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

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

Foster Youth Food Guide

Foster youths face a multitude of challenges after aging out of government care, from housing to education and employment. However, one of the most immediate and pressing obstacles youth face after losing support, is where they’re going to find their next meal. Due to a lack of support, we know that over half of BC foster youth will become dependent on income assistance (MCFD, 2015). This means that for the majority of foster youth, their weekly food allowance is approximately $18 after factoring in living expenses (Raise the Rates, 2015). As a result, many foster youths need to find alternative sources of free food or confront days of hunger. The good news is that there are many organizations, like Aunt Leah's Place, that offer free food and community supports in Metro Vancouver. Using youth experience and knowledge of these organizations, the Foster Youth Food Guide will create an online food resource that helps young people locate organizations that are transit accessible, safe and promote food security. The guide will be built using Google Maps’ API and include clear directions, detailed descriptions, and pictures or videos of each space. To gather this data, youth researchers will travel and review each location. We believe this project falls directly within Fostering Change’s small grants funding approach, as it is a youth-led project that fills a gap with actionable knowledge and builds relationships between foster youth and their communities in Metro Vancouver.
$4,480.00
2017

Community Sourcing: Crowd-Sourcing New Allies & Resources for Youth In-And-From Care

‘Community Sourcing’ creates multiple legacy projects to build upon and carry forward the work of the Fostering Change initiative through a bi-annual youth-led and youth-organized “crowdsourcing” dinner. Dinner attendees pay an entrance fee to get dinner and a vote. Attendees hear presentations on community-building projects from youth in-and-from foster care. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, and vote on the project they think benefits the community and youth-from-care the most. At the end of the night, ballots are counted and the winning presenter goes home with all money raised (around $2,000) to carry out the project. Thus, youth in-and-from foster care raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help carry out their project. This Community Sourcing dinner occurs twice a year with opportunities for presenters to receive speaking & engagement training in preparation for their presentation. Two youth in-and-from foster care are hired to run the project, including organizing and building capacity of presenters, promotion of the bi-annual dinners, plus sourcing sponsors and supporters. The premise of this project is largely borrowed from SOUP, a model of community project ‘dinner’ crowd-sourcing that has proven successful around the world. People want to engage and participate in this type of community-building activity and this project opens up this important opportunity to youth in-and-from foster care.
$37,500.00
2017

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

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

Indigenous Youth Affecting Change

Under an Indigenous youth led process, 4 new youth facilitators will begin training on an Indigenous cultural competency based learning tool which they will learn and then deliver and share under a social enterprise business plan. The social enterprise will generate revenues to address the needs of Indigenous youth aging out of care. Through a partnership table including academia, a series of workshops from a cultural competency curriculum will be delivered by youth facilitators to audiences on colonization and steps needed towards reconciliation. The workshops will be presented to municipal & provincial government departments, to public schools, for profit sector and special interests groups. Within the presentations will be an overview of issues affecting Indigenous youth and will present suggestions on how to better serve Indigenous youth through changes to policy, where to place enhanced resourcing for community based services and contribute to awareness on gaps in research. With the involvement of youth and community, a new youth position will be created to guide the social enterprise activities contributing to a legacy of supports for Indigenous youth aging out of care in Surrey. This project will create awareness of urban Indigenous issues, provide Indigenous youth with an advocacy voice and will contribute to a better understanding of the needs and supports needed to reduce the over representation of Indigenous children in care. Our youth are engaged and prepared.
$75,000.00
2017

Global Youth Education Network Society

Fostering Change Community Organizing Jumpstart

Fostering Change Community Organizing Jumpstart will provide new community organizers with the skills, relationships and confidence to run effective campaigns. It involves 3 components: Component 1: Organize BC Core Training in the Lower Mainland for three youth from the Fostering Change network. Participants will learn: - How to tell their story to mobilize others to take action and gain insight into their own leadership potential - How to recruit and retain volunteers - How to devise an effective campaign strategy - How to select tactics that align with their strategic goals Component Two: At a Tactics Training in April, 25-40 participants will work collaboratively to design tactics for the Support the 700 campaign in the lead-up to the May 2017 provincial election. Component Three: From June 25-29, 2017, three youth will attend Campaign Bootcamp (a working title), a 5-day residential program that will bring together grassroots and non-profit movement builders to deepen their learning of effective campaigning and movement-building strategies. With support from skilled and experienced trainers, participants will be guided through creating ready-to-launch campaigns, and will walk away with the confidence to use their voice to campaign on the issues that matter to them. Participants will learn: - How to build campaign from beginning to end that centre marginalized voices - How to campaign in partnership with other movement builders
$9,983.00
2017

Ready to Lead: Organizing and Campaigning Skills for Youth

As Fostering Change sunsets from its leadership role, the baton needs to be passed to new leaders, and youth need to be at the forefront. Ready to Lead offers youth the skills to maintain the momentum created by Fostering Change, and run campaigns that create meaningful change for youth in care. It has four parts: 1)Annual 2-day tailored training. 2)Scholarship Fund to nurture skills of training alumni and train new activists. Provides ~25 spaces in full suite of Organize BC programs (see organizebc.ca). Includes $2,000/yr in trainee travel to Vancouver programs from elsewhere in BC. 3)Coaching for training alumni to support them in implementing new skills into campaigns. 4)The development of the training skills of 1-4 youth as trainers via OBC’s Train the Trainer program. We’ve discussed our proposal with staff at First Call BC, Aunt Leah’s Place, and Society for Children and Youth of BC. Each told us that they thought the training and coaching we propose would be valuable to support youth effectively engaging in advocacy. They all suggested that members of their, or other organizations’, Youth Advisory Councils would be the best candidates for training and support. One person said that many YACs seem to have trouble maintaining focus, and lack needed leadership training, while organizations struggle to find the resources and provide support. Each felt that more support and skills training for YACs would allow them to more effectively organize and advocate for change.
$25,000.00
2017

Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society

Mobilize Change for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

A Way Home is a committee led by youth with lived experience implementing Kamloops Youth Homelessness Action Plan. We have identified a two component project. The first is a launch event to release results from our Youth Homelessness Count – the first in Canada. Findings showed 56 youth currently homeless and 73 who experienced episodic homelessness. The event’s purpose is to educate public through the voices of youth providing recommendations for social change. The event would inspire a community movement pre-election. Youth will be involved in the planning and leadership. The launch event will engage everyone around youth homelessness and how to prevent it for youth aging out. The second component would be to hire a contractor to create a business plan on the Youth Count key recommendation: Safe Suite housing program. There is a significant need for Youth Housing First for youth ages 18-24 that are aging out of foster care and/or experiencing homelessness. In 2015, we completed a pilot of this model with 4 youth and limited staffing where we recognized the need for 24/7 staffing. Safe Suites would serve youth who need a supportive environment to stabilize and transcend homelessness. A contractor would complete a Safe Suites business plan from youth and community feedback and research.The plan would be used to engage provincial ministries and the private sector for funding sustainability. A Way Home would mobilize this plan in community to bring this project to life.
$5,500.00
2017

Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association

Neighbourhood Love Letters

Neighbourhood Love Letters (LL): an arts-based community engagement process connecting youth-in-and-from care (YIC) with residents in Hastings-Sunrise & Grandview-Woodlands to harvest the deep, unspoken seeds of belonging that make up a neighbourhood , and reflect the spirit of neighbourhood back to itself, in it’s own words, illustrated in shared public spaces. Supported by Corrina Keeling, Lead Artist, Diego Cardona, Youth Coordinator and Vicki Li, Volunteer Coordinator, a spring and summer engagement process for resident volunteers, inclusive of a group of youth-in-care, gain skills in art installation and community-directed inquiry, and interact at multiple points along the way, including meeting in person, contributing to the LL Scrapbooks, and witnessing the fruits of their own dialogue through temporary sidewalks and street installations in the neighbourhood. Fall harvest of scrapbook writings and photo documentation of sidewalk/street installation will form the basis of an arts exhibit and dialogue between youth and adults. LL will work w youth through networks including VACFSS-CRUW, Urban Butterflies, Youth Matters, Templeton CST, RISE, Roving Leaders. Importance of connections & social capital for all people is well-documented. Weaving YIC connection to and aspirations for place and home with those of other residents will provide a tangible, beautiful record of community affection and dialogue, & insight into strengthening connections in place.
$9,900.00
2017

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

Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society

Who We Are, What We Are, Why We Are (WWA3)

WWA3 develops from the words of Sq’éwlets elder Reg Phillips: "The past can either imprison us, or set us free. That is our choice. And so, link that with the tremendous culture and customs and traditions that we have as Xwelmexw people. All of the sacred things that the native people do or live through—like culture is a way of living. And I think just beginning to understand who we are and what we are and why we are. And I believe that last one… why we are, what are we really here on this earth, at this time, for—I really believe it has to do with a lot of healing." (digitalsqewlets.ca) This project allows us to support a staff person to continue to span the Fraser-Salish region—collecting the aspirations communities have for their youth (especially youth in care), and helping them come together to realize these aspirations. This position (2014-2016 VYPER, 2016-2018 YEP) has been widely embraced and utilized to support the sharing of power with young people so they can have a consistent and growing role in community-developed projects and develop their own projects—their own ways of defining who, what and why they are—constructing their own healing, identity & freedom—to steward the land, themselves, and the future 7 generations. The project has been developing along 5 streams: 1) Youth co-facilitated interactive workshops, 2) Youth-led, adult-supported regional conferences, 3) Local youth and elder events, 4) Youth advisory/action groups, 5) Knowledge exchange activities.
$50,000.00
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

Youth Research Academy: Post majority research pilot

A shortage of longitudinal data exists about the challenges, supports and successes youth aging out of care experience. McCreary aims to use the expertise gathered by conducting surveys such as the BC AHS and Homeless and Street Involved Youth Survey (HSIYS), and longitudinal studies (e.g., 3-year evaluation following youth leaving PLEA) to support the YRA to develop and deliver a pilot study tracking youth as they age out of care. The YRA have been trained in survey development, data entry, analysis and dissemination. They have also been involved in focus groups and consultations with youth in and from government care. They will apply their developing research skills to this project. The project will follow established research ethics protocols for data collection and storage consistent with those used in other McCreary projects. Established protocols are also in place to ensure the secure handling of identifying information. Following youth and adult stakeholder consultations and with support from McCreary, TRRUST Collective Impact partners, and the YRA advisory committee, YRA members will develop a pilot study about the experiences of BC youth who age out of care. This post majority survey will canvass responses from youth approaching their 19th birthday and at two future time points (6 and 12 months). The YRA will be involved in all aspects of the project, from survey design to data analysis and dissemination.
$100,000.00
2017

Options Community Services

Nothing About Us Without Us All Candidates Meeting

The 2017 Nothing about Us without Us All Candidates Meeting is a project led by youth in and from foster care. The objective of the meeting is have our local candidates present their thoughts and plans that they have for youth as we lead up to the provincial election in May 2017. This idea came out of discussions that was facilitated by the Vancouver Foundations Manager of Communications, Jon Garner at the Fostering Change Grantees forum on Feb. 20, 2017. The plan is to have a partnership of youth serving agencies in Surrey develop a steering committee that will oversee the planning of the project. That Steering table will include youth, young people in and from care, youth serving agencies, and other community members. The steering committee will support young people in activities such as, reaching out to candidates, prepping for the event (i.e., developing questions, organizing the evening agenda, seeking community partnership, etc…), and securing the venue and snacks (i.e., coffee, water, pastries, etc…). Youth will also be supported in organizing focus groups in the community of Surrey to gather information on youth issues that will inform the questions that will be presented to the candidates. Training will be provided to assist youth participants of the event and there will be 3 months of follow-up of the project.
$4,000.00
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

PHS Community Services Society

PHS Youth Research Iniative

Through the PHS Youth Housing First Project we became aware of the fact that the majority of youth in the DTES were exited prematurely from the foster care system and that the correlation between their drug use, homelessness, transition to IV drug use and the connection to a premature exit from care needed to be explored more extensively. For this new project we would like to assign a researcher and a youth research assistant to gather pertinent info using primary sites such as Insite, New Fountain Shelter, PHS housing sites for youth and our Overdose Prevention Sites to gather data, and disseminate the findings. The tools we would use are, surveys, qualitative interviews, internal age based confidential statistics from Insite, and other referral sites. The specific information we will be trying to extract is: which young people (who we come into contact with at these sites between 16-30) had involvement with the child welfare system, at which age they entered that system, what was the age and point of exit from the child welfare system, when the youth started using drugs, the correlation between drug use and insecure housing, and what the housing trajectory has been since.
$90,000.00
2017

Ready to Rent BC Association

Walk With Support Expansion

Over the past two years Ready to Rent (R2R) has been engaging with youth to understand their housing support needs. Through surveying over 500 youth, Ready to Rent has learned that 71% of youth have had housing related questions and didn't know who to ask in regards to these questions. Ready to Rent embarked to understand if a housing support model that incorporated texting in addition to in-person, email and call support could be an impactful and accessible form of housing support for youth. From in person consultations with 40 young people, 80% told Ready to Rent that they would utilize a text support line to solve housing related issues. We explored various options for providing IM and texting service and have identified iCarol as the most appropriate and cost effective platform, the platform being used be Need2, youth suicide prevention line. iCarol integrates texting/IM with data tracking and resource sections. R2R will have increased capacity to support thousands of youth in their housing journey. Furthermore, the iCarol platform will allow R2R to learn about the unique housing issues of youth and respond to these issues through adjusting course curriculum and supports. For example, if data indicates that eviction rates due to poor pest management are particularly high in Nanaimo, Ready to Rent can use this to inform course content to meet regional needs. Ready to Rent will share these research learnings with the community for collective impact.
$9,850.00
2017

Landlord Guarantee Fund Research

Ready to Rent BC (R2R) has adapted a successful model from Portland that combines tenancy education, a completion certificate that acts as a reference, and landlord guarantee fund (LGF). This combination helps youth who may face barriers access good housing and have successful tenancies. LGFs are key in reducing landlord concerns related to turnover and damages, and can be a positive deciding factor when choosing to rent to a young person. The Portland LGF demonstrates an increase in tenancy length, reduction in stigma and, since the introduction of the Landlord Guarantee Fund, only 0.6% of tenancies have ever had a claim submitted for damages. R2R, in partnership with communities, provides effective education and certificate recognized by BC Housing and BCNPHA members. Determining how to implement a Landlord Guarantee Fund is the next step. R2R will partner with Aunt Leah's Place, the Friendly Landlord Network (FLN) and youth advisers to research implementation, operation, and sustainability of an LGF for youth in care. While the FLN will serve as the primary case study for initial implementation, the research project will develop a 'How To' toolkit for broader use. The project activities will also engage key stakeholders including youth, community organizations, landlords and property managers. The scope of research will also include financial models for scaling and identify potential sources of seed funds for establishing an active LGF.
$25,000.00
2017

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

Growing the Discourse — Journalism for Systems Change

Discourse Media proposes an ambitious plan to create: a permanent full-time child welfare reporter position; a permanent youth in/from care media fellowship; a deeply researched guidebook to support better media coverage and a national, collaborative network of journalists reporting on child welfare. In 2017, Discourse employed the only full-time child welfare “beat” reporter in Canada. This position is unique due to our commitment to relationship-building, community engagement and collaboration with youth. After spending a year asking questions about this system, we’ve been humbled by the sheer complexity of the system and honoured by people with lived experience who have spent time teaching us and pointing us to the many important stories that have gone untold. We want to play our learnings forward. We are motivated to change people’s impressions of media as a barrier to progress, and redefine media as a catalyst for positive social change. This grant would allow us to build on the work that we’ve done and expand it to meet the strong demand for better storytelling and reporting on this complex system. We want to work with our colleagues in media and community partners to spark solutions-focused conversations about child welfare that transcend regional systems and borders. We’ve seen that there’s appetite for this kind of network. Through this radically different, engagement-driven approach, we believe we can continue to shift the way media report on child welfare.
$25,000.00
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

Enhancing Youth Transitions Policy Advocacy in BC

Anticipating the sunsetting of the Fostering Change Initiative (FCI) at VF, First Call (FC) is interested in helping sustain young leaders’ engagement in policy advocacy to fully achieve the system changes needed to support better transitions for youth aging out of care in BC. In our work on this, we’ve heard & observed that current policy advocacy for YI/FC happens in silos & primarily at the municipal level. By bridging the FCI network & a coalition of 101 orgs with a background in prov level policy advocacy, FC is well-positioned to further efforts for systemic change. Recent consultation with 25 orgs working w/ YI/FC, including young leaders, disability grps, immigrant services, Indigenous orgs, resid’l care providers, etc., told us: 1) Service agencies are looking for a place to hand off policy advocacy to & more ways to connect youth who want to do policy advocacy; 2) Existing YACs need support to come together, communicate, learn from each other. This project will build capacity for FC to work collaboratively with youth-serving orgs to engage & support YI/FC to participate & take leadership in the range of awareness & advocacy activities needed to inform policy-makers, build public support for greater transitions investments & monitor system change. The project will develop support for YI/FC interested in moving from self-advocacy to systemic advocacy thru training, networking w/ adult allies & other young leaders, mentoring, & opportunities to practice new skills
$150,000.00
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