Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Projects: Youth in Action Program

Youth in Action Program

Youth in Action – A Community Engagement Program for Students

The Youth In Action program is designed for grades 10-12 students in South Surrey and White Rock who want to make a difference, get hands-on volunteer experience, and get involved with helping to make their community the healthiest possible.


Through the program, youth will take part in a variety of volunteer experiences, healthy lifestyle activities and learn how to organize, plan, and execute a fundraising event. Youth will also learn about different careers, job skills, and organizations from guest speakers at the monthly meetings.

youth in action community engagement program


APR 1, 2024
Applications open
MAY 31, 2024
Application Deadline
JUNE 2024
Application review & phone interviews.
mid JULY 2024
Successful applicants notified.
SEP 2024 - JUN 2025
Program duration



The program is available to students who are in grades 10-12. Students who are currently in grade 9 and will be in grade 10 in September 2024 are eligible to apply.

Youth must attend one of the following schools in the South Surrey White Rock area:

  • Semiahmoo Secondary
  • Elgin Park Secondary
  • Earl Marriott Secondary
  • White Rock Christian Academy
  • Southridge School
  • Saint John Paul II Academy
  • Grandview Heights Secondary

Time commitment:

Youth In Action will run September 2024 to June 2025. The average time commitment per month is 5-7 hours. This time commitment is made up of activities such as the monthly program meeting, volunteer opportunities, and healthy lifestyle activities. Only three meetings can be missed throughout the entire year in order to stay in the program.

Cost of program: Free!


Youth In Action has 30 spots available per year and members are accepted through an application and phone interview process. Each youth can only be a member of the program for a maximum of two years and must reapply each year.

Application Process

Applications open April 1, 2024 and the deadline to submit the application is May 31, 2024. All applications will be reviewed by the Community Engagement Officer and if successful, applicants will be contacted for a short phone interview. The short list of chosen applicants will then be reviewed by a committee of Peace Arch Hospital Foundation staff.

*Please note, due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to move forward in the process will receive a phone interview. Thank you! 

  1. Before you begin, download and review the Youth in Action Eligibility Checklist to ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.

  2. Download and complete full application. Please ensure all sections are completed, along with signatures and letter(s) of support. Incomplete applications will be not considered.

  3. Submit completed applications and required attachments to:
    Shonna Breslaw, Community Engagement Officer
    Peace Arch Hospital Foundation
    15521 Russell Avenue, White Rock, BC V4B 2R4

    Or, via email:

    Questions about the application process? Contact our Community Engagement Officer Shonna Breslaw by email or at 604.535.4520.

Program Benefits

  • A certificate signed by the Foundation’s Executive Director and the Chair of the Board of Directors acknowledging you as a Youth In Action member
  • Hands-on experience in event planning
  • Experience in a variety of volunteer positions
  • Acknowledgement letters for volunteer hours
  • Three Healthy Lifestyle activities
  • Monthly guest speaker presentations on careers, job skills, and local organizations
  • Pizza Wrap-up Party