Grants

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Burns Lake Band

Children are our Future

This new playground for the Little Angels Daycare will create a safe, fenced area which will contain various play equipment which meets safety standards and designed for ages 3 and under. Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to play. Research has proven that there is a link between play and brain development, motor-skills, and social capabilities. All learning—emotional, social, motor and cognitive—is accelerated, facilitated, and fueled by the pleasure of play. Age appropriate playgrounds promote different types of play that are vital for a child’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development Research shows that children with poorly developed motor-skills by age five will likely never develop efficient motor-skills, outdoor play seems to be an important way to help with these skills. Playgrounds offer infants and toddlers a base for simple motor and exercise play to provide an environment to help develop these skills. Most importantly playgrounds have no racial boundaries and can help reduce racial tension in communities, large or small.
$15,000.00
2012

Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C.

Community Capacity Building Project for Children and Youth with Autism

Phase 1: Regional Resource Library The resource library will contain equipment, curriculum and training materials to be used in home, school and centre-based treatment programs. The library will contain training materials, curriculum materials, general information books and videos, Occupational Therapy Equipment, Behaviour Intervention Equipment and kits and Speech and Language Equipment. Phase 2: Regional Training This phase will provide community information sessions that will orient families, agencies, professionals and paraprofessionals to the resources available in the resource library and provide training to parents and paraprofessionals on the use of some of the curriculum materials available in the library.
$14,305.00
2012

Comox Valley Art Gallery

Youth Media Project

The Youth Media Project seeks to empower marginalized youth, through group-based media production practices, to become active citizens in affecting community change. Through this pilot project – a partnership between the Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Wachiay Friendship Centre – ten youth will receive training in digital video, animation and web design, and will engage with key community leaders in discussions surrounding justice, cultural heritage, activism and community participation. Youth will then create video, animation and/or web-based projects that express unique visions of ‘change’ within the Valley. These works will be exhibited and celebrated at a community-wide event, at which participants will be invited to speak to their creative philosophies and processes. The works will be compiled onto a DVD that will be distributed to key leaders and community groups within the Comox Valley, and exhibited online for broad dissemination. The project is designed to engage participants and the public in a change-dialogue surrounding the future of the Comox Valley.
$15,000.00
2012

Cowichan Valley Intercultural and Immigrant Aid Society

Compassionate Leaders

The Compassionate Leaders Project is aimed at strengthening youth leadership development and civic engagement. This includes local youth and youth who are newcomers to Canada. The project will utilize much of the CIS Inclusive Leadership curriculum in its design, skill-building, action planning and shared leadership facilitation. The project involves: 1. Networking and collaboration work with School District 79. 2. Facilitating skill workshops to 60 – 100 students in each of the five secondary schools of School District 79. The workshop is a condensed version of CIS’s locally developed ‘Inclusive Leadership Adventure’ curriculum to guide students to replace instinctive fight-flight reactions; respect differences in language, accent, dress, and appearance; use inclusive leadership skills and stand up for diversity. It is facilitated by 5 to 10 trained facilitators. 3. Hosting a two-day session of Inclusive Leadership Adventure to 50 – 80 youths from Secondary Schools of School District 79. 4. Participation and leading Walk of all Nations 2014
$18,000.00
2012

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Family Drop-in: Families, Farming and Food

A safe drop-in space for families in the Downtown Eastside (M-F and Sunday from 4-7pm) This program has been developed to improve the determinants of health for families and children in our community through a program emphasis on food literacy, healthy meal preparation, culinary exploration and urban farming practices. A major component to the program is that it will be based on a peer led model. Families will be recruited as both participants, but also as volunteers who will lead the program with the support of a paid coordinator to help actualize their vision within the scope of the project.
$10,000.00
2012

Edward Milne Community School Society

Play and Learn Academic Intervention Program

Play and Learn is a free, 4-week day-camp for low-income or Aboriginal children ages 6 to 9 years old who are not meeting expectations for their grade level in reading and math. The idea originated from concerns over students arriving to secondary school, unprepared. Research shows a gap in the level of achievement between children from low-income and higher income students; this gap begins in early grades and compounds year after year, attributed to the accessibility of programs to stimulate learning over the summer. Aboriginal students face an additional problem of feeling excluded when their culture is not perceived to be valued in school. This play-based learning intervention program is taught in small groups. Students participate in literacy, numeracy, recreation and Aboriginal Culture activities during the morning and field trips, crafts and physical games in the afternoons. We offer healthy meals because hungry kids cannot learn. The camp is staffed by remedial education teachers. We will expand to offer a year-round Play and Learn after school program in Year two.
$20,000.00
2012

Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF)

LaFF Around Town - Connecting Families to Services and Strengthening Belonging

The idea behind LaFF Around Town is to consistently provide LaFF programming on weekends and evenings and in locations throughout the community to provide multiple points of access to be inclusive of as many families as possible. The idea originated through consultation with families who expressed the desire to strengthen their connection to the community, and through feedback from service providers showing that some vulnerable families were not accessing services. We will create a quarterly Calendar of Events promoting all local events for children ages 0-6 and their families hosted by LaFF and other member agencies of the Ladysmith Early Years Partnership (LEYP). The Calendar will be inserted into every Leisure Guide published and distributed by the Town of Ladysmith and will be inserted into other local print media. The Calendar will also be distributed through LaFF’s electronic newsletter, posted on our website, Facebook and in other social media as appropriate to ensure maximum access to community-based programs and services by the broadest possible audience of families.
$10,000.00
2012

Lush Valley Food Action Society

Young Cooks Caring

In a welcoming and nurturing environment, our project will work with children and youth who have a parent with a mental illness/dual diagnosis. These families with complex needs may be involved with a range of mental health and social services, but nothing is available specifically for the children of these families and their unique needs. One typical challenge these children face is role reversal – when a child acts as a parent, an example is grocery shopping and cooking when Mom is not feeling well. They may feel shamed into silence about their parent’s condition, feeling alone and isolated because of the stigma and prejudices surrounding mental illness. This program will provide these children an opportunity to explore the local food system and develop cooking skills while enjoying the companionship of children from a similar background. There will be 7-10 participants per growing and harvesting season (youth ranging from 11-16 years old).
$14,000.00
2012

Multicultural Helping House Society

MHHS Youth Buddy Program

This comprehensive service innovation program brings out the imagination, passion and dynamism of the young participants to develop a positive self-concept that will boost self-confidence, effective social interaction and communication skills, team-building skills, leadership abilities, community service trait and personal responsibilities be it in school or at home. Key elements of the program include experiential activities, peer coaching sessions, service learning activities, indoor workshops, family outreach, parent education, mental, emotional and behavioural health consultations, referrals, elder dialogue, open forum with politicians, drug rehabilitation and alcoholism centres information sessions and visitations.
$15,000.00
2012

Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society

Science on the Move-Early Years

NS3’s Science on the Move-Early Years programs will be series of science outreach programs specifically for children ages 0-7 delivered through our mobile science van. This outreach will engage children and families via experiments, hands-on activities, and traveling educators. The idea for mobile science outreach originated during NS3’s vision workshop (fall 2011) where local stakeholders and NS3 identified community needs and the action steps to address those needs. NS3 then gathered more than 30 scientists to generate local themes and activities for NS3’s place-based science outreach, and partnered with the City of Nanaimo’s Parks, Recreation and Culture to deliver 36 free science outreach programs this summer (Science in the Park). Science in the Park successfully reached 1,600 kids, many who would not be able to afford similar education. Based on program feedback, NS3 identified a new target audience for fun science-based programs, families with young children. Science on the Move-Early Years will provide hands-on science to 1,500 children in 2013.
$20,000.00
2012

Neighbourlink Vanderhoof

Best Moms and Dads Program

Activities are participant generated and a broad range of free literacy tutoring is provided. (Financial literacy, math, reading and cultural activities). The program is innovative, grassroots, and flexible enough to meet clients where they are in their lives. 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. Local groups involved in early education programs realise that those who most need their services are not accessing them. A need for 'pre-programming' targetting young, single mothers (or fathers) of (mainly) aboriginal ancestry was identified. Many participants are the second or third generation of unemployed, marginalized, under‐educated, impoverished people locked into a seemingly unbreakable cycle of poverty.
$20,000.00
2012

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Boys' Town

The population the Boys' Town Project would serve is boys aged 8 to 12 yrs old - providing them with supportive, positive activities with safe adult male mentors. Kaslo has a significant number of boys this age with special needs, who are attention seeking, often female single parented, and generally lacking a positive male presence in their lives. This project will build upon a 2011-2012 pilot project that demonstrated that using positive adult-child relationships to strengthen attachment and resilience and removing barriers to activities (e.g. financial, social) to increase social inclusion and healthy activity, has a positive effect on boys. Starting January 2013, we intend to increase the engagement of 8 to 12 yr. old at-risk boys in weekly mentored transformative activities in an after-school setting. Boys will be assisted to create personal plans. To improve the capacity of our community to successfully mentor boys, the project coordinator will facilitate a series of mentor training workshops and provide follow-up mentor support, connecting safe adult mentors with at-risk boys.
$15,000.00
2012

Power of Hope Society

Building Positive Futures through Arts-Based Youth Empowerment Programs

Power of Hope's core programs provide continuity to the youth we serve. Through participatory, arts-based, experiential education opportunities from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Cortes Island, B.C., our high impact programs support youth to develop facilitation skills and become leaders in their communities. POH is requesting support from Vancouver Foundation for direct program costs to enable us to focus on growing our capacity to reach new youth. In 2011, we held a visioning process with our board,youth, parents and lead program facilitators, which informed the development of a three-year strategic plan. Our main goals are to: deepen and broaden our program's outreach with special emphasis on First Nations and vulnerable communities, increase the pool of facilitators available in B.C. through trainings, and activate a youth-driven action network. As our networks expand, we are building invaluable heart-centred social capital that is growing our outreach capacity to new audiences through the creative youth and adults that work as leaders in their respective communities.
$20,000.00
2012

Pregnancy Care Centre Society of Kamloops

Baby Bumps and No Substitute for YOU - pilot projects

During the last 5 years over 600 came for help - we saw a repetitive cycle, women aged 15 - 25 were coming with repeat crisis', another possible unplanned pregnancy. The goal is to connect senior mentors with young moms & dads teaching them to become the parents their children deserve. Both young moms & dads desperately need positive role models who can help them address the social challenges they face. The majority have not had that positive role model and are eager to make changes as they raise their families. Why senior mentors? Seniors have time, life experience, wisdom, & patience to share. They help set physical, educational, financial, personal and spiritual goals. Goals will be reviewed regularly to ensure dreams and needs are met. Mentorship may last for 6 months to 1- 2 years. Youth will benefit from the non-judgmental guidance offered by seniors with a lasting positive impact for life long change being made. We plan to begin with 7 women & 7 men in the program (not necessarily partners) with a total of 14 mentors. Total impact 28 extended families - 1st year.
$13,500.00
2012

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

Multicultural Dads and Tots Project

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has been working with Chinese, Iranian and Korean immigrant families on early childhood development for the past 9 years in Tri-cities areas and has served thousands of caregivers and children (0-6). Out of those served, more than 90% are mothers/children. Fathers have not shown much active involvement in raising a child. Research has proven that an involved father is crucial to the healthy development of the child, and that children whose fathers are actively involved from birth are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in exploring their surroundings, have better social connections with peers as they grow older, and are less likely to get in trouble at home and at school, The Dads and Tots Project aims to facilitate multicultural immigrant fathers to be involved in the life of their children in their early years and to build a closer relationship between father and child through various activities: 'Drop-in for Multicultural Immigrant Dads', 'Dad sing along with me', Field trips, and 'Dads and Tots Mini-Olympic'. More than 500 individuals will be served
$17,000.00
2012

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

Early Years Community Development Institute (EYCDI)

This project is designed to connect and strengthen professionals working in Early Years Community Development (EYCD) across British Columbia and Alberta. It will enhance the infrastructure towards a stronger, more sustainable and community-driven early child development system in our province. Seed funding has allowed for the development of a web-based platform for the Institute, which has markedly increased interest among EYCD professionals, and has grown the volunteer provincial advisory group that is providing leadership to the Institute. The website (www.eycdi.ca) was successfully launched last fall, a series of training webinars have been held, a province-wide contact database has been created, and a twice monthly newsletter is circulated. This proposed project will maintain and grow this work to further embed the EYCDI at the local level. A part-time coordinator will be hired to manage the core operations of the Institute. Work will also be completed on a module-based certification program for EYCD professionals and pilot training sessions will be held.
$15,000.00
2012

Valley Community Services

Building for a Stronger Community

The project for which we are requesting support is to renovate a building which we have purchased. This project will create a “Family Resource Centre” for the Creston community. It will allow us to amalgamate rented office space which will reduce annual operating costs and increase overall organizational sustainability. It will also provide us with improved space in which to deliver programming and increase accessibility to our co-located programmes and services.
$20,000.00
2012