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About Us

We envision a Vancouver where youth are actively involved in the planning, shaping, and decision-making of their city. We believe that a city that includes youth is one that is resilient, sustainable and livable for current generations and many generations to come. This vision of a city is a place where young people want to stay and feel that they can have a direct impact.

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What We Do

CityHive harnesses the energy, experiences, and passion of youth to solve real urban challenges and works to amplify the voice of youth in Vancouver. We empower youth action through education on city issues and through advocacy:

 EDUCATION

Hands-on and classroom based workshop series for elementary and high school students to increase civic literacy and build an understanding of the role of cities and municipal governance.

 ENGAGEMENT
& EMPOWERMENT

Long-term and short-term opportunities – from pop up think tanks to councils – for youth to participate in building solutions to challenges faced by cities and institutions. This includes helping organizations meaningfully engage youth.

 ADVOCACY

Amplifying the voice and role of youth in Vancouver, and giving youth a platform and physical space to learn, plot and plan projects.

The CityHive Team

Meet Veronika!

Co-Founder and Co-Director

Veronika Bylicki is a community builder, sustainability enthusiast and city geek. She co-created and planned Plan-It Earth, a youth summit to connect high school students with planners to participate in learning about, visioning and co-designing a sustainable vision for Vancouver. She has spearheaded sustainability strategies and campaigns as the Director of Common Energy, UBC’s largest student-run sustainability organization, and gave a TEDx talk on Urban Sustainability. Veronika was awarded as one of Canada’s top 25 under 25 environmentalists in 2015.

Meet Tesicca!

Co-Founder and Co-Director

Tesicca Truong is a sustainability activist, a serial changemaker, and an engagement innovator. Her passions lie at the intersection of youth empowerment, citizen engagement and resilience building. She kick-started Vancouver Youth4Tap, a city-wide movement to promote tap over bottled water and co-founded the Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference. She has served on the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, the Simon Fraser Student Society, SFU Senate, and as board chair of Sustainable SFU. For her work, she was awarded both the President’s Leadership in Sustainability Award from SFU and Vancouver’s Greenest City Leadership Award in 2015. Tesicca has also been named on Corporate Knight’s Top 30 Sustainability Leaders under 30 in 2016, the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Top 30 under 30 in 2016, and twice on the Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in 2013 and 2014.

We want to work with you!

Are you a youth looking to get involved in city shaping?
Are you an organization looking to work with youth?
Are you a city looking to partner with us to engage youth?
Have other ideas, brilliant plans?
We’d love to hear from you!