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Arcadia Foundation

At Arcadia Foundation, our vision is a world where children and youth learn and thrive in a safe and healthy environment

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Why we Invest in Children and Youth

There are over 3 billion young people under the age of 24 in the world today. This is nearly 47% of the world’s total population. It is no exaggeration to say that the future well being of our country rests upon the well being of the young. Yet millions of children around the world continue to face severe hardships such as lack of nutrition and education due to poverty, neglect, physical abuse or substance abuse by a parent. A child’s growing brain is extremely susceptible to any form of hardship – childhood traumatic experiences are biologically embedded, leading to physical and mental health problems later in life. By the same token, intervening early by providing a nurturing and safe environment and helping children cope with adversity leads to remarkable positive changes in a large majority of children.  This is why we are committed to invest in children and youth.

"A child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding".


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Only 1 out of 2 Canadian children under 5 years of age have access the opportunities offered by early education. We support educational programs that seek to remove these barriers to education so that every child has access to a quality basic education.


We believe children are individuals with their own rights just like adults. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. We support programs that strive to make the Rights of the Child a reality.


Arcadia Foundation supports expanding the role of art in the lives of children and youth. Research has shown involvement with the arts significantly enhances a child’s social skills and emotional regulation and is directly linked to better performance in math & science. 

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Current Charitable Programs


Rights of Passage

Rights of Passage is a comprehensive housing and life skills program that provides help for youth who are at-risk of, or experiencing, homelessness young people by providing them with safe, affordable housing and support as they transition to independent living


The Community Support Services program, which features a Drop-In Centre and a Street Outreach Team, provides care and support for some of the most vulnerable young people ensuring that they are adequately nourished, and that they know they have a safe place to rest

Thank you to the Arcadia Foundation for Transforming Lives and Building Brighter Futures

April 9th, 2024

Author: Jason Bosher

The Arcadia Foundation envisions a world where children and youth learn and thrive in a safe and healthy environment. Working to realize that vision, the Arcadia Foundation is dedicated to investing in children and youth, and understands that the future well-being of our country rests upon the well-being of the young.

At Covenant House Vancouver, we are grateful for the incredible generosity of the Arcadia Foundation. Their support of Covenant House’s Community Support Services, that include our Drop-In Centre and Outreach team, will help us continue to connect with young people age 16 to 24 who are homeless or precariously housed. Building trusting relationships by being a consistent, supportive presence in their lives, Covenant House’s Outreach staff meet young people where they are at, to offer immediate support and welcome them to visit our Drop-In Centre, where they will have access to nutritious food, counselling, hygiene supplies, and clothing, among other essential supports.

The Arcadia Foundation has also partnered with Covenant House to invest in our Rights of Passage program that supports youth in their journeys to learn and practice life skills, as they develop greater independence and prepare for the significant step of moving out into the community.

“Having seen first-hand how Covenant House is providing a nurturing and safe environment for vulnerable youth, and helping them cope with, and overcome, adversity is what motivated us to invest in Community Support Services and the Rights of Passage program,” said Mala Kustermann, President of the Arcadia Foundation.  

Thank you, Arcadia Foundation, for helping build a brighter future for young people in our community!

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Arcadia Foundation
7398 – 132nd Street
Surrey, BC V3W4M7

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