Grants

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Abbotsford Community Services

Supported Community Involvement for Dedicated Dads

This 18 month Pilot Project aims to give dads who require supervised access with their child, an opportunity to enter the community approximately once a week with a professional mentor. Learning the skills necessary to handle primary parenting responsibilities, whether on a part time or full time basis, would be the primary goal. Over the past year, upwards of 20 fathers have contacted Abby Dads about providing supervised visits for their family. Due to time and staff constraints, all we were able to offer them was attendance at one of our drop-ins. Many dads take a back seat when it comes to co-parenting, especially when they haven't had an effective role model for a healthy, involved father. When relationships dissolve, some dads have not grown the necessary skills to take over being the primary caregiver, whether it is for an evening, a weekend, or full time. This pilot project will aim to better equip fathers to fulfill the primary caregiver role. The target audience will be fathers who have been asked to have supervised visits and who do not have MCFD involvement.
$34,907.00
2014

Arts in Action Society

Purple Thistle Centre

The Purple Thistle has been operating for twelve years on the Eastside of Vancouver, running a 2500 sq/ft youth community centre that offers a plethora of free art and culture resources and support for 150-200 regular low-income youth participants. Our mission of youth empowerment and liberation is realized by the centre being run by a youth staff collective of 15-25 individuals who, in collaboration with the Directors, set policy, establish budgets, staff the facility and make all programming decisions. Central to our mandate of youth liberation and empowerment is providing specific leadership training in the context of real world decisions, real budgets and actual programming.
$30,000.00
2013

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association

BEST Living Streets Youth and Citizen Engagement

The project educates and trains community members to conduct Community Street Audits in Surrey, which will help develop safe streets and better mobility for non-car travel. The concept has worked well in the UK. The project will engage at-risk youth, immigrants and others to create input for city planners. Volunteers will share the results at meetings attended by Surrey municipal planners, providing solution-oriented local input on low-cost changes to improve neighbourhood safety for non-car travel.
$40,000.00
2010

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Quesnel

Organizational Development

We are a very efficient and successful agency. In 2009, with only 1.7 FTE staff, the organization served over 120 children/youth in the community. The Executive Director is responsible for fund development, marketing, strategic planning, community involvement, organizational development, board related tasks and overall operations. She is also responsible for all mentoring programs (casework duties - recruiting/screening/training volunteer; screening children/youth matching and monitoring. The Administrative/Marketing Assistant' s duties include: office manager, bookkeeping,financial duties, and local fundraising events coordinator). An In-School /Teen Mentor Coordinator position would help to sustain the integrity of the school program and the continued need for mentors. The Executive Director would then be better able to address other pertinent areas such as fund development, building more community partnerships and financial sustainability. To continue to maintain our high standard of servicce, we need to augment our staff.
$40,000.00
2010

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

A Right to Food? Food Security for BC's Poorest Kids

The project will study the potential legal and constitutional rights implications of childhood malnutrition in BC. Working with other not-for-profit groups and social science experts, we will interview families on social assistance across BC focusing on the experiences of children living with food insecurity. We will compile a report with these narratives and analyze the issue of childhood malnutrition from a uniquely legal rights-based perspective that considers whether children can fully realize their constitutionally protected rights and freedoms while in a state of malnourishment. In documenting the impact of food insecurity on the enjoyment of constitutional rights, this project will provide a platform on which community groups can build their education initiatives to include a legal rights-based analysis. This research may enable further advocacy by affected communities and education of government and judicial decision-makers to ensure that food insecurity does not compromise children's rights.
$40,000.00
2013

Centre For Integral Economics

SUN DRUM: First Nation Youth Media Pilot Project

The Sun Drum project (name developed by Cree Youth) -- Sun connects to original power, drum to the heartbeat -- features video storytelling and was born through conversations with First Nation elders, leaders and youth. Video is highly effective in oral cultures; it brings to the world the strength of culture present in First Nation communities and builds self-esteem. It is also our experience that video can create powerful links between stories of the ancestors through elders in a context that attracts and empowers youth as storytellers. This project will harness the depth of cultures to align with sustainability objectives, cultural preservation, skills building and will point to entrepreneurship and economic development. We will build 4 core capacities: 1/basics of storytelling, story boarding and interviewing and basic video skills 2/ social media to share and send positive messages about First Nations 3/clean energy, jobs and economic opportunities, linked to culture in context of climate change 4/ social entrepreneurship basics: problem, solution = business models
$30,000.00
2012

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Workshop Enhancement Project

For more than 10 years, Check Your Head has been presenting workshops on key global issues to high school students, reaching over 70,000 youth. They started with globalization and now have 13 workshops in high demand from youth and educators from across Metro Vancouver and BC. This demand coupled with the pace of social change makes updating and improving their workshops a significant challenge. They seek support for all of their high school workshops in order to remain effective, accessible and affordable to all populations and schools.
$40,000.00
2010

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

HerWay Home

HerWay Home (HWH) supports pregnant or early parenting women who are impacted by drug or alcohol use, have experienced violence or abuse, and often face mental health challenges. The program focuses on women and their families who face multiple barriers to good health, healthy babies and safe lives. The outcomes of HWH are an increased number of mothers who have healthy pregnancies, keep their babies, and establish successful families. HWH includes integrated health and social services for these women with 'complex' lives, services which focus on their substance use and interrelated issues. Services are provided through drop-in groups, outreach and personal one-on-one support. Pre- and post-natal support and information is provided by a Public Health Nurse, and HWH facilitators operate a Recovery Group. Women access one-to-one counselling support, breastfeeding and child feeding support, parenting information, infant development resources, a dietician, an income assistance worker and a dental hygienist. Staff also work with the women to obtain necessary health care services.
$40,000.00
2014

Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC Inc.

Sensory Motor Integration Program

A new reality is facing CHSC. Today at least 35% of newly identified deaf and hard of hearing children are coming to the Centre with additional learning needs. Our new Sensory Motor Integration Program will begin to address these needs with assessments and support from a trained occupational therapist that delivers ongoing program implementation and provides outcome analysis. We believe this additional early intervention is critical for a child to learn to listen and speak and ultimately be successfully mainstreamed into a school with their hearing peers.
$30,000.00
2012

Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society

Being Heard: A Youth Caregivers Program

This three year project is a natural extension of the successful Ending the Silence project which uncovered the challenges faced by youth caregivers. These youth courageously take on responsibilities beyond their years to care for a family member in need. They work hard to keep their families together and often feel overwhelmed because they have nowhere to turn for help. Struggling alone with the stresses of their role can adversely affect their mental and physical health, relationships, schooling, job prospects and finances. This project is the first in BC to develop a program that supports these valiant but troubled youth. The program will include: support groups; 1-on-1 emotional support; family support; work with health-care, education and social service systems to provide respite, help at school and other supports in the mainstream and First Nations communities. Two areas of focus will be outreach to youth caregivers and training for service providers. All work will be guided by a youth-led resource team of diverse youth, including caregiving youth, and mentoring adults.
$40,000.00
2012

Delta Youth Support Line Society

YOUth Inspiring Youth ~ A Delta Youth Mental Health Project

YOUth Inspiring Youth (YIY) ~ A Delta Youth Mental Health Project will be an early intervention and mental health promotion activity. This two year capacity and legacy building project will provide youth with the opportunity to develop mental health literacy campaigns and events relevant to them. The project will provide a model for developing innovative and creative mental health wellness campaigns and events that are specifically designed to address the needs of youth. Peers provide young people with developmental opportunities and social possibilities that are not available through relationships with adults (Scholte, Van Aken, 2006). Synergies through collaborative partnerships will generate new knowledge on models of engagement that increase mental health wellness awareness through social media, online surveys, webinars, campaigns and events planned, organized and implemented by the YIY Planning Committee & School Sub-Committees for Delta youth with/without mental health challenges.
$35,000.00
2014

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia

Implementing & Financing BC's $10/day Child Care Plan

Our project is designed to fill public education gaps and to influence child care policy in BC by building on the substantial work done to date developing and furthering consensus around the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning & the $10/day Child Care Plan. Our public education efforts to date indicate a growing understanding of the benefits of high quality, affordable early care and learning for children, women, families, employers, the economy and society overall. However, two related questions remain: 1. As the system will take several years to build, what does an effective implementation strategy look like? 2. What revenue sources can generate the public funds necessary to implement the Plan? This project proposes to answer these questions as we increase our capacity to reach out through social media, traditional media, on-line presence, print publications, and to new audiences in our ongoing public education activities.
$40,000.00
2014

Integrating Early Care and Learning in BC

This project will build public support for a public system of integrated early care and learning that meets the needs of BC children, families and communities. In 2010, an Emerging Plan shared with thousands of British Columbians was overwhelmingly positive. In 2011 and 2012 the Project will produce a final Plan and undertake public education and community engagement activities to build awareness and support for the Plan.
$40,000.00
2011

Encompass Support Services Society

Program Coordination and Enhancement for 0-6 Services

This project will address the recent EDI results in the Langley Communities by providing some coordination of programs to further enhance our Aldergrove programs as well as expand programs to a growing neighbourhood in Langley (Willoughby). Utilizing the successes of our programs in Aldergrove and Langley, we would like to support the Langley community planning process through enhancement of services to areas where population growth is occurring. In Willoughby specifically, we would be mirroring services through our prenatal nutrition services, outreach and family resource programs, and aim to partner with an immunization clinic once a week. With expansion of programs and Willoughby being designated as a growing are of need, this coordinator would help develop and enhance a direct service hub within the Willoughby area. By providing nutritional support, it would enhance our Aldergrove Services creating a focus on healthy living.
$40,000.00
2013

Girls Action Foundation

Creating a BC network of girls' programs

This project will offer networking and skill-building activities that will allow 40 community groups to collaborate year-round. It will implement outreach, workshops, online communication mechanisms and best practices sharing for these organizations. Two partner organizations will offer programs for Aboriginal and racialised girls and young women in their communities.
$31,000.00
2011

Gitga'at First Nation

Aboriginal Youth Media Arts Training in Hartley Bay

The proposed 2-year project, 'One Foot in the Past, One Foot in the Future: Aboriginal Youth Media Arts Training in Hartley Bay' will be part of the Young Gitga’at Guardian Program, and will harness and build on youth interest in multimedia projects. The project will provide the skills and motivation necessary to inspire intergenerational learning and improve intercommunity relations. Between 2013-2015 we will empower youth with the skills necessary to employ modern storytelling techniques to capture age-old teachings and traditions. Using photography and film to engage Gitga’at youth with elders and knowledgeable community members presents a novel opportunity to bridge various intergenerational approaches to cultural learning. Gitga'at elders are increasingly unable to participate in cultural harvests and other activities within the territory and thus inhibited in their ability to pass on cultural knowledge and traditions. The proposed project will ensure that important Gitga'at teachings are documented for the benefit of present and future generations.
$30,000.00
2013

Global Youth Education Network Society

Frontrunner Young Women's Campaign School

To increase the number of women in politics we need to get more women to run. To get more women to run, we need to get them in the habit of campaigning and running for office - or at least thinking about campaigning and running for office when they are young. Frontrunner is a campaign school and support network for young women that will train and support 18-24 year olds to participate in elections at the college and university campus level. The program will bring together seasoned instructors who have previous electoral campaign experience and who have been elected to student government. Participants will leave with the necessary skills and support to confidently enter electoral races. In order to reinforce a culture where it is clear that women should be involved in political office, Frontrunner will also establish a support network for alumni that will encourage young women to engage in political circles and participate in political dialogue through events and hands-on experience.
$30,000.00
2014

Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Port Alberni Paawats (Language Nest)

This program delivers the Nuu-chah-nulth language to children by engaging preschoolers, their parents and elders. It is based on the principle that the best way to acquire a second language is the same way that children acquire a first language: immersion rather than the traditional teaching-learning situation. By involving elders, this program fits well with Aboriginal views of teaching children while building pride in their culture and heritage. They want to build on the success of the program they have on their reserve by creating a second program in Port Alberni.
$30,000.00
2010

International Institute for Child Rights and Development

Hear the Child Education Project

The Project will serve BC children, youth and their families, professionals providing non-therapeutic child interviews in family cases, and legal professionals who need their services to implement BC law. It will start a non-profit society that promotes professional education for non-therapeutic child interviewers, where BC families and legal professionals can learn about a service available to them to support children and youth; and where BC children and youth are given an opportunity to share their views with qualified interviewers where their best interests are determined.
$35,000.00
2011

Kamloops Family Resources Society

Mothers for Recovery Mentorship Program

This project addresses the addiction issues of mothers and pregnant women with peer support through weekly workshops run alternatively between professionals and mentors. This program directly benefits the community at large, increases use of existing services, decreases the risks of child apprehension and fills a need unmet by other service providers.
$40,000.00
2011

Kitasoo Kitasoo Band Council

Learning from our past to ensure the resilience of our future

The proposed Kitasoo/Xai'xais project is designed to revive our culture, engage our youth and inspire intergenerational learning for the benefit of current and future generations. The project was designed through ongoing dialogue within our community and within the broader community of First Nations people, who are collectively facing and dealing with the loss of important cultural knowledge and an eroded sense of identity. Through a series of community led cultural workshops and activity groups we hope to pass on the knowledge, skills and practices fundamental to Kitasoo/Xai'xais identity. In doing so we, will encourage our youth, their families, and the community as a whole to understand that cultural revitalization requires participation. Through this project we will create opportunities for participation that might otherwise not exist for certain individuals or families. We will document this knowledge through mixed media so as to ensure the preservation of this valuable information and the resilience of our community.
$40,000.00
2014

Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association

Food Skills Capacity Building

The project will engage and train at-risk children, youth and parents in community food security (life skills, leadership, food safe, food preparation, cooking and healthy nutrition). Three neighbourhood single parents will be trained and employed as part time kitchen trainees to help prepare and cook nutritious food for residents involved in Kiwassa programs. The trainees will be supported to find entry level employment in the hospitality industry, leading to increased financial security.
$35,000.00
2011

Langley Community Services Society

Langley Neighbourhood Development Project

Over the past year, senior managers of Langley non-profit and Government service providers have worked together to develop an overarching strategic plan for services based on demographic data, community parent surveys and input from youth, early childhood, special needs and middle childhood groups. This strategic plan was developed and reviewed by staff working in the community, and representatives of the faith, Aboriginal and multicultural communities. Our next steps are to engage the broader community (e.g. business and other community groups) as well as parents and youth to complete an asset inventory. We will engage neighbourhood to discuss local and community assets and how to best fill immediate gaps for children, youth and families. We are requesting funding tol support this process and start up of services.
$30,000.00
2012

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

Burnaby Youth Services Hub Support Project

The Burnaby Youth Hub provides educational, health and therapeutic services to vulnerable youth with complex needs who are not connected to the community through school or work. Services include an educational program, a youth clinic, and a youth centre. The Hub also offers counselling services, job readiness and skills training. This project will assist with staffing costs to provide oversight of the network of agencies that work at the Hub and promote the Hub to the community.
$30,000.00
2011

McCreary Centre Society

2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey Next Steps Project

In 2013, 29,832 students aged 12-19, in 56 of BC's 59 school districts completed the fifth BC Adolescent Health Survey(BC AHS). The survey provides the most current and accurate picture of youth health in the province. The results are used by government, public health agencies, schools and parents to measure progress in the area of youth health, and to develop appropriate policies and programs. McCreary prioritizes returning the results to youth, and supporting them to advance their knowledge and make informed decisions about their health. The results are also used to raise awareness among BC youth about the roles of risk and protective factors in their lives. This proposal aims to take the results of the survey back to youth in four communities per year over two years through a Next Steps project(Total 8 communities). The Next Steps is an award winning workshop series which uses the survey results to engage youth in developing and delivering sustainable local youth health projects. The project will engage approx. 15-20 core youth participants per community in the workshop series
$30,600.00
2014

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