Grants

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Abbotsford Community Services

CREATE COMMUNITY and CASH through CRAFTS

• This project originated from: o Life Chats (LC)is a youth led peer support group and was developed through the HECC initiative to engage and connect youth with lived care experience (WLCE) to each other in Abbotsford. o Learned through LC that youth: • Were still not aware of the supports that they could access after 19 and wanted one on one information from other youth. • Benefitted from having something to do with their hands while connecting with each other. Crafts provided this outlet. • Wanted to make crafts that were marketable. HECC youth developed the following idea and were involved in all aspects of the proposal, including development of the budget. This new proposed project provides 1. Continuation and expansion of Life Chats including connection to resources 2. Research opportunity on social craft enterprise 3. Development of resource for youth leaders to start LC in their own area. a. Purpose: i. To build community within youth WLCE and develop young leaders. ii. To provide youth WLCE with helpful resources in their community. iii. To provide an opportunity to participate in building skills in craft making. iv. To learn about craft making as a social enterprise v. To facilitate youth connection to craft markets to feature their art vi. To share with other youth leaders in other communities how to create a Life Chats group.
$10,000.00
2017

Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Speak-Out Youth Group

The Speak-Out Youth Group fills a vital gap in existing resources by supporting and encouraging youth in-and-from government care to continue exploring permanency options. This youth led program engages and empowers youth to share their stories, build networks, create resources, gain valuable life skills, advocate for systematic change, and raise awareness about the need for permanent families for all children in government care. The Speak-Out Youth Group is an established program that provides peer support and a vital sense of permanence to its members while facilitating youth participation in community outreach.
$15,000.00
2014

Speak-Out Youth Group

In 2009 AFABC partnered with MCFD to plan and implement a project aimed at increasing the number of permanency plans for youth in government care. The Speak-Out Youth Group evolved from this pilot in recognition of the value that both individual and collective perspectives and experiences played in the successful delivery of the initiative. 15 youth participants expressed an adamant interest in remaining connected to AFABC and the project in order to continue exploring options for permanence and develop more resource materials about teen adoption. The Speak-Out Youth Group is an empowering youth led program with 25 active members and consists of youth-in-care, former youth-in-care, and adoptees aged 13-24 from BC’s Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Regions. By focusing on youth engagement, this program gives a powerful voice to those who have experiences with the foster care system. Monthly meetings also give youth an opportunity to develop transferable life skills by working with career professionals, child and youth care representatives, and clinical counselors.
$20,000.00
2013

Art Starts in Schools Society

YoungStarters

YoungStarters is a free arts mentorship program provided by ArtStarts that invites teens to take the lead in arts based community projects. The program is designed for creative-minded, ambitious young people. For five weeks in Summer 2015, the group will meet every Sunday at the ArtStarts LAB. Partnered with mentors who range from professional artists, arts administrators and community organizers, young people participate in workshops as they individually develop their own art project ideas. Each individual project will be given a $500 budget and space to explore ideas through a process based, arts integrated approach. By providing young people with the right tools, support and knowledge, YoungStarters activates young people's creativities while providing them with lasting, relevant skills and experiences. By focusing on community based projects, YoungStarters aims to engage the community through youth-led collaborations exploring diverse art forms.
$15,000.00
2014

Arts in Action Society

Youth Care Media Project (WORKING TITLE ONLY)

This digital storytelling project will work with a group of youth and youth technical mentors to create a series of digital stories. The themes of this project will centre around the participant's response to the lack of support for youth in government care as they reach adulthood. This project will mentor the youth in community engaged digital video production skills with the intention of inviting the participants to create stories that relate to the project's inquiry. This work is intended to challenge and question the current mainstream narrative on homelessness and youth. This project seeks to create venues and opportunities for youth from diverse backgrounds to question, respond, and provoke a greater public awareness of the issues facing youth and housing issues. Community video is created through collaboration with skilled artists and and sees production values as an inherent part of the process. The project will create these digital stories in a series of workshops. We are committed to a collaborative, respectful, and democratic working environment
$20,000.00
2013

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

The Canoe Project

The Canoe Project will be designed, organized and implemented by Aunt Leah’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). The Cano Project has two core aims: First, we (YAC) will participate again in a week-long canoe journey with the stated goal of "recognizing the past by Pulling Together to enhance understanding between Public Service Agencies and Aboriginal Peoples by canoeing the traditional highway, strengthening our future relations". Our journey last year, from Harrison Lake, down the Fraser, to Semiahmoo was a powerful journey which reconnected us culturally on the water, together eating food and listening to Elders around the fire. It also enhanced our understanding of ourselves as youth from care and our connection to public service agencies. We rowed for 5 days with MCFD Social Workers, RCMP Officers, Chiefs and Elders. We will row again in Summer 2016, but this time we will bring a new cohort of young people with us, expanding the representation of youth from care on the 2016 Pulling Together Canoe Journey (www.pullingtogether.ca) by a factor of two! Second, we plan to present the story publicly of who we are as youth from care, using the Canoe Journey as a metaphor. We hope to work on a small presentation that we can take on the road as a workshop in settings such as schools, service clubs, service agencies and conferences. We will make a small video of our proposed presentation and deliver it at TEDx Kids in hopes of getting our message out to a larger audience.
$10,000.00
2015

British Columbia's Children's Hospital Foundation

Health Transitions for Youth in Care

Given the acute and lifelong health vulnerability for youth in care, it is vital to have the health sector as a leader in promoting health and wellness in this population. This project will improve connections between the health sector and youth transitioning out of care through participatory research with youth that will guide development of an interactive workshop, transition toolkit and health navigator program. The proposed project will use a grassroots, strength based, youth driven framework to improve long term health and wellness outcomes and reduce negative health outcomes. There are 2 phases. Phase 1 will contribute empirical data from youth transitioning from care.. Youth will participate in an interactive workshop followed by qualitative interviews over the course of 6 months as youth turn 19, to gather data about the health related barriers and facilitators available to youth. Results will inform further intervention development and dissemination in phase 2. Developed with youth and stakeholder input and input from phase 1, phase 2 involves information technology, so that youth all over BC will have access. It will also pilot a peer navigation program of youth paired with a health student (medical students, nursing students, etc) to assist with health related access to care. Health navigators will build health and wellness life skills including but not limited to access to family physician, blood work, prescriptions, and/or gym access.
$15,000.00
2015

Federation of BC Youth In Care Networks

BC Child and Youth in Care Week Celebration Bursaries

The Federation has a process that engages youth in and from care as part of a selection committee for grants and bursaries. This year with the upcoming election and BC Child and Youth in Care Week, we would like to provide additional support to young leaders from care in BC and their adult allies who are looking to host community based celebrations, celebrate a BCCYICW award winner or ensure the increased visibility, celebration and engagement of young leaders in non-partisan pre-election activities. The Federation would recruit youth in and from care to sit on a selection committee, review the applications that come in from across the province and recommend grant recipients. The Federation would then process and mail out the payments required. Youth in and from care will have input in the design of the bursary criteria. Finally their involvement will also be tracked towards honorarium payments according to the Federation's policy.
$10,000.00
2017

Greater Vancouver Regional District

Metro Vancouver 2011 Homeless Count

Since 2002, the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness has conducted a triennial homeless count in metro Vancouver. The research process gathers detailed information on people who are homeless, allowing policymakers and service providers to target programs according to housing and support needs in each community. The next regional homeless count is planned for March 2011. Goals to improve count methodology include increasing the involvement and representation of typically marginalized and invisible homeless populations such as youth.
$20,000.00
2010

Lu'ma Native Housing Society

Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing Program

Current core program goals are to aid, assist and support 15-20 Aboriginal Youth that have or will be “Aging out of Care” to develop life-skills and other key areas to assist in their transition to Adulthood. Main stream funding sources that the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship and Housing Program are partnered with require results such as employment, education and/or housed. The youth in the AYM&HP successfully acquired these goals however maintaining these achievements has proven to be challenging at best. Through the evolution and development of the program it has become evident that the youth need more than connections to resources and removal of physical barriers. It has been our experience that our Indigenous Youth also need access to healing through a variety of practices to match each youth’s individual needs such as traditional, cultural, alternative and innovative methods to assist with trauma, addictions, mental health and other emotional barriers the youth are experiencing. Youth that have Aged Out of Care endure long wait lists that do not allow for actual in the moment planning, resistance to alternative methods of healing and wellness as well as little or no support to become engaged in cultural activities or are lacking financial resources to travel to and participate in the cultural experiences that could be available to them. This application will provide youth opportunities to strengthen or develop cultural connections to community.
$10,000.00
2017

McCreary Centre Society

Resilience revolution: Roles and realities of stress in youth’s lives

McCreary’s Youth Research Academy (YRA) are a group of youth in and from care who are learning research skills and conducting research projects of interest to youth in care and the agencies that serve them. In March 2017 the YRA are facilitating a Research Slam to offer other youth with care experience the opportunity to learn some research skills and engage in a short research project about how young people experience and manage stress. This project will build on the results of the Research Slam. Members of the YRA, and Slam participants who wish to remain involved, will develop and deliver a knowledge translation workshop. The workshop will share the findings of the research into how young people experience and manage stress, and will also gather feedback on the results and ideas to increase resilience among youth. A minimum of four workshops will be delivered to diverse youth, including a minimum of two workshops with youth in and from care. Participants will then be supported to synthesize the feedback and to develop key messages to share with stakeholder groups (e.g., foster parents, teachers, youth). In addition to the knowledge translation workshops, project participants will also undertake a review of available tools and resources to help youth develop the skills they need to effectively manage stress.
$10,000.00
2017

PeerNet BC

Fostering Access and Inclusion

Fostering Access and Inclusion project will provide youth in and out of care, front line youth in and out of care workers and agencies of care opportunities to participate in anti-oppression, leadership, peer support and facilitation training workshops. PeerNetBC has seen a need for this project with our experience working with multiple youth in care serving agencies to build training opportunities for youth in and out of care to facilitate community events such as "A Hand Up Not A Hand Out" and Federation of BC Youth In Care Networks leadership camps. These workshops help build awareness and give youth and adult allies skills and tools to navigate their own journey to advocate for their needs in and out of care systems and transition to a more connected community and network. PeerNetBC will provide scholarships for youth to attend our regular Spring and Fall workshop series as well as customized workshops for youth in care serving agencies. This will also include a special summer series geared specifically for youth. This series provides opportunities for youth from a diverse range of knowledge and experiences to come together to build and share their own skills and those of their peers. Our goal is to build and bridge connections among youth towards being able to implement systemic change in addressing their needs. For information about our current Spring Workshops here's the link: http://www.peernetbc.com/upcoming-workshops-2
$10,000.00
2017

Ready to Rent BC Association

Peers for Housing Stability

Peers for Housing Stability will focus on vulnerable youth, transitioning into adulthood, who are inadequately housed, couch-surfing, or homeless with no knowledge about or, support for, living independently. This includes those in foster care who will be turning 19 years of age. Using a youth mentorship model, qualified R2R instructors will train recent program graduates to assist with delivery of the program. Together, they will instruct and lead R2R participants to help them prepare for sustaining independent living arrangements through financial and housing literacy. Topics will include: an overview of rental rights and responsibilities, basic financial literacy and basic communication skills for interacting with landlords and roommates. This introductory course will count towards the longer, 12-hour certificate course. Peers for Housing Stability will operate in the Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District. The two locations will share a common train the trainer session, outcomes and reporting framework, and overall project management.
$16,940.00
2014

Society for Affordable Housing Education, Awareness and Development

2017 Homeless Count

The Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) has conducted a regional homeless count every three years since 2002. In 2014, the last regional count, a total of 2,777 homeless people were counted in Metro Vancouver. 410 homeless children and youth were counted, representing 20% of the total individuals who responded to the age question. This included 88 children who were accompanied by a parent and under 19. The actual number of youth who are homeless - or who need help and services to end and prevent homelessness - is assumed to be much higher. With regards to youth, the project's goal is to provide a more accurate assessment of the number and demographic profile of homeless youth in Metro Vancouver. Our objectives are to: 1. Engage all youth-serving agencies across the lower mainland to participate in the Homeless Count to ensure that all youth are able to ‘count themselves in’ and answer the survey questions 2. Update existing information about homeless youth in Metro Vancouver: the number, demographic profile and trends since 2002. The gathered information provides organizations and communities with the evidence-base for attaining resources to be better able to undertake meaningful youth engagement and service delivery. Reflecting on past experiences we have decided to focus all our efforts on the core function of 'counting youth' through a robust youth strategy that is focused on agencies serving youth.
$20,000.00
2016

Society for Children and Youth of BC

My Life Through the Lens: A Youth Rights Photovoice Project

This project will recruit 20 youth transitioning from foster care in the Lower Mainland to participate in a project using the technique of photovoice. Youth will learn to express their stories and become agents for change in their communities. Youth who participated in an earlier version of this project will be consulted on the development of this workshop and youth guest speakers/facilitators will be asked to help with the workshops. Participants will learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, metaphorical photography, leadership, grassroots social movements, communication, and social media. With ongoing support from the project coordinator, youth will take photos that represent issues related to their transition from care to adulthood and their rights, select their best photos, and create quotes that express the idea in the photo. Using their photos, youth will engage in their own public awareness campaign using social media and other methods. Youth will help organize a photo exhibit and gala event to which local decision makers will be invited so that youth will have another opportunity to have their voices heard. Following the event, youth will meet up to strategize on how they can move their public awareness campaigns forward. Additionally, SCY will document this experience, create a toolkit, hold workshops and participate in events for community and Fostering Change partners on how to do this type of youth engagement work for change in the future.
$20,000.00
2015

The MacMillan Family Foundation

About Us, With Us: A Fellowship Program With the Youth in Care Community

British Columbia has the highest rates of child poverty in Canada. The challenges facing B.C. youth in and from foster care in Vancouver are among the most acute in the country. At Discourse Media, our own analysis - after several months embedded in the youth in and from care community in Vancouver - found that the foster care system was most often presented in the context of conflict and crisis. The episodic news cycle pits politicians against advocates, provincial bureaucrats against regional bureaucrats, parents against the system. It casts families as broken. Stories are triggered by tragedy. There is little capacity in media for data analysis. Youth perspectives are largely left out, yet theirs are some of the most trenchant questions about the system. They need channels through which they can pose questions, amplify solutions and mobilize their knowledge. Discourse Media seeks Vancouver Foundation support for a youth in and from care fellowship program designed to build capacity with interested youth (engagement workshops, listening events and story-to-action meetings). As a first step, we will pilot a fellowship experience with a member of the youth in care community and embed them into our journalism team in Vancouver, with mentorship from Discourse reporter and producer Brielle Morgan, who focuses on child welfare. We have identified several youth who might qualify for a fellowship and will partner with the foundation on selecting a fellow and supporting their work.
$10,000.00
2017

University of Victoria - Office of Research Services

Future Anything: Supportive campuses for former youth in care

UVic has committed tuition support for four years and is committed to creating a welcoming environment that supports FYIC in their transition, connects them to supports, and facilitates success. Lilia Zaharieva, with support of Deb Rutman and Jim Anglin, prepared a report reviewing current literature, gathering perspectives from UVic FYIC, and making recommendations (From a Ward to Award, and Beyond). In keeping with the aims of Fostering Change, we propose to engage in “a strong dialogue, learning, action and capacity building process” with staff, faculty and FYIC at UVic, and to connect with and learn from other BC post-secondary institutions. Using participatory and evidence-based action-research strategies, project activities will engage FYIC as leaders/facilitators of change within UVic and across BC PSE. This grant will support the development, evaluation and refinement of a workshop that will be piloted at a UVic Staff Pro-D event in June. At a recent meeting of BC university VPs Student Affairs, there was “strong interest” and “no other university is doing such work” (Jim Dunsdon, UVic AVPSA, April 24). UBC and SFU are eager to offer this workshop, when available, on their campuses. In discussions on April 12, RCY representatives indicated interest in being involved in this initiative. Fostering Change support would enable this developmental and dissemination work and add credibility to a province-wide learning process for FYIC and those in PSE Student Services.
$10,000.00
2017

Vancity Community Foundation

Exploring Sustainable Youth Transitions Policy Advocacy in BC

In this project First Call (FC) will explore how we can continue to activate the FosteringChange advocacy platform thru our coalition’s collective resources & ongoing advocacy. A 1st step will be convening our youth-serving members & others engaged in supporting YIC transitions for a series of sharing & brainstorming discussions about their roles in research, youth engagement & youth leadership related specifically to raising public awareness & engaging in systemic advocacy. We will be looking for their ideas & interest in how FC can collaborate & provide a platform for more opportunities for youth to engage directly w/ decision-makers in proposing policy changes & increased public investments to improve outcomes for YI/FC, as well as monitoring the response from gov’t & other institutions. Many of the issues affecting YIC transitions (e.g. inadequate welfare rates, housing barriers, low wage jobs w/ no benefits, barriers to completing school, barriers to post-secondary, problems with access to needed health care, etc) also affect youth who are not from care & connect with the work of many different FC coalition members (unions, health org’s, educators, family support agencies, immigrant services, indigenous org’s, etc). Our exploratory discussions will extend to these other partners to identify ways for youth to engage in proposing solutions within & thru their org’s. These conversations will inform and shape a FosteringChange legacy dev'ment grant appl’n by FC later in 2017
$10,000.00
2017

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society

Keeping Connected: A research project with youth aging into community

Youth in/from VACFSS care and adult co-researchers will: 1. Develop a supportive "exit interview" process for youth leaving care at 19 2. Develop a tool, to be used in dialogue between those youth and their workers, to measure youth connectedness to caring adults, culture and community 3. Pilot the exit interview and tool with VACFSS youth who leave care in the next 12 months 4. Incorporating the exit interview and tool, develop the tools, process and Ethics proposal for a longitudinal outcomes study to explore how youth connectedness changes and is best supported in the years after leaving care. It is planned that this study will be conducted in partnership with the McCreary Centre Society and will also engage youth served by MCFD and Collective Impact partners. The project will be informed by the work of the TRRUST Measurement and Caring Connections Clusters. It is prompted by the desire of our youth to strengthen community and cultural connectedness for care-leavers. Developed with the youth on our Research Working Group, the project will build their leadership capacity and research/advocacy skills, give workers improved tools to focus on youth connectedness, and deepen our partnership with the McCreary Centre Society. VACFSS is a unique position to undertake this kind of longitudinal outcomes study, as "aging into community" is part of our restorative practice and our workers/caregivers already keep in touch with many youth long after they leave care.
$10,000.00
2017