Last year Youth Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver found at least 681 young people experiencing homelessness every night. That’s where Zero Ceiling comes in.
Their vision is to reduce youth homelessness by taking young people off the street and giving them a fresh perspective through mountain experiences.
Radius discovered this unique organization after one of our long time partners, Covenant House, retweeted a photo from a Zero Ceiling Adventure Session. Radius has been a proud supporter of Covenant House through efforts like Sleep Out: Professionals Edition and our annual Christmas Gift Initiative.
Zero Ceiling provides housing, employment, and professional support that empowers youth with effective, practical tools to live healthy and independent lives. They give young people an opportunity to experience structured outdoor adventures in Whistler, showcasing all that mountain life has to offer.
Their day trip Adventure Sessions include activities like snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and zip lining! They also offer a year long Work 2 Live program, which serves as a compass to rebuild and transform lives by providing supportive housing and employment, as well as life skills, counselling and community engagement.
Last month our President, Roger Harrison, and Vice President, Deanie Hiles, were thrilled to present Zero Ceiling with a cheque for $1,500.00 from our staff donation fund. This contribution will go towards one-to-one support for the youth provided by a Zero Ceiling youth worker. This dedicated 24/7 support helps them move towards their goals and navigate challenges that arise.
From its launch in 1997 to today, Zero Ceiling has made an incredible impact for at-risk and homeless youth from Vancouver and the Sea to Sky corridor. If you’d like to learn more about Zero Ceiling and their mission please visit their website HERE.