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.
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.
THE PATH OF CEDY NKUNZE
“The Path of Cedy Nkunze” is a short film documenting the journey of a Zero Ceiling alumni and former staff member. Cedy is part of the Zero Ceiling team making the mountains more accessible to young people in BC. We’re so grateful to Cedy for his generosity, creativity, and hard work in telling his story.
Thank you also to Whistler Blackcomb, Origin, and TELUS for creating a platform for telling diverse stories, and committing to doing so in the right way.
WE CHOOSE OUR DREAMS
Dakota Williams is a Zero Ceiling Support Worker and alumni, who lives, works, and plays in the mountains year-round. In this short film, Dakota explains how Zero Ceiling changed his life and gave him the opportunity to follow his dreams.
This film was produced for Whistler Blackcomb, who have supported Zero Ceiling since our inception and continue to do so through the Epic Promise Foundation.
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!