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Abbotsford Community Services

Supported Community Involvement for Dedicated Dads

This 18 month Pilot Project aims to give dads who require supervised access with their child, an opportunity to enter the community approximately once a week with a professional mentor. Learning the skills necessary to handle primary parenting responsibilities, whether on a part time or full time basis, would be the primary goal. Over the past year, upwards of 20 fathers have contacted Abby Dads about providing supervised visits for their family. Due to time and staff constraints, all we were able to offer them was attendance at one of our drop-ins. Many dads take a back seat when it comes to co-parenting, especially when they haven't had an effective role model for a healthy, involved father. When relationships dissolve, some dads have not grown the necessary skills to take over being the primary caregiver, whether it is for an evening, a weekend, or full time. This pilot project will aim to better equip fathers to fulfill the primary caregiver role. The target audience will be fathers who have been asked to have supervised visits and who do not have MCFD involvement.

BC Multicultural Health Services Society

Voces Maternas: Empowering Latin American women in the child birthing year

Voces Maternas, a coordinated maternal and infant healthcare service for Latin American mothers, uses a cross cultural health broker model to strengthen the capacity of immigrant women to make informed health choices during the birthing year. Cross Cultural Health Brokers (CCHBs) are bilingual, bicultural workers who come from the communities they serve and are recognized as experts regarding their clients’ cultural contexts. CCHBs provide one-on-one and group support as well as providing language and cultural interpretation during appointments with health service providers. The program team will include family physicians, midwives, doulas, pediatricians and a CCHB. The interdisciplinary team will collaboratively provide maternity health education and support through Spanish-language, culturally-relevant workshops. The workshops will include information on pregnancy, postpartum care, and early childhood development. The group setting will provide a socialization opportunity for women to build healthy relationships in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Children's Family House Society of BC

Ronald McDonald House BC Lego Lounge

The Lego Lounge: A new RMH BC, a room full of Lego for sick children and their families: this innovative program at the new Ronald McDonald House will go a long way to easing the burdens of the life-threatening illnesses these families face. It will be the first Lego program at any Ronald McDonald House in the world. All children need a safe place to play in good weather and bad, and our Lego Lounge will provide that space. Your help today will ensure that children who are in the various stages of critical care, together with their siblings and parents, will have a unique place to safely play inside, have fun and let go of their cares for a while. But the Lego Lounge is much more than a playroom. Lego is a toy that is familiar to so many children. It helps break down barriers and allows kids to meet and play with other kids. Our bi-weekly programs with a Lego Certified Professional and members of the Vancouver Lego Club will be an opportunity for kids to explore new ways to build with Lego, and take them away from the hospital environment and into a world of imagination

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

HerWay Home

HerWay Home (HWH) supports pregnant or early parenting women who are impacted by drug or alcohol use, have experienced violence or abuse, and often face mental health challenges. The program focuses on women and their families who face multiple barriers to good health, healthy babies and safe lives. The outcomes of HWH are an increased number of mothers who have healthy pregnancies, keep their babies, and establish successful families. HWH includes integrated health and social services for these women with 'complex' lives, services which focus on their substance use and interrelated issues. Services are provided through drop-in groups, outreach and personal one-on-one support. Pre- and post-natal support and information is provided by a Public Health Nurse, and HWH facilitators operate a Recovery Group. Women access one-to-one counselling support, breastfeeding and child feeding support, parenting information, infant development resources, a dietician, an income assistance worker and a dental hygienist. Staff also work with the women to obtain necessary health care services.


Cumberland Skatepark

The CCSS Skatepark Committee's goal is to work with the Village of Cumberland Council and Staff, as well as the citizens of Cumberland, to construct a 6000-7000 ft2 concrete skatepark by the end of the summer of 2015. The park will be designed for skateboarders, bmx-ers and scooters, and will be built by a professional skatepark company to ensure its long lasting value to the community. The park will consist of both street and transition elements and will be focused towards beginner to intermediate users who represent the majority of the population. The skatepark will be located in Village Park, a municipal park that serves as the recreational hub of our village. The skatepark will be adjacent to a children's playground and water park, tennis courts, a basketball court and a horseshoe pitch, providing opportunities for all ages in our community to interact. The funds requested in this grant will cover the majority of professional fees for the first design phase of the project. This includes design through community engagement and results in conceptual drawings.

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

Promoting Resiliency in Families Project

The Promoting Resiliency in Families Project grew out of the Dalai Lama Center's Heart-Mind Index pilot project. The Heart-Mind Index (HMI) is a population level measure of social/emotional development of children helping communities develop strategies to improve measures in high risk populations such as immigrant, low-income and single parent families. HMI was piloted in 6 communities in 2013. The Promoting Resiliency Project was developed to meet a clear gap in resources, training and supports identified during stakeholder dialogues. The Project will engage approximately 100 families and 60 staff from our partner agencies and family support groups. Together, we will develop and test resources, strategies, professional training and parental supports that promote and teach social and emotional development in children. The learning resources and training created during the project will be compiled in a freely accessible best practices Resource Manual that will act as blueprint for wider integration of social/emotional learning, and be a key resource in our scaling up HMI across BC

Delta Youth Support Line Society

YOUth Inspiring Youth ~ A Delta Youth Mental Health Project

YOUth Inspiring Youth (YIY) ~ A Delta Youth Mental Health Project will be an early intervention and mental health promotion activity. This two year capacity and legacy building project will provide youth with the opportunity to develop mental health literacy campaigns and events relevant to them. The project will provide a model for developing innovative and creative mental health wellness campaigns and events that are specifically designed to address the needs of youth. Peers provide young people with developmental opportunities and social possibilities that are not available through relationships with adults (Scholte, Van Aken, 2006). Synergies through collaborative partnerships will generate new knowledge on models of engagement that increase mental health wellness awareness through social media, online surveys, webinars, campaigns and events planned, organized and implemented by the YIY Planning Committee & School Sub-Committees for Delta youth with/without mental health challenges.

District of Wells

Starting Well in Wells

The idea for the Wells Community Day Care arose out of conversations among parents at the pre-school play group. The lack of child care was identified as a major hindrance to families with young children in our community. Reliable child care would allow the possibility for both parents and single parents to be part of the work force, especially in a seasonal, tourism-based economy; this is virtually impossible now as there are no options for certified child care. Meanwhile, there is a growing population of families with pre-school aged children. Our intention is to start a licensed, multi-aged (newborn to 12 years) day care facility in Wells providing safe and reliable child care. For many Wells pre-schoolers, such a centre would also provide their first regular, structured learning environment with other children and with an Early Childhood Education practitioner.

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia

Implementing & Financing BC's $10/day Child Care Plan

Our project is designed to fill public education gaps and to influence child care policy in BC by building on the substantial work done to date developing and furthering consensus around the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning & the $10/day Child Care Plan. Our public education efforts to date indicate a growing understanding of the benefits of high quality, affordable early care and learning for children, women, families, employers, the economy and society overall. However, two related questions remain: 1. As the system will take several years to build, what does an effective implementation strategy look like? 2. What revenue sources can generate the public funds necessary to implement the Plan? This project proposes to answer these questions as we increase our capacity to reach out through social media, traditional media, on-line presence, print publications, and to new audiences in our ongoing public education activities.

Federation of Canadian Artists


The problem Beheld is trying to solve is accessibly of art for young, emerging artists. This was an issue identified by the Youth Vital Signs 2013 report as a priority area to address. Artists commonly struggle to find audiences, just as collectors struggle to discover exciting new art. Beheld allows the public to engage with emerging young artists and help them grow. Our platform offers young artists a comprehensive business tool to transact and market themselves, at the same time uses cutting edge technology to enable collectors to have a personal experience with the artwork. Our team searches where the galleries don’t to bring undiscovered original artwork to anyone with an internet connection.

Food for thought Kelowna Breakfast Society

Food Preservation Project

The project is a two-fold plan. First we want to preserve as much of our summer surplus food and second, we want to create a training program for at-risk youth. First, during the spring and summer months we have access to huge amounts of produce—fruit, berries and vegetables. To ensure a steady supply of food for our breakfast program we want to can, jam and sauce the surplus. The fruit and berries will be used for fruit salad, toppings for hot oatmeal and take along snacks for nutrition break. With the help of the culinary arts program and chefs within the community we plan to preserve fruit, berries and vegetables. We will use the commercial kitchens in several local churches and halls. Secondly, we will be hiring and training at risk youth to work in kitchens and in the warehouse. The employees will receive Food Safe training, food preparation experience, warehousing skills, team building opportunities and one on one mentoring. This work experience will enable at-risk youth to be hired in kitchens and food service throughout our community.

Fraser Valley Child Development Centre

CALM Early Learning Initiative

The CALM Early Learning Curriculum was developed in 2013 to address the 2012/13 Early Development Instrument (HELP,UBC) results, and is based on Dr. Stuart Shanker's renowned self-regulation research (Calm Alert Learning Modules and Classroom Strategies for Self Regulation), and adapted for children in the early years. The CALM Early Learning Initiative is evidence based and outcome measured,and is a 3 tiered program. CALM Early Learning Groups (Stage 1) have been piloted over the past 15 months by FVCDC, in collaboration with regional School Districts, as well as several preschools. The impact and response to the CALM program has exploded in the past six months with an overwhelming amount of early childhood learning environments signing up to have the groups in their classrooms during 2014-2015. Stage 2 is in its development stage and includes additional emotions modules which are more complex and for those classrooms who have already completed stage 1. This will be piloted January 2015. Stage 3 is in its preliminary stages of planning and will encompass a parent component.

Global Youth Education Network Society

Frontrunner Young Women's Campaign School

To increase the number of women in politics we need to get more women to run. To get more women to run, we need to get them in the habit of campaigning and running for office - or at least thinking about campaigning and running for office when they are young. Frontrunner is a campaign school and support network for young women that will train and support 18-24 year olds to participate in elections at the college and university campus level. The program will bring together seasoned instructors who have previous electoral campaign experience and who have been elected to student government. Participants will leave with the necessary skills and support to confidently enter electoral races. In order to reinforce a culture where it is clear that women should be involved in political office, Frontrunner will also establish a support network for alumni that will encourage young women to engage in political circles and participate in political dialogue through events and hands-on experience.

Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre

RestART Pilot Project

With support from the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department, this two year pilot seeks to achieve sustainability for an on-going program focussing on community-involved diversion from the criminal justice system. Through victim/offender mediation, and participation in all aspects of developing and completing non-destructive public art, RestART fosters broader involvement in other community activities through mentorship. The work focuses on community engagement to address illegal graffiti. Illegal graffiti arises when a person’s efforts at completing public art transgress into destructive behaviour, for themselves as well as the community, and they have entered the criminal justice system. Related issues include: a person’s sense of isolation from the community, self-esteem, need for other health services, and lack of prosocial alternatives. A key piece of work for the pilot project is the design and completion of an evaluation incorporating the delivery priorities of a targeted long-term funder, the Federal Crime Prevention Action Fund.

Kitasoo Kitasoo Band Council

Learning from our past to ensure the resilience of our future

The proposed Kitasoo/Xai'xais project is designed to revive our culture, engage our youth and inspire intergenerational learning for the benefit of current and future generations. The project was designed through ongoing dialogue within our community and within the broader community of First Nations people, who are collectively facing and dealing with the loss of important cultural knowledge and an eroded sense of identity. Through a series of community led cultural workshops and activity groups we hope to pass on the knowledge, skills and practices fundamental to Kitasoo/Xai'xais identity. In doing so we, will encourage our youth, their families, and the community as a whole to understand that cultural revitalization requires participation. Through this project we will create opportunities for participation that might otherwise not exist for certain individuals or families. We will document this knowledge through mixed media so as to ensure the preservation of this valuable information and the resilience of our community.

McCreary Centre Society

2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey Next Steps Project

In 2013, 29,832 students aged 12-19, in 56 of BC's 59 school districts completed the fifth BC Adolescent Health Survey(BC AHS). The survey provides the most current and accurate picture of youth health in the province. The results are used by government, public health agencies, schools and parents to measure progress in the area of youth health, and to develop appropriate policies and programs. McCreary prioritizes returning the results to youth, and supporting them to advance their knowledge and make informed decisions about their health. The results are also used to raise awareness among BC youth about the roles of risk and protective factors in their lives. This proposal aims to take the results of the survey back to youth in four communities per year over two years through a Next Steps project(Total 8 communities). The Next Steps is an award winning workshop series which uses the survey results to engage youth in developing and delivering sustainable local youth health projects. The project will engage approx. 15-20 core youth participants per community in the workshop series

Motivate Canada

ACTIVATE Vancouver

ACTIVATE Vancouver will be led by a team of local youth (ACTIVATORS) who are or will be trained to facilitate an ACTIVATE Vancouver Forum. The 4 day Youth-Led Forum will bring together 8 teams of 4 youth between the ages of 16-22. Youth participating in the Forum will be recruited by MoreSports, and will participate in workshops that provide them with the tools and skills to lead a community project. These workshops include: Goal Setting, Community and Life Mapping, Networking, Sport4Dev, Action Planning, Youth Driven Development and Physical Literacy. After the Forum teams of youth will deliver a 4-6 month program in MoreSports Community Hubs. The project is the youths' opportunity to take the lead and engage other youth in their community and help them make positive change and healthy choices in their lives by: increasing their physical activity, healthy living knowledge, self-esteem and sense of connection to peers and community, and to help them realize their potential and leadership abilities. Youth will use the tools and curriculum provided by Motivate Canada

NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education and Support

Expanding the Safety Net-the Middle Grades

NEED2 is proposing to investigate and develop an evidence and outcome based school based peer support program for the "middle years" that would empower young people to support each other and contribute positively to society. In our in-school work around suicide, we have been discussing for some time a developmentally appropriate approach for Grades 6-7 that will address the issues that contribute to suicidal thoughts and suicide. This project would support the development of a peer involved approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional well-being of young people. It would address mental wellness, and provide for supports and skills to address issues like suicide, bullying, addictions and mental illness.

Pacific Community Resources Society

Surrey Youth Collaborative Project

The City of Surrey has the largest population of youth in the Province and grows at a rate of approximately 1000 new people a month. Many of these new residents are youth who come from diverse backgrounds that place them at risk. At present there has been no one providing overarching leadership in bringing youth and youth providers together to plan for youth. This deficit has left youth served by overstretched services and one-off projects that often are unsustainable. The Surrey Child and Youth Committee, with the support of its member agencies including the City of Surrey, Surrey School District, and MCFD, is proposing to assume a role similar to the Surrey Children’s Partnership (ECD and Middle Years) by working with youth and their families, funders, agencies and the community to collaboratively establish a plan for Surrey youth. The project will establish a funders framework agreement, an MOU with funders and youth providers, data analysis, work with youth groups to identify their priorities, leading to a collective impact planning session and follow-up youth project

Powell River and District United Way

ORCA Bus Community Capacity Development

After a 1 year hiatus where the bus was off the road due to not passing mechanical and safety inspections, the community of Powell River has banned together to put the bus back on the road this past fall 2013. The ORCA Bus is once again offering the integral programming for children 0-6 that the community had become so accustomed to. Through the generous donations from community members, local businesses and organizations and a grant through our local community forest foundation we were able to retrofit a donated decommissioned school bus. As of September 2013 the bus was back on the road providing programming for children 0-6 throughout the community. The bus is currently on the road offering free programming 4 days a week. Our goal is to continue to build relationships and partner with diverse organizations and businesses within the community to increase programming and community access to the bus. We want to increase programming and offer a wider range of child development activities aboard the bus.

Saint James Music Academy

Promoting Positive Life Outcomes for Children and Youth

Saint James Music Academy (SJMA) proposes to collaborate with UBC Department of Education to implement methods of Self Regulated Learning (SRL) in its classical music education program over a three year period. Learning contexts are critically important for supporting children and youth as they develop socially, emotionally, and academically, and for preparing them to lead successful and satisfying lives beyond school. Success in school depends on students’ ability to pay attention, follow directions, resist distractions, work well with others, cope with challenges, and adapt to complex environments. This project has three specific foci: first, to support in their education and formation children and youth considered “at risk” or vulnerable as a consequence of adverse life events; second, to research and document for the greater community of teachers and others how features of teaching and learning contexts may benefit the education of children; and third, to adopt those aspects of SRL deemed successful into the teaching protocol at SJMA.

School District #39 - Vancouver

Tupper Secondary Market Garden Green Job Project

The goal is to provide Tupper Life Skills Students with job green collar employment training through the design of a market garden at Tupper Secondary School. Fresh Roots will lead the garden design process in this innovative partnership with key VSB staff. The project takes place in stages and this application is for Stage 1: the garden design and planning stage. The outcome for Stage 1 will be a garden design that includes a garden build timeline, responsibilities and costing. All students in Stage 1 will: -Gain employment skills and experience through participation in the design and development of a market garden building plan. -Have strengthened relationships between life skills students and their typical peers. -Be ready to gain further skills in subsequent project stages. The garden itself will be built in Stage 2 of the project. Further project stages will include the maintenance of the market garden and exploration of social enterprise possibilities connected to the garden's operation. Tupper Administration and key Tupper and district staff support the project.

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering is an inter-generational cafe that melds youth and seniors in voluntary and work options in a cafe and catering setting. The cafe is located in South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre and is a social enterprise model. The idea for the cafe was originally born with the Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Team (a group of citizens and agencies) interested in advancing the needs of older adults. The idea has quickly been embraced by the South Surrey Child and Youth Committee, The City of Surrey, The YMCA (youth programs) and local schools (Elgin Park, Semiahmoo Secondary, Earl Marriot and the Learning Centre). On September 17th we are hosting an inter-generational dialogue at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre to bring both groups together to talk about creating more opportunities of this type and also to discuss opportunities at the cafe. The cafe will also create community economic development and at the same time address the need to connect and reverse mentor the generations. Enhancing social connections will bring out the best in both groups.

St. Leonard's Youth and Family Services

Youth Innovation Lab

The Youth Innovation lab provides youth at risk with the computer skills necessary to develop apps and games, learning leadership and team work that later can be transferred into employment. This is achieved through a program designed to teach youth how to Code, create mobile applications and sell their ideas and products to interested companies and individuals. (see web article: Currently there is only one other organization in Canada that follows a similar youth-driven model (Driven Accelerator in Toronto). Partner tech firms will provide feedback and support on content. Partner organizations will mentor a youth and youth can develop an app/game for them as part of their project. Ongoing evaluation and feedback by youth and our partners is an important outcome. Programming skills are becoming ever more important, quickly turning into the core competency for all kinds of 21st Century workers. Businesses are seeking innovative approaches to finding the coders of the future.

Strathcona Community Centre Association

Cooking - Reflection of Culture

This pilot plans to initially first to work with the Chinese speaking low-income adults (Chinese being the next most spoken home lanugage in the area) to use food as a tool to bring people of different ages and cultures together to interact, learn and share experiences from one another. The purpose is to promote community engagement, foster cultural exchange, reduce family tension and enhance health and wellbeing. Strathcona traditional are where new immiogrants first settle and begin to build their home. The Chinese speaking women whom act as the major caregivers face multiple barriers including English language skills, financial mean and social support. They are socially isolated. The pilot plans to use cultural cooking sessions/demonstrations and non-cooking interaction and learning exchange to develop a working model to promote understanding and harmony between different gerations and cultural backgrounds, support the development and wellbeing of the parent and youth, learn differnt culture's cuisine, history and heritage