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
*Implement project plan and test