Awarded Grants

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Get Outside BC 2017 – Fostering Change Edition

CPAWS-BC believes that in order to ensure conservation is a long-term priority, we need to equip the next generation of youth to feel safe exploring nature; to defend socially, culturally and biologically important spaces; and to lead their peers along a similar journey. We also need to ensure that all youth have these skills and experiences, and not just a privileged few. Get Outside BC (GOBC) is a longer term youth-led leadership program that supports young people gain the mental and physical health benefits of being in wilderness, while also being a leader in a larger social and environmental change movement. After speaking with young people and social service organizations, we learned that youth in care were craving the opportunities that GOBC offered but faced many barriers to participation. For example, some programs were prohibitively expensive for youth, or social service organizations didn’t have the capacity to start these programs on top of their regular programming. CPAWS-BC will work with youth in care, youth agencies and other experts to redesign GOBC specifically to meet the needs of youth in care. In doing so, we will amplify youth voice and engage young people and youth-serving orgs in creating a program formula that ensures full access and participation. Our longer-term goal is to demonstrate our outcomes for the larger community in order to make more inclusive and accessible spaces.

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

Youth and Community Navigator Program

Directions Youth Services, a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, provides critical supports to youth who are homeless, street involved and/or struggling with mental health and substance usage. Many of the youth that come to Directions have been involved in the foster care system. This grant will fund the expansion of our Navigator Program and would enable us to build the knowledge and skills of a youth’s community, while also supporting youth to achieve stability and successfully transition in adulthood. For the past 16 months, Navigator has provided support to 29 youth formally and 15 youth informally. Through this project, our understanding and practice in supporting youth through this critical age of development has been enhanced. Our learning has highlighted our need to further equip the community to support and accept these youth. Many of the youth we have worked with do have connections in their community who wish to take a more active role; however, these identified people often lack knowledge in the pivotal role they can play. They have indicated they would benefit from education to better support and prepare a youth to address needs such as: securing a health care team, housing, government ID and vocational/educational goals prior to their 19th birthday. This program aims to find a balance between educating the community and informing our training through continued support of youth transitioning into adulthood.

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.

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.

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.

Young Warriors Indigenous Youth Leading Change

Building on the relationships established, and needs identified in Phase One of the FCGrant, FRAFCA will develop an innovative program that would offer youth in, and from foster care a chance to represent themselves in the City of Surrey’s planning and decision-making process. We will complete this task by: 1) Creating a safe youth-only space to provide resources and meet on a regular basis; 2) develop an Indigenous Youth Leadership Training model and train two youth facilitators using the Indigenize Curriculum and addresses the 6 domains as well as their unique barriers to post care services. 3) establishing the Surrey Indigenous Youth Planning Table with key stakeholders. 4) Hold a Youth Honouring Event in partnership with Kwantlen First Nation that would invite the public to learn more about the experiences of Indigenous youth aging out of care; 5)prepare a gap analysis report and briefing note for the City of Surrey Council meeting in the fall. This year in the City of Surrey 56 Indigenous youth will age out of foster care. Surrey is home to 12000 aboriginal people. The median population age is 25.2 years old, which means it’s a young population with 50 percent under the age of 25. In our Phase One project, titled the Rites of Passage Project a major need identified was for appropriate and safe housing for youth aging out of care in Surrey. 50% of our participants were homeless at one point during our last project.

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.

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

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 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.

Greater Vancouver Regional District

2014 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count Youth Strategy

In March 2014, the RSCH will conduct a homeless count over a 24-hour period to provide a 'snapshot' of people who are homeless in the Metro Vancouver region. This includes estimating the number of youth who are homeless and obtaining a demographic profile of this population. After the 2008 homeless count, youth agencies expressed concern that youth had been under-represented. They requested the RSCH to develop a strategy specifically to reach homeless youth. Homeless youth are easily missed using approaches for homeless adults. A youth strategy was implemented in 2011. Agencies reported that it resulted in a more accurate estimate of youth homelessness and more youth answered all the survey questions compared to past years. The youth strategy will include: - Youth coordinator - Youth Steering Committee - Youth agencies to encourage homeless youth to ‘count themselves in’ at youth hubs and conduct surveys with homeless youth on the street - with youth volunteers - Youth volunteers for hub events and surveys - Youth involved in analysis, reporting, and evaluation

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.

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.

Life Success Program

The Life Success Program (LSP) is a transitional housing program that supports homeless transitional aged youth, ages 18-24, to acquire the skills needed to live independently. Key areas of focus include life skills, employment, education, interpersonal relationships and community integration. The Life Success Program gives homeless youth a chance to get on their feet, build skills, and form a web of community resources around them while being encouraged and supported in creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Referrals come directly from the young persons themselves, other community resource providers, teachers, social workers, and families. The Life Success Program has access to a variety of groups from the Transition to Adulthood program in support of identified clients goals. The variety of programs provided include the Budget Chef cooking program, Girls Group, the Outdoor Education Program, the Hollyburn / Chill Snowboarding program, a community garden and Hollyburn Hockey Heroes.

Life Success Program

The Life Success Program will create transitional housing and support to assist homeless youth aged 16-24 to acquire the skills needed to live independently. The goal is to support youth with employment, education, interpersonal relationships and community integration. The project will cover the North Shore from Deep Cove to Pemberton. The District of North Vancouver has donated two houses for this project and the Society has received a private donation for capital funding to renovate.

International Institute for Child Rights and Development

4 the Generation

Initiated & led by former Youth in Care, 4 the Generation builds on Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS)'s Youth Advisory Committee & Strengthening our Practice research, participation in Luma’s youth mentorship program & IICRD’s YouLEAD initiative & lived experience. Through engagement with Aboriginal youth in care, it has become clear that a fundamental gap in their lives is consistent access to cultural mentors & activities/ways of being despite policies in place to support youth in care having cultural plans. This gap has made it difficult for young people to understand who they are, where they come from & to develop the trust & skills needed to become the next generation of culturally grounded leaders. In collaboration with VACFSS & Pacific Association of First Nations Women, 4 the Generation proposes to engage 10-15 high-risk Aboriginal youth between ages 15-19 living in the lower mainland including youth in care & homeless youth. The project will offer 2 sessions a week over dinner that serves traditional foods & will focus on traditional skill development, leadership & understanding Aboriginal & child rights & history. Consistent mentors & Elders will be in attendance to help develop trust, a sense of belonging & deepen cultural knowledge & leadership. Skill recognition stamps will be awarded upon completion of projects & participants will be supported to attend leadership trainings to enhance their post secondary opportunities.

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.

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.

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

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.