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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.

Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing program

Our Society plans to provide an Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing program to support 30-50 youth annually, aged 16-24 who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood. This figure includes 15-20 youth who we currently house plus youth living elsewhere for whom we will provide outreach for. The program will provide an Aboriginal mentor, Mentor Assistant, & Housing Navigator to engage our youth in activities that will better guide their development of becoming a productive citizen with a strong cultural identity who is a good tenant and neighbour. We will adopt the Jim Casey Initiative to help our youth set up an Aboriginal Youth Board so they can become effective self-advocates. We will bring Lu'ma's existing community partners to create a Community Partnership Board. The two Boards will develop resources, opportunities & advocate for changes in services & public policy. Implementing the Jim Casey Initiative, we will offer our youth an 'Opportunity Passport' to open doors to financial planning, asset building & employment.

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." ( 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.

Making Resiliency Happen through Youth-Adult-Partnership for Aboriginal Youth in Care

First Nations Health Authority, Fraser Health-Aboriginal, Sumas First Nation, and Valley Youth Partnership for Engagement & Respect (VYPER – managed by Impact) propose a project, based on collective impact (Turner, et al, 2012), developmental evaluation (Patton, 2011), and outcome mapping (Earl, Carden, & Smutylo, 2001), that will enhance community youth-adult partnership behaviours to improve the number, quality and sustainability of Aboriginal teaching-inspired resiliency-building opportunities available to youth-in-care in the Fraser Health region. This approach acknowledges replicated studies showing resilience is a social process (Obradovic, Burt, & Masten, 2006; Sameroff & Rosenblum, 2006; Stajduhar, Funk, Shaw, Bottorff, & Johnson, 2009; Stone, Becker, Huber, & Catalano, 2012), and is based on three core factors that support youth into thriving by mid-life (Brown, Jean-Marie & Beck, 2010): 1. opportunities to participate and contribute; 2. caring and connected relationships; and 3. developing high self-expectations. These factors align with Indigenous teachings around the four quadrants of the medicine wheel: generosity, belonging, mastery, and independence (Brendtro, Brokenleg, & Van Bockern, 2002). The project will support the addition of an Aboriginal Youth-In-Care Facilitator to the VYPER project, which already engages numerous Aboriginal youth-in-care. The specific role will be to facilitate opportunities that support traditional ways between elders and youth.

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.

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.

Changing outcomes for youth in care – A Collective Impact approach

Collective Impact is a process which can be used to bring about change in complex problems in our communities. The Vancouver based project is using the Collective Impact process to bring stakeholders, youth and service providers together around a common goal, to improve the unfavourable outcomes experienced by many youth leaving government care. There are five mutually reinforcing conditions that are essential to the success of a Collective Impact approach to addressing a complex problem: developing a common vision across all stakeholders; introducing shared measurement across a service system; creating mechanisms for coordinated planning of different parts of a service system; creation of continuous communication protocols across stakeholders; and investment in dedicated system coordination. Phase 1 of the initiative (2014-2016) entailed assessing if there was a shared vision as well as willingness and ability to move forward collectively to support youth transitioning out of care in Vancouver. An initial vision was established that no youth will "age out of care." This means the system will address the need for youth to have caring connections in place, before they reach the age of 19. In Phase 2 (2016-2018), shared measures will be developed, a governance structure will be finalized and implemented, and there will be a focus on ensuring youth “ageing out” of care will have five caring connections. 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. The knowledge and momentum gained in Phase 2 will create the opportunity to implement real change moving forward into Phase 3 (the sustainable action and impact phase). This application is to support the first six months of Phase 2 (June – December, 2016).

Youth Research Academy

Building on the success of previous McCreary projects which have taught research skills and supported experiential youth (including those with care experience), we propose to establish a Youth Research Academy which will train one cohort of youth in and from government care each year. Participants will be trained to design, deliver, analyze and disseminate research projects of interest to youth with care experience and service providers. The Academy will also offer opportunities for additional youth to engage in more condensed research training projects. At least one research project conducted each year will be in partnership with the Federation of BC Youth In Care Networks (FBCYICN). FBCYICN had already identified the research projects it would like Academy participants to complete in Years 1 and 2. Once the first cohort of Academy participants have been trained, the Academy will take on additional research and evaluation projects for other agencies. Project goals include increasing youth led/driven research; training youth in and from care in community based research and dissemination; supporting youth and partner agencies to consider advocacy opportunities identified within the research; assisting participants to develop marketable skills; offering community agencies access to trained youth researchers who can conduct research projects of interest to those agencies; and offering evidence of the success of this model of engaging and supporting vulnerable youth.

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Social Credit Lending System For Young People

The goal of the project is to assess the viability of a social credit lending system for young people who have aged out of care. During crises, these young people often lack a financial safety net. NICCSS has undertaken preliminary conversations with YACs from VACFSS and Aunt Leah's in order to locate the gaps for young people who have aged out of care that could be filled by an ethical lending system. They reported that young people often lack funds for basic needs such as food, housing, medical cost and transportation, as well for aspirational needs like technology, education, career and personal development. The project would work with young people, community partners, financial institutions, health care providers, housing providers, and corporations to develop an ethical social credit lending system responsive to the needs of young people, giving them choice without miring them in needless debt. The project would work to establish a social credit score system whereby young people would receive "credit" for demonstrating connectedness to community and pro-social activities that would give them access to much-needed capital. Young people often face poverty; the project’s repayment system would allow young people to be successful in meeting the terms of their loan by accepting cash repayments, as well as goal-related and meaningful experiences such as volunteer work or work skills development, which will further increase community connections and pro-social activities.

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.

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.

Supported Youth Independent Housing Program (SYIH)

This is a subsidized housing and support program designed for youth in the Surrey area who are 16 to 24 and do not have stable housing. The program will help youth learn techniques in maintaining stabilized housing while also receiving one-to-one life skills training support. Youth workers will also be available for support in the evening through their Intensive Support and Supervision Program.

Pacific Community Resources Society

Youth Supported Housing Program Extension


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:

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.

Youth Housing First

The PHS Youth Housing First Project was piloted in 2011 through the Vancouver Foundation Youth Homelessness Initiative. The objective of the project is to house chronically homeless youth between the ages of 18-25 residing in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Youth Housing First offers unconditional supported housing and stability for young people who have become homeless as a result of mental illness and addiction. In the next year we are developing the sustinability of our youth work through two streams - developing a product or products that fund the training and employment opportunities for youth at East Van Roasters and Community Thrift and Vintage (coffee, granola etc) - and creating youth specific clinics using the fee for service model at the Portland Clinic

Housing First for Youth

This project will provide 15 low-threshold housing units – including two emergency shelter beds – for male and female youth aged 16 to 25 with multiple barriers. The Strathcona Mental Health Team, Portland Hotel Society (PHS), Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, YouthCO AIDS Society and the Urban Native Youth Association will partner to build on existing 24-hour staffing by adding case management, programming, outreach, clinical supports, employment and nutrition. Priority will be given to aboriginal youth with mental illnesses.

PLEA Community Services Society of BC


At PLEA often we are only funded to support youth through the initial phases of their transition to adulthood and leaving care. Many of these youth have few or no positive support systems in place that they can rely on. We have had many youth try to reconnect with their previous worker to get the support they no longer have, even to get the basic necessities of life. To address the challenges youth face in this transition we propose a three year project that focuses on addressing structural barriers, providing youth with assistance to develop independent living skills in a safe environment and providing and ensuring consistent long-term reliable support. Our project model includes a part time 1-1 worker with a caseload of approximately 10-12 youth (17-19 years old) per year in the Lower Mainland. We will focus on three populations for this project: 1.Youth leaving residential services 2.Youth who have been sexually exploited 3.Youth involved in the justice system. Intakes will be prioritized from the three populations based on need(please see the next page for more details).

RainCity Housing and Support Society

Co-Creating Unique Outcomes for LGTBQ2S Homeless Youth

RainCity Housing and Support Society wishes to develop culturally competent housing for Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Questioning and Two-Spirit (LGTB2S) youth who are experiencing homelessness. This two-year pilot project will build community support – providing opportunities for employment/education and strong peer networks – and social inclusion.

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.

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.

Building Capacity through Education

Building Capacity through Education will build upon the recent Peers for Housing Stability initiative. Though Peers, R2R developed a youth-specific course and trained youth facilitators to co-facilitate 20 RentReady sessions in the Lower Mainland. Emerging feedback from community partners has indicated a demand for capacity building to deliver the training in-house, both the youth-specific RentReady course as well as the broader, certificate-backed RentSmart course. In speaking to youth, R2R has also identified the need to develop tools that address roommate living situations, often a requirement for affordability but legally in the grey zone and a source of many issues and conflicts. Finally, there is a need for increased awareness and expansion of the Ready to Rent model amoung landlords and housing providers in the Lower Mainland. The goals for Building Capacity are as follows: - to train community organizations in the Lower Mainland to become RentSmart and RentReady facilitators and be able to deliver the curriculum to their youth populations - to increase awareness of the RentSmart certificate amoung landlords and housing providers - to pilot and implement RentSmart within the public, alternative and aboriginal school systems - to develop tools, resources and supports to assist youth to identify and navigate successful roommate living situations

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.

School District #62 - Sooke

Supporting Education for Children/Youth in Care in Partnership - A Collaborative, Developmental Evaluation of Year 1

For the past several years, the Sooke School District (SD62) and the Ministry of Family and Child Development (MCFD) have been engaged in a leading-edge collaborative initiative, exploring ways to improve educational outcomes for children and youth in care (CYIC). Their goal is to help children in foster care and in kinship care to graduate from high school and move into post-secondary opportunities. In spring 2016, SD62 and MCFD committed to work together on an initiative to develop a school-based social work team that will focus on children and youth in care to help them be successful in school and to graduate. The partners have been guided by best/promising practice evidence from the literature, including the Fostering Success – Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth In/From Care report (Rutman & Hubberstey, 2016) and the recommendations contained therein. To support the initiative’s implementation and knowledge translation efforts – i.e., to help the SD62 and MCFD team achieve positive change and advance knowledge, policy, and practice - an ongoing evaluation and research process was sought. Through the process of conducting a developmental evaluation of the initiative’s initial years, this project will assist MCFD and SD62 to identify and subsequently measure the initiative’s milestones, successes and challenges as well as student- and systems-level/organizational outcomes. The research and evaluation component of the initiative will also produce a report on the initiative’s initial year, which can be used by communities across BC seeking to undertake collaborative action to foster educational success for children and youth in care.

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.