Grants

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PLEA Community Services Society of BC

Sto:lo Nation KidStart

PLEA and Sto:lo Nation's Community Development Department have agreed to work together to implement the KidStart Mentoring Program for children and youth living in Sto:lo Nation's Traditional Territory. KidStart was developed by PLEA 27 years ago and has already been successfully replicated in Campbell River, Courtenay and Victoria. These programs serve Aboriginal youth from the communities served, but this is the first time the program will be implemented with a specifically Aboriginal focus. KidStart's goal is to provide each participant with the opportunity to develop a supportive relationship with a Volunteer Mentor who is a consistent and positive role model. Mentors plan weekly activities in the community that will provide participants with experiences that will foster a sense of personal achievement, reinforce their strengths, and create new interests. The program is fundamentally preventative, rooted in the belief and supported by research that early engagement with a mentor improves participants' capacity to overcome adversity and become more active in their communities.
$50,000.00
2013

Port Alberni Association for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Family Friendly Transit Map

Our Alberni Children First Network in partnership with BC Transit and the City of Port Alberni have come up with a solution that will increase families abilities to access the transit system more easily in the Alberni Valley. Our project will create a family friendly riders guide for the Alberni Valley that would be easily accessible, visually resourceful, and considerate of all literacy levels. Together with our partners we will create the content for a family friendly map listing all services families’ access, deliver the completed map to our BC Transit Planning Consultant for graphic creation, and finally our Children First Network would be responsible for having these maps printed and distributed throughout the Alberni valley. Similar to the pads of maps used in Victoria to guide tourists to sites in the downtown core, our maps would show locations for medical clinics, day cares, First Nations organisations, landmarks, schools, health centres and other sites important to families in our community.
$3,500.00
2012

Powell River and District United Way

ORCA Bus Community Capacity Development

After a 1 year hiatus where the bus was off the road due to not passing mechanical and safety inspections, the community of Powell River has banned together to put the bus back on the road this past fall 2013. The ORCA Bus is once again offering the integral programming for children 0-6 that the community had become so accustomed to. Through the generous donations from community members, local businesses and organizations and a grant through our local community forest foundation we were able to retrofit a donated decommissioned school bus. As of September 2013 the bus was back on the road providing programming for children 0-6 throughout the community. The bus is currently on the road offering free programming 4 days a week. Our goal is to continue to build relationships and partner with diverse organizations and businesses within the community to increase programming and community access to the bus. We want to increase programming and offer a wider range of child development activities aboard the bus.
$15,000.00
2014

Power of Hope Society

Building Positive Futures through Arts-Based Youth Empowerment Programs

Power of Hope's core programs provide continuity to the youth we serve. Through participatory, arts-based, experiential education opportunities from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Cortes Island, B.C., our high impact programs support youth to develop facilitation skills and become leaders in their communities. POH is requesting support from Vancouver Foundation for direct program costs to enable us to focus on growing our capacity to reach new youth. In 2011, we held a visioning process with our board,youth, parents and lead program facilitators, which informed the development of a three-year strategic plan. Our main goals are to: deepen and broaden our program's outreach with special emphasis on First Nations and vulnerable communities, increase the pool of facilitators available in B.C. through trainings, and activate a youth-driven action network. As our networks expand, we are building invaluable heart-centred social capital that is growing our outreach capacity to new audiences through the creative youth and adults that work as leaders in their respective communities.
$20,000.00
2012

Creative Facilitation

Power of Hope wants to continue building capacity for the work that they do. With the generous support of Vancouver Foundation through a capacity building grant, Power of Hope has established its potential to offer transformative programs with proven outcomes to build youth resiliency across BC. Their network of adult creative facilitators, who work across sectors with youth and adults, is growing. In 2008-09, they served 2000 youth and 400 adults.
$22,200.00
2010

Power To Be

Adaptive Recreation Program - Vancouver

The Power To Be Adaptive Recreation Program began in Vancouver in response to requests from key community partners. The Adaptive Recreation program offers inclusive adventure-based recreation activities for people living with a barrier or disability. We combine an ability-centered perspective and the benefits of nature, to strengthen people’s connections with themselves and their communities. The program continues to grow and the demands for our services increase year-after-year. We plan to increase program days with existing partners such as Semiahmoo House, Aspires Society, Children's Heart Network, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provincial program and Vancouver Parks Access programs. We also hope to develop new partnerships with community agencies through our open enrolment program in 2013.
$10,000.00
2013

The Power To Be Wilderness School

The Power To Be Wilderness School is a five-year program for youth that fosters positive social development and life skills through outdoor adventure activities. Using nature as a classroom, the program offers weekend trips once-a-month and extended summer expeditions for youth in need of extra support. School officials nominate kids who are not thriving in traditional school environments.
$20,000.00
2011

Pregnancy Care Centre Society of Kamloops

Baby Bumps and No Substitute for YOU - pilot projects

During the last 5 years over 600 came for help - we saw a repetitive cycle, women aged 15 - 25 were coming with repeat crisis', another possible unplanned pregnancy. The goal is to connect senior mentors with young moms & dads teaching them to become the parents their children deserve. Both young moms & dads desperately need positive role models who can help them address the social challenges they face. The majority have not had that positive role model and are eager to make changes as they raise their families. Why senior mentors? Seniors have time, life experience, wisdom, & patience to share. They help set physical, educational, financial, personal and spiritual goals. Goals will be reviewed regularly to ensure dreams and needs are met. Mentorship may last for 6 months to 1- 2 years. Youth will benefit from the non-judgmental guidance offered by seniors with a lasting positive impact for life long change being made. We plan to begin with 7 women & 7 men in the program (not necessarily partners) with a total of 14 mentors. Total impact 28 extended families - 1st year.
$13,500.00
2012

Project Limelight Society

Project Limelight - Performing Arts Program

Recognizing a need for a creative outlet for youth living in Vancouver’s DTES, Project Limelight Society developed a free performing arts program, running four months long, twice a year. Participants are introduced to various theatre arts disciplines such as acting, creative writing, singing, mask, dance, stand-up comedy and improvisation. Participants spend 3 months rehearsing a full length production and then perform on a professional stage, giving them the opportunity to showcase everything they’ve accomplished. The last show was performed to two sold-out audiences of more than 600 people. Project Limelight Society provides food security and a safe place to build a community, which is particularly important for families who are also dealing with the additional challenges of addiction, poverty, discrimination or isolation. Providing this outlet for their children is very important to the families in our community, and it is reflected in the pride they experience, when they see their children perform.
$50,000.00
2013

Psychology Foundation of Canada

Pathways to Resiliency

The overall objective of the project is to build capacity within newcomer communities to equip parents, teachers and other caregivers with the tools to help their infants, toddlers and young children to get off to the best start possible and to equip them with the skills to foster and enhance their mental health throughout their lives. Research tells us that to build resiliency skills we must start in the prenatal stages and give children the tools to help them build those skills that will help them throughout their lives. This means that we need to provide parents, teachers and others who work with infants, toddlers and children with the information, programs and tools so they can work with the children in their care. For the past few years we have been building relationships and working with several newcomer groups to develop resources and programs that would address their expressed need for programs for parents and support for trainers and teachers who work with the families. This project would promote healthy parent-child relationships and offer substantial protection by building coping skills and emotional regulation abilities for life. Parents will learn about attachment activities and how stress affects their children as they grow and develop. Children will learn to identify their stressors and will learn age appropriate stress management techniques. We need to identify and support members of newcomer groups and work with them to build capacity in their communities.
$10,000.00
2015

QQS (EYES) Projects Society

Reclaiming Goose Island Youth Empowerment Project

This project engages youth ages 15 to 20 who lack social or family support in empowering outdoor activities that build life skills, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment and identity. They host a training program in the spring that gives youth the opportunity to gain work experience. In the summer, they host a series of 10 camps for 18 participants, designed to challenge youth, initiate mentoring relationships with resource staff, and give them positive life skills. These experiences create a positive support network that many of the youth haven’t had before.
$26,000.00
2010

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

ALIVE: Building Urban Aboriginal Inclusion through Youth Leadership

To expand on an initial pilot partnership of ALIVE, Motivate Canada, Ray-Cam, the Vancouver Park Board (VPB), to anchor Aboriginal youth (16-24) as leaders/role models, dubbed ‘Messengers’,in 8-12 selected Vancouver community Centres (CCs). Messengers will be recruited from CC catchment areas, participate in training via Motivate Canada’s GEN7 & VPB leadership programs and be engaged in leadership roles in weekly youth programs at their selected CC. In addition they will be employed a minimum 150 hours on auxiliary part-time payroll at the CC. Working with centre staff on outreach strategies, they will bring connections with their culture,and local aboriginal residents creating and leading activities involving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth. The Messengers will form a Team (volunteer and paid) to work as a City-wide with the 24 CC and City departments, schools and local mainstream organizations as part of a three-pronged strategy to foster opportunities for urban Aboriginal involvement, social connection,reflection in Vancouver’s neighbourhood CC.
$20,000.00
2013

Parent-to-Parent Mentoring Project

Healthy parents with healthy parenting skills are key to a healthy community. 5 parents from the DTES/Strathcona, who had experienced parenting difficulties, noticed families attending parenting groups again & again for the same problems. While the programs provided useful information, knowing about the tools of healthy parenting does not mean it is easy to use these tools in times of need. This parent-to-parent mentoring project provides direct support on basic positive parenting skills in places & at times when parenting problems are happening. It involves training 5 parent mentors, their mentoring of a minimum 10-15 parents who are having parenting difficulties, and their further support of up to 40 parents through group sessions on parents as advocates. The project complements existing parenting support programs. It is unique - it builds social connectedness directly: mentors go to wherever the problem is happening eg. family’s home, community settings; mentors offer help in real-time e.g. bedtimes, meal times; the mentors are people the families can easily identify with.
$9,000.00
2012

MoreSports

MoreSports is a collaborative initiative that provides sustainable sport and physical activity opportunities for children and families, focused on kids who typically do not participate in sports. We build on existing community resources to deliver programs & events in partnership with schools, local government, community groups, private businesses and non-profits. The model is: go where children are, provide structures and programming that fit with what children and families actually want. The approach is unique in two ways: • First, barriers to participation are not only removed but are rendered invisible • Second, programs and activities are built on and integrated within existing structures and systems The strategy was designed to build on community strengths, capacities and priorities, foster social inclusion and develop the capacity to deliver a multitude of sport and skill development activities for local children and youth. Part of developing this capacity is fostering local leadership through the YELL (Youth Engage Learn Lead) initiative.
$75,000.00
2012

MoreSports & YELL

Participants experience sport through introductory programs before, during and after school and as mini-sessions focused on physical activity and fun. MoreSports reduces traditional barriers to activity including the high cost of participation, transportation, lack of infrastructure or mistrust of the competitive sport system. The Youth Engage Leadership Learning (YELL) Program systematically develops youth leadership, creating qualified coaches and expanding programs to meet the demand for MoreSports.
$100,000.00
2010

Red Fox Healthy Living Society

YVS Youth-Engagement Support

$500.00
2013

Red Fox Youth Management Training Pilot Project

Youth who have demonstrated strong commitment and potential in their leadership in Red Fox are mentored to take on management roles in Red Fox. There is great demand for Red Fox activities from schools, community centres and Aboriginal organizations. There is also new support for Red Fox from community members and funders. In order to expand, Red Fox needs skilled and experienced supervisors. Four youth will co-supervise our 28 monthly sessions. They will develop blogs, create promotions, create and manage budgets and petty cash, with the mentorship of the Youth Coordinator and Cultural Coordinator. The Executive Director will also provide mentorship and workshops. The youth will continue developing our new Geo-Caching pilot with Metro Vancouver Parks, which teaches youth social media, technology and outdoor recreation skills and promotes environmental awareness. They will promote the Red Fox social enterprise of active play/physical literacy special event activities and our Drum Group. The youth will continue to be trained in anti-oppression work and cultural teachings.
$25,000.00
2012

Rediscovery International Foundation

SOARING SPIRITS CAMP - COMPLETION PROJECT

This project will complete the new Soaring Spirits Camp where Outdoor Skills Training is provided by building a covered Council Fire site that will become the heart of the camp, a large root cellar for winter storage of organic garden produced at the camp and a traditional Gitksan smokehouse to teach participants the traditions of curing salmon.
$20,000.00
2011

Reel to Real - A Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society

BC Stories

BC Stories will empower economically disadvantaged and Aboriginal youth in three rural communities and twelve inner-city classrooms to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short films that speak about their local history, language and culture. Through the creative medium of digital filmmaking, youth will gain powerful leadership skills, a deepened connection with their local community and history, and an enriched capacity for learning through media creation. The program will also seek to preserve and revitalize threatened Aboriginal languages, and to provide a safe space to explore oral traditions and storytelling. It is comprised of five main parts: 1) Old Masset - 1 week digital storytelling workshop for young adults ages 20-29 2) Masset & Skidgate - two 2-day workshops in four classrooms, mentored by a young adult from Old Masset 3) Screening of all films at Haida Gwaii Film Festival 3) Greater Vancouver inner city schools - five half-day documentary workshops using iPads delivered to 12 classrooms 4) Promotion, documentation, evaluation, and sharing of project model
$5,000.00
2012

Richmond Family Place Society

Family Fun Cafe Project

The Family Fun Cafe project will provide free nutritious home cooked meals and healthy snacks to those families accessing the evening food banks. The project will deliver a family resource program focussing on family support, early learning and child development activities. The project will reach vulnerable and isolated families that do not typically access our universal family resource programs; in addition to this over time the project will facilitate a bridge for those families to more actively participate in mainstream family resource and early childhood development programs. By participating in this innovative project children will receive programming that is developmentally appropriate, enhance their learning, build their skills and confidence, increase their self-esteem and build strong supportive networks. Programs focus on learning through fun activities that are play based and provide opportunities for social and emotional development. The project will focus on providing parents with the necessary skills and resources to ensure their children reach their full potential.
$40,000.00
2013

Family Resource Outreach Project Phase Two

The Richmond Family Place Society delivers accessible, quality resource programs that respond to the needs of families with children ages 0 to 6 in the local community. Programs include parent and child drop-in, parent education, family support, resources and referrals. The project implements programs in neighbourhoods that lack preventive early childhood development programming. By reducing barriers of transportation and time costs, families that need the programs can receive them. Families benefit from an increased connectedness to other families and their community. Parents receive parenting support and children learn valuable skills.
$40,000.00
2010

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

Multicultural Dads and Tots Project

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has been working with Chinese, Iranian and Korean immigrant families on early childhood development for the past 9 years in Tri-cities areas and has served thousands of caregivers and children (0-6). Out of those served, more than 90% are mothers/children. Fathers have not shown much active involvement in raising a child. Research has proven that an involved father is crucial to the healthy development of the child, and that children whose fathers are actively involved from birth are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in exploring their surroundings, have better social connections with peers as they grow older, and are less likely to get in trouble at home and at school, The Dads and Tots Project aims to facilitate multicultural immigrant fathers to be involved in the life of their children in their early years and to build a closer relationship between father and child through various activities: 'Drop-in for Multicultural Immigrant Dads', 'Dad sing along with me', Field trips, and 'Dads and Tots Mini-Olympic'. More than 500 individuals will be served
$17,000.00
2012

Saint James Music Academy

Promoting Positive Life Outcomes for Children and Youth

Saint James Music Academy (SJMA) proposes to collaborate with UBC Department of Education to implement methods of Self Regulated Learning (SRL) in its classical music education program over a three year period. Learning contexts are critically important for supporting children and youth as they develop socially, emotionally, and academically, and for preparing them to lead successful and satisfying lives beyond school. Success in school depends on students’ ability to pay attention, follow directions, resist distractions, work well with others, cope with challenges, and adapt to complex environments. This project has three specific foci: first, to support in their education and formation children and youth considered “at risk” or vulnerable as a consequence of adverse life events; second, to research and document for the greater community of teachers and others how features of teaching and learning contexts may benefit the education of children; and third, to adopt those aspects of SRL deemed successful into the teaching protocol at SJMA.
$58,000.00
2014

Music Outreach Coordinator

The Academy is seeking support from the Vancouver Foundation to help us bring a world of musical opportunities to students from inner city schools. Addressing the critical need for high quality afterschool activities has been identified as a priority in supporting the well being of children, youth and families in our inner city neighbourhoods. We are seeking funding of $25,000 per year for three years to pay the salary of a Music Outreach Coordinator. This position will facilitate the expansion and development of our music program at three elementary schools. Their responsibilities would include: building strong partnerships with elementary school staff, securing teachers, scheduling of classes, transportation of students to the Academy, special events coordination and administration of the outreach program.
$50,000.00
2012

School District #37 - Delta

HYPE - Healthy Youth Program for Everyone

Our HYPE project is intended to improve the Social Determinants of Health (SDI) by offering pre-teens and teens an opportunity to take an active leadership role in their community and offering innovative ways to engage the community’s young people. The HYPE program will offer teens the opportunity to participate in the following SDI areas: a) SDI - Social Support Networks, b) SDI – Education, c) SDI – Employment/Working Conditions, d) SDI – Personal Health Practices and coping Skills, e) SDI - Healthy Childhood Development The program is based on numerous best practices in Youth Community Development that has trained and nurtured youth to be active in their community to improve or make aware opportunities to improve Social Determinants of Health. The TEST is to develop the first ever-comprehensive Teen program in North Delta. Teens will improve the above SDI’s through their involvement in developing the and participating in the following Areas: 1. Teen arts, recreation & sport programs [Addresses SDI’s a), b) & d)]. 2. Leadership training, workshops and mentoring and practicum placements particularly in the form of Teens creating and leading community programs and services for children, pre-teens and youth. [Addresses SDI’s a), b), c), e)]. Teens will be supported in creating it all: including resource (assets mapping), funding acquisition, youth advisory councils, marketing and supervising of programs and events.
$10,000.00
2015

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