JoAnn James, producer of the Calgary International Children’s Festival returned from a trip to Scotland where she learned about the concept of Child-Friendly Cities. The concept of a Child-Friendly City develops diverse opportunities for children and youth to get involved with their communities and have their voices heard. Penny Hume grasped on to this concept, becoming the founder and Executive Director of Child-Friendly Calgary (CFC).


The Child-Friendly Business Accreditation Program was established. This program helped businesses adapt their environment and practices to be more child-friendly.<br />

By the request of Mayor Al Duerr, the first Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council was created. Still active today, this program provides a platform and resources for youth to have their voice heard and effect change in their community.

CFC became the first Canadian Affiliate member of the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), an international program that provides volunteer opportunities for youth.


CFC’s YVC program initiated with a grant from the Kahanoff Centre.

YVC In-School Clubs was initiated, allowing youth to form their own volunteer clubs in high schools. This program is still active today.

The Calgary Youth Foundation was established. This is a program that allows youth to give back to their communities by awarding grants to youth-driven projects and is still active today.<br />


Mayor Al Duerr proclaimed Calgary a Child-Friendly City!


CFC received the Gold Medal Laurel award by Volunteer Calgary for excellence in non-profit programming.

Mayor Al Duerr proclaimed November 20 as National Child Day, coordinated by CFC.


The Piggy Bank fundraising project was initiated by Jim Gray

CFC held its first Empty Bowls event.


Udderly Art Cows Project in Calgary, Child Friendly Calgary acquired “Grant” the cow.


Child Friendly Calgary changed its name to Child and Youth Friendly Calgary (CYFC)

The City of Calgary entrusted Youth Week to CYFC.


Calgary’s Youth Week was hugely successful, becoming the largest in Canada.


The Teens of Distinction Awards were created.


CYFC became an Agency of Promise with Alberta’s Promise.

Calgary United Way entrusted Calgary Urban Vibe to CYFC.


The Teens of Distinction Awards were re-named the Youth of Distinction Awards (YODA), a program that is still active today.

CYFC partnered with the Association of Fundraising Professionals to host the first National Philanthropy Day Youth Forum.


Jan Wu, a dedicated YVC volunteer was named Canada’s top Teen Philanthropist.


Child and Youth Friendly Calgary was asked to create a time capsule that was buried in the Bow Building.

Calgary Urban Vibe was replaced by the Youth Are Awesome Blog, a program that is still active today.

The TD Youth Earth Ambassadors program was created to bring together school environment clubs.


Child and Youth Friendly Calgary rebranded as Youth Central.


Outreach became a program of Youth Central.

Youth Central’s Mayor’s Youth Council held the first Mayor for a Day contest, which asked Calgary youth to propose 3 things they would change to make Calgary an even better place to live.


Kevin Yoo was the first Youth Central volunteer to reach 1,000 hours of service through the YVC program in Calgary and North America.


Youth Central received recognition from Fort Calgary, the Calgary Food Bank and The Salvation Army Calgary for 10 years of service.


The TD Youth Earth Ambassadors built a greenhouse from 3,000+ water bottles.

Youth Central partnered with Cenovus Energy to Guinness World Record of the most sandwiches made in an hour - 20,975.


Dedicated volunteers Jessica Vu and Leo Wang were recognized at the Youth Volunteer Corps Summit and awarded the YVC World-Changer Award.


The Mayor’s Youth Council hosted its first High School Hackathon, encouraging students to form a business idea or app that will address a social issue in Calgary.


Youth Volunteers created “Happiness Avenue” flooding Stephen Avenue and the downtown core with happiness.


Youth Central helped to roll out the Green Cart Program with the City of Calgary.


Youth Central was recognized by The Salvation Army Calgary for 15 years of service.

A dedicated volunteer, Jessica Vu, was awarded the Youth Volunteer Corps Legacy Award for over 1,500 hours of service.