Grants

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A Rocha Canada

Cultivating Holistic Education in Surrey Schoolyards

In partnership with the Surrey School District (SSD), Cultivating Holistic Education in Surrey Schoolyards will initiate three schoolyard farms in inner city secondary and/or elementary schools, and facilitate food literacy learning in five elementary schools over the next three years. Cultivating Holistic Education In Surrey Schoolyards will: 1) address root causes of social, economic and ecological inequity, by promoting food sovereignty, including access to and control over ones food sources, 2) offer hands-on sustainable agriculture education (the schoolyard farms will be tools for teachers to teach English, Math, Health and Science to all students, as well as to facilitate learning specifically for Aboriginal and Special Education programs), and 3) provide spaces for community celebration, cross-cultural connection and relationship building. Alongside A Rocha staff and SSD teachers, SSD children will grow food, learn new skills, be empowered to take ownership of the food they grow and become passionate about what they eat, as well as to celebrate the fruits of their labour.
$45,000.00
2014

Arts in Action Society

Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives

Groundswell is an eight-month training school for people under the age 35 to develop the skills to build sustainable enterprises, including but not limited to co-ops, self-employment, social businesses, collectives, non-profits and other grassroots economic configurations. We actively target low-moderate income and immigrant youth, primarily from the Eastside of Vancouver and suburban areas, particularly Surrey. We will expand over the next 3-5 years to serve 70 participants annually, which given the very significant interest seems entirely reasonable. Critically, our vision for Groundswell is to work with all graduates on a long-term basis to establish a lasting supportive network of community enterprises. This vision is not possible on our own, and thus we have been expending a huge amount of effort to collaborate with local community groups and other organizations working towards a new economy. We were met with an overwhelming response when we first opened for applications in Spring 2013 and already have a huge amount of interest with a swiftly-growing applicant list for 2014.
$200,000.00
2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Social Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations

Social Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations
$10,000.00
2014

Capilano University

It Takes a Partnership (ITAP)

This is an innovative initiative to develop a diploma level Community Leadership and Social Change Program for low income and vulnerable volunteers in collaboration with community and institutional partners. We are creating a pathway of opportunity; linking students’ lived experience of social exclusion, other training, and volunteer work experience to leadership and employment opportunities in the community. The teaching and partnership process will promote deep transformation in learners, partners and the community. The project will build on our community literacy partnerships and will expand the funding model developed for the Community Capacity Building (CCB) Program, ensuring that we continue to make this pathway accessible to all. This project is a profound expression of our University’s strategic focus as a Changemaker organization. It will firmly establish our Department’s role building in creating learning pathways in community development, linking those who are most excluded from post secondary education to an accredited program and meaningful employment in the sector.
$24,203.00
2014

Chilliwack Community Services

Gateway Family Literacy Programs

Chilliwack Community Services (CCS)delivers two dynamic adult upgrading programs in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). While parents pursue grade 9, 10 & 11 math and English upgrading courses their infant/toddler and preschool children receive free childcare in a high quality, literacy rich environment. Participant demographics include marginalized families, families living in poverty and “at risk” situations, First Nations, and immigrants. CCS has over 20 years experience in operating these family literacy programs. The agency’s Strategic Plan includes a goal of expanding both family literacy programs to operate 10 months a year, and a new and very exciting initiative to extend the program to include workplace essential skills. This expansion addresses the root causes of social and economic inequality by providing practical work place, pre-employment skills as well as one on one employment counseling. Participants may now register for 10 months wrap-around programming offering free upgrading with a UFV instructor, parenting instruction, workplace.
$40,000.00
2014

CIVIX

Building Students Into Citizens

Building Students into Citizens is a two-part project designed to strengthen communities and inspire the future of our democracy. CIVIX will equip teachers with the knowledge and tools to build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship among youth. British Columbia schools and students have only ever participated in Student Vote federal and provincial elections. With the average voter turnout at municipal elections well below 50%, it is crucial that youth develop a greater understanding of local government and their rights and responsibilities as citizens. This fall, CIVIX will recruit and support teachers in the delivery of the first ever Student Vote local election in BC. More than 25,000 students under the voting age will learn about the electoral process and local issues, and participate in an authentic vote on the official candidates in their municipality. Following the local elections, CIVIX will bring together teachers for a professional development conference to share best practices, improve instructional capacity and inspire a desire to build students into citizens.
$60,000.00
2014

Columbia Basin Environmental Education

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

In 2013, CBEEN partnered with the National Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) to develop a National Environmental Education Leadership Clinic. This partnership engaged EECOM’s expertise in facilitation and developed CBEEN’s capacity to host future Leadership Clinics. Late in 2013, CBEEN and EECOM attended a Leadership Clinic hosted by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) which is seen as the leader in facilitating this type of regional event in Canada. The response to the National Leadership Clinic was extremely high, 88 educators vying for 32 spots. As a result, CBEEN has highlighted this opportunity in its most recent strategic plan, and would like to host a series of three annual regional Columbia Basin Environmental Education Leadership Clinics from 2015-2017. In order to make this happen, we have partnered with local organizations such as the six school districts in our region, Parks Canada and Wildsight. Each Clinic would engage 8 teams of 4 educators from across the region.
$30,000.00
2014

Decoda Literacy Foundation

Adult Literacy and Essential Skills Learner Credential

Decoda Literacy Solutions is adopting the Mozilla Open Badge concept to develop an Adult Literacy and Essential Skills credential system for adult learners who participate in community literacy programs. These programs are outside of formal education systems and therefore do not have courses, transcripts and certificates to identify learning. A credential system has been identified as a key aspect of assisting people to move into employment. The Decoda credential system concept will be developed by the late summer of 2014. This request to the Vancouver Foundation is to help provide training, consultation and feedback sessions on the credential for community adult literacy providers in 9 regions in the fall of 2014. We believe that the use of the Decoda Open Badge learner credential by community-based adult literacy providers offers an innovative approach to improving educational access and program completion rates for adult learners, as well as increased support for adults as they move to further education and employment.
$20,188.00
2014

First Nations Schools Association

Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended “provincial and territorial departments of education work in concert with the Commission to develop age-appropriate educational materials about residential schools for use in public schools.” Too few Canadians are aware of this aspect of our collective history. According to the 2010 Urban Aboriginal Peoples survey, less than half of non-Aboriginal people have heard of residential schools. Knowledge about residential school history has relevance for all Canadians. We aim to support teachers who wish to teach about the history of residential schools and reconciliation by producing high quality, age appropriate, classroom ready and BC focused instructional and professional development materials. These materials seek to fill a gap as there is currently a lack of BC focused materials at all levels as well as a lack of age appropriate materials for teaching about residential schools at the elementary level.
$90,000.00
2014

NEC Native Education College

Aboriginal Visual Arts Program

We completed our first Aboriginal Arts program, with a focus on Aboriginal Theatre, from January to March 2014. In May and June we are offering short courses on Drum-making and Drumming, Northwest Coast Wood Carving, The Art of Norval Morrisseau and Aboriginal Dance. We would like to offer a program of Aboriginal Arts in the fall, winter and spring semesters of the 2014-15 academic year. We have developed an Aboriginal Visual Arts course for the fall of 2014. The instructor has a PhD in Art Education and teaches Studio Arts and First Nations Studies for the Vancouver School Board. We would like to offer this course for at least 12 students with free tuition. This will be offered in the evening or on Saturdays. The Aboriginal Visual Art course promotes the acknowledgement of Aboriginal peoples as unique, individual artists, transcending stereotypes and fostering intercultural understanding.
$20,000.00
2014

Pathways to Education Canada

Pathways to Education Vancouver: A Graduation Strategy Partner

In the last year, several organizations from the health, education and social services sectors launched The Graduation Strategy, a plan to provide the supports and services children need to graduate from high school. The strategy arose after community reports identified that inner city children are failing to graduate from high school and make successful transitions from elementary to secondary and post-secondary school. Community organizations identified the urgent need to complement current services with a comprehensive, place-based program focused on high school students. PCRS was invited to deliver the Pathways to Education program as a critical piece of the Strategy. The population that we intend to serve is high-school aged youth living in the V6A postal code. We anticipate that approx. 80 students will be eligible for enrollment in the first Pathways cohort. After five years, 400 youth will be eligible for the program. Through community partnerships, Pathways will provide students with a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to help them graduate.
$140,000.00
2014

School District #36 - Surrey

Surrey Firefighters Girls Empowerment Group Expansion

The idea for this project originated due to an increasing need for research into the role of girls in gangs and a cry for help from an inner-city secondary school in Surrey. The role that girls play in gangs generally looks very different than that of their male counterparts, and as a result their needs can often be seen as less dangerous and therefore less urgent. As a result girls often fall through the cracks and dont always receive the support that they need to successfully deal with the struggles that adolescence can bring. Girls Group is a non-judgmental time and space where girls can be themselves, talk about things that are important to them and learn new abilities through different experiences. This project is intended to help girls gain skills that help them avoid situations that can lead them in the direction of ganglife, and towards healthy personal growth instead. After three successful years at the one location serving 10-12 girls between the ages of 13-16, the Safe Schools Department would like to expand the program to two additional secondary schools by 2016.
$12,500.00
2014

School District #39 - Vancouver

Roots in Community

In 2013, the VSB and Fresh Roots built two schoolyard market gardens: 14,000 sq. ft. spaces where healthy food is grown for the school community. The gardens are outdoor classrooms for the schools as well as gathering places for the surrounding community. Teachers have begun exploring how to achieve BC’s core curricular objectives in an outdoor classroom, engaging their students through new methods. We have piloted partnerships with neighbourhood houses where Newcomers to Canada and food insecure families grow friendships and knowledge in the gardens. The garden has become a place for the school and surrounding community to engage with learning and with one another. As the gardens have grown, teachers, students, and community partners are asking for more workshops, programs and facilitated engagement, exploring core curriculum, sustainability and building community within the schoolyard market gardens. Roots in Community works with Fresh Roots to hire a community coordinator to develop, facilitate, and execute experiential learning opportunities for the school community.
$15,000.00
2014

Steps Forward - Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Society

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) Lower Mainland Campus-IPSE

The purpose of this project is to establish an inclusive post-secondary initiative at the NVIT-Burnaby Campus, as an extension of the existing one at NVIT-Merritt, to support marginalized urban Aboriginal youth with developmental disabilities in the Lower Mainland who wish to pursue post-secondary education and employment. Staff will be working in close collaboration with NVIT staff from Merritt and in the Lower Mainland. During this initial phase staff will build relationships with local stakeholders, employers, and community partners in order to embed the initiative at the campus and will partner with local Aboriginal organizations and CLBC to identify potential applicants. The final leg of the project will involve the hiring and training of a full time inclusion facilitator to support students, faculty, and campus staff to ensure a successful experience for all stakeholders. A collaborative peer review evaluation of the initiative will be completed at the end of project and the report will be disseminated to stakeholders.
$20,976.00
2014

The Virtual Stage Arts Society o/a The Virtual Stage

2014 Community Outreach Program

The purpose of the Community Outreach Program is to engage youth and young people with special needs in innovative theatre and film projects alongside professional artists. The program provides participants with invaluable work experience, guidance, and life skills support within a professional artistic environment in a publicly presented play or film. The purpose of this grant application is to support The Virtual Stage’s 2014 Community Outreach Program, which will integrate program participants as writers, actors, designers and crew on the company’s next installment of its incredibly successful site-specific, interactive, smartphone-enabled, zombie-themed roving show “On Death’s Door: Curse of The Zombie Syndrome”. The project originated in 2012, alongside the inaugural production of “The Zombie Syndrome”. It was created in response to the needs of youth eager for mentorship and opportunities to develop skills in preparation for the responsibilities of adulthood and a possible future career in theatre.
$35,000.00
2014

UVIC - Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education in Indigenous Language Revitalization, Tahltan Language

This funding application is for the development and delivery of the Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization, leading to a Bachelor of Education specifically adapted for the Tahltan language, and the goals of the Tahltan Central Council. The project will take place over three years in the traditional territories of the Tahltan people, centralized in Dease Lake. The three communities, central to this program proposal are Iskut, Telegraph Creek, and Dease Lake. The first year of the project will serve as a development year, with community consultations, community-university partnerships development, students and instructor recruitment. The second and third years will deliver the UVIC, Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization, in Dease lake. The overall project scope includes graduating teachers with a full Bachelor of Education, who are proficient enough in the Tahltan language to teach in immersion settings. This program will address the Tahltan Central Council priorities by supporting overarching language revitalization objectives.
$136,500.00
2014