Grants

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Langley Community Services Society

Langley Neighbourhood Development Project

Over the past year, senior managers of Langley non-profit and Government service providers have worked together to develop an overarching strategic plan for services based on demographic data, community parent surveys and input from youth, early childhood, special needs and middle childhood groups. This strategic plan was developed and reviewed by staff working in the community, and representatives of the faith, Aboriginal and multicultural communities. Our next steps are to engage the broader community (e.g. business and other community groups) as well as parents and youth to complete an asset inventory. We will engage neighbourhood to discuss local and community assets and how to best fill immediate gaps for children, youth and families. We are requesting funding tol support this process and start up of services.
$30,000.00
2012

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

Burnaby Youth Hub Support Project

The Burnaby Youth Hub opened in 2010 to give vulnerable youth easier access to educational, health and therapeutic services. A range of services previously scattered throughout Burnaby are now offered in one warm and welcoming location. Your support would help maintain the position of a Coordinator to facilitate this one-stop shop of services. Services are offered by individual agencies and organizations that collaborate to customize support for youth with multiple needs. These youth are not connected to the community and the Hub offers them opportunities for better life chances, greater economic independence and ensures they are living out of harms way. Services include an educational program, clinic, youth centre, counselling and job readiness and skills training and other services. Government, non-profit and community agencies work together to help each youth reach their potential. The Coordinator supports youth, service providers and staff, provides oversight of the network of agencies at the Hub, attends to physical plant issues and promotes the Hub to the community.
$60,000.00
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

Mothers Matter Centre

Training and Support for the HIPPY HUB Model Innovation in British Columbia

The Hub Model Innovation is a reconfiguration of the HIPPY program’s current delivery mechanism, is more cost-effective (than the traditional HIPPY Model), organizationally efficient, and has an increased emphasis on employment training for mothers in the second and third years of the program along with enhanced labour market partnership. The Hub Model consist of two organizational components: a central office and up to ten (10) satellite pods in different communities. Working under the supervision of the Manager of Multicultural Programs, the position of the Local Training Coordinator would be to support the new site at MOSAIC. He/she will: develop and design local specific training modules to meet the needs of the home visitors and parents: support the Coordinator in implementing HIPPY; implement the transition planning process for home visitors - a structured plan to move them into higher education and/or other employment and together with the Local Program Coordinator make recommendations to the Scholarship Fund for Home Visitors about who is ready to enrol in higher education
$25,000.00
2012

Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities

NuYu Popular Theatre Project

The NuYu program seeks to share our model with more people, most importantly with more immigrant and refugee youth. To do this we realize community capacity building is the best way, to train more youth workers and youth leaders in Popular Theatre(PT) Facilitation so more communities can benefit from this creative, transformative & effective methodology. In order to achieve this, the NuYu Project will partner with an existing youth program in the city of Vancouver to build community capacity through a PT Facilitation Training for youth/community workers and youth leaders serving immigrant communities. Furthermore, we will also work with this partner program to collaboratively deliver PT programming by and for immigrant and refugee youth, thereby strengthening the existing programs' effectiveness as well as building the sustainability of community theatre for immigrant communities in Metro Vancouver. In this way, participants & partners will be able to continue using PT on their own as an excellent tool for working with immigrant and refugee youth. (As achieved in New Westminster).
$40,000.00
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

Nuu-chah-nulthaht/WCVI Aquatic Management Society

The Future is Born from the Seeds of the Past

West Coast Aquatic Management Society proposes an intergenerational leadership project that brings together successful people who have a strong connection to the West Coast of Vancouver Island with young First Nations who show leadership capacity. The program will provide an opportunity for leaders to mentor youth in business, governance, management and science, thus building bridges between generations and building capacity in the region. One of the key opportunities that WCA has identified in its extensive consultations is building capacity of young leaders in the region by connecting them with leaders. Traditionally NTC youth were involved in mentorships (haa-huu-paa), but that system was broken by the residential schools. We believe that good leadership is key to making things happen. Part of leadership is passing on the wisdom from those who have been successful to those who will be successful. Mentorships that are created in response to specific community needs and the mutual interests of the mentor and apprentice will benefit everyone.
$45,000.00
2012

Pacific Post Partum Support Society

Expanding Postpartum Assistance to Underserved Populations across B.C.

The Project is divided into two parts. 1.The Multicultural Training Program will address higher risks for postpartum distress in immigrant women by (a) directing 2 8-hour training sessions per year for 2 years, resulting in a total of 60 staff and volunteers based out of multicultural agencies (in any B.C. community requesting training) who would then in turn administer assistance to at least 200 immigrant mothers and families, and (b) recruiting 15 multilingual telephone volunteers with varied cultural backgrounds over 2 years to meet the needs of non-English speaking women across B.C. over our toll-free line. 2. The Remote Access Cognitive Behavioural Techniques & Skills Program will monitor 20-30 mothers in remote areas who otherwise may be unable to access medical professionals and facilitated groups. We implement 8 prescribed weekly modules with each woman over our toll-free telephone line, fostering skills to assist women with their recovery from postpartum depression/anxiety.
$30,000.00
2012

Parent Support Services Society of B.C.

Grandparent Led Families Connecting For Change

We have worked with grandparents raising grandchildren (GRG) across the province for over 10 years . The need was identified by grandparents in our support groups, Grand Gatherings, legal seminars. and through our GRG email network. Our legal research 2007-2009 with U Vic School of Social Work confirmed the depth of poverty, inequity, barriers, discrimination, and health issues the GRG face. Our ongoing work in the province identified need and the growing number of GRG families. We will assist GRG to: learn about and protect their rights, develop problem prevention and solving skills, learn self-advocacy skills, learn about available resources and services; have a voice in improving provincial services and policies that have an impact on their families. There will be opportunities to connect with other grandparents, seniors, service providers, government representatives and the wider community. We will address issues of isolation and discrimination and connect grandparents with each other to become part of a larger network of similar families supported in community and by policy.
$35,000.00
2012

Port Alberni Association for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Family Friendly Transit Map

Our Alberni Children First Network in partnership with BC Transit and the City of Port Alberni have come up with a solution that will increase families abilities to access the transit system more easily in the Alberni Valley. Our project will create a family friendly riders guide for the Alberni Valley that would be easily accessible, visually resourceful, and considerate of all literacy levels. Together with our partners we will create the content for a family friendly map listing all services families’ access, deliver the completed map to our BC Transit Planning Consultant for graphic creation, and finally our Children First Network would be responsible for having these maps printed and distributed throughout the Alberni valley. Similar to the pads of maps used in Victoria to guide tourists to sites in the downtown core, our maps would show locations for medical clinics, day cares, First Nations organisations, landmarks, schools, health centres and other sites important to families in our community.
$3,500.00
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

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

Parent-to-Parent Mentoring Project

Healthy parents with healthy parenting skills are key to a healthy community. 5 parents from the DTES/Strathcona, who had experienced parenting difficulties, noticed families attending parenting groups again & again for the same problems. While the programs provided useful information, knowing about the tools of healthy parenting does not mean it is easy to use these tools in times of need. This parent-to-parent mentoring project provides direct support on basic positive parenting skills in places & at times when parenting problems are happening. It involves training 5 parent mentors, their mentoring of a minimum 10-15 parents who are having parenting difficulties, and their further support of up to 40 parents through group sessions on parents as advocates. The project complements existing parenting support programs. It is unique - it builds social connectedness directly: mentors go to wherever the problem is happening eg. family’s home, community settings; mentors offer help in real-time e.g. bedtimes, meal times; the mentors are people the families can easily identify with.
$9,000.00
2012

MoreSports

MoreSports is a collaborative initiative that provides sustainable sport and physical activity opportunities for children and families, focused on kids who typically do not participate in sports. We build on existing community resources to deliver programs & events in partnership with schools, local government, community groups, private businesses and non-profits. The model is: go where children are, provide structures and programming that fit with what children and families actually want. The approach is unique in two ways: • First, barriers to participation are not only removed but are rendered invisible • Second, programs and activities are built on and integrated within existing structures and systems The strategy was designed to build on community strengths, capacities and priorities, foster social inclusion and develop the capacity to deliver a multitude of sport and skill development activities for local children and youth. Part of developing this capacity is fostering local leadership through the YELL (Youth Engage Learn Lead) initiative.
$75,000.00
2012

Red Fox Healthy Living Society

Red Fox Youth Management Training Pilot Project

Youth who have demonstrated strong commitment and potential in their leadership in Red Fox are mentored to take on management roles in Red Fox. There is great demand for Red Fox activities from schools, community centres and Aboriginal organizations. There is also new support for Red Fox from community members and funders. In order to expand, Red Fox needs skilled and experienced supervisors. Four youth will co-supervise our 28 monthly sessions. They will develop blogs, create promotions, create and manage budgets and petty cash, with the mentorship of the Youth Coordinator and Cultural Coordinator. The Executive Director will also provide mentorship and workshops. The youth will continue developing our new Geo-Caching pilot with Metro Vancouver Parks, which teaches youth social media, technology and outdoor recreation skills and promotes environmental awareness. They will promote the Red Fox social enterprise of active play/physical literacy special event activities and our Drum Group. The youth will continue to be trained in anti-oppression work and cultural teachings.
$25,000.00
2012

Reel to Real - A Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society

BC Stories

BC Stories will empower economically disadvantaged and Aboriginal youth in three rural communities and twelve inner-city classrooms to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short films that speak about their local history, language and culture. Through the creative medium of digital filmmaking, youth will gain powerful leadership skills, a deepened connection with their local community and history, and an enriched capacity for learning through media creation. The program will also seek to preserve and revitalize threatened Aboriginal languages, and to provide a safe space to explore oral traditions and storytelling. It is comprised of five main parts: 1) Old Masset - 1 week digital storytelling workshop for young adults ages 20-29 2) Masset & Skidgate - two 2-day workshops in four classrooms, mentored by a young adult from Old Masset 3) Screening of all films at Haida Gwaii Film Festival 3) Greater Vancouver inner city schools - five half-day documentary workshops using iPads delivered to 12 classrooms 4) Promotion, documentation, evaluation, and sharing of project model
$5,000.00
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

Saint James Music Academy

Music Outreach Coordinator

The Academy is seeking support from the Vancouver Foundation to help us bring a world of musical opportunities to students from inner city schools. Addressing the critical need for high quality afterschool activities has been identified as a priority in supporting the well being of children, youth and families in our inner city neighbourhoods. We are seeking funding of $25,000 per year for three years to pay the salary of a Music Outreach Coordinator. This position will facilitate the expansion and development of our music program at three elementary schools. Their responsibilities would include: building strong partnerships with elementary school staff, securing teachers, scheduling of classes, transportation of students to the Academy, special events coordination and administration of the outreach program.
$50,000.00
2012

Shuswap Children's Association

Shuswap Early Childhood Development Committee (ECDC) Project

The Shuswap ECDC project builds on the 2012 strategic plan which focuses on community issues and priorities that have been identified from the ECD committee, EDI research, local asset mapping, and also align with the goals of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Interior Health, School District #83 and the Honorable Premier Christie Clark’s Family’s First Initiative and Healthy Families BC. The project builds on exisiting and succesful programs, initiatives and resources that the Shuswap ECDC has been developing and delivering for the past 6 years. These project proposal funds will be dedicated to assisting the costs for 2 Mother Goose outreach programs in rural Shuswap, the printing and distribution of Children's Services Directories, increasing the ECD coordination hours and co-resourcing a very much needed Family Support Worker position. Our goal is to reach families with children under the age of 6 and those who work in the field of ECD and family services. Our intention is to build strong and lasting partnerships for long term beneficial outcomes
$40,000.00
2012

Summerland Asset Development Initiative

SADI Leadership Team Outreach Project

The SADI Leadership Team provides youth with opportunities to develop leadership skills that will enhance their confidence, sense of belonging, ability to work as a team and assist SADI with with peer mentoring, providing valuable input to activities and club operations. On a broader level, developing leadership skills recognizes the rights and capabilities of ALL youth and respects and values their contributions to their community. This project would look at enhancing the capacity to develop youth leaders in Summerland by coordinating an outreach effort to raise awarenss amongst youth that they all have leadership potential and capability to be leaders. This awareness would assist us in reaching a diverse group of youth and subsequently develop the capacity of the leadership team to have a wider impact at SADI and in the community. This project will consist of the following initiatives; school and community outreach, leadership training program, SADI leadership team capacity building and coordination of SADI's involvement at four community events.
$5,000.00
2012

The BLT Society

Early Learning Hub & Indoor Playground Programming

The Kiwanis Early Learning Hub opened in 2011. The indoor playground is a big hit with families with birth to 6 years olds. These families have requested extended hours of operation for the indoor playground and for some specific programming to operate out of the Hub. Vancouver Foundation programming would include: - Playtime: weekday afternoon opening of the indoor playground for parent / child interactive play. - Positive Discipline: a weekly supervised playtime while parents are involved in ongoing support with behavioural management. - Daddy & Me: dads will be invited to bring their children for a weekly playtime with the focus on the unique and vital role fathers have in their child’s life. - Books & Pajamas: parents will be invited for a weekly playtime, followed by a bedtime snack, getting into pajamas and cuddling for a story time before going home to bed. - Nothing Like Home Cooking! Classes: parents will learn that cooking from scratch is fun and nutritious. Child minding will be provided for for parents in this class. - Saturday Family Fun Day!: playtime every month.
$30,000.00
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

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