers and Elliott Chartered Accountants; Cristina Zaganelli; Danelle O’Dwyer; Danielle Bezeau; David Woodbury; Dawn Blomme; Dean Allatt; Dean Koeller; Derek Fraser; Derrick Hunte; Doug MacLeod; Douglas Nyhoff, in memory of Jeanne Strangeland; E2 & Associates; Elarbe Professional Services Inc.; Elizabeth Lunney; Elvine Wong; Enbridge Pipelines Employee Club; Ever Active Schools; Fully Managed Inc.; Gerald J. Maier, in memory of Jeanne Phyllis Strangeland; Green Calgary Association; Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation; Henry Su; HEX Entertainment; In Memory of Molly-May a Youth Central Honorary “Fur”ever Staff Member; Ingo Abresch; Jamie Petrowich, on behalf of SMART Technologies; Jane Wu; Japman Bajaj; Jeff Lowe; Jemison Jackson; Jemm & Joules Event Management Inc; Jennifer Acevedo; Jim Pasieka; Jo-Ella O’Neill; Jon-Scott Kohli; Julianne Rohel; Karen McIntosh; Kaylie Byford; Ken Lima-Coelho; Kit Chan; Lisa Kindree; Liz Butti; Liquid Capital Smart Solutions; Lori Waslen; Lynn Berry; Mahogany Homeowners Association; Maggie Chopra; Marc Brebber; Margaret Bertagnolli; Marketplace Events; Matco Financial Inc.; Mathew Burpee; Matt Grant; Michael Yeung; Nicholas Kokorudz; Nicole Mfoafo-M’Carthy; Paige O’Neill; Patti Phelps; Pete The Plumber Ltd.; Peter Burpee; Purdy’s Chocolatier; RBC Foundation; Richard Lee-Thai; Robert Nicolay, in memory of Jeanne Strangeland; Ros Doi; Rosanne Goetz; Rui Jiang; Ryan Duerr; Sanchit Chopra; Sandra and John Hodgins; Sandstone Asset Management Inc.; Sarah Elder-Chamanara; Sarah Pervez; Satish Raj; Scott Townend; Shawn Freeman; Sir Winston Churchill High School – Amnesty International Club; Social Venture Partners – Calgary; Stephen Guppy; Susan Church; Sylvia Galica-Casuncad; Terry Booth; Tom Horner; Trung Bien; TWT Group; United Nations Association in Canada – Calgary Branch; Victoria Stosky; Wayne Stewart; Wendel Business Machines Corp.; Wentao Li; Wild Rose Brewery Ltd.; WinSport Canada; Yisha Pang; Yusi Liu; 1150547 Alberta Ltd.; 2191584 Alberta Inc.