Awarded Grants

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Nelson Community Services Centre Society

Engaging Youth in Board Work

Project idea stems from NCS’s Strategic Plan objectives: to live into the TRC recommendations, to improve inclusive and diversity practices, and to maintain an engaged Board to provide effective governance and leadership. Actions include: staff and board members participated in various experiential activities related to TRC learnings; to recruit indigenous and/or racialized immigrant/refugee youth to board; and to implement a more inclusive hiring practices for agency. Attempts to recruit youth were made by tabling at Selkirk College's Job Fair and by direct contact with individuals. This grant provides an opportunity to explore other processes to engage youth in board work. There is a need for a diverse youth voice within our community. Plan of Action: 1) Partner with Selkirk College's various programs coordinators; 2) Collaborate with Kootenay Boundary Community Services Cooperative; 3) Contract a project coordinator; 4) Conduct Focus groups to identify gaps and opportunities (ages 18-29) 5) Advertise and Communicate Board Work Opportunity Board Work Opportunity: 1) Recruit 2 or 3 indigenous and racialized immigrant/refugee youth from the focus group 2) Based on focus group results, provide board work opportunities i.e. mentorship and training 3) Honorarium provided to youth for a year’s participation on a Board 4) Review at end of year one with recommendations to continue process to increase recruitment for other KBCSC members.

OCCA Communities Association

To Empower the Society for Youth Leadership and Employment

We plan to organize multiple workshops and seminars for board and society training in the topics related to racialized immigrant youth leadership and employment in the non-for-profit organizations, more specifically to prepare the OCCA ready for younger generations of executive and management staff. The project aims to train our team to adapt to ideas of youth and to make known in the racialized immigrants and community in large the facts that the OCCA has great strength and potentials attributed to its principles: transparency, fairness, accountability and integrity in every aspect of the operation - financial management, administration and carrying projects/programs/partnership, that the society is governed by non paid board of directors, that financial rules are clearly stated in the Bylaw and implemented in daily practice. Professional facilitators and university/college students will be invited. We hope to spread the news that career and training opportunities are available for youth in the OCCA.

School District #36 - Surrey

Building Bridges

The Surrey School District contends it would like to enhance all staff’s knowledge and skills through training in Indigenous Peoples’ ways of knowing, being, and understandings. As an Indigenous Teacher/Graduation Advocate, I have experienced the systemic settler colonialist perspectives of teachers, administrators and supervisors within the Surrey School District in both direct and subtle ways. These are found in the daily minutiae of school life and in the lessons and curriculum across disciplines. It is vital, as a School District, we acknowledge these systemic and prejudicial attitudes and actions, foster awareness of them, and take concrete steps to transform the ways in which our education system operates, and how this in term, continues to deeply impact Indigenous students and families and effect the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Settler Society. Speaking with many Indigenous Elders, families, and students, professional development for administrators and educators is an important way to strengthen connections with Indigenous communities, integrate authentic ways of Indigenous cultures within curriculum, and contribute to the growth of all educational professionals, students, and families in the Surrey School District.

The League of Innovators

Decolonizing youth-led non-profits

League of Innovators and CityHive are two of many youth-led, youth-centred non-profits with young people in executive leadership positions. Both organizations recognize the deep need to embed equity within their organizational structure through decolonizing our boards and staff and making them safe for BIPOC folks to work and lead. Youth-led organizations, as nimble and reflexive as they tend to be, often face particular challenges of lacking the credibility, capacity and resources to spend important time and resources for staff to learn and develop personally, as well as for staff and board to work on shifting internal structures to make the organization safer in the short-term and long-term. While we prioritize making our programs accessible for all youth, we lack the additional capacity to ensure the core of the organization is safe, tackling white supremacy, and embedding decolonial practices. Both organizations have struggled to hire, retain and support BIPOC staff and board members. Through this grant, we hope to take a significant step on our equity journeys by: 1) Convening a 2-day decolonization training for staff and board members with an external facilitator, including time and capacity to implement changes. 2) CityHive convening youth-led organizations to discuss and work on tackling how white supremacy exists in the non-profit sector and how youth-centred organizations can collectively address the specific challenges we face.