Awarded Grants

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Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

New Neighbors Project - Newcomer Youth for Real Representation

This project will invite and support newcomer youth in exploring ideas and strategies that will amplify their voices, ideas, thoughts, and lived experiences in decision-making spaces in which they are currently entirely excluded from or are underrepresented. We will convene immigrant and refugee youth, along with staff and board members of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, in co-creation style facilitated dialogues that draw out, identify, and document the most effective and sustainable strategies and structures in order to have newcomer youth's voices captured at the board, governance, and decision-making level at ANHBC's neighbourhood houses. As neighbourhood houses are an important resource to newcomer youth, it is vital that newcomer youth are involved with the neighbourhood house's decision-making on community issues, which directly affect the livelihood of newcomer youth, their peers, and their families. MPNH's Newcomer Youth Leadership Group, along with our newcomer youth groups at fellow neighbourhood houses, will meet to form a city-wide Newcomer Youth Committee to design, implement and evaluate the project from beginning to end. Newcomer youth will meet, highlight key areas of exploration, and facilitate dialogue workshops. The results will be compiled by newcomer youth and the recommendations, strategies and best practices will be presented to ANHBC staff and Board of Directors with the goal of increasing genuine representation in decision-making
$10,000.00
2018

Bill Reid Foundation

Indigenous Youth Governance

The project we are proposing is based on the research completed for the Develop Grant: Indigenous Communities Consultation Project (CCP). The Indigenous Youth Governance Project (YGP) is a three year long project that will seek to safely integrate Indigenous youth representation into the governance structure of the Bill Reid Gallery. We are asking the Vancouver Foundation to support Year 1 of this plan which includes the creation of an Indigenous youth board position in order to increase youth visibility at the leadership level of the organization. The Youth Candidate (YC) will be an Indigenous youth between the age of 16-24 and preference will be given to youth from the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh host Nations. The YC will receive an honorarium for their participation at Board and advisory meetings. Under regulation, Board members cannot receive remuneration, therefore we will work with the Board Chair and governance committee to determine an appropriate position title for the youth participant that will allow them to have a fulfilling governance experience and receive appropriate compensation for their expertise. The YC will undergo an orientation period with the Education Coordinator and learn about the Gallery's relationships with different organizations and artists. Near the end of the project, the YC will have the opportunity to develop youth oriented programming with the Education and Program Coordinator.
$10,000.00
2018

Britannia Community Services Centre Society

Youth Voices of East Van

Youth Voices of East Van seeks to develop a sustainable, long-term approach to youth governance in Vancouver's inner city by creating a continuum of strategic leadership opportunities for Indigenous, low-income and newcomer youth, where they are represented on more committees, boards and working groups and in meaningful staff and volunteer roles in local government and non-profit settings. Through the Youth Voices process, youth, local organizations and institutions will be engaged in dialogues designed to generate ideas for more systematic or formalized approaches that empower youth to take an active role in their neighbourhood as well as the additional capacity required to realize this new model of youth governance. Based on Our Place's Accountability Pledge process, the Governance Committee at Our Place has been developing a proposal for a community governance system and we are now establishing a participatory governance model as a permanent mechanism to empower local decision-making on an ongoing basis, in a way that can be replicated across the City. The model will incorporate a structure similar to organization boards and will require special consideration around how youth can be included in both informal and formal ways. Over 13 organizations have now committed to participate in the Governance Pilot Project steering committee and over the next year will work on implementing phase one, which is has received financial support from the City.
$10,000.00
2019

Carrier Sekani Family Services

Intra-agency Indigenous Engagement Project

We would like to propose an initiative aimed at hoping to learn new ways of creating meaningful engagement for Indigenous youth within our organization. We want to know how we can listen better and what conditions we need to create in order to hire Indigenous youth here at Carrier Sekani Family Services. We desire to foster young Indigenous leaders within our organization and create space for meaningful advancement. -- We would use the funding in order to reach out to neighbouring BC communities (Indigenous) and connect with youth and young adults as well as pay for them to come to Prince George to attend a forum to hear what they need to achieve the above-mentioned. We would create discussion groups, and a panel of young people to facilitate youth conversation about meaningful engagement.
$20,000.00
2020

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Disrupting the Nonprofit Industrial Complex: BIPOC Youth Leadership and Solidarities

Upon becoming Check Your Head's ED as a racialized youth and young Muslim woman who is unapologetically committed to struggles for justice, I reached out to BIPOCs within the local nonprofit leadership sector and gradually began to develop an intergenerational network that's interested in supporting pathways to leadership for Indigenous, Black, and other racialized immigrant & refugee youth in transformative ways which honour the (often unpaid) labour that young BIPOC leaders are already doing within their communities, through which this project idea emerged and developed over time. This project is needed because the nonprofit industrial complex has entrenched systemic barriers that prevent Indigenous youth, Black youth, and other racialized immigrant & refugee youth from (re)claiming power and space. Even when BIPOC youth are engaged, it's often done in a tokenizing and extractive manner that doesn't honour the depth of insights they bring. Accordingly, this project is intended to convene BIPOCs involved in the nonprofit leadership sector (staff and/or Board level) as well as BIPOC youth leading grassroots movements (also acknowledging that the both aren't necessarily isolated/separate categories), in order to collaborate on strategies and capacity-building with regards to how nonprofits can leverage their status, power and access towards supporting the grassroots, frontline and peer-based work led by and for BIPOC youth.
$20,000.00
2020

Diversifying Youth-led Boards

Check Your Head is a youth organization led by young people on all levels of the organization. The board positions are open to youth and youth allies, and historically the vast majority of board members have been young people under 35. As such, our board of directors is unique in the non-profit sector, and there are lessons to be learned in the success in removing barriers to youth participation in the governance of the organization. However, this model also comes with its challenges. Structurally, young people and particularly Indigenous and racialized immigrant/refugee youth, don’t have the same level of experience, skills, networks and connections as older and more established individuals who serve on non-profit boards. For the vast majority of all our directors, serving on our board had been their first experience of this kind. This has created gaps in our capacity as the organization and has a number of implications for our work, the solutions to which we want to examine through this project. This project will: 1. Examine structural components of our success in operating for 20 years with a youth-led board so that they can be shared with the wider community and inform further work; 2. Develop solutions to address current gaps in the representation of racialized migrant/refugee and indigenous youth on our board of directors; 3. Build organizational capacity in maintaining a strong and diverse youth-led board.
$10,000.00
2018

Community Arts Council of Prince George

Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective - Youth Arts Administrator

In November 2017, the Community Arts Council of Prince George & District ("CAC") was awarded a Field of Interest Develop grant to support the steering committee of the newly formed Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective ("NIAC"), an unincorporated group, comprised of Indigenous artists, nested within the CAC. NIAC has worked hard over the past months to forge a pathway to become the first non-governmental Indigenous Arts Council in British Columbia. Some of the accomplishments of the group include having a public launch, holding workshops, creating communications platforms, creating a work / meeting space, circulating calls-to-artists for Indigenous arts initiatives, and advising the CAC on Truth and Reconciliation actions. The work of the NIAC under the auspices of the Field of Interest grant continue through the Fall of 2018. In a very short time, this new group has positioned itself as a strong voice for Indigenous Artists in Northern Interior BC. The next initiative is to hire a youth in paid employment position in a new role of "Indigenous Arts Administrator". This new role will mentor with the CAC Executive Director and the NIAC steering committee members. Activities that will occur with this new position and mentorship will include being a staff resource to local Indigenous artists seeking professional development / funding / marketing resources, helping to guide the group towards non-profit status, and helping with the coordination of a major arts event in June.
$16,300.00
2018

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Chinatown Young Leaders

Chinatown Young Leaders’ goal is to strengthen and refine youth leadership development at Yarrow and in Chinatown by empowering youth of East Asian Descent to connect with each other through a dialogue event and develop a strategic 3 year plan. Chinatown is lacking meaningful social justice youth spaces. In our strategic plan, Yarrow committed to increasing decision-making power for our senior and youth members. We have been primarily senior-facing in our programs despite our aim to do intergenerational work. This project will centre on youth decision-making to ensure youth voices and experiences are heard alongside our seniors. We will recruit new members (newcomers and first generation youth) and re-establish existing member commitments. The project will provide anti-oppression and community organizing trainings, to allow youth to reflect and ground their lived experiences in systems that directly affect their lives, while providing inspiration and tools for change. It will also provide a space to reflect on our role in the Chinese community with relationships to Black, Indigenous, migrant, low-income, and drug user communities in the broader Downtown Eastside. From this, youth will plan and host a dialogue event with their peers to discuss opportunities for capacity building and leadership development. Yarrow youth leaders will develop a 3 year strategic plan based on the dialogue outcomes.
$10,000.00
2019

Tides Canada Initiatives

Howe Sound/Atl'kitsem Marine Reference Guide - Indigenous youth engagement

This project’s goal is to build capacity for Sk_wx_wu´7mesh (Squamish) Nation youth to be leaders in non-profit sectors associated with resource management in their traditional territory. We will achieve this goal by involving Squamish Nation youth in the Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem Marine Reference Guide (MRG). The MRG is a multi-stakeholder initiative whose goal is to improve marine health in Atl’kitsem by creating decision-support tools and processes that include perspectives from First Nations, governments, and stakeholders. The MRG’s outcomes will affect Squamish Nation youths now and throughout their lives. Accordingly, they must be represented in its planning, leadership and delivery stages. The MRG is in its planning phase. During this project two Squamish Nation youths will work as staff members on the MRG’s management team. They will work with community and project mentors to outline strategies for connecting traditional knowledge with resource management processes. They will also facilitate meetings to engage Indigenous youth in marine initiatives and participate in community stakeholder meetings organized through the MRG. Through this work, Squamish Nation youths will strengthen their collaborative leadership and community engagement skills and their relationships with mentors and stakeholders. These outcomes will advance their leadership role in Atl’kitsem and build their capacity to influence underlying socio-political systems associated with resource management.
$10,000.00
2018

Vancity Community Foundation

Eth?´s Lab Project

The purpose of the Eth?´s Lab Project is to empower Black youth, socially, culturally and economically through personal development and creating a cooperative enterprise. With Solid State Industries, the Eth?´s Lab Project will leverage the cooperative model to develop networked, members only, youth spaces (inclusive of all youth) that reflect their technological reality. We are hoping to inspire a legacy of black leadership and answer the question: "what might youth place/space making look like when you centre the humanity of the Black experience?". Many perceive that Metro Vancouver does not have a significant Black population - and while that is demonstrably untrue and a damaging narrative in many ways, it is true that since the dispersal of the Hogan's Alley neighbourhood, the region's Black community is substantially dispersed and displaced. This project will empower Black youth regionally in creating spaces that consider their experiences and to re-imagine their communities within an ethno-culturally relevant approach. The relatively small population size and diversity (cultural, social and economic) of the Black population is a characteristic that facilitates strong collaboration and cross cultural understanding within the community. This also presents an opportunity to bring Black youth across Metro together to combat the social isolation. The initiative will breakdown of regional 'stereotypes' that are a barrier for collective action within the Black community.
$10,000.00
2019

Watari Research Association

Board Decolonization and Capacity Building Project

We are committed to building an accessible, civil, supportive environment by including people across a range of religions, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, abilities, ages and socioeconomic classes. Our current Action Plan combines a systemic approach to decolonization with a recognition of the significance that Indigenous and racialized immigrants/migrants provide, and engages staff and Board in implementing a work plan examining how we support the community in general, and how to locate structural/service gaps within our organization. While we realise that decolonization is lengthy and complex, we begin this process by addressing a primary critique arising from our Action Plan: our Board of Directors does not represent the communities we support. The Board recognizes this gap between intention and reality, and is willing to initiate a process on how to include meaningful participation by members of these communities. We plan to involve two facilitators in the process: one Indigenous and one migrant organizer. Their guidance and assistance will be the main driver in shaping of the conversation with the Board, staff and communities. In order to implement this process, we will ask Indigenous/First Nations and Migrant organizations, groups, and communities with whom we are already connected to share practical/creative approaches to rebuilding our process. Members these groups have expressed their willingness to accompany us on this path.
$10,000.00
2018