Youth Initiative Vancouver (YIV)

Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow

Youth Initiative Vancouver (YIV) gives students opportunities to enhance their leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. It aims to inspire children and young people to experience creativity through visual art and design.

Canadian Youth Visual Art Contest (CYVAC)

The 2022 Canada Youth Visual Art Contest (CYVAC) is hosted by Youth Initiative Vancouver (YIV), and co-organized 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. Through fundraising and a charity sale featuring winning pieces, $17,383 CAD was raised to benefit BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!

YIV Programs

YIV is student-led by our wonderful Executive Members.

What is YIV?

Youth Initiative Vancouver (YIV) is a non-profit organization registered by the government of BC, Canada. It is committed to providing multicultural exchanges and promoting international cultural and arts education, giving students opportunities to enhance their leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. As a co-organizer of a renowned art competition for 5 years, it aims to inspire children and young people to experience creativity through visual art and design. YIV is also committed to philanthropic endeavors, raising money to support the eradication of polio in the past, and this year donating to UNICEF to support education endeavors for children. It is operated by outstanding students from Canada and has become the largest student-run mutual education organization in Greater Vancouver.

Application for the 2021-2022 YIV executive team is now open!

Applications for the 2021-2022 YIV executive team are now open! 

Apply through to be a part of the team. 

Gain valuable leadership and volunteer experience through managing our programs and initiatives! Working in our established nonprofit organization, you will have the opportunity to plan events, implement your ideas, and collaborate with an ambitious and accomplished team. 

We look forward to your application and support!

Available positions: 

Human Resources Manager:

The Human Resources Manager will be responsible for the hiring of peer tutors/math teacher assistants, including all interviews, email communications, training sessions, and overall support for volunteers. This person is someone who carries diplomacy, organization, and the authority to control a room. Applicants must be strong in academic writing, problem-solving, and speech. 

Director of Logistics:

The Logistics Manager is responsible for the outreach of sponsorship, collaboration with local organizations, and all logistics of continuing current YIV programs and future initiatives. This person must be able to craft emails, communicate diplomatically, and organize timelines. Experience in event planning, outreach, and executive experience is highly recommended. 

Admissions Manager:

The Admissions Manager is responsible for coordinating class pairings and schedules between students and peer tutors. This person is someone capable of communicating between multiple parties, organizing spreadsheets, and adapting to unforeseen circumstances. Proficiency in Google Sheets is highly recommended. 

Communications Manager:

The Communication Manager is responsible for communicating with our clients: student parents, overlooking the receiving side of our services. This person must have strong written and verbal communication skills to represent the organization to student families, and be active in addressing problems and questions with professionalism and punctuality. Familiarity with WeChat and email writing are highly recommended, along with the ability to conduct speech with diplomacy and eloquence. Proficiency in Mandarin is recommended as well.

Director of Marketing:

The Marketing Manager is responsible for devising strategy and content plans to effectively promote YIV’s initiatives on various platforms and social media. This person should be able to communicate their marketing ideas to the Media Manager and Logistics Manager to properly execute promotional strategies and outreach. Experience with Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn are highly recommended. 

Media Manager:

The Media Manager is responsible for designing graphics, promotional material, posters, banners, slide decks, and more with YIV’s brand in mind. This person must collaborate with the Marketing Manager to deliver tailored content to YIV’s social media audience. Proficiency with Canva, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, or other design software is highly recommended. 

IT Manager:

The IT Manager is responsible for the upkeep of all technical aspects of YIV including email systems, website maintenance, and information management. Proficiency in website design, google services, and coding are highly recommended. 

Application deadline: October 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST.

Email: [email protected]