YIV – Events, Competitions & Fundraising

Canadian Youth Visual Art Contest (CYVAC)

The 2021 Canada Youth Visual Art Contest (CYVAC) is organized by Youth Initiative Vancouver (YIV) and supported by Academy of Modern Art (AOMA). The contest aims to encourage multicultural communication and philanthropic endeavors, and to discover outstanding artistic and design talents around the world. Winning art and design pieces will be organized into a charity sale to benefit UNICEF and help improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in the world. With the funds raised, children will be provided with food, water, medical care and education, because every child has the right to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.


YIV is also committed to philanthropic endeavors. In the past, through successful events, we have raised funds for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the eradication of polio. This year, YIV will be raising funds through Canadian Youth Visual Art Contest (CYVAC). We will be hosting an auction of exhibited art and design pieces. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF Canada as they aim to reach the most vulnerable children in some of the world’s toughest places.

Chinese International Children’s Cartoon Competition

This is the sixth year that YIV and AOMA will organize the Canadian entries for the Chinese International Children’s Cartoon Competition, Canada Division. As key organizers, we receive almost 1,000 entries each year, after which we coordinate an exhibition and grant awards to the winners.

Other Events

YIV also hosts other events, such as the 2019 Easter festival.