Grants

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Inclusion Langley Society

Youth Works

The initiative proposes to provide support to twenty secondary school students to secure part-time and after school employment. The supports will offer students in grades 10-12, including youth who are transitioning out of high school. The employment specialists, in collaboration with the school and family will engage in a discovery process in which students abilities will be observed in the students' work experience environment. This process will ascertain the students' abilities and potential employment choices to ensure a successful employment match. Once employment has been established, employment specialists will provide support to the employer and student with training, job coaching, continued support and monitoring to ensure the satisfaction of the employer and success of the employee. Securing part-time and after school employment is the most potent support we can offer students to ease the transition to adult life. Offering students the opportunity to have a robust resume & paid employment experience, provides them with a greater opportunity to obtain competitive employment.
$15,000.00
2014

Youth Works 2013

This initiative proposes to provide support to twenty secondary school students to increase their attachment to the labor market after school hours, weekends and throughout the summer months. These supports will be offered to youth in grades 10-12, including youth who are transitioning out of high school. The initiative proposes to complete a discovery process with each student, in collaboration with school and family partners, ascertain each individual's employment skills and interests and match them with a suitable employment opportunity. Individuals will be provided with the required on the job support and job coaching to ensure success in their workplace of choice. Securing part-time and after school employment is the most potent support we can offer students to ease and support the transition to adult life. This is the most common experience for typical youth, but remains a largely illusive opportunity for students with disabilities. Students graduating school with job experiences on their resumes will have a greater likelihood of securing employment after graduation.
$20,000.00
2013

Youth Works 2012

This project proposes to provide summer employment opportunities for youth with developmental disabilities between the ages of 16 and 19. Generally this will be youth in grades 10-12, including youth who have just completed high school. This project will be managed by the Association in collaboration with the organizations' employment service, Partners in Employment, Langley School District #35 and a host of local businesses and employers. The project proposes to complete a discovery process in collaboration with school partners, ascertain each individual's employment skills and interests and match them with a suitable employment opportunity for a 6 week duration throughout the summer. Individuals will be provided with the required on the job support and coaching to ensure their success. The project proposes to track individual successes over a number of years to determine if access to summer employment improves the likelihood of students obtaining employment after graduation.
$25,000.00
2012

Youth Works 2011

Youth Works - to provide summer employment for youth with developmental disabilities between the ages of 16 and 19.
$30,000.00
2010

Independent Living Vernon Spec-Team Assessment Society

EmployAbility

ILV is partnered with Neil Squire Society to deliver the EmployAbility program. This program runs 3 days/ week for 12 weeks at a time, 4 times per year. Participants do distance learning on the computer about employment topics, through a virtual classroom (eg. Moodle). In the afternoon, participants have group activities which focus on health and wellness topics: smart shop tours, agency visits, or discuss topics such as communication skills or managing your disability. Consumers are given the choice about what topics are covered, based on what is relevant to them. There is a significant need for one on one support for consumers and increased focus on self esteem. ILV is requesting funding to increase staff support to 5 days/week. This increased time will provide time to offer a 14 week "The Gift of self Esteem" program and additional one on one sessions with consumers. The self esteem program will be one day per week, leaving one full day available for one on one appointments with consumers.
$29,800.00
2013

EmployAbility

IL Vernon is partnered with Neil Squire Society to deliver the EmployAbility Program. This program runs 3.5 days/ week for 12 weeks at a time, 4 times per year. Participants do distance learning on the computer about employment topics, through a virtual classroom (eg. Moodle). In the afternoon, participants have group activities that focus on health and wellness: smart shop tour, agency visits, or discuss topics such as communication skills or managing your disability. Consumers are given the choice about what topics are covered that are relevant to them. There is a significant need for one on one support for consumers and increased focus on self esteem. IL Vernon is requesting funding to increase staff support from 20 hrs/week to 35hrs/week to meet the increased need for individual support. This increased time will provide time for one on one appointments, work through the 13 week "The Gift of Self Esteem" curriculum and develop a personal planning PATH document, which uses graphic facilitation to create a visual plan of employment goals.
$36,812.80
2012

Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver

Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise Year 3

The Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise project is a catering business that specializes in Vegetarian Mediterranean Cuisine. This service offers high quality food while training and employing adults with special needs. Participants learn all the elements of how to work and operate a catering business. These include meal preparations, food safety, and customer service. Participants are paid an hourly rate for their service. This is led by Bagel Club Catering trained staff, assisted by outside professionals such as chefs, nutritionists, and business people. Participants are trained and employed with Bagel Club Catering with the goal of part time employment. This project meets the growing need of training and employment opportunities for able special needs adults. Our persons served want to contribute to their community and society. It heightens their self worth and allows them to increase their income and lessen reliance on government funds. In addition, we see that in the past year there is a great need for this business in the community.
$50,000.00
2012

Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise

The Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise project is a catering business that specializes in Vegetarian Mediterranean Cuisine. This service offers high quality food while training and employing adults with special needs. Participants learn all the elements of how to work and operate a catering business. These include meal preparations, food safety, and customer service. Participants are paid an hourly rate for their service. This is led by Bagel Club Catering trained staff, assisted by outside professionals such as chefs, nutritionists, and business people. Participants are trained and employed with Bagel Club Catering with the goal of part time employment. This project meets the growing need of training and employment opportunities for able special needs adults. Our persons served want to contribute to their community and society. It heightens their self worth and allows them to increase their income and lessen reliance on government funds. In addition, we see that in the past year there is a great need for this business in the community.
$50,000.00
2011

John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of B.C.

Community Living Skills Centre

The Community Living Skills Centre will provide individuals with developmental disabilities specialized employment training, supports, and workshops designed to build confidence, challenge attitudes, and support individuals transitioning into the workforce. The program will consist of a number of workshops and training programs, including facilitation of the Job Readiness program, a Job Club, employment support, and vocational job skills. By building work structure into the program and providing access to volunteers able to accompany individuals in work placements, participants will be assisted through the transition to working life and improve one's quality of life. Participants will: -Learn life and job skills necessary to obtain and retain employment -Build motivation and decision-making skills required to be successful in the workplace -Have the opportunity to recognize and understand the career path that they desire through the development of a customized work plan -Increase belonging and inclusion through the development of pro-social peer and community support
$45,000.00
2014

JustWork Economic Initiative

Social Enterprise Support Years 2 & 3

Our mission is to foster employment for individuals facing major barriers to work, particularly those with mental and physical disabilities. We do this through the social enterprises we support which provide (a) sustained, dignified, and meaningful employment for our participants and (b) a way for consumers to support social values through their purchases. Social enterprises have gained recognition as excellent tools for providing employment to individuals facing barriers to work, including those with disabilities. Through our own social enterprise work since 2006, we too have had success: 30 individuals facing major barriers had employment in 2010, 28 of these faced a disability, 17 of those 28 have been employed for more than one year, and 11 have been employed for more than two years.
$55,000.00
2012

Social Enterprise Development and Support

Our mission is to foster employment for individuals facing major barriers to work, particularly those with mental and physical disabilities. We do this through the social enterprises we support which provide (a) sustained, dignified, and meaningful employment for our participants and (b) a way for consumers to support social values through their purchases. Social enterprises have gained recognition as excellent toold for providing employment to individuals facing barriers to work, including those with disabilities. Through our own social enterprise work since 2006, we too have had success: 30 individuals facing major barriers had employment in 2010, 28 of these faced a disability, 17 of those 28 have been employed for more than one year, and 11 have been employed for more than two years.
$50,000.00
2011

Kelowna Community Food Bank

Pathways To Employment (PEP)

Launched in partnership with Service Canada in 2011, PEP is an employment skills building program assisting disabled persons who have little labour force attachment, develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment. PEP builds personal capacity and reduces barriers through a structured, results oriented program offering real job skills development, practical experience, feedback and job search/employment supports. Two positions have been created: •Delivery Driver’s Helper (8 week program) •Community Kitchen Coordinator (16 week program) Participants are referred by partner agencies. They are co-supervised by our Op. Manager and agency coaches. Participant baseline (food bank usage, income, experience and skill inventory) is established, attendance and competencies are tracked and performance is reviewed. Successful participants gain valuable skills and leave the program job ready with an updated resume and referral letters. PEP is an ongoing, individualized job placement program. 3 program intakes are scheduled, with a max. of 2 participants enrolled per intake.
$10,900.00
2012

Kettle Friendship Society

Skills, Esteem Employment Development Program SEED

Skills, Esteem Employment Development Program SEED - Provides meaningful employment for mental health consumers.
$115,000.00
2010

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

The Fine Line Project

The Fine Line Project is a series of cutting edge art events in the burgeoning field of disability arts. The theme for this series is a Fine Line, referring to the hazy boundaries in disability art, the line between therapy and art that heals; the line between individual production and art with assistance; the line between acoustic musicianship and technologically assisted music. Kickstart wants to take this opportunity to examine the particular boundaries disabled artists face. Through partnership with the Art House in the Field Collective and Vancouver Adapted Music Society, we are able to present readings, music, talks and workshops in an intimate accessible venue (Slocan Hall) that is a thriving neighbourhood centre for the arts. This project emerges from our multidisciplinary festival experience, and represents a change in delivery of programming, increasing our year-round visibility while maintaining our goal to present authentic non-sentimental expressions of the disability experience.
$13,000.00
2014

Kindale Developmental Association

Employment Readiness for Youth and Young Adults

Kindale's project will assist youth and young adults with developmental disabilities to gain the skills, habits, attitudes, and experiences necessary to become employed in real jobs in their local community. The program is individualized based on the development of a personal employment plan for each of the 20 participants, focused on their abilities, needs, and goals. It includes employment skills assessment, training, coaching, on-the-job support, and reinforcement of the learned skills and habits at home. The project also works with local businesses to provide job-specific training and employment opportunities for the participants. Program staff work with employers and their employees to allay fears, raise awareness, and foster relationship building. On-the-job support is provided as needed by the program participant, employer, or their employees. This direct linking of personal employment planning, employment readiness training, job specific skills coaching, and employer development makes this project different from, and closes gaps in, services for this population.
$90,000.00
2014

Kinsight Community Society

Youth Employment Initiative

Years 2 & 3 of a 3 year project with a long range goal to expand community capacity to successfully engage youth who have developmental disabilities in sustainable, paid employment. It is intended to increase employment opportunities and the overall rate of employment for youth aged 15 - 19 in the TriCities. With the initiative successfully underway with 10 students at Heritage Woods Secondary in Port Moody, it is our intent to expand the project to the communities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam in years 2 & 3. This will be accomplished through supports to bridge Secondary students from school work experience placements into paid part or full time employment and by expanding the pool of employment opportunities in the TriCities through the recruitment & education of potential employers. A cross-sectoral steering committee will continue to evaluate and guide progress, ongoing viability and strategies for project expansion and improved connections to the business community. The 2nd and 3rd years allow us to check back with previous schools/communities to ensure project sustainability.
$95,791.16
2014

Youth Employment Initiative

A three year project with a long range goal to expand community capacity to successfully engage youth who have developmental disabilities in sustainable, paid employment. It is intended to increase employment opportunities and the overall rate of employment for youth aged 15 – 19 years in the TriCities. This will be accomplished through the provision of supports to bridge Secondary school students aged 15 – 19 years from school work experience placements into paid part or full time employment and by expanding the pool of paid employment opportunities in the TriCities through the active pursuit and education of potential employers.
$46,136.47
2013

Kootenay Career Development Society

Capacity Building Project - Year 2

Capacity Building Project - Year 2
$76,805.00
2010

Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia - Vancouver Chapter

Learning Employment and Education Program

The Leadership Employment and Education Program (LEEP) is a leadership and employment training program for youth (14-17) with Learning Disabilities. The program's goal is twofold: 1) to broaden each young person's understanding of their individual Learning Disability diagnosis and to enhance their skills as advocates of their needs in the workplace, 2) to provide each youth with employment training, and volunteer work placements that will prepare them for the workplace. Youth with Learning Disabilities face very specific challenges. The program is designed to help them explore these issues with others who experience the same battles, to build a sense of community with others, and to deepen their understanding and appreciation for their uniqueness. Youth will graduate from the LEEP program with a new sense of awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, newfound confidence in their abilities and unique talents, and a better ability to communicate their needs.
$10,000.00
2014

MCSEEDS for People with Barriers Society

Customized Employment Services for At Risk Youth

Farm Worker Training Curriculum Development Project
$22,118.00
2010

Mount Currie Band

L.E.A.P. (Lil'wat Empowerment & Accessibility Program) Vocational

We want to create a sustainable vocational program for our Special Needs members. Our nurse coordinator would act as liason/lead for project. Key components would consist of contracting a Special Needs Vocational counselor to perform one-on-one vocational and needs assessments. Vocational counseling would then be provided on an individual basis. We would provide training in such areas as: basic computer literacy, resume building, interview skills, and small business planning. We would hold workshops with external professional facilitators. We would arrange preceptorship/job-shadowing opportunities, as many of these community members have never previously had experience or opportunity for employment. We would host a job fair where local and surrounding area businesses could present employment opportunities. Also, more students will be transitioning to adulthood in the next few years. The 2nd & 3rd years of this project would be expansions and growth of the first year, based on challenges, gaps, successes, and feedback that will likely evolve once the program is rolled out.
$45,000.00
2013

Musqueam Indian Band

The Musqueam Labour Market Development Program

Conditions stemming from Residential School Syndrome (recognized as a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) often go undiagnosed, resulting in multiple barriers to employment for a disproportionate number of people of Aboriginal ancestry. Musqueam's pilot project will provide diagnostic testing, treatment, and skills training to improve employment possibilities for multiple-barrier clients.
$22,200.00
2011

Nanaimo Association for Community Living

COCO's Catering Project

The purpose of COCO's Catering Project is to help fulfill the cafe's mission. Catering will allow us to provide increased employment hours and expand the diversity of work experience for our staff with developmental disabilities. Catering has been identified as critical to helping the cafe achieve financial sustainability. It is anticipated that catering would also bring additional marketing and advertising benefits to the cafe, which would be incredibly beneficial for our small social enterprise. The project involves renovating the kitchen area, to offer more space that is suitably designed and equipped for preparing catering orders. This would greatly benefit our staff with developmental disabilities who can find working in confined spaces difficult and who also frequently suffer with back issues along with other mobility challenges. This renovation would allow us to undertake catering and at the same time better accommodate our staff with developmental disabilities by providing a bigger and more effectively designed workspace.
$50,000.00
2013

NACLWorks! "Employment First" Bridging Project

Nanaimo Association for Community Living supports and advocates for citizens with developmental disabilities and the people who care for them by promoting inclusion through various residential and community opportunities, activities, and services. NACL would like to continue its development by expanding its successful employment service, and requires financial assistance in bridging the gap between now and when our next day program employee is due to retire. This assistance will allow us to meet the employment needs of an additional five to seven job seekers without negatively impacting our staff or participants in our day program. Our intention is to continue our gradual transition to a more diversified model of service delivery. This transition time is an opportunity for people who want to work to have the means to access support, in order to reach their employment goals.
$60,000.00
2011

Nechako Valley Community Services Society

Nechako Valley Local Foods

Nechako Valley Local Foods
$23,424.00
2010

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