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Global Youth Education Network Society

Next UP grow program

Next UP is our flagship program at genius. Next UP (NU) is an intensive seven-month leadership program for young people age 18-32 who are committed to working on social justice issues, environmental issues and climate change. Next UP began eight years ago in Vancouver and now operates programs in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Ottawa. We have 384 graduates across the country with about 120 of them in BC. After 8 years of delivering and refining the NU program we want to offer new formats and versions of the program to different constituencies over the next three years. Next UP grow will allow us to deepen the scope and impact of our work and grow our network of social change leaders. The full-length NU programs run from September through to the following May. Each fall people apply to get in to the various NU programs and at the end of each selection process 12-16 participants are invited to form a program cohort in each program city. The program is free of cost to all participants and funding dependent we can provide support for childcare and participant travel. The cohort meets 1 evening a week and 1 full Saturday a month over the course of the 7 months and participants do work to explore their own leadership styles, learn about solutions to topical issues, develop key leadership skills and receive training in an array of areas to provide them with an excellent tool kit to draw upon in their respective leadership journeys.

Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community

SpaceFinder Vancouver

The Society to Bridge Arts & Community is leading a local consortium of organizations in launching the digital platform SpaceFinder in Vancouver. SpaceFinder is a free online matchmaking tool for artists and art spaces, intended to help facilitate the connection between artists and space. It provides extensive search functions with a focus on short or medium term rentals of creative spaces for rehearsal, performance, film production, workshops, & other arts related activities. SpaceFinder was designed by Fractured Atlas, an American based national non-profit arts service organization. It is currently in use in 11 US and two Canadian cities. This is a well-tested tool with thousands of current users. Operating in Toronto since November 2014, SpaceFinder users have found it to be an easy to use system that meets the needs of renting and/or finding space. As an accessible, free marketplace, SpaceFinder can be used by any size organization regardless of budget. The City of Vancouver and the Social Purpose Real Estate networks both have simple creative space directories. They lack the technological sophistication to contain detailed information and complex search functions based on the needs of artists and creative spaces.

Potluck Cafe Society

Recipes for Success

Recipes for Success (RFS) grew from more than a decade of experience working with employees from the community and the frustration of frequently failed attempts to transition those same employees into more permanent positions elsewhere. Most often this failure resulted from a lack of opportunities or a lack of human relations capacity to ensure that the job remained meaningful and supportive. For the past 2 years RFS has been working with value driven employers to promote Social Impact Employment. During those 2 years we’ve worked with 27 “traditional” employers and 6 social enterprises – each has told us the same thing: the HR best practices shared by RFS and the additional capacity provided by our Employment Support Workers help employees with identified barriers stay in the workplace. In other words, RFS is creating value for both employers and employees, and contributing to the long-term sustainability of meaningful work opportunities. With this next iteration of our work we are proposing to test an on-demand system of competency-based training supported by a digital badging campaign. At the core of this social innovation is a desire to realign the basic routines, resource flows and beliefs that are preventing the widespread adoption of Social Impact Employment; our goal is to recognize and champion the strengths and abilities of our program participants, and in the process to support the creation of a more inclusive, accessible and resilient local economy.

Salal Foundation

Beyond Coal Canada

Beyond Coal Canada is a collaborative project to oppose the export of US thermal coal through Canadian ports aimed at averting accelerated climate change for the benefit of future generations and the natural world. Beyond Coal Canada is the Canadian partner in the Power Past Coal coalition that is opposing the transshipment and export of coal from Montana’s Powder River Basin. When Fraser Surrey Docks and Lafarge Quarries first proposed their coal transshipment project in 2012 most observers thought permits would be issued within months and predicted our odds of defeating the project were slim. Our primary goal was to delay approval and construction. Three years later, the proposal is stalled, with important permits in limbo, widespread municipal opposition, organized and grassroots opposition, and a number of lawsuits working their way through the courts. The changed political circumstances have opened up promising new paths to victory, as well as new options for building a foundation to prevent future coal export expansions.

St. Leonard's Youth and Family Services

Youth Innovation Lab

The Youth Innovation Lab originated out of the need for mentorship and pre employment opportunities for youth in care. St Leonard's has served youth at risk and youth in care since 1967- through a variety of traditional and non traditional programs. Outdoor adventure programs, a horse resource for girls, gang prevention, a day school and of course our residential homes have historically provided high quality care for youth. Research indicates that the jobs of the future reside in the high tech industry. A majority of youth in care struggle to achieve the training and education that they need for future employment success. There are many reasons for this, including the lack of permanency in home life, education, etc. Through our partnerships with the school district, the MCFD, the high tech community and others, we are building an accessible coding school to mentor youth through training and internships opportunities. The project started last year with an evaluation conducted by McCreary. Year two will focus on youth in care recruitment, leadership development, curriculum design, internships and with the support of Vancity and SFU, the development of the CSR and learning community framework for our tech community partners. The long range business goal is to see the tech and broader community support the ongoing financing of the program.