Awarded Grants

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Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

Community Sourcing: Crowd-Sourcing New Allies & Resources for Youth In-And-From Care

‘Community Sourcing’ creates multiple legacy projects to build upon and carry forward the work of the Fostering Change initiative through a bi-annual youth-led and youth-organized “crowdsourcing” dinner. Dinner attendees pay an entrance fee to get dinner and a vote. Attendees hear presentations on community-building projects from youth in-and-from foster care. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, and vote on the project they think benefits the community and youth-from-care the most. At the end of the night, ballots are counted and the winning presenter goes home with all money raised (around $2,000) to carry out the project. Thus, youth in-and-from foster care raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help carry out their project. This Community Sourcing dinner occurs twice a year with opportunities for presenters to receive speaking & engagement training in preparation for their presentation. Two youth in-and-from foster care are hired to run the project, including organizing and building capacity of presenters, promotion of the bi-annual dinners, plus sourcing sponsors and supporters. The premise of this project is largely borrowed from SOUP, a model of community project ‘dinner’ crowd-sourcing that has proven successful around the world. People want to engage and participate in this type of community-building activity and this project opens up this important opportunity to youth in-and-from foster care.

Realwheels Society

Act of Faith

We believe that theatre has the power and capacity to bring about social change, through the empathic understanding that results from audiences’ experience of and exposure to the ‘other’. Despite comprising approximately 14% of the Canadian population, one of the challenges of living with a disability is simply being seen. This project will challenge the stereotypical experience of people who use wheelchairs as invisible to society and culture. We propose that the Vancouver Foundation support the development and production of a new play. We have commissioned award-winning playwright Janet Munsil to write ACT OF FAITH, a play inspired by the true story of the inexplicable recovery from paraplegia by a Vancouver teacher/dancer, after 13 years of life in a wheelchair. We will contract a cast comprised of a combination of performers with disabilities and able-bodied performers. Foundation funding will support laboratory exploration of a new, hybrid art form and its realization in production. By employing mixed-ability (or ‘integrated’) wheelchair dance as a means of storytelling, we will find alternatives to the usual pattern of storytelling, a departure from habitual forms. Our process will test the capacity for integrated dance to challenge stereotypes of disability as a negative experience. This is a compelling and innovative way to push the boundaries of theatre, and has the correlated benefit of shifting audience perceptions of disability in a completely new way.

School District #36 - Surrey

Connecting Cultures

The Surrey School District’s Welcome Centre, with input from community partners, the City of Surrey and the RCMP, will launch Crossing Connections (CC) in Fall 2018. CC will host three focus groups of ten immigrant and refugee youth to dialogue the challenges, stereotypes and experience they face throughout their journey to Canada and once they have arrived. Each focus group will meet four times for full day sessions in Fall 2018. District Settlement Workers will additionally consult with Mosaic, DiverseCITY, Kwantlen First Nation and Katzie First Nation for their input on cultural awareness training, stereotypes and community supports available. When the sessions and consultations are complete, the Program Facilitator will use the learnings from these sessions to create a one-day workshop that will provide anti oppression, anti racism and cultural awareness training to teachers and school staff. Workshops will be provided for all school district staff beginning in January 2019 and will be led by two immigrant and refugee youth who have passed through the system in conjunction with a District Settlement Worker. These sessions will alter perceptions and give an honest account of what immigrant and refugee youth experience on their often treacherous trip to Canada, the harsh reality of resettlement in a new land and how school staff and school community can ease their transition to living in Canada.

School District #41 - Burnaby

Cultural awareness training to teachers and school staff

The project would involve several phases: 1.Information gathering: Information will be gathered through focus groups and questionnaires to better understand students and parents' experience in schools related to school staff' knowledge of cultural awareness. Themes determined from these focus groups will be used in educational talks and video; recruitment of youth speakers; a youth steering committee will be formed to participate in project planning, delivery and evaluation. 2. Video production: Video explaining cultural awareness, anti-oppression, and anti-racism will be produced to assist in educating community. The content of the video will be guided by the information gathered. The production will involve youth voices; video will be shown at the talks at schools, placed on the School District website to be accessed by staff, other school districts, and the general public; 3.Talks at schools (Phase 1):The themes are cultural awareness, anti-oppression, anti-racism, culturally safe environments, and reducing learning barriers; list of cultural-specific topics will be presented to the school to select based on their student population and learning needs. Ten schools would be chosen as “early adapters”. The presenters-team will involve a youth (current or former student), a settlement worker, and a professional speaker. 4.Talks at schools (Phase 2): talks are presented at the majority of schools, at Provincial Pro-D Day. 5. Evaluation and planning for sustainability.

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Vancouver Mental Health and Addictions Systems - Collective Impact Project

The Vancouver MH & Addictions Collective Impact project is an initiative to strengthen the care systems for individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders. The project’s role in achieving reduced levels and frequency of crisis is not to directly deliver supports, but to better define, coordinate and integrate the work of the diverse partners providing services; from healthcare to housing, from education to law enforcement, and from government agencies to community groups. The project’s premise is that by creating a system that works in unison towards a shared set of measurable goals, future policy changes and new investments in services will have greater impact.

Theatre Conspiracy

Victim Impact

Victim Impact examines the Samji Ponzi scheme involving $110 million & over 200 victims – mainly the elderly in Surrey’s South Asian community.  Over two years, the project will fuse investigative journalism, community engagement, media and inter-disciplinary theatre. With direct community engagement in the creation, the project is a catalyst for education and outreach.. Engagement consist of: Research: Ongoing process attending court trials/hearings; interviewing victims & key players including lawyers, regulators, psychologists and victim support groups; sourcing/ analyzing of documents (transcripts; judgments; media, legal & accounting reports); research into financial law and practices.   Creation: October 2017 workshop - two weeks with artists of diverse practices, staged reading with community feedback session.   Podcasts: Five 35-45 min. episodes of interviews and dramatizations: Through the Samji case examine the causes of fraud; educate & provide context to recognize fraud; destigmatize victims; facilitate support networks; encourage participation in future episodes, workshops and theatre attendance.   Performance/ Events: Workshop Production Performance (PTC, 2017) and The Cultch Premiere Performance (Spring, 2018) will include community activities such as: Open rehearsals, post-show talks, a facilitated public forum by experts on financial law; facilitating dialogues with victim services; address the social stigma & its effects on families/ communities.