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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.

Art Starts in Schools Society


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.

Arts in Action Society

Enterprising Youth

Through this project we will utilize a small cohort of youth to demonstrate their potential for independence and the existing capacity within youth exiting care to participate in, and eventually manage, visible mainstream spaces in Vancouver - spaces such as business, alternate and post secondary education, and community discussions of social issues affecting youth directly. This will be done by recruiting 4-6 young people between 17-24 who have experienced government care to participate in the Groundswell Business Alternatives Program. Through the program, youth will develop a project (ex. a socially-conscious small business, branded product, a non-profit or campaign) which at the end of the program will be presented as a Gala comprised of potential funders, community advocates, alumni and financial mentors. After the Gala, youth will use the mentors, alumni, and staff to carry out their project in the chosen community. The youth will be supported to find a project that will succeed, and will be supported by a wraparound community committed to their success in their chosen venture.

The Housing Matters Media Project - The Renovation working title

The Arts in Action Society in partnership with the Housing Matters Media Project is seeking funds in order to further our ongoing work in building and sustaining informed networks of youth and concerned adults who are involved in seeking solutions to issues relating to affordable housing for youth, particularly for former youth in care. This community engaged media art project will increase the community's ability to voice its own ideas and seek its own solutions in ways in which the public parent can support youth to successfully transition out of care into the community. This project will continue to educate members of the community on the particular issues youth in care face as they transition to adulthood. This project will create opportunities for mentorship, learning, and employment for participating youth. And it intends to create new knowledge to aid in ways in which adults can involve themselves in the role of the public parent.

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Frames Film Project: Increasing Community Connectedness for Youth in Care

The Frames Film Project provides training, support, and voice to multi-barriered youth ages 16-24. Each twelve week intake includes 15-20 youth participants, 3 Frame graduates/mentors, and 2 part-time staff. Youth meet one evening each week to provide peer support; receive life and employment skills training; and collaborate to conceptualize, film and edit stories for community change. Previous Frames' films addressed community issues of substance misuse, mental health, multi-culturalism, and crime prevention. Intake 9 films will focus on youth approaches to increase community connectedness for youth in care. All Frames films are shared at quarterly community screening events. Over the past two and a half years, our approach has proven to help youth with significant barriers develop a wide range of skills and take steps towards employment and community attachment. Frames is recognized by the Globe and Mail, CBC, partner organizations, and film industry professionals as a leading youth program.

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

The Friendly Landlord Network

The Friendly Network will create and systematrize a private sector network of resources specific to youth transitioning from care to adulthood. In addition this project will create a communication tool to enhance the increased inter-organizational coordination desired through the Fostering Change project.

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Finding Balance: Understanding the cultural needs of youth exiting care

The Finding Balance project is a response to challenges that have been identified by individuals and families, who access DIVERSEcity's services, identify as immigrants/newcomers and have involvement with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The specific challenges are related to the response to cultural needs with an emphasis on youth who are at risk of disconnecting from their culture by virtue of their own choices but also because of the stigma attached to their access to the care system and community support. In our preliminary inquiries, we confirmed that information regarding culture or ethnicity is not currently tracked by MCFD with the exception of Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal identity. We concluded that in order to eventually serve the needs of immigrant/newcomer youth in the care system, a general understanding of whose these youth are is necessary. Our project will engage youth in the Surrey region in community based dialogue sessions with a particular focus on youth aged 16 years and older and who are currently or once were involved in MCFD care.


Our Spirits Are Strong Inside

The project addresses the unpreparedness of Aboriginal, aging out youth, for independent living. Mental health, child welfare, and agencies reporting juvenile delinquencies show statistics indicating a high percentage of Aboriginal youth becoming 'at risk' when they leave foster care. This project will engage them in identifying the needs and services they see as helpful in transitioning to independence successfully and proudly.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Directions Safehouse Navigators

Youth-in-care, making up 40% of the homeless youth in Vancouver are a vulnerable population teetering between homelessness and stability. Under current BC legislation, there are few continuing supports available to assist youth when they turn 19 to safely transition to independence. Filling this gap will be the Navigator program, designed to support youth who have accessed our Safehouse and are transitioning to stability in adulthood. Safehouse is a voluntary residential program for at risk youth age 16 to 18 years, who need a safe place to stay for a short & critical time. About 50% of youth who access Safehouse are 18 yrs. The Navigator program will place a person in the lives of each youth whose guidance & support, similar to that of a parent, will help them achieve key transitional milestones such as housing, employment, education & life skills. This voluntary, youth centred service will be offered to all youth 18 years old and remain until one year after their 19th birthday or until the youth feels stable and self discharges.

Changing Outcomes for Youth In Care ΠA Collective Impact Approach

Collective Impact is a process which can be used to bring about change in complex problems in our communities. Our project is using the collective impact process to bring stakeholders, youth and service providers together around a common goal, to address the unfavourable outcomes experienced by youth who have government as a parent. The participants will agree on a different vision for youth leaving care. The initial vision is that no youth will "age out of care". This means the system will address the need for youth to have family in place, before they reach the age of 19. Once agreement is reached on the vision, the project participants will examine existing service provision systems and supports (both formal and informal) that would need to realign in order to meet the vision. All participants will measure outcomes in their systems against the vision. This new knowledge will create the opportunity to implement real change within the financial resources that are currently in the system of care.

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

Awakening Our Spirit: Strengthening Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth

With our Vancouver Foundation Project, we will to engage with Aboriginal youth who have or currently are experiencing homelessness and foster care. Through our engagement, we will provide a bi-weekly Aboriginal culture sharing with Aboriginal youth who are, or were, affected by homelessness and foster care. The cultural sharing will lead up to our Coming of Age Ceremony. We have contacted local First Nations explaining our initiative, that we recognize their traditional territory and asking if they would like to host our ceremony in their longhouse. Additionally we are also building a relationship with another local that also plans to host a Coming of Age Ceremony. Our project and work is intended to evolve into a significant partnership and/or sharing ideas. In addition, we will support our youth in their development of an awareness resource, a video portraying their perspective of transitioning from youth to adulthood. FRAFCA will also support the youth in another resource development of a photo book with their stories of experiences of homelessness and foster care.

Hollyburn Family Services Society

Life Sucess - The 4 R's (Residence-Resources-Relationships-Resilency)

This proposal will provide intensive transitional support for youth exiting government care by providing transitional and permanent housing, connecting youth to community-based resources and providing skills in the area of employment, education, interpersonal relationships, financial and domestic competence, facilitating connections to healthy relationships with peers and adults while providing opportunities for success to motivate future achievement while building resiliency. Prior to the youth turning 19, a youth support worker will conduct an intake assessment, client registry, referral and screening, and assessment. The information will be translated into a Life Plan where the youth will play an active role in developing, revieiwng and updating the plan and goals.

Youth Unedited

Based on current research that youth in government care often feel powerless during the transitional process, the idea of 'Youth Unedited' was born. Youth Unedited, is an organic and youth driven process with short and long term goals that provide leadership and skill development training to empower youth to be leaders and advocates for positive change in the foster system. It is an intentional three part process that acts as a continuum for youth to share, dialogue, express and then transform their experiences living in and transitioning from government care. Youth Unedited has three specific objectives - share experiences - document experiences - transform experiences.

Leave Out Violence "LOVE"

Unpacking Home - Mobile Exhibit

In the fall of 2013 LOVE and the Vancouver Foundation collaborated to host Unpacking Home, an art exhibit which showcased visual and media arts from youth, aged 15-24, who had lived in-care and/or experienced homelessness. Through the creation of the art pieces and subsequent community dialogue the needs of youth exiting care were highlighted. One of the most successful aspects of the project was the reaction from youth in seeing their art and media projects on display. It was deeply impactful to see their voice and perspectives honoured and recognized in that way. Not all of the participants have seen their work on display. In particular we heard interest from staff and youth from Aunt Leah's that a mobile project would be welcome in their space. To build off the success of this project LOVE would like to reengage project participants in the creation of a mobile exhibit and facilitated dialogue process. The main purpose of this project would be to generate awareness about the experiences of youth homelessness as well as the needs of youth exiting care.

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

New Westminster/Burnaby Youth Transition Advisory Committee

The aim of this project is to draw together New Westminster and Burnaby stakeholders to develop a collaborative/comprehensive approach to assist youth transitioning from care to independence, focusing on homelessness and specific life functioning challenges. The proposed Youth Transition Advisory Committee will be comprised of both government and community-based organizations with an investment in addressing these issues for youth currently and/or previously in care. This will involve strengthening the working relationships between stakeholders, completing a community analysis of factors influencing effective transitions, developing strategies that will integrate and maximise available services (building on existing community skills/capacities/assets) organized in a Community Action Plan and engaging in a practice/policy review leading to innovative recommendations. The intent of these activities is to improve overall life outcomes, and specifically housing outcomes, for these youth. A part-time Coordinator will be hired to coordinate and facilitate the work of the Committee.

Lu'ma Native Housing Society

Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing program

Launched in 2014, we currently support, mentor, engage and house 13 Aboriginal youth aged 16-24 to help in their successful transition from fostercare to adulthood. The program is 12-18 mths in length. Our Youth will be engaged to find permanent affordable housing as they graduate. Core staff are 2 Youth Mentors and a Project Manager supported by staff at Lu'ma. We have 8 Community Partnerships we will continue to develop to provide opportunities for our Youth and participate on our Community Partnership Board. We are actively building an Aboriginal Youth Advocacy Board to participate with the Community to advocate for positive change in public policy affecting young people transitioning out of government care. Core Program Structure: - Seminars & Workshops are provided weekly by our Mentors and Community Partners - Field trips with Community Partners, get acquainted and engaged with people, places & services - Youth are engaged in one-on-one Mentorship to overcome financial, educational, developmental, and health & wellness barriers or challenges.

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Community Planning Capacity for Development of Collective Impact Strategies

This project would expand on existing relationships to develop a placed-based community response strategy addressing the underlying issues putting our youth at risk. Establishing strategic coordination and collaboration between After-Hours, MCFD, VACFSS, VPD, non-profit organizations, housing providers and landlords, Hospital Emergency and health care. The creation of a comprehensive strategy resulting in the collaboration of multiple stakeholders rather the crisis driven intervention response that currently exists. A two-pronged approach will enhance the community's ability to continue work with youth at risk while facilitating the needed changes. Implementing a Circle of Care through one to one work with youth, their identified supports and networks; addressing both immediate needs and facilitating community involvement in the place-based community response strategy. This would result in the creation of a cooperative integrated model that builds the capacity of the community and strengthens positive outcomes for youth.

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.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Downtown Vancouver Youth Housing and Health Services Collaboratory

The Youth Housing and Health Services Collaboratory is an action-oriented project to engage key stakeholders involved in delivering health and housing resources to youth in downtown Vancouver. The 'collaboratory' will be a problem-solving group working to address barriers and challenges that youth 16-24 face accessing housing and health services. A parallel youth engagement process will inform the trajectory of the project and we will strive to make a meaningful difference in the experience of youth who seek resources related to housing and health. In order to improve access and flow-through for youth to a wider range of resources, agency representatives who are excited to, and capable of working as part of a collaborative team, and have a high level of management over the resources attached to the agency, will be invited to participate. Phase one will be a convened dialogue to ensure the group is aligned and 'on the same page'. Barriers to collaboration will be identified and addressed. Phase two will be a pilot of a mechanism to smooth access pathways to care and housing.