Grants

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Youth Leadership Program

The program is aimed at promoting the health, well-being and resilience of Aboriginal children, youth, individuals and families. The programs goals are to: develop a sense of belonging, ownership and control in youth’s personal lives, their education and within their communities and families; Increase self esteem, self awareness, resiliency and sense of responsibility in order to function as mentally and emotionally well members of their communities and society in general. When youth are connected, they will be more likely to graduate. The aim is to build resilience and well-being of at-risk youth, and families through leadership training, mentorship, self esteem building, cultural connectedness, and educational workshops based on common social issues affecting youth today. The development process will include engaging stakeholders, students and their families in creating a program that fits well within the school system and can be sustained over time. This program must be youth directed to achieve buy in and be successful. Instruments of data collection will be created to gain input into what interests youth, how they would like to be involved and how educators and family can best support them. A training curriculum will be developed based on information collected and timelines for implementation of the program will be established. Near the end a core group of participants will be identified in order to carry the project to implementation.
$10,000.00
2016

Arts in Action Society

Oh the Places You Should Know: A Squamish Place Names Curriculum

The “Oh the Places You Should Know” curriculum project aims to create a foundation for the development of learning materials to accompany the Sk_wx_wu´7mesh Place Names map that are tailored to the needs of individual School Districts situated on Sk_wx_wu´7mesh territory (Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler). The project will include focus groups with teachers in order to understand their needs, collaboration with Sk_wx_wu´7mesh knowledge keepers to collect stories and information to be used in the materials, and the creation of sample materials to be piloted in select School Districts. These materials have the potential to change how those living on Sk_wx_wu´7mesh territory understand and interact with Sk_wx_wu´7mesh peoples and places. By using these materials, students and teachers can begin to break down the cycle of racism that our education system has historically perpetuated. Awareness is the first step towards change. The materials will afford a deeper understanding of the culture and current issues of the Sk_wx_wu´7mesh peoples, and a greater appreciation of the natural history of the places students and teachers visit every day. With support from Vancouver Foundation, we will be able to develop test materials to pilot in several schools, and gather the feedback required to create inspiring curriculum kits that will change how those on Sk_wx_wu´7mesh territory learn about Sk_wx_wu´7mesh histories and peoples.
$10,000.00
2016

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

A Reggio Emilia-Inspired Early Learning Centre for BC

Our project is to create a Reggio-based Learning Centre at Frog Hollow that will train and support child care centres and school teachers across BC to implement the Reggio Emilia approach. Activities will include tours of our childcare programs, introductory presentations on the Reggio approach, the production of a practice-based training video, both customized and general workshop presentations, consulting services for centres and teachers, web-based promotion of the Reggio approach and our services, and support for networking and mutual support between centres implementing the Reggio approach. We will begin by focusing on Metro Vancouver and eventually offer training and consultation across the province. There are 102,908 child care spaces in BC for ages 0-12, which is approximately 20% of the total number of children. Our goal is to make the Reggio Emilia approach available to as many of the child care centres as possible. Scaling out the Reggio Emilia approach to centres across BC will result in increased school readiness along the EDI vulnerability areas, a closer alignment with the BC Early Learning Framework, and assist with the transition of children to the school system as the Reggio Emilia approach is both consistent with and complimentary to BC's New Curriculum. We anticipate a change in the early learning system in both the routines and beliefs of the system. The Learning Centre will become a social enterprise and will eventually become self-sustaining.
$10,000.00
2017

Be the Change Earth Alliance Society

Greenest School Lab

The Lab is a proposal to convene a multi-stakeholder coalition that will guide participants in addressing the personal, social, and environmental conditions necessary for creating a model ecological culture in a school. By engaging the knowledge, shared values, and professional resources of stakeholders BTCEA will be informed and positioned to ensure that this initiative delivers: 1. An impact-driven coalition of stakeholders who will come together at various stages of collaboration to share their knowledge, experience, and concepts. 2. A deliberative and dynamic process developed around shared values that will effectively surface innovative ideas and prototypes for building a model school necessary for a sustainable future. 3. A knowledge-rich network of relationships that will sustain the process for surfacing innovative ideas for school-based initiatives to be prototyped and piloted in a school in the Vancouver and Surrey districts. To bring the greenest school into reality, BTCEA will identify the different users of a greenest school, determine what design interventions they can create together, and deliver a prototype that they can test together. Stakeholders will share ideas and insights, first individually and then collectively, on supporting systemic change as already advanced within provincial and municipal policy change to develop the greenest school model and work to align school-based social interactions with sustainability principles.
$10,000.00
2016

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Reconciliation through Traditional Knowledge and Creativity

Reconciliation as a catalyst for social change. The Bill Reid Gallery honours the legacy of Bill Reid by programming to build bridges among First Nations and between First Nations and other peoples. It plans to leverage this commitment and expertise by working with key partners to develop an adaptable education program designed to engage a wide range of age groups, from K-12, and play an important role in the reconciliation of Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians. This interactive education program will utilize the transformative power of cultural treasures and indigenous knowledge to change basic routines and beliefs by creating a greater awareness of the interconnectedness of all things. Participating students will develop a sense of their place in the world, and an understanding of how ancient knowledge can inform and impact their lives today. This program will be piloted during our upcoming exhibition Land, Sea, People (October 15, 2015 – March 27, 2016) which celebrates the story of Gwaii Haanas, and documents the leadership role it’s playing by developing one of the first integrated land-sea-people plans in Canada. The Gallery will build upon the expertise of key partners like the David Suzuki Foundation, Reconciliation Canada and the Aboriginal Education experts at the Vancouver School Board to ensure scientific and environmental accuracy, cultural sensitivities, and links to new curriculum.
$10,000.00
2015

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society

Reach Out Psychosis - multi level teachers toolkit

Demand for this project, from Provincial counsellors, teachers, mental health organizations, & aboriginal communities, has been generated due to total lack of a specific curriculum piece for teachers & educators within BC schools to improve understanding of early intervention & treatment of psychosis. Left undiagnosed students lose valuable education years affecting completion rates & their future lives. The project is needed to provide educators with a resource to be used as a curriculum piece in schools (also adapted for aboriginal communities) to raise awareness of early psychosis; identify & clear pathways to referral to early psychosis clinics; & provide ongoing support to teachers & students. The project is aimed at providing educators with the information & resources they need to educate teenagers & young adults as well as ongoing support to teachers & students. The Toolkit will be a complete, multi level resource package including 1-2 lesson plans, & ongoing 24-hour online support service for teachers and students. FREE to all BC schools & downloadable from bcss.org website
$10,000.00
2013

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Social Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations

Social Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations
$10,000.00
2014

Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning

Creating Futures Together

Strengthening Futures Together is a collaborative initiative to develop a community plan to address barriers faced by indigenous youth to reduce the rate of suicide, achieve post-secondary success and secure meaningful, stable, and well-paid employment. Not only does this dramatically increase the health and well-being of individuals and families; addressing systemic barriers creates stronger communities and contributes to a more innovative and stronger economy.
$10,000.00
2017

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Youth Building a New Economy

The goal of this project is to engage young people in re-imagining our current economic system and to give them the tools to build it, while also strengthening their economic independence. To realize this goal, Check Your Head will deliver an economic justice leadership program, that builds on our successful model of peer-led youth engagement. Youth aged 17-24 will be trained as peer educators to reach to other youth through workshops, events and actions that foster socially innovative economic change. The project focus areas that will help to advance this social innovation are: 1) Making a living (skills development and employment opportunities for youth participating in the project); 2) Making most of the available resources (financial literacy, learning about informal and sharing economies, and the ways to utilize them for Metro Vancouver youth); 3) Creating a better economic system (contributing to systemic change through youth-led policy and advocacy). These areas are mutually reinforcing and will create a comprehensive multi-level effort that will make a difference for youth in Metro Vancouver. All project activities will create opportunities for youth to find solutions around these three broad areas. As with all our work, we will be using an anti-oppressive and intersectional framework, which recognizes that individuals face systemic discrimination and barriers based on class, race, gender and other factors that intersect in complex ways.
$10,000.00
2017

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Sustainability Studies Curriculum Development

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is excited to develop curriculum for an upper-level, elective course entitled Sustainability Studies to be offered in our region. The aim of the course is build environmental awareness and leadership in high school students through innovative education. Sustainability Studies content will be relevant to students. Clayoquot Sound provides an ideal setting to introduce youth to a wide variety of perspectives, enabling in-depth and holistic investigations essential to understanding environmental issues. The region is also fortunate to host many local experts, from First Nations elders to scientists, who will be invited to work with the students. The course will focus on the connection between people and their environment, with units on topics such as sustainable development, ecosystem-based management and civic engagement. The content will be developed through a collaborative process with input from students and teachers. As a regularly offered elective, the course will create an ongoing structure for youth engagement and hands-on learning.
$10,000.00
2011

CRES

Snewaylh-Aboriginal Teachings

Snewaylh is the Squamish word for "teachings". CRES, in conjunction with Vancouver Co-op Radio, is working on a project to help re-vitalize the teachings of the Aboriginal language by bringing Aboriginal youth and elders together and by using new technologies to pass on traditional teachings. We are using the aural medium of radio to support the vital need to preserve the oral teachings of Aboriginal languages and cultures. The Snewaylh radio program uses the airwaves to teach both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities about the languages and traditions of the original peoples. This project engages two Aboriginal youth to produce a radio show as an important way of developing pride and understanding of their culture while gaining concrete, transferable skills. The project comes full circle when the youth become mentors themselves, training a new generation of volunteers to produce the show and thereby ensuring the sustainability for the radio show while gaining another important component of experiential learning themselves.
$10,000.00
2011

Decoda Literacy Foundation

Decoda Literacy Conference

Decoda Literacy Conference
$10,000.00
2013

Family Support Institute of B.C.

Navigating Social and Sexual Relationships

Young adults with disabilities have systemically been excluded in accessing sexuality education tailored to diverse learning needs. Intentional community based sexuality education opportunities for youth with disabilities is necessary to address conflict among educators, service providers and parents about what and how to teach which can leave youth without any sexuality education. Developing healthy sexual expression provides an opportunity to be fully ‘seen’ and communities can address stigma related to recognizing individuals with disabilities as sexual beings. Community based education provides meaningful interaction while supporting responsive, inclusive and welcoming communities.
$10,000.00
2017

Fresh Air Learning

Spreading Our Branches: Investigating Opportunities for Forest School Expansion in Metro Vancouver

Our project will create stronger connections between those who are part of the Metro Vancouver forest school movement. We will bring together existing catalysts in this movement interact with an eye to building an integrated plan to address the needs of children in our region. Anticipated participants include elementary school, early childhood, and outdoor educators, parents, staff from teacher education programs, and others who are part of the support system for this work, such as land managers and parent community developers. During a series of facilitated meetings, we will do the following: Identify key players who are currently part of or connected to the forest school movement Invite these individuals to a gathering in the late fall or winter of 2016 In the spring of 2017, hold small group meetings focused on areas such as teacher education, early childhood program development, elementary program development, and out of school care. The goals of the meetings will be as follows: Share resources and develop opportunities to learn from one another Understand how broader institutions such as child care licensing or teacher education can support this work Examine the needs, gaps, and opportunities to develop programs in different areas or for different groups of people Work with catalysts to determine what support they need to advance their projects. This process will develop a more cohesive plan for outdoor learning in Metro Vancouver.
$8,500.00
2016

Hope for the Nations

Food for Thought

Many children live in a food insecure home and are at risk of going to school hungry. We know that a hungry child is more likely to act out and less likely to achieve their personal and academic potential. We currently provide breakfast to 1500 students a day in 30 schools in the central okanagan. We want to use the local agriculture system more in our programming to offer more nutritious food to students, to help build a just, sustainable food system for all, and to build capacity in students and schools. Having access to healthy food will help children learn better. Children will be better educated, have more opportunities to succeed, and become agents of change.
$9,740.00
2017

Justice For Girls

Young Women and Girls Advocacy and Education Center

JFG will bring together community stakeholders, and in particular young women with experience of marginalization and homelessness in Vancouver, to shape our response to these systemic educational barriers. This community dialogue and current needs assessment will be organized and facilitated by a Project Team comprised of a JFG Team Leader, a Youth Advocate and 3-5 Youth Mentors who have experience of marginalization. The Develop Grant will fund this development process: 1. Apr.:Build Project Team *Training on girl’s rights, advocacy and accompaniment, interviewing skills, facilitating focus groups, leadership skills, public speaking, researching/analyzing data, etc. 2. May-Oct.:Engage Community *Stakeholder Engagement-conduct outreach, interviews, focus groups with "first voice" young women; their families; frontline youth, anti-violence and anti-poverty workers; educational and health professionals; Youth/ Women's/Aboriginal organizations, etc. *Research-current reports and promising practices nationally/internationally *Public Awareness-share learning through speaking engagements, writing, media, blogs, website, etc. with the intention of influencing public understanding, as well as educational policies, programs and training 3. Nov.:Create Project Plan *With the collected body of knowledge, create an innovative and strategic project plan with the goal of transforming the way we support and educate marginalized girls 2017: Test *Implement project plan and test
$10,000.00
2016

Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia - Vancouver Chapter

The Better Futures Project

Those with learning disabilities (LD’s) often have an above average intelligence, however because of the way their brain processes information they struggle to learn in the same way as others. As a result, the employment rate of adults with an LD is less than half the employment rate of those without. Additionally, often employers haven’t been educated in how to support someone with an LD and so this acts as a further barrier to employment. LDAV have therefore worked with partners to create a new project outline that addresses both sides of this issue. LDAV will be working to develop the content of the program further and test out the model to help more people with LD’s gain employment.
$10,000.00
2017

Multifaith Action Society of B.C. (MAS)

Be The Change Student Initiative

Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is working collaboratively with Be The Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA) to bring the Student Initiative to secondary schools in Vancouver. Developed by teachers, students, and social scientists working with professionals in eco-psychology, facilitation & team building, it offers powerful experiential education about leadership & sustainability. Students enjoy a 4-part program: 1) interactive video-enriched assembly that motivates students to bring a sustainable focus to clubs/classrooms; 2) leadership training that teaches small group process & how to use the “Action Guide”, 3) facilitation workshops for university students to mentor high-school 'Action Circles', 4) 'Action Circles' where secondary students become leaders and support each other to make sustainable choices at home, school, & in community. This January we have a unique opportunity to work with 270 students & 4 Planning 10 teachers at Vancouver Tech Secondary to integrate the Action Circle program into core curriculum and create a teacher’s manual to make it accessible to other teachers.
$10,000.00
2010

Our Community Bikes (OCB)

PEDAL Bicycle Industry Training (PBIT) Program

The PBT Program is a unique pre-employment and life skills training program for youth and people with barriers to employment. Through low-cost tuition and subsidized programs, PBMT Program will empower people to become bike mechanics and a part of the broader cycling community. Delivered in a community-bike shop setting through an anti-oppression education model the students will receive both technical and life skills training to be job ready for employment or participation in the bicycle repair industry. The PBIT Program is a unique pre-employment and life skills training program for youth and people with barriers to employment. Through low-cost tuition, PBIT Program will empower trainees to become employed in the bicycle industry and a part of the broader cycling community. Delivered in a community-bike shop setting through an anti-oppression education model, the students will receive both technical and life skills training, to be job ready for employment or participation in the bicycle industry. Technical training will focus on basic and advanced bicycle repair knowledge and will give students a basic understanding of a bicycle retail operation. Life skills training will encourage students to use effective communication and to present themselves as confident and forthright individuals. Students will gain skills in pre-employment preparations, leadership, peer support, and foundations in social justice. PEDAL will work with the bicycle industry to provide i
$10,000.00
2017

Partnership Afghanistan

British Columbia's Young Afghans (BCYA)

BCYA is committed to provide guidance to at-risk youth on how to reach their personal and academic goals through tutoring, mentoring or holding academic workshops. In line with BCYA's purpose to further the education of immigrant youth in the Lower Mainland, BCYA launched Afghan Free Tutoring and Open Workshops, or 'AFTOW' in early 2011. The project aims to support at-risk immigrant high schools students to achieve their academic goals. High school students are provided with a common study area every Sunday from 12pm to 4pm at the Burnaby Youth Hub. Volunteer tutors are available to provide one-on-one support to students with specific homework related questions. Tutors are available to help in a variety of high school subjects including Math, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Social Studies, History and English. In addition to tutoring services, students also have the option to attend weekly workshops on topics such as, "How to Set and Achieve Goals" and "How to Prepare for and Excel on your Exams'
$6,000.00
2012

PeerNet BC

Building Inclusive Schools in Districts without Anti-homophobia Policies

According to a survey conducted by EGALE, "70% of all participating students, LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ, reported hearing expressions such as “that’s so gay” every day in school and almost half (48%) reported hearing remarks such as “faggot,” “lezbo,” and “dyke” every day in school. Schools and community based organizations, including Vancouver School Boards part-time Anti-homophobia and Diversity Consultant often request training from PeerNetBC to strengthen *Gender and Sexuality Alliances throughout BC as the need arises. As a result PeerNetBC partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health to write a curriculum manual on how to set up GSAs in local communities. PeerNetBC would like to test a proactive innovative project by formalizing support systems for GSAs across BC. By working alongside local community partners, PeerNetBC will support students and teachers who are struggling with existing GSAs as well as helping create new GSAs particularity in school districts without anti-homophobia or transgender inclusion policies. EGALE’s survey also indicated that almost two thirds (64%) of LGBTQ students and 61% of students with LGBTQ parents reported that they feel unsafe at school.” PeerNetBC will utilize youth engagement strategies to create and strengthen these GSAs to build healthy, vibrant and livable school communities especially for vulnerable and marginalized youth so students can focus on their education free from discrimination. *Formally known as Gay/Straight Alliance
$10,000.00
2015

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

OUR PLACE Graduation Strategy - Transitions from Elementary to Secondary School

OUR PLACE Graduation Strategy is a partnership of residents, community-based organizations, schools and service providers working collaboratively to support the growth, education and healthy development of children in Vancouver’s inner city. The Graduation Strategy is a comprehensive place-based initiative designed to improve graduation rates for inner city children. The school-based programs are based at secondary school, elementary level and adult education. Comprehensive supports include: tutoring, peer support, mentorship, primary health care and assessments, family support, sports and recreation, counselling and advocacy. OUR PLACE Graduation Strategy builds from local experience research, assets and strengths in this community (DTES/Strathcona). OUR PLACE Graduation Strategy aims to engage students, parents, teachers’ and partners to ensure solutions through participation, seeing people as citizens able to contribute rather than clients to be serviced. We link to and work with influential champions to inform relevant public policy to ensure continuity and sustainability of these place-based responses. Working differently and moving towards a culture of collaboration and collective impact is a key goal of OUR PLACE Graduation Strategy. This specific project will address the gap for children 9 to 14 to ensure there are coordinated supports connecting schools, parents, children and youth and community organizations to work towards successful transitions in school.
$10,000.00
2015

School District #39 - Vancouver

Stories from the elders

Students will work with Pacific Cinémathèque to create short videos connecting them with their community elders. They will create visual stories identifying culture, detailing elder relationships and sharing the individual stories of elders and youth. The students will use music, technology and media to share stories with each other, their community and their families.
$5,000.00
2010

School District #59 - Peace River South

Adult Dogwood - Credentialing Adult Learners' Life Experiences

Adult learners, even those with literacy barriers, have accumulated a vast array of skills and knowledge through their life experiences. By interviewing and collecting tangible evidence of this knowledge and experience, DCLS will submit these to School District #59 so that educational outcomes can be proven to have been met. This process identifies and values the knowledge and experience of adults, and challenges the existing educational system wherein learners are given knowledge by instruction. This approach simultaneously respects the economic and educational system of structured required learning outcomes by helping adult learners choose which method suits them the best to demonstrate competency. By using the learners past life experiences combined with adult learner-centered distance learning at their own pace and at their preferred learning location, students will successfully complete their Adult Dogwood more quickly which will provide them with the pre-requisites to enroll in Post- Secondary education to further their education desires, or have the opportunity to apply for higher paying jobs that require a grade 12 education. SD59 and DCLS want to formalize an intake process as well as create course content that will be more appropriate for adult learners.
$10,000.00
2016

School District #6 - Rocky Mountain

Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education (KBEE) Collaborative Initiative

This social innovation project will allow for all participants in the school system - students, teachers, administrators, parents and the broader community - to work together to develop and implement a region-wide plan. This social innovation project will influence this social system in the following ways: 1) Changing how we act and what we do as a learning community by influencing the culture to move place-based experiential learning from the margins to the mainstream. 2) Improving the flow of resources by identifying opportunities for effective collaboration across the region. 3) Enabling both teachers and students to be part of the planning and decision making process, thus increasing their empowerment, engagement and ultimately their learning experience. Citizens of the 21st Century need the skills and knowledge to be able to affect positive change. With increasing environmental pressures, the need for empowering both teachers and students is more important than ever. Intentionally connecting the districts, schools, and teachers of the region through environmental education (EE) and providing common awareness, access to professional development, resources, and opportunities will enhance the experience and learning of all of our students. The implementation of KBEE outcome-based plan will both offer educators opportunities to develop professionally, and prepare young people to transition through and out of the education system.
$10,000.00
2016

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