Updates + Events

Join Team KidStart and Participate in the Vancouver Sun Run!
April 23, 2017

We are looking for runners and walkers for the annual Vancouver Sun Run on April 23, 2017 to raise funds for the KidStart Mentoring Program.

This year you can help support KidStart kids and volunteers by joining our team – the registration fee is on us!

Our goal is to raise $1,000 per kilometer to support activities for all KidStart kids for the month of April 2017. Let’s raise $10K FOR THE 10K!

To join our team, please contact Kristin Weatherall at kweatherall@plea.bc.ca or 604-708-2645.

A New Home for Vancouver Programs
July 12, 2016

Late last month the KidStart Centre property at 2104 Alberta St was sold. We are in the process of packing up and will be in our new location (an outbuilding at A.R. Lord Elementary School at the corner of East Georgia and Nootka) on July 18th.

This new location will become home to most of our Vancouver – based youth programs – Genesis North East, Dare, Bail & Respite, ISSP, Pathways, Onyx and KidStart. It has everything we are looking for - a few classrooms, a gym/indoor activities area and an outside, covered, area. The Communications and Development Team will move into the Bernie Agg Centre, our administrative office @ East 22nd and Commercial St.

We’re excited about this opportunity because it gives us a chance to all work together, learn from each other’s expertise and more easily collaborate on service delivery.

We look forward to sharing more details as we settle into our new space. If in the meantime you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jen Graham on jgraham@plea.bc.ca.

Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Our Community
June 2, 2016

This is a special presentation for youth service providers, educators and parents in Richmond. This workshop will provide and overview of the issue of sexual exploitation, online exploitation and community resources available.

This is a FREE event.
Date: June 2nd, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Where: Richmond Cultural Performance Hall - 7700 Minoru Gate

Please RSVP by May 30th at: http://www.sexualexploitationprevention.eventbrite.com/
*Light refreshments will be provided.

Presentations by Children of the Street Society and PLEA's Onyx Program.
This event is presented by: Richmond Community Action Team

Bike Raffle for KidStart!
June 1, 2016

Enter our raffle for your chance to win a new summer ride! Hosted by our generous partners at Atomic Cartoons.

Built by Our Community Bikes, this Norco Scrambler 18" Chromoly Frame bike, fitted with Kona riser-bars, front Rapid Suspension Technology, and Shimano brakes!

All ticket proceeds will go directly towards supporting the KidStart Mentoring Program.

Raffle ticket sales have ended. The winner will be announced on Facebook on June 30th after 2PM - stay tuned!

See pictures and more details on Atomic's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/atomiccartoons

*Please note the winner will have to arrange for pick-up of their bike prize in Vancouver.

Read the Latest Edition of our Newsletter!
May 13, 2016

Inside this edition...

A Fond Farewell to Two of PLEA's Founders:
Friends, family members and colleagues all gather for an evening to remember at the Waldorf Hotel.

OnyxWorks - Youth Move Onward and Upward: PLEA receives $250K in funding to support youth to exit their sexually exploitive situations.

Paving Pathways for Youth: Becoming an adult can be challenging for some. We provide young people with the tools to make the transition out-of-care easier.

Volunteer Corner: Meet Cailey Temperton and learn why mentoring matters.

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