Grants

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Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House- Intergenerational Resiliency Project

This 3-year intergenerational project focuses on supporting protective factors for impoverished, culturally diverse immigrant participants aged 10-18 years, their family members, and marginalized seniors living in the Hastings-Sunrise area. It offers attractive and innovative skill-building workshops, including hands-on culinary skills and intergenerational family support.
$50,000.00
2011

Atira Women's Resource Society

Maxxine Wright Early Care and Learning Centre

The Maxxine Wright Early Care and Learning Centre is a 59 - space daycare associated with Maxxine Wright Place, a comprehensive residential and health/emotional support program for women who are pregnant and/or early parenting and at risk. The daycare has been open since early 2010 and has struggled to achieve full enrollment/break even, for a variety of reasons including: -Atira's inexperience in operating daycares; -The number of infant toddler spaces, which is higher than usual because of the residential program mandate; - Stigma attached to the daycare due to the residential program. We are requesting financial support to stave off closure of the daycare while we reinvigorate our efforts to achieve full enrollment, which includes increased advertising and a comprehensive communications strategy, better utilization of our networks, a mentoring /spportive partnership with the YMCA daycare programs, revisiting our licensing/considering reconfiguration of the types of spaces and training/support of our staff to be more involved in helping us solve the problems.
$10,000.00
2011

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

Pre-Teen Nights

Pre-Teen Nights will offer evening pre-teen drop-in programs in seven locations which will integrate social activities with discussions and themes related to participants’ needs. Participants determine both the social activities as well as discussions. Trained staff provide mentorship and support to make a safe environment where participants feel comfortable to raise issues that are affecting their lives.
$85,000.00
2011

Britannia Community Services Centre Society

Speaking Rights: A participatory community building project for BC youth

Speaking Rights is a participatory education project that engages youth (12-18 yrs) in identifying strategies to address discrimination, bullying and exclusion and creating a space for dialogue and action on these issues. Over 25 organizations in BC would benefit from training, coaching, education resources, support in developing youth-led community projects, follow-up & sharing lessons learned.
$25,000.00
2011

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Engaging Families, Children, and Youth for Poverty Reduction in BC

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition aims to create a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with legislated targets and timelines. To do this, a community organizer will engage BC families, children, and youth affected by poverty. The Coalition will also launch a social media campaign, and engage with municipal decision makers about the need for a provincial strategy to reduce poverty. The Coalition will maintain a Secretariat (housed at Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) that will coordinate its work and support the Poverty Reduction Campaign.
$22,000.00
2011

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia

Integrating Early Care and Learning in BC

This project will build public support for a public system of integrated early care and learning that meets the needs of BC children, families and communities. In 2010, an Emerging Plan shared with thousands of British Columbians was overwhelmingly positive. In 2011 and 2012 the Project will produce a final Plan and undertake public education and community engagement activities to build awareness and support for the Plan.
$40,000.00
2011

Ehattesaht Tribe

Ehattesaht Children's Playground

Ehattesaht would like to build a culturally appropriate playground as a safe place for their children to play. This project is being undertaken with the full support of the Ehattesaht Chief and Council and through an an Aboriginal Leadership Initiative called Ahp-cii-uk. The main Ehattesaht reserve is small, with barely enough land for the 15 buildings on the reserve. The community is on Zeballos Inlet but cut off from access to the water by a busy logging road. Children not only cross the road to get to the water but they also play on it because they have no safe alternative. The Chief and Council have approved a site for the playground in the main part of the village, adjacent to the Youth Centre that will also eventually house a Headstart program to increase children’s success in, and attachment to, school. One of the requirements of Headstart is a fenced playground. Chief and Council have also purchased some playground equipmentwhich can be used. The project will result in a safe place for Ehattesaht children to play and contribute to social development activities.
$10,000.00
2011

Environmental Youth Alliance

Sustain

‘Sustain’ is a project that uses new media as a platform to engage marginalized youth in environmental and social justice issues and empowers them to become active participants in systemic change through sharing their visions with their community. Ten youth will receive intensive training in diversity, media, communications, and then work on new media endeavours that build awareness.
$25,000.00
2011

Equitas - International Centre

Speaking Rights - a participatory human rights education toolkit for BC Youth

Speaking Rights is a human rights education project that engages 13-17 year olds in exploring issues that are important to them as they work together to identify strategies to address discrimination, bullying and exclusion. Through Speaking Rights youth workers and youth are trained on the Speaking Rights Toolkit which is an innovative tool which supports and develops the leadership skills of youth by strengthening their knowledge, skills, values, behavior and attitudes. Youth participate in activities and community projects from the Toolkit which open up a space for dialogue and action on issues such as participation, leadership, active citizenship; self-esteem and relationships; violence and intimidation; rights and responsibilities; gender roles; and exclusion, discrimination and racism. The current toolkit is based on a needs assessment conducted with youth and youth workers in Montreal. With the recent success of this project in Montreal, Equitas partners in BC have asked Equitas to adapt the toolkit to meet the Vancouver context and the needs of youth workers and youth in BC.
$10,000.00
2011

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

The Living Wage Investor Project

In Britain, the United States and now in Canada there is increasing support for a ‘living wage’ as a way to ensure that families have enough income to support themselves to develop in a healthy and socially inclusive way. The living wage is about what a family with children would need to earn in order to have an after-tax income that allows it to meet basic needs and to participate in the civic/social life of their community. ‘The Living Wage Investor Project’ aims to broaden and deepen the visibility and effectiveness of the Living Wage for Families campaign in Metro Vancouver by seeking support for paying a living wage from institutional investors (pension funds, mutual funds, investment managers, foundations and endowments). It is hoped that encouraging institutional investors to prioritize investing in companies that pay a living wage will increase the opportunities for families to earn enough income so they don’t have to face impossible choices— such as whether to buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent.
$4,000.00
2011

Fireweed Collective Society

I Can Cook A to Z!

I Can Cook A to Z! works through the ingredient alphabet, introducing participants to healthy foods they may have seen in the store but never tried before. The program engages Fireweed clients and their families in 26 weekly cooking sessions, building cooking skills and increasing literacy and reading skills. It uses low-literacy cooking resources recently developed by Fireweed, and results in the publication of a cookbook and kitchen skills handbook for participants to use at home. Our target group is ages 16 to 24, particularly young parents and pregnant women. Over the past year and a half we identified that a majority of participants in our cooking and skill-building (CSB) sessions do not have basic cooking or food safety skills and have challenges reading. Each session focuses on one ingredient, and highlights cooking methods and ways to use the ingredient in other recipes. Participants will cook together, building cooking skills and developing community relationships. Sessions will include information and tips on budgeting and shopping, and end with a communal meal.
$8,150.00
2011

Girls Action Foundation

Creating a BC network of girls' programs

This project will offer networking and skill-building activities that will allow 40 community groups to collaborate year-round. It will implement outreach, workshops, online communication mechanisms and best practices sharing for these organizations. Two partner organizations will offer programs for Aboriginal and racialised girls and young women in their communities.
$31,000.00
2011

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

MY Circle Transitions: Enhanced Newcomer Leadership Training

This project will develop and deliver 8-10 training modules for immigrant and refugee youth leaders in areas youth have identified including conflict resolution skills, LGBTQ/migrant identities, migration, multiculturalism and indigenous perspectives. Curriculum will be developed in the first year and delivered, evaluated and fine tuned in the second and third years, with a target of training 40 newcomer youth.
$90,000.00
2011

International Institute for Child Rights and Development

Hear the Child Education Project

The Project will serve BC children, youth and their families, professionals providing non-therapeutic child interviews in family cases, and legal professionals who need their services to implement BC law. It will start a non-profit society that promotes professional education for non-therapeutic child interviewers, where BC families and legal professionals can learn about a service available to them to support children and youth; and where BC children and youth are given an opportunity to share their views with qualified interviewers where their best interests are determined.
$35,000.00
2011

Kamloops Family Resources Society

Mothers for Recovery Mentorship Program

This project addresses the addiction issues of mothers and pregnant women with peer support through weekly workshops run alternatively between professionals and mentors. This program directly benefits the community at large, increases use of existing services, decreases the risks of child apprehension and fills a need unmet by other service providers.
$40,000.00
2011

Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association

Food Skills Capacity Building

The project will engage and train at-risk children, youth and parents in community food security (life skills, leadership, food safe, food preparation, cooking and healthy nutrition). Three neighbourhood single parents will be trained and employed as part time kitchen trainees to help prepare and cook nutritious food for residents involved in Kiwassa programs. The trainees will be supported to find entry level employment in the hospitality industry, leading to increased financial security.
$35,000.00
2011

Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF)

Building Capacity and Continuity Through Volunteerism

LaFF’s Volunteer Program is designed to strengthen and enhance our Family Resource Program and provide opportunities for growth and a sense of belonging to individuals in the community. Ladysmith is filled with people who are looking for ways to meaningfully connect and build a richer community in which to belong. With 15 years of community building history, LaFF has grown into a leader, and not only young families, but people of all ages and backgrounds are turning to LaFF for opportunities to engage and participate in our community. The Volunteer Program will allow LaFF to formalize and strengthen our existing volunteer activities, building on our relationships with senior and youth volunteers, forming connections between and within social networks and generations. The strength, vibrancy and sustainability of our work with children and their families will increase in the process, as intergenerational understanding and learning opportunities become part of our everyday operations and our pool of stakeholders and participants increases and diversifies.
$10,000.00
2011

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

Burnaby Youth Services Hub Support Project

The Burnaby Youth Hub provides educational, health and therapeutic services to vulnerable youth with complex needs who are not connected to the community through school or work. Services include an educational program, a youth clinic, and a youth centre. The Hub also offers counselling services, job readiness and skills training. This project will assist with staffing costs to provide oversight of the network of agencies that work at the Hub and promote the Hub to the community.
$30,000.00
2011

NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education and Support

Youthspace.ca

Youthspace.ca is a safe, moderated online service offering emotional support, crisis intervention, and information to youth in Greater Victoria. It provides a staff moderated forum, private one-to-one chats and the option of e-mailing a counsellor directly. It supports youth experiencing mental health, addictions and/or other crises with referral information and acts as a bridge to other local services. The program also engages Victoria youth as volunteers in a significant way in their community by providing volunteer training and a direct way to support their peers.
$71,000.00
2011

Neighbourlink Vanderhoof

Best Moms and Dads Program

Activities are participant generated and a broad range (financial, math, reading)of free literacy tutoring is provided. The program is innovative, grassroots, and flexible enough to meet clients where they are at. Program structure, outcomes, and goals are different for each participant depending on their need. While the small group size allows us to offer individual education plans in a group setting, the focus for all participants is parenting, budgeting, nutrition, lifestyle choices and literacy. Transportation to and from provided by Saik’uz First Nation drivers, and two First Nations women hired as co-coordinators. Activities: Creative learning and crafting sessions. Dreaming a Dream: Many participants don’t believe it is possible for them to have a better life. Using scrapbooking, individuals develop a dream, break it into goals, turn goals into steps. Craft Sale Table – creation of goods, marketing, entrepreneurship, confidence building Self-esteem building through creative expression (Moccasin Making, Shoulder Bags, Scrapbooking)
$10,000.00
2011

Northern Family Health Society

Mothers for Recovery Peer Mentoring Project

This project is a women centered, peer driven initiative that offers support, encouragement, awareness in personal journeys and mentoring for mothers struggling with addiction. It aims to enhance the group by providing bi-weekly mentorship workshops for the mothers, including resources and wages for two senior mothers in recovery to facilitate one mentoring workshop a week. The second workshop every week will be facilitated by community professionals on various topics pertaining to the recovery process.
$40,000.00
2011

Options Community Services

Neighbourhood Based Family Connections in Surrey/White Rock

Within the context of the dramatic demographic growth of Surrey (and the exponential growth in families with young children and the diversity of these families) and the limited neighbourhood infrastructure (geographic distance and transit issues that impose barriers) to support these families, the project will provide enhanced supports and resources to families through the creation of family resource networks or hubs.
$100,000.00
2011

PeerNet BC

Building Inclusive Communities (BIC)

BIC brings youth together with older community members to develop and share facilitation and community engagement skills, culminating in inter-generational community projects. Each year, 14-16 registrants participate in 6 days of facilitation training focused on engagement practices and concepts. They participate in two five-week learning circles to mentor each other and explore ideas emerging from their training and conversations. PeerNetBC’s youth and community program staff facilitate, mentor and coach as the project evolves, supported by The Society for Children and Youth.
$70,000.00
2011

Power To Be

The Power To Be Wilderness School

The Power To Be Wilderness School is a five-year program for youth that fosters positive social development and life skills through outdoor adventure activities. Using nature as a classroom, the program offers weekend trips once-a-month and extended summer expeditions for youth in need of extra support. School officials nominate kids who are not thriving in traditional school environments.
$20,000.00
2011

Rediscovery International Foundation

SOARING SPIRITS CAMP - COMPLETION PROJECT

This project will complete the new Soaring Spirits Camp where Outdoor Skills Training is provided by building a covered Council Fire site that will become the heart of the camp, a large root cellar for winter storage of organic garden produced at the camp and a traditional Gitksan smokehouse to teach participants the traditions of curing salmon.
$20,000.00
2011

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