Awarded Grants

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Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre

Newcomer Youth Ambassador Program

The Newcomer Youth Ambassador Project consists of three components providing the selected youth the chance to gain experience and develop their leadership skills within their peer groups, in the formal workplace, as well as in the broader community. The Youth Ambassador would be a paid position responsible to form and lead a youth advisory committee with other immigrant and refugee youth participants, who together would inform and advise VIRCS Staff on the challenges they are facing, their needs, desires, and how youth programming can better address these. The Youth Ambassador would then take a leadership role in the official development and facilitation of these programs and services, with assistance from Enable Program staff. The second component is a mentorship program with a member of the VIRCS board of directors. This opportunity would allow the youth to sit on the board for an in depth learning experience about non-profit governance, while also being supported by a board member in advocating for matters as they pertain to newcomer youth. The third component is community outreach and networking, where the Youth Ambassador would sit on the City of Victoria's Youth Council to advocate for social justice issues that pertain to immigrant/refugee youth specifically. They would also network with other youth groups and youth councils to stay informed about best practices and to learn from and support one another; including offering workshops and collaborating on events.

Victoria International Development Education Association

Leaders Now

In the next 4-years, 210 Indigenous youth will pass through VIDEA's Indigenous Internship, Shared Wisdom, and youth-led reconciliation projects. This represents an unprecedented opportunity to build Indigenous Board leadership. Leaders Now develops on VIDEA's work in each of these projects, engaging Indigenous participants to: 1. Create a leadership development project that meaningfully responds to their own needs as emerging Indigenous leaders; 2. Explore the challenges that Indigenous youth face from their perspective in accessing, and thriving in Board roles; 3. Create, implement, evaluate, and refine with Indigenous youth, innovative tools that help them to better understand the role they can play in Board governance and decolonisation and that build their own Board knowledge, governance and leadership skills. 4. Create resources for VIDEA (and others) to use with Indigenous youth on an ongoing basis; 5. As appropriate, support participating youth to identify and take up Board roles and explore the role they can play in mentoring and encouraging peers into Board roles. Leaders Now will also explore the impact that funding relationships and mechanisms have on an organisations ability to decolonise organisational governance practices identifying opportunities for change; promote to other organisations the advantages of integrating Indigenous youth into their Boards; widely distribute new knowledge and tools to other organisations, youth, and funders.

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.

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

West Coast YOUTH VOICES Project