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Okanagan College Foundation

Gateway to the Trades for Youth At Risk

School District 22 North and Okanagan College would replicate Central Okanagan model by offering an annual cohort for a trial period of three years, starting with the school year 2016-17. Annual cohorts of 15-20 at-risk students in grades 10-12 would participate for a 12-week Gateway to the Trades program encompassing the four progressive stages. The aim of each stage is to help at-risk youth acquire the necessary skills to be successful at each level. Students would begin by taking a 5 week Pre-Gateway program at a school to be determined in Vernon. (Pre-Gateway focuses on readiness skills including time management, communication, problem solving, trades math and team building).. Those students who are successful in completing Pre-Gateway will go to camp (stage 2) for social connection and self development. Stage 3 involves exploring a variety of trades for an extended 10 week period at the OC Vernon Trades Centre. In stage 4 students will select a specific trade and enter a Dual Credit Foundation Studies program for an extended 20-40 weeks depending on the trade selection. The program provides a pathway to education/career opportunities to a cohort of youth facing significant barriers to post-secondary attainment. The program in this region supports at youth risk in the region with the opportunity to change behaviors and habits into forward momentum and building capacity to learn and transition to further education.

Pathways to Education Canada

Pathways to Education Vancouver: A Graduation Strategy Partner

In the last year, several organizations from the health, education and social services sectors launched The Graduation Strategy, a plan to provide the supports and services children need to graduate from high school. The strategy arose after community reports identified that inner city children are failing to graduate from high school and make successful transitions from elementary to secondary and post-secondary school. Community organizations identified the urgent need to complement current services with a comprehensive, place-based program focused on high school students. PCRS was invited to deliver the Pathways to Education program as a critical piece of the Strategy. The population that we intend to serve is high-school aged youth living in the V6A postal code. We anticipate that approx. 80 students will be eligible for enrollment in the first Pathways cohort. After five years, 400 youth will be eligible for the program. Through community partnerships, Pathways will provide students with a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to help them graduate.

PHS Community Services Society

Window's Education Enhancement Initiative

There is more demand than can be satisfied by the program & a lack of resources to invest in scaling. A strategic investment will trigger scaling the programming & achieving a sustainable scale of operation will mean increased levels of lifestyle stability & an increased capacity to take in more & new students/peer. We’ve seen evidence during our pilot that our social innovation has potential to impact and change stigmatization, socioeconomic barriers & narratives about those in transition from homelessness to stable independent lives, including those facing mental health or cultural barriers. Due to the nature of the system, we face challenges in commitment levels of our core staff & costs of doing business in DTES epicentre. We’re confident that the former can be mitigated with increased capacity to mentor, train & involve key staff members so that they’re able to be invested in the program more often in an integrated manner. By involving peer leaders regularly we’ll affect basic routines, transform participants into leaders & educators with direct connections to peers, positively affecting the resource flow. We seek to demonstrate a new model for training, providing a successful example of how comprehensive life, intellectual, business & tangible skills can translate into a higher rate of success in transitioning people to economic independence. We seek to change the behaviour and resource flows of traditional service delivery to incorporate elements of our innovation.

SFU - Centre for Dialogue

CityStudio Vancouver

Cities around the world will need to spend trillions of dollars in the next decade in response to the complex demands of population, energy, resource depletion and climate change. Our students want to help change the world AND they want to earn a living. As the key project within Vancouver's Campus City Collaborative (C3) CityStudio Vancouver is an energetic hub of learning and leadership where students design and implement Vancouver's Greenest City goals. CityStudio is a collaboration of the City of Vancouver and 6 colleges and universities to engage students in the following ways: 1. Greenest City Solutions. CityStudio directly involves students in designing solutions for Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 goals 2. Student Leadership towards a Green Economy. Course work emphasizes mentoring and training for emerging sustainability leaders to identify and develop opportunities in the green economy. 3. Energetic Hub of Learning. In year one, CityStudio involved over 480 students and 18 instructors contributing over 20,000 hours of action learning towards the Greenest City Goals.

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

Community partnerships to foster wellbeing of children and families in the Kootenay Columbia Region

The early years are optimal for investing in the future of our society, as early experiences are critical for brain development, lifelong learning, and wellbeing. BC data show that 1-in-3 children are vulnerable at school entry. To change this, we need to enhance our capacities to locally identify families’ and children’s needs and provide supports to families with young children early. This partnership project implements a universal early child development data platform in the Kootenay Columbia Region, to connect families to existing support systems, and to inform community-level decision making, strategic planning, and resource allocation in the local early years sector.

UVIC - Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education in Indigenous Language Revitalization, Tahltan Language

This funding application is for the development and delivery of the Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization, leading to a Bachelor of Education specifically adapted for the Tahltan language, and the goals of the Tahltan Central Council. The project will take place over three years in the traditional territories of the Tahltan people, centralized in Dease Lake. The three communities, central to this program proposal are Iskut, Telegraph Creek, and Dease Lake. The first year of the project will serve as a development year, with community consultations, community-university partnerships development, students and instructor recruitment. The second and third years will deliver the UVIC, Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization, in Dease lake. The overall project scope includes graduating teachers with a full Bachelor of Education, who are proficient enough in the Tahltan language to teach in immersion settings. This program will address the Tahltan Central Council priorities by supporting overarching language revitalization objectives.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society

Integrating Trans Inclusion with Vancouver Island Service Providers

Through our own Trans Inclusion process, we have learned valuable lessons that we firmly believe would benefit other anti-violence organizations, and ultimately trans people beyond Victoria BC. We have also made connections with an amazing group of trans people who have co-developed and delivered trans inclusion workshops across Victoria to community organizations and Island health. We propose to focus trans inclusion primarily on other sexual assault centres and transition houses. We will use our curriculum, share resources and lessons learned to help other anti-violence organizations through their own trans inclusion process, and we will also employ a “hub and spoke” model of Trans Integration. In other words, VSAC will act as a “hub” of knowledge and information pertaining to becoming trans-inclusive, while other organizations will act as the “spokes”. Once other organizations have made sufficient change and put into practice their trans inclusion process, we will also show them how to be their own hub. To date, no other organization is doing trans inclusion work on this scale or using this model in the anti-violence sector. Further, Trans Inclusion with a Sexualized/Intimate Partner Violence lens is not being done elsewhere. Finally, this project will provide education developed and delivered by Trans people; create short-term employment and lifetime skills for trans people across Vancouver Island; and keep organizations accountable to trans community.