Awarded Grants

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Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Social Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations

Social Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations

NEC Native Education College

Aboriginal Visual Arts Program

We completed our first Aboriginal Arts program, with a focus on Aboriginal Theatre, from January to March 2014. In May and June we are offering short courses on Drum-making and Drumming, Northwest Coast Wood Carving, The Art of Norval Morrisseau and Aboriginal Dance. We would like to offer a program of Aboriginal Arts in the fall, winter and spring semesters of the 2014-15 academic year. We have developed an Aboriginal Visual Arts course for the fall of 2014. The instructor has a PhD in Art Education and teaches Studio Arts and First Nations Studies for the Vancouver School Board. We would like to offer this course for at least 12 students with free tuition. This will be offered in the evening or on Saturdays. The Aboriginal Visual Art course promotes the acknowledgement of Aboriginal peoples as unique, individual artists, transcending stereotypes and fostering intercultural understanding.

School District #36 - Surrey

Surrey Firefighters Girls Empowerment Group Expansion

The idea for this project originated due to an increasing need for research into the role of girls in gangs and a cry for help from an inner-city secondary school in Surrey. The role that girls play in gangs generally looks very different than that of their male counterparts, and as a result their needs can often be seen as less dangerous and therefore less urgent. As a result girls often fall through the cracks and dont always receive the support that they need to successfully deal with the struggles that adolescence can bring. Girls Group is a non-judgmental time and space where girls can be themselves, talk about things that are important to them and learn new abilities through different experiences. This project is intended to help girls gain skills that help them avoid situations that can lead them in the direction of ganglife, and towards healthy personal growth instead. After three successful years at the one location serving 10-12 girls between the ages of 13-16, the Safe Schools Department would like to expand the program to two additional secondary schools by 2016.

School District #39 - Vancouver

Roots in Community

In 2013, the VSB and Fresh Roots built two schoolyard market gardens: 14,000 sq. ft. spaces where healthy food is grown for the school community. The gardens are outdoor classrooms for the schools as well as gathering places for the surrounding community. Teachers have begun exploring how to achieve BC’s core curricular objectives in an outdoor classroom, engaging their students through new methods. We have piloted partnerships with neighbourhood houses where Newcomers to Canada and food insecure families grow friendships and knowledge in the gardens. The garden has become a place for the school and surrounding community to engage with learning and with one another. As the gardens have grown, teachers, students, and community partners are asking for more workshops, programs and facilitated engagement, exploring core curriculum, sustainability and building community within the schoolyard market gardens. Roots in Community works with Fresh Roots to hire a community coordinator to develop, facilitate, and execute experiential learning opportunities for the school community.