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

Access to Media Education Society

Youth-MADE (Media Arts Diversity Education and Empowerment)

Youth-MADE is a media arts outreach program that creates video-based youth-made resource packages for high school and elementary students. It also trains up to 20 culturally diverse youth facilitators, and develops and delivers a series of youth-facilitated workshops for students, educators and administrators. For example, a module about the experiences of urban and rural Aboriginal youth discusses holistic ways to heal intergenerational trauma.
$15,000.00
2010

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 Library Association

Education for Library Staff in Serving People with Disabilities

BCLA will contract with an individual who will create a toolkit that will provide the resources needed to present in-person and online courses on services to people with disabilities for library staff. The toolkit would include a list of topics of interest (based on the 2012 survey of library staff), a list of presenters, a list of training partners and what they can contribute to the training, and step-by-step instructions for organizing in-person workshops and for creating webinars and MOOCs. The developer will also produce one in-person workshop (in collaboration with BCLA’s Special Needs Interest Group, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities [BCCPD] and Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods BC [CAN BC]) and one webinar (in collaboration with the Education Institute) as proof of concept. The toolkit will reside in an online repository currently being built by the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC – see #14 for further information) which will provide access to a wide audience from this virtual venue.
$15,000.00
2013

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

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Dakelh Language Teacher/Elder in Residence at Aboriginal Choice School

The purpose of this project is to bring a Dakelh language teacher/elder-in-residence program to Carney Hill Elementary School, which will become the Prince George Aboriginal Choice School in September 2010. The elder will act as a culturally supportive person to the entire school population and teach the Dakelh language in an immersion style within the Strongstart classroom.
$17,500.00
2010

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

Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC Inc.

A Sound Move -Tele-intervention Project for Deaf Babies

This innovative project uses new technologies to provide direct service delivery to deaf/hard of hearing babies and children in rural, remote and underserviced BC communities. It counters geographic and financial challenges for persons whose children are deaf or hard of hearing. Sophisticated assistive-hearing technologies such as cochlear implants provide children who are deaf an opportunity to participate fully in a hearing world. Early intervention therapy is essential to ensure that an infant/child develops listening and speech skills to his or her maximum potential.
$16,500.00
2010

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 (FSI)

BC Summer Institute for Inclusive Learning

The BC Summer Institute will directly address challenges faced by all individuals touched by inclusive learning. This event is designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in BC schools from a K-12 level. The Institute will bring together 200-250 professionals, paraprofessionals and families to champion the process of inclusion. Expert presenters will speak on a variety of topics including: Negotiating Parent Professional Partnerships, Universal Design for Learning, Secondary School & Preparing for Life Afterwards, The What, Why and How of Inclusion, Behavior, Literacy, Co-teaching and Leadership and School Culture. In order to achieve greater learning from the various strands of study, registrants are encouraged to attend the institute as a school based team. Facilitated 'Team Time' will support participants through their respective school challenges and guide them to develop team strategies specific to their needs. Ongoing support will be maintained post institute.
$20,000.00
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

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

Student Citizenship through Shannens Dream

Shannen's Dream is a campaign uniting First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples to understand the education inequities on reserve and to take action to ensure all children attend good schools and receive a proper education that prepares them to achieve their dreams. The campaign encourages critical analysis of the historic and contemporary relationship between First Nations and others, and provides practical ideas about how to address current inequities. Our project will foster community engagement and student learning about child rights, citizenship, and democratic engagement through suggested learning activities. Awareness of Shannen's Dream will be facilitated through presentations, webinars, the Nstional Film Board documentary “Hi-Ho Mistahey!” and concrete activities like the Our Dreams Matter Too walk on June 11. This project will promote new learning and relationships between First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples and help ensure that First Nations children in British Columbia have the same educational opportunities that all other children enjoy.
$18,090.00
2013

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 B.C Fraser South Chapter

Develop and Implement a Volunteer Multi-Sensory Math Tutoring Program for Children between the ages of 7-14

Develop and Implement a Volunteer Multi-Sensory Math Tutoring Program for Children between the ages of 7-14
$13,300.00
2013

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

Meal Exchange

VIU and UNBC Campus Food Systems Project

UNBC and VIU have been working with MX on the Campus Food Systems Project since 2011. The schools have created the Campus Food Movement and Campus Food Strategy Group respectively, and working to maximize the sustainability of the campus food systems through engaging the campus community, facilitating research projects, and supporting change in policies and operations. UNBC and VIU have identified the need to continue this work collaboratively, with support from a Healthy Communities Consultant (HCC), a Farmers Market (FM) and Greenhouse (GH) coordinator. Food insecurity remains a serious issue in both regions and each institution has the potential to support regional agriculture, provide meaningful learning opportunities and change the culture of food on campus. The HCC will gain an understanding of food procurement and consumption through a purchasing and consumer baseline assessment. With the support of a FM and GH Coordinator, these student leaders will provide opportunities for student leadership and engagement, food literacy collaboration across institutions in the region
$18,520.00
2013

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

National Educational Association of Disabled Students

Finance Matters: An Informational Day on Financial Aid and Financial Literacy

Project Vision: Finance Matters will be an innovative and educational one-day event in Vancouver filled with workshops and interactive presentatations. We request support from the Vancouver Foundation for our event on financial aid and financial literacy for up to 100 incoming and current post-secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities. The day will comprise a series of presentations and discussions on a variety of topics including budgeting and managing money while in school, effective borrowing, accessing student aid, creative saving, financial planning and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). The day-long session will include a demonstration of the unique financial aid portal developed by NEADS, DisabilityAwards.ca (www.disabiltyawards.ca). Students will learn how to be more successful in seeking funding for their studies and saving for the future. This will enable participants to better manage their finances during school and beyond. Gaining greater understanding of financial aid opportunities will lead to reducing the amount of debt.
$12,520.00
2013

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