In the summer of 2004, service providers united to address unmet needs of some of Calgary’s vulnerable youth. They identified the necessity for a tailored event to connect youth with vital support in preparation for winter. Renamed as Gear Up in 2005, it now annually benefits high-risk youth.
The Gear Up event offers vulnerable youth winter supplies, health services, and self-care in a relaxed atmosphere. It's not your usual resource fair; instead, it's a chance for youth to step "off the streets" and into a supportive environment. By fostering healthy connections, we empower youth to make positive life changes. Each year, individuals, businesses, and agencies contribute time, donations, and support, creating a caring and uplifting afternoon.
Supporters & Committee Members
The success of Gear Up is made possible through the kind contributions of our community partners and the teamwork among various youth-serving organizations in Calgary. This one-day event is meticulously planned months ahead, showcasing a true display of community unity.
Our Impact in Numbers
We are incredibly grateful for all who donate their time and resources to make this amazing event happen! Check out some of the fantastic organizations who have come together to make Gear Up awesome!!!
“GearUp Calgary has truly changed my life. I no longer have to worry about going through Calgary's harsh winters without the proper supplies or support. Thank you for everything you do!”
Nora, Youth Participant