Grants

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Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society

Families as Learning Leaders

Our goal is to increase vulnerable parent’s involvement and participation in their children's early literacy and education. Vulnerable parents’ voices are critical to understanding their needs, strengths, and barriers to engaging in their child’s learning, but are rarely heard in systems. This project will involve parents as both co-creators and recipients of improved approaches to family engagement in children’s learning. We will document and share parents' and practitioners knowledge to inform dialogue and action at the organizational, and network systems change scale, and ultimately reshape how schools, organizations & community networks engage with & involve vulnerable families. The project has originated through our ongoing work with vulnerable families, children, and adult learners, in partnership with existing community networks. We will work with parents and staff at early childhood & elementary schools to design and deliver a new model for engaging vulnerable families in their child’s learning. A social change lab approach will hold the voices of those affected at the centre, as parents, staff & kindergarten teachers will participate as equals in this iterative process to design, test, implement & learn from new family engagement models. The goal is to develop a model that can be embedded in the existing systems, will continue to hear the voices of parents as the model evolves, and be scaled through organizations and community networks that serve vulnerable families.
$25,000.00
2015

Farm Folk / City Folk

The Smart Farm Project - Phase 2

The Smart Farm Project proposes adapting smart growth principles to small farm acreages outside the Agricultural Land Reserve in rural communities to catalyze new farms across BC. With a combination of low footprint design, progressive local planning, non-profit or public oversight, social investment and farming know-how, the Smart Farm Project leverages increased density to create affordable homes and farming opportunities, boost agriculture production and generate more jobs for the local economy at the same time. In 2013, a group of stakeholders completed Phase 1 of The Smart Farm Project-a detailed report analyzing four Smart Farm proposals on four different land holdings on the Sunshine Coast. Phase 2 of The Smart Farm Project will: 1) launch an outreach strategy to catalyze Smart Farm proposals in multiple regions across Southern BC, 2) develop the legal and financing frameworks to ensure these developments are community-owned and operated, and 3) coordinate a series of forums with local government, provincial authorities, legal professionals and farm proponents to draft a development application process that support implementation of small farm co-housing developments outside the ALR.
$25,000.00
2015

PHC

Inter-Island Network for Innovative Community Mental Wellness

The health service system upon which we are often dependent is primarily structured to serve large population groups in cities and is inadequate or absent in our small island communities of Gabriola, Quadra, Denman and Hornby Islands. We want to transform the way we think about and respond to mental health and substance use issues at the community level and in turn transform how we interact with the broader systems we are a part of. Our project is designed to have two focuses: the first is to replicate Denman and Hornby Island's successful local health network on the other two islands and establish an Inter-Island Network. The second is to initiate a local program in each community that will address a social inclusion issue identified as a local priority and that will act as a test for the effectiveness of the Inter-Island Network. The Inter-Island Network will begin to act as an innovation hub, linking the community networks as a way to share ideas and resources and to work collaboratively with our other partners; the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, Islands Trust and Island Health. The network will provide a means for our communities to collaborate with large organizations and to seek new and alternate sources of funding. As a result, we will have established and/or strengthened our local health services and community organizations, increasing our capacity to address mental health and substance use issues and the broader social determinants of health
$25,000.00
2015

Society for Children and Youth of BC

My Life Through the Lens: A Youth Rights Photovoice Project

This project will recruit 20 youth transitioning from foster care in the Lower Mainland to participate in a project using the technique of photovoice. Youth will learn to express their stories and become agents for change in their communities. Youth who participated in an earlier version of this project will be consulted on the development of this workshop and youth guest speakers/facilitators will be asked to help with the workshops. Participants will learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, metaphorical photography, leadership, grassroots social movements, communication, and social media. With ongoing support from the project coordinator, youth will take photos that represent issues related to their transition from care to adulthood and their rights, select their best photos, and create quotes that express the idea in the photo. Using their photos, youth will engage in their own public awareness campaign using social media and other methods. Youth will help organize a photo exhibit and gala event to which local decision makers will be invited so that youth will have another opportunity to have their voices heard. Following the event, youth will meet up to strategize on how they can move their public awareness campaigns forward. Additionally, SCY will document this experience, create a toolkit, hold workshops and participate in events for community and Fostering Change partners on how to do this type of youth engagement work for change in the future.
$20,000.00
2015

Sunshine Coast Arts Council

Rainforest Circus Interactive

Over the past six years, The Art Farm has developed a signature production we call The Rainforest Circus: a collaboration between 12-14 professional multi-disciplinary artists and the community over two and a half months culminating in an interactive “circus in the forest”. Every summer, the ensemble has worked with the community on a chosen theme to create an entirely new production performed in Gibsons BC in late August. Last year, for the first time, we added an additional weekend of shows in a provincial park in Sechelt, about 30 minutes north of Gibsons, and we included local children and youth into the creation and performance process. The resulting production, based on the theme of The Underworld, performed to sold out audiences in both parks. Over the six years, the quality of the productions has steadily improved, while the devising process has become more and more community-driven. As an arts organization, we have focused our artistic resources on designing and refining the collaborative creation and performance process between community and artist, and the results continue to astound us. In our small coastal community, there is a hunger for creative engagement—and the Rainforest Circus has emerged as a dynamic vehicle for providing this. Rainforest Circus Interactive (RCI) will test whether this collaborative creation and performance process can be catalyzed in multiple coastal communities along the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.
$20,000.00
2015

Vancity Community Foundation

Fostering Change in Surrey: Wrapping the Community Around Kids Leaving Care

The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition (SPRC) exists to foster collaboration in Surrey to address the unique challenges of people living in poverty. With our diverse membership and strong links with the City of Surrey, we are well placed to bring together the various sectors that will be needed to make a deep and lasting impact in the lives of some of our most vulnerable young people. Using the framework of “THIS is how we end poverty in Surrey”, which focuses on four key policy areas that affect people living in poverty: Transportation, Housing, Income and Supports, and working in partnership with youth in/from care, the SPRC will engage the community to do a radical rethinking of the ways in which youth are supported when they transition from the care of the MCFD, into adulthood. Bringing our whole community along, including business, philanthropists, unions, etc. we are keenly interested in rethinking the way that we meet the needs of these young people, and helping them to be supported in achieving their aspirations. Using a collective impact approach, we will: compile available information and research on youth in/from care in Surrey; convene two multi-stakeholder workshops toward developing a framework for further action; and host a public event that will include the "The 19th Birthday Party" art exhibit. All phases of the project will engage youth in/from care - "not about them without them".
$30,000.00
2015

Vancouver Island University

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

The “Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program" offers prison-based post-secondary academic courses to groups composed of both university students (hereinafter called outside learners) and incarcerated students (hereinafter called inside learners) who learn together. Founded in 1997 in Philadelphia by one university professor inspired by one incarcerated man, the program is based on the simple hypothesis that incarcerated men and women and college/university learners might mutually benefit from studying together as peers. Together, they build classroom communities based on dialogue, collaboration and serious, shared inquiry. The Inside-Out Program places a human face on justice issues while giving both inside and outside learners a powerful academic and experiential learning opportunity, grounded in a philosophy recognizing that each human being has innate worth and a story to tell. Expansion of Inside-Out into Canada offers the chance to implement and evaluate the program’s impact in a country with a different population and systems. VIU will be among the first five universities in Canada, and the second Criminology department, to offer Inside-Out, building on the successful experiences of over 140 US universities and colleges.
$30,000.00
2015