Zero Ceiling is committed to ending youth homelessness in BC. For over twenty years, we’ve been helping young people facing homelessness have a healthy transition to adulthood. We provide stability, support, and opportunities so that young people can focus on personal growth. We believe every young person deserves the chance to become the best version of themselves.

 

Based in the unique mountain resort of Whistler, BC, we serve youth aged 16-24 from Metro Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Corridor. Our programs offer supportive housing, supportive employment, case management, life skills education, mental health supports, and outdoor recreation in a safe, supportive environment. We build strong relationships and support young people for as long as they need: just like a family.

Read our 2019 Impact Report

WHY YOUTH HOMELESSNESS?

 

Nearly 700 young people experience homelessness every night in Metro Vancouver alone. Each of these young people is far more likely to experience unemployment, hunger, violent crime, declining mental health, and suicide. And certain young people are at greater risk of homelessness than others. Homelessness disproportionately affects young people living in poverty, Indigenous young people, LGBTQ2S young people, and those who have been in government care.

 

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We know that providing young people with stable housing, meaningful employment, life skills, and supportive relationships can change the trajectory of their lives. These interventions prevent young people from experiencing chronic homelessness throughout their lives. Instead, they are empowered to have a healthy transition to adulthood and fully participate in their communities.

WHAT WE DO

 

Zero Ceiling’s programs are built on the latest evidence and over two decades’ of experience fighting youth homelessness in BC. We focus on providing individualized, flexible support and creating strong, supportive relationships that empower young people.

 

Work 2 Live is a supportive housing and employment program for young people aged 19-24 who are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. We help participants gain the stability, skills, and support systems to have a healthy transition to adulthood.

The Adventure Sessions is an outdoor adventure day-camp for young people aged 16-24 experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We offer no-cost access to the mountains of Whistler, BC, for some of the most marginalized young people in our communities.

WE CHOOSE OUR DREAMS

In 2019, Work 2 Live Graduate Dakota Williams was featured in this promotional video for Whistler Blackcomb, one of our major partners. Dakota joined our Work 2 Live supportive housing program in Whistler in 2017 and is now a Zero Ceiling graduate. In this short film, Dakota explains how Zero Ceiling changed his life and gave him the opportunity to follow his dreams.

HOW TO HELP

We can’t end youth homelessness alone. Your support allows us to provide flexible, individualized services that empower young people to fully participate in our community. Our supporters change lives by donating, volunteering, and attending our community events. If you have a creative idea for how you can help Zero Ceiling end youth homelessness, reach out – we’d love to hear from you!

OUR SUPPORTERS

We’re grateful to all of our community supporters who make our programs possible:

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