Grants

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School District #39 - Vancouver

Tupper Secondary Market Garden Green Job Project

The goal is to provide Tupper Life Skills Students with job green collar employment training through the design of a market garden at Tupper Secondary School. Fresh Roots will lead the garden design process in this innovative partnership with key VSB staff. The project takes place in stages and this application is for Stage 1: the garden design and planning stage. The outcome for Stage 1 will be a garden design that includes a garden build timeline, responsibilities and costing. All students in Stage 1 will: -Gain employment skills and experience through participation in the design and development of a market garden building plan. -Have strengthened relationships between life skills students and their typical peers. -Be ready to gain further skills in subsequent project stages. The garden itself will be built in Stage 2 of the project. Further project stages will include the maintenance of the market garden and exploration of social enterprise possibilities connected to the garden's operation. Tupper Administration and key Tupper and district staff support the project.
$10,000.00
2014

The Digital Storytelling Exchange

This pilot program would bring together high school students from Templeton Secondary in East Vancouver and the Bella Bella Community School on Heiltsuk Nation territory. Twelve participants would be recruited, forming project groups composed of members from each school. Facilitators and guest artists from both communities would then guide participants through a collaborative online process to identify issues of shared concern. Using tried-and-true documentary techniques, in conjunction with cutting-edge web platforms, the groups would embark on a journey to explore socially relevant, non-fiction stories -- with the goal of using film and community dialogue to cultivate positive change. The East Van contingent would travel to Bella Bella for a week of production, living with host families and participating in guided cultural learning experiences. The group would then travel together to Vancouver by ferry and continue with another week of filming, editing and bonding. The finished projects would be screened in both communities, with the option to distribute online.
$25,000.00
2013

School District #8 - Kootenay Lake

New Crawford Bay School Community Project

New Crawford Bay School Community Project
$10,000.00
2010

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Sea to Sky Family Drop in Centre

Over the past decade, the Sea-to-Sky region has seen significant growth, with many new families. To ensure these families are able to connect with needed resources, Sea-to-Sky Community Services Society wants to open a Drop-in Family Centre in Squamish that offers referrals and information, workshops, peer support and child-minding to families with children ages 0 to 18. The program would be led by one half-time Family Support Worker who would host two drop-in sessions per week and offer one-on-one support with families as needed.
$60,000.00
2010

Shuswap Children's Association

Shuswap Early Childhood Development Committee (ECDC) Project

The Shuswap ECDC project builds on the 2012 strategic plan which focuses on community issues and priorities that have been identified from the ECD committee, EDI research, local asset mapping, and also align with the goals of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Interior Health, School District #83 and the Honorable Premier Christie Clark’s Family’s First Initiative and Healthy Families BC. The project builds on exisiting and succesful programs, initiatives and resources that the Shuswap ECDC has been developing and delivering for the past 6 years. These project proposal funds will be dedicated to assisting the costs for 2 Mother Goose outreach programs in rural Shuswap, the printing and distribution of Children's Services Directories, increasing the ECD coordination hours and co-resourcing a very much needed Family Support Worker position. Our goal is to reach families with children under the age of 6 and those who work in the field of ECD and family services. Our intention is to build strong and lasting partnerships for long term beneficial outcomes
$40,000.00
2012

Simon Fraser University - Morris J. Wosk Centre For Dialogue

Bring Your Boomers: Activism for Everybody

Diversity in values, beliefs, experience and expectations among generations pose many challenges as well as great opportunity. By utilizing each generation's strengths, and understanding generational expectations, we can potentially create a cohesive and stronger progression toward positive social change. Gen Why's Bring Your Boomers: Activism for Everyone is a pilot event for a larger, four-part intergenerational dialogue series designed to address the new challenges and opportunities arising from changing demography. Bring Your Boomers: Activism for Everyone will bring together influencers and innovators across generations to explore diverse approaches to civic engagement and activism. We encourage constructive dialogue to discover generational understanding as we explore issues of youth voter apathy, demographic cultural shifts, access to social resources, political power dynamics, economic disparity between generations and generational stereotypes. Bring Your Boomers: Activism for Everyone is an evening event, incorporating cultural elements to create a celebratory atmosphere and encourage family participation. We use dialogue, art and music in order to re-imagine civic engagement and appeal to a wider audience who may not currently be involved in civic conversations.
$7,500.00
2011

Society for Children and Youth of BC

Municipal Strategies for Implementing Child and Youth Friendly Communities

The concept of child and youth friendly communities (CYFC) is “not based on an ideal end state or a standard model. It is a framework to assist any city to become more child-friendly in all aspects of governance, environment and services*.” SCY will partner with the City of New Westminster (NW) and The City of Surrey Community and Recreation Services Department (CRS) to implement this concept. Results will be unique to each community depending on their particular needs and the stage to which they have already implemented CYFC concepts. NW is interested in an overarching CYFC vision to attach its initiatives and to engage more children, youth, and families in planning the CYFC vision. They have a particular interest in guidelines around family friendly housing. CRS is interested in how the CYFC vision and their existing city Child and Youth Friendly Strategy can shape the implementation of their 0-18 Framework, including staff training and department policies and practices. *BUILDING CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES, A Framework for Action (page 2-3), UNICEF, 2004
$40,000.00
2013

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering is an inter-generational cafe that melds youth and seniors in voluntary and work options in a cafe and catering setting. The cafe is located in South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre and is a social enterprise model. The idea for the cafe was originally born with the Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Team (a group of citizens and agencies) interested in advancing the needs of older adults. The idea has quickly been embraced by the South Surrey Child and Youth Committee, The City of Surrey, The YMCA (youth programs) and local schools (Elgin Park, Semiahmoo Secondary, Earl Marriot and the Learning Centre). On September 17th we are hosting an inter-generational dialogue at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre to bring both groups together to talk about creating more opportunities of this type and also to discuss opportunities at the cafe. The cafe will also create community economic development and at the same time address the need to connect and reverse mentor the generations. Enhancing social connections will bring out the best in both groups.
$20,000.00
2014

South Vancouver Family Place

Life as a Grandparent

South Vancouver Family Place (SVFP), South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (SVNH) & Marpole Oakridge Family Place (MOFP) propose to provide an innovative project that supports the collaboration of the 3 agencies in the development and facilitation of a project that supports and encourages the ability of immigrant grandparents, their families and their grandchildren in creating a healthy, caring and supportive environment. This project will be tailored to the specific needs of isolated immigrant grandparents and their young grandchildren ages 0 to 5 years. We will be testing the model of this unique 3 agency partnership, the different modules of programming and the resources developed. We will also test how to disseminate the information we collect. The orginal idea came out of an eight month pilot project with SVFP. We developed some tools, did some assessment and research and that is the foundation of this proposal. The 3 agencies then developed this project with the support of our networks early years group. South Vancouver has one of the largest populations of immigrant seniors, and young children in the City. Local statistics indicate that up to 60% of the caregivers in our community are immigrant grandparents. Many are isolated due to language and cultural issues, having to care for young grandchildren, health and finances to name a few.
$10,000.00
2015

Fraser Lands Family Resource Program

This project will add to a family resource program in the West Fraser lands community by adding a transition program for 4-year-olds entering kindergarten as well as a parent education component. Families with young children would participate in the easy to access program and we would target immigrant families who tend to have more challenges in accessing services.
$40,000.00
2011

St. Leonard's Youth and Family Services

Youth Innovation Lab

The Youth Innovation lab provides youth at risk with the computer skills necessary to develop apps and games, learning leadership and team work that later can be transferred into employment. This is achieved through a program designed to teach youth how to Code, create mobile applications and sell their ideas and products to interested companies and individuals. (see web article: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/mark-zucker-berg-bill-gates-teach-coding-fundamental) Currently there is only one other organization in Canada that follows a similar youth-driven model (Driven Accelerator in Toronto). Partner tech firms will provide feedback and support on content. Partner organizations will mentor a youth and youth can develop an app/game for them as part of their project. Ongoing evaluation and feedback by youth and our partners is an important outcome. Programming skills are becoming ever more important, quickly turning into the core competency for all kinds of 21st Century workers. Businesses are seeking innovative approaches to finding the coders of the future.
$30,000.00
2014

Strathcona Community Centre Association

Cooking - Reflection of Culture

This pilot plans to initially first to work with the Chinese speaking low-income adults (Chinese being the next most spoken home lanugage in the area) to use food as a tool to bring people of different ages and cultures together to interact, learn and share experiences from one another. The purpose is to promote community engagement, foster cultural exchange, reduce family tension and enhance health and wellbeing. Strathcona traditional are where new immiogrants first settle and begin to build their home. The Chinese speaking women whom act as the major caregivers face multiple barriers including English language skills, financial mean and social support. They are socially isolated. The pilot plans to use cultural cooking sessions/demonstrations and non-cooking interaction and learning exchange to develop a working model to promote understanding and harmony between different gerations and cultural backgrounds, support the development and wellbeing of the parent and youth, learn differnt culture's cuisine, history and heritage
$6,000.00
2014

Summerland Asset Development Initiative

SADI Leadership Team Outreach Project

The SADI Leadership Team provides youth with opportunities to develop leadership skills that will enhance their confidence, sense of belonging, ability to work as a team and assist SADI with with peer mentoring, providing valuable input to activities and club operations. On a broader level, developing leadership skills recognizes the rights and capabilities of ALL youth and respects and values their contributions to their community. This project would look at enhancing the capacity to develop youth leaders in Summerland by coordinating an outreach effort to raise awarenss amongst youth that they all have leadership potential and capability to be leaders. This awareness would assist us in reaching a diverse group of youth and subsequently develop the capacity of the leadership team to have a wider impact at SADI and in the community. This project will consist of the following initiatives; school and community outreach, leadership training program, SADI leadership team capacity building and coordination of SADI's involvement at four community events.
$5,000.00
2012

Sustainable Cities Foundation

Vancouver Participatory Youth Asset Mapping Project

This project addresses the need, identified by Vancouver youth, parents and adults who work with youth, for an accessible & more comprehensive directory of youth services and resources. The project will cover the entire city, working in five geographic communities (the West End, Mid Town, South Vancouver, North-East Vancouver and the West Side) and one social community (new comer youth). The project will train approximately 24 youth facilitators within partner community organizations to work with an estimated 600 of their peers to identify youth-serving, youth-friendly and youth-useful places, services and resources in their communities. In this way, youth will lead the effort to create a youth-generated resource for youth, by youth. Their information will be consolidated and uploaded to an online map, hosted on the City of Vancouver's Youth Outreach Team website (www.vancouveryouth.ca), for free public use. To cap the project off, a peer exchange will be hosted to allow youth and youth workers to share their lessons learned with each other and additional municipalities in BC.
$10,000.00
2010

SWOVA Community Development and Research Society

Peace Kids

Peace Kids Program (PK) is a promising new anti-bullying initiative that will engage students in grades 4, 5, and 6 in School District 64 (SD# 64) in skill-building social and emotional learning (SEL) to assist them in developing a tangible and much needed exploration of peace in the family, at school, within themselves, and in future relationships. From our 15 years of research, we know that the younger children receive preventive education and skill-support, the stronger, longer-lasting and more formative the effects will be on their well-being, health and peaceful relating to others. For the past 13 years SWOVA’s Respectful Relationships (R+R) Program has delivered its United Nations cited good practice, youth violence prevention program to over 10,000 youth in BC. We have been asked by major stakeholders in SD# 64 including parents, young people and other community professionals who work within the prevention field, to begin working with younger children. Peace Kids will grow our existing work into our elementary and early middle school schools community.
$27,000.00
2013

Tahltan Band Council

Bringing Tahltan Language to Children through Family-oriented Immersion Settings

The Tahltan Nation is focusing on the development of language programming for all age groups, ranging from newborns to the elderly. Specific to children ages six months to four years of age, the overall objective is to create new Tahltan language speakers by creating an immersion environment that models a home setting in which young Tahltan children become fluent in their Ancestral language. Such a setting, or language nest, would involve the community, but especially fluent speakers, Elders, parents, and young children. The Tahltan Nation opened a language nest in the community of Iskut in May 2014, with plans to open a language nest in the community of Dease Lake in the fall of 2014. For this specific project, Tahltan Band Council is looking for support to start a language nest in the community of Telegraph Creek.
$30,000.00
2014

The BLT Society

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

When it comes to seeking advise on “how to make my child behave?” parents are flooded with an overwhelming, disparate, vast volume of information from a variety of sources. Other parents, grandparents, family members, books, TV shows, the web, and social media all contribute to the prodigious amount of conflicting recommendations on the best way to raise a child. The BLT Society would like to create a new model for parents to turn to in seeking guidance on sound child rearing practices. Parenting the Positive Discipline Way could become the new “norm” in our culture. Parents as teachers in everyday life have a huge responsibility because the impact they have is tremendous. Parents can teach problem solving, impulse control, the healthy expression of all feelings, patience and tolerance. Unfortunately there seems to be increasing numbers of young people with poor coping skills, substance misuse, violent and bullying behaviour, and unhealthy ways of engaging in conflict. The BLT would like to go into three cities in BC (Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson) and train 12 parent educators in each community. Then the BLT would, support two newly trained parent educators in offering a seven-week parent class in their community.
$10,000.00
2015

Early Learning Hub & Indoor Playground Programming

The Kiwanis Early Learning Hub opened in 2011. The indoor playground is a big hit with families with birth to 6 years olds. These families have requested extended hours of operation for the indoor playground and for some specific programming to operate out of the Hub. Vancouver Foundation programming would include: - Playtime: weekday afternoon opening of the indoor playground for parent / child interactive play. - Positive Discipline: a weekly supervised playtime while parents are involved in ongoing support with behavioural management. - Daddy & Me: dads will be invited to bring their children for a weekly playtime with the focus on the unique and vital role fathers have in their child’s life. - Books & Pajamas: parents will be invited for a weekly playtime, followed by a bedtime snack, getting into pajamas and cuddling for a story time before going home to bed. - Nothing Like Home Cooking! Classes: parents will learn that cooking from scratch is fun and nutritious. Child minding will be provided for for parents in this class. - Saturday Family Fun Day!: playtime every month.
$30,000.00
2012

The Children's Foundation

Chili, Chai and Chat Family Nights

This pilot will respond to the need for parents to informally engage with each other, mingle, share experiences and acquire parenting skills. The pilot will operate out of the existing “MyZone” (low cost low barrier after school drop in program offered by the City of Surrey) at Guildford Recreation Center.The City of Surrey has committed to working with community partners to use the My Zone programs as an aopportunity to outreach to parents to provide specific connecting activities; community dinners, parent education and other activities.MyZone staff have already developed relationships with parents/caregivers of children who are enrolled in the after school programs at Guildford. OPTIONS Services to Community and The Children’s Foundation will collaborate to provide a range of supports including: a part time outreach worker that connects with the children’s parents/cargivers and identifies new parents; develops weekly activities and monthly community family dinners; a parent educator to identify facilitate parent driven parenting education and support sessions.
$66,000.00
2013

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Reconciliation Canada - New Way Forward

Reconciliation Canada is engaging Canadians through experiential transformative change processes delivered by the following: Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops & Action Plans are targeted at youth, community and organizational leaders, these workshops provide the opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue, build relationships and develop reconciliation action plans. Leadership Training & Core Competencies Assessment - Targeted to existing and emerging youth, community and organization leaders to develop reconciliation values-based leadership skills. In conjunction Reconciliation Canada will assist organizations with assessments of core reconciliation competencies and development of roadmaps to guide reconciliation initiatives. Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Dialogue & Action Plans - Workshops focused on economic reconciliation bring together stakeholders for creative dialogue to build meaningful partnerships and the co-development of Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Action Plans. Workshops and leadership training includes a youth specific stream.
$50,000.00
2014

Reel Youth

Started in 2004, Reel Youth is a Vancouver-based media empowerment program supporting youth to create and distribute films about their visions for a more just and sustainable world. Reel Youth works in partnership with other youth-serving organizations to facilitate mobile stop-motion animation, video production, photography and music video programs that empower young people with economic, social, or geographic barriers to create their own media, engage communities, and play a meaningful role in inspiring positive change. These messages are shared through community screenings, online distribution platforms, and as part of the youth-juried touring Reel Youth Film Festival (hereafter RYFF), a collection of youth-made shorts that celebrates and promotes youth film making. With the Vancouver Foundation's support over the next 3 years, the project will engage 1600 youth to produce 300+ issue based films, reaching an audience of 360,000 people through online, DVD and film fest distribution. The touring Reel Youth Film Fest will be screened over 120 times in communities across Canada.
$75,000.00
2013

Youth on Water- Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

YOW! is an outdoor recreation and education program that empowers regional youth through water level activities that connect participants with local rivers, a sense of adventure, environmental awareness and technical guide training, providing transferable job skills and confidence as raft guides. A highly visible and successful program, it grew to four communities in 2010.
$20,000.00
2011

UBC - Department of Family Practice

Reproductive Health Pregnancy Series

The Reproductive Health Pregnancy Series is part of an ongoing project initiated in 2006 by Community Health Initiative by University Students (CHIUS), with the goal of improving the health of pregnant street youth. Young expectant mothers living in the Downtown East Side are recruited to participate in 4 interactive workshops to learn about pregnancy related health issues. The first workshop covers pre-pregnancy health, including health care options, proper nutrition, and the risks of substance use. The second workshop focuses on what to expect during labour and delivery. The third workshop focuses on health issues after a pregnancy, including breastfeeding, post-partum depression, and how to obtain proper long-term health care. The last workshop covers contraception, and will finish off with a relaxed arts and crafts activity. After completing the workshops, participants will receive a Superstore gift card and a baby starter kit. Through this project, we hope to influence pregnant youth to seek proper health care, and initiate a healthy start for their babies.
$2,900.00
2010

UBC - Office of Research Services

Generation Squeeze Public Engagement Strategy

The social and economic inequalities facing children, youth and families today are grounded in a generational inequity. As younger Canadians finish school, begin careers and start homes and families, they are squeezed by lower wages, higher costs, less time and a deteriorating environment, even though our economy produces more wealth than ever before. While governments use this economic wealth to adapt policy for others, including our aging population, they continue down a path that leaves less and less for younger generations. To address this inequity we need a collective voice with the political clout required to reduce the squeeze. That's why we plan to build an organization like CARP (formerly Canadian Association of Retired Persons) that is driven by and speaks up for younger Canada, and is self-sustaining. While we are generating interest across the country, this grant will specifically facilitate Engagement Organizing in BC, reflecting our commitment to including younger generations in creating A Canada That Works for All Generations.
$90,000.00
2014

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

Early Years Community Development Institute (EYCDI)

This project is designed to connect and strengthen professionals working in Early Years Community Development (EYCD) across British Columbia and Alberta. It will enhance the infrastructure towards a stronger, more sustainable and community-driven early child development system in our province. Seed funding has allowed for the development of a web-based platform for the Institute, which has markedly increased interest among EYCD professionals, and has grown the volunteer provincial advisory group that is providing leadership to the Institute. The website (www.eycdi.ca) was successfully launched last fall, a series of training webinars have been held, a province-wide contact database has been created, and a twice monthly newsletter is circulated. This proposed project will maintain and grow this work to further embed the EYCDI at the local level. A part-time coordinator will be hired to manage the core operations of the Institute. Work will also be completed on a module-based certification program for EYCD professionals and pilot training sessions will be held.
$15,000.00
2012

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