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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.

Surrey Art Gallery Association

Youth Empowered Stories (YES) from Here: Collaborative Digital and Interactive Screen Installations

SOCIAL INNOVATION: SAGA’s Partnering to Advance Social Capital through Collaborative Community Art Project, Focussing on Specifically Youth Empowerment through Engagement with Art and Artists Surrey is an increasingly important urban centre with a diverse, multi-ethnic population of over 500,000, with 40% under the age of 30 (30% of population is under 19, and a further 10% are under 30) and the province’s largest school district. 1,000 new residents arrive each month, not including children born here. Since 1984, SAGA has partnered with the Surrey Art Gallery, and other cultural and community organizations, to further its mission to advance community engagement with the contemporary arts and to support artists. Youth Empowered Stories from Here (YES from Here) is a collaborative community art project for media artists to work with youth, using technology to develop digital and interactive artworks for exhibition, empowering and sharing youth voices and stories anticipating audience engagement and building social capital. SAGA’s main project partners for this project are Baobab Inclusive Empowerment Society and the Gallery (audience 50,000 annually) . Social Innovations include: partnering to advance social capital; shifting power dynamic of who tells what stories; enabling young people to learn from and with artists to build their skills; providing program driven by youth for youth; and demonstrating potential of sustainable growth for participants & partners.

The BLT Society

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

When it comes to seeking advise on “how to make my child behave?” parents are flooded with an overwhelming, disparate, vast volume of information from a variety of sources. Other parents, grandparents, family members, books, TV shows, the web, and social media all contribute to the prodigious amount of conflicting recommendations on the best way to raise a child. The BLT Society would like to create a new model for parents to turn to in seeking guidance on sound child rearing practices. Parenting the Positive Discipline Way could become the new “norm” in our culture. Parents as teachers in everyday life have a huge responsibility because the impact they have is tremendous. Parents can teach problem solving, impulse control, the healthy expression of all feelings, patience and tolerance. Unfortunately there seems to be increasing numbers of young people with poor coping skills, substance misuse, violent and bullying behaviour, and unhealthy ways of engaging in conflict. The BLT would like to go into three cities in BC (Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson) and train 12 parent educators in each community. Then the BLT would, support two newly trained parent educators in offering a seven-week parent class in their community.

The Chop Theatre Society

Sonic Elder

Sonic Elder is a unique theatrical experience that features a six-piece band of diverse performers—all aged between 65 and 75 years old—playing music that inspired them as young people. The musical numbers are interspersed with their personal stories of discovering music, major life changes, the beginnings of the anti-war movement, and Vancouver’s music culture in the 1950s and early 60s. The initial idea was to assemble a group of seniors to create a fresh, lively and relevant performance that would speak to multiple generations. We believe that exploring music from the 50s and 60s from the point of view of people who lived through those times provides a unique opportunity to tune into history with fresh ears. Hearing the performers’ stories and listening to old music anew not only gives us insight into the world of this older generation but to our current worldview, as well. The performers have a wealth of photos and print material from their younger days in music that we did not get a chance to delve into the first time around. We would love to integrate this element into the show through projections. We will also delve further into the show’s themes. We are particularly interested in the notion of aging: how the young perceive it and how the old experience it. We touched upon this idea in the original iteration and we intend to explore it more fully in this new version of Sonic Elder.

The Cultch

Democratizing our Stages

This project will challenge the status quo by prioritizing the presentation of theatre, dance and music productions produced by professional companies that identify with a specific ethno-cultural group or other under-represented community and are creating contemporary, non-traditional performance. Through the efforts of government funding programs that specifically target the creation of new works by emerging and established aboriginal, ethnically diverse and disability artists, there is increasing diversity in professional arts practices in Canada. However there are still very few established venues that present this work in a main stage context throughout a season of programming. We will incite change by including a significant body of work from these artists in our future seasons and properly supporting the performances so they can achieve the highest standards of artistic excellence. We will partner with like-minded organizations from the community to diversify the audience that attends the productions, finding innovative ways to provide access to under-served communities and increase the community's desire for productions that represent a diversity of voices and issues. It will be our job to create an effective communicational process between the artists and the citizens. Social exclusion can only be reversed by conscious and proactive efforts. Culture provides opportunities to deepen people’s knowledge of each other through a positive and sharing live interaction.

The Good Samaritan Society

The Imagination Network

The Imagination Network pilot project aims to widen the circle of community engagement for individuals living in residential and home care through creative engagement, an artistic process, public displays and the launch of a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project. Isolation can be one of the most destructive elements of daily life for those living within the residential or home care systems. Memory loss and mobility issues can result in increased isolation from the rest of their community. The Imagination Network is designed to reverse this trend. Inspired by TimeSlips—a story creation process developed by University of Milwaukee Professor Anne Basting that replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine— The Imagination Network pilot project will use evocative photography, and the original stories created by people with dementia in response to these photographs, as its launching point. In collaboration with a team of professional media and theatre artists, community members—consisting of caregivers, family, youth, seniors and volunteers—will design, create and produce new media and theatre works (live action film, animation, puppetry and mask) that reflect the original responses to the photographs. Final outcomes will be presented at Good Samaritan Christenson Village as part of the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl in October 2015. Project evaluation and analysis will lead to the launch of a CBPR project in the spring of 2016.

The Mustard Seed

The Capital Regional District Food Rescue

The CRD Food Rescue is about rescuing good, edible and healthy fresh food from heading to the landfill or laying on the farmer's field. Food Banks for the past 30 years have been alleviating food insecurity, but have not addressed the root causes of poverty causing individuals to access social supports. Moreover, non-perishables, which have been the staple of food banks, have created long-term health issues for vulnerable communities as they are high in sugar and sodium. Our project is about reclaiming fresh foods, diverting it from the landfill, gleaning it, then re-distributing it to local non-profit agencies not only to increase the health outcomes of their clients, but also to cut agency food budgets so as to increase spending on supportive or poverty elimination programs, specifically housing supports. Most importantly however, with such high expected volumes of food, we will create a social enterprise where low-income earners who do not access food banks, but are food insecure due to economic barriers, may access this project through extremely subsidized cost. This would not be the sale of the food so as not to cut into the market share of retailers, but for the service of distribution including online component and operations costs. This piece would be linked to income levels to ensure a different customer base than our retail partners. We project generating 30% of our operations cost in the form of revenue within the first 3 years and 50% within 5 years.

The Only Animal Theatre Society


Known for ambitious theatre set anywhere from swimming pools to igloos, The Only Animal now takes us deep into the wilderness. Tinkers is a large-scale, site-specific theatre show set off-grid in a threatened old-growth forest. We were drawn to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Paul Harding, because of the transcendentalism: it proposes that Human = Nature = Divine. This is the heart of the piece--a deeply hopeful message in our times. As activists trying to protect a local old-growth forest, we saw the opportunity to create a sited performance piece with a conservationist agenda. Working with both professional artists of the highest caliber (including international art superstar, Cornelia Konrads) and up to 30 local community makers/performers, and an activated audience, our goal is to nurture a deep, creative relationship to place. The story centers on an epileptic peddler, estranged from his wife, distant from his children, but in an ever-ecstatic relationship with the natural world. Our version of Tinkers asks: How can we embrace the wilderness within ourselves? With a surreal set that integrates with the growing forest and choral music based on local birdsong we nurture in our team and audience a new connection with their nature. For 10 months, we host a weekly events combining theatrical elements of the show and solutionary activism. Summer 2016 we rehearse and premiere the piece as the first professional theatre show created in/for the rural Sunshine Coast.

The Polygon Gallery

Speaking Pictures (Photographs and Oral Histories)

Speaking Pictures is an exhibition project that will bring to light the rich oral histories evoked by historical photography documenting Vancouver’s north shore. Presentation House Gallery will work in consultation with the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations to develop an understanding of, and a body of material relating to, the relationship between these two culturally important modes of remembering history. The project will result in a large-scale exhibition of local historical photographs married to oral histories recorded in interviews and roundtable discussions about the selected images. The exhibition will be a major show presented in the Gallery’s new building in 2017/18, its inaugural year. Speaking Pictures is socially innovative within the cultural and artistic sphere, as it explores previously untapped ways to wed existing photographic archives to the historically developed oral tradition of the partnering First Nations. This is an innovative way of approaching historical archives, which have traditionally remained in their respective silos. The project will serve visitors who witness the socially innovative exhibition. It will serve, on one hand, North Shore civic communities, who rely on photographic representation of their community’s history, and on another hand, the partnering First Nations as communities that maintain a rich tradition of oral histories, so that both traditions can benefit from an expanded interpretation of a shared history.

Tides Canada Initiatives

Green Legacies 2.0 Guide – Laying the Groundwork for Secure & Affordable Land Access for Agriculture

British Columbia faces significant challenges related to secure and affordable land access for food production, especially for a new generation of farmers interested in building alternative and sustainable food networks that utilize environmental best practices to enable regional food security. This project will provide key context and essential information to potential donors and professional advisors about important forthcoming work and the need to establish a sustainable food future in British Columbia. Farmers face challenges around the transfer of land from one generation to another. 50% of today's farmers will be retiring in the next ten years. Research by the Community Farms Project and the Farmland Access for Food project has identified an urgent need for innovative land access and governance models. We are in the process of developing an updated and revised edition of our original Green Legacies Guide, published in 2002, ( which will have both a print and online edition. We require funding in order to develop a new section on the foodland/farmland initiatives in BC so as to ensure donors and professional advisors are aware of this vital work. Once models are put in place by the foodland / farmland community, the details of the gifting and succession options will be incorporated into future updated editions.

re-VALUE (Validating All Livelihoods in Urban Environments)

With the shared goal of bringing together binners to help them achieve their aims, the re-VALUE project will collaborate with several partners including the UBC Learning Exchange, City of Vancouver and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit – Vancity Office of Community Engagement to reach out to broad community stakeholders and test informal employment opportunity pilots that were identified by binners over the past year. To support successful implementation of the pilots, the Binners' Project (BP) will simultaneously carry out complementary initiatives to raise public awareness and build binner community and capacity. In this way the re-VALUE (Validating All Livelihoods in Urban Environments) project will increase binner involvement and credibility in civic governance and planning for policies on waste, recycling and the container refund. The BP has been successful in bringing together a robust binner community, thus far engaging over 300 binners. Through regular meetings, workshops and activities, we have built a sense of trust and belonging as well as a safe place for individuals to voice their opinions and concerns. This project will meaningfully engage binners in conversations with community stakeholders and positively influence and build individual and binner group capacities.

Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

Coast Salish Cultural Network

The Coast Salish Cultural Network and the Kwikwetlem Colloquium is a social innovation project aimed at honoring and revitalizing Coast Salish cultural and artistic practices across Metro Vancouver through networking, showcasing, programming, and economic development. This is a year-long multi-stakeholder initiative which will address the widespread unawareness that exists in this region regarding both its ongoing history of colonialism and its amnesia toward the rich cultural heritage that remains rooted in this region, that of the Coast Salish Peoples.

UBC - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

A novel approach to innercity drug scenes: A participatory peer program utilizing community-mindness

Inner-city drug scenes are typically tackled with repression and eviction. Since drug cultures can only be modified but not eradicated, the effects of repressive measures are frequently counterproductive to the pursued goal: Individually and socially adverse phenomena related to the scene including violence, crime, ill health, and socio-economic marginalization tend to be aggravated and the scene to turn fragmented and underground. The latter implies that the subculture becomes even less accessible for external intervention and control. The fundamentally novel and pioneering aspect of this project is to explicitly utilize rather than destroy the social structure of the scene by assessing and promoting subcultural community-minded norms and behaviors. Subcultural community-mindedness can be fostered from the sides of all involved including drug intervention, prevention, and policy, police, criminal justice, health care, and education. The project focusses on participatory peer intervention, which lies within the domain of drug intervention and employs elements of community psychology. The project is novel also insofar, as that members of the drug scene themselves will be involved centrally, as well as the community, in which the drug scene is located. Thus, the social status of drug users, who frequently encounter stigmatization and exclusion due to their illicit involvement, can be strengthened and general health, social security, and a communal spirit within the community.

UBC - Department of Political Science

Summer Institute for Future Legislators (SIFL)

This project will support the ongoing development of an education program for people who are interested in participating in elected civic roles at all levels of government.

UBC - Office of Research Services

Improving employment outcomes for youth with mental illness in British Columbia

In BC, mental illness affects 1 in 4 young adults aged 15-24 years. At this stage, youth are typically completing school and/or skills training, and laying the foundation for a stable future. For youth with mental illness, challenges at school, home, and community are compounded by stigma and fragmented resources, resulting in low graduation rates, high unemployment, and poor health outcomes. Locally, the YMCA and Granville Youth Health Centre (GYHC) identified gaps in how youth with mental illness develop job skills and enter employment. They partnered to deliver an innovative program called Y-BEAT to provide employment support for this group. UBC has partnered with the YMCA and GYHC to test the effectiveness of Y-BEAT. The 16-week Y-BEAT program offers health, social, and employment skills education, including supported job placement. It differs from other employment programs because it enables youth to concurrently achieve their employment goals while successfully self-managing their illness. GYHC offers integrated health and social services. The YMCA’s employment programs served 139 youth last year, of which 31% identified mental illness as the primary barrier to obtaining work. Y-BEAT brings together these existing services and will be offered 4 to 5 times/year over the next 3 years. In collaboration with the Y, GYHC, and participating youth, our project will measure health, social, and employment outcomes of youth, summarize lessons, and disseminate findings broadly.

UBC - Okanagan

A community ­based intervention to support belonging among the S. S. Indian­-Canadian diaspora

Project background/need: The idea for this project arose from prior research in the South Similkameen (SS) focused on understanding the experiences of belonging and mental well-being among Indian­ Canadian residents. During this pilot work, we interviewed and consulted with local residents and stakeholders. Key barriers to belonging and wellbeing that Indian-Canadians reported included 1. limited participation in local decision-making; 2. challenges in accessing culturally-appropriate services and; 3. multi-generational tensions hindering community and familial bonding. Potential knowledge/ action: Our project aim is to develop a collaborative planning strategy to launch a community-­based intervention that can address these issues and support a greater sense of belonging and wellbeing among the S.S. Indian-­Canadian diaspora. Jointly with local Indian-Canadian residents and other community partners, we will work to: 1. develop consensus on a priority area that can build a sense of belonging and wellbeing; 2. map out skills and strengths that can help us develop a strategy to address this priority area and; 3. build capacity among local residents to implement and evaluate such an intervention. These activities can change social systems by changing "basic routines" (e.g. decision­ making processes) and beliefs (e.g. assuming services can be 'one size fits all') enabling us to address root causes of exclusion and poor mental health affecting rural immigrant populations.

United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.)

Stories of Our Ancestors: Intergenerational Trauma Among Chinese-Canadian Families

The traumatic narratives of Chinese immigration to Canada and its impact on future generations are mostly unknown. The silence of these migration experiences may be related to surviving collective trauma. Understanding the stigma, shame and fear of Chinese-Canadians who migrated to escape persecution, imprisonment and torture will assist Canadian health care providers to develop strategies to understand and treat pre- and post-migration trauma. Intergenerational trauma is an important construct for understanding the mental health of survivors and their families. We know that individuals and families who have suffered through significant collective traumas are unlikely to obtain professional support. Likewise, Chinese-Canadians underutilize mental health services and there is significant shame and stigma with regards to mental illness in this population. As intergenerational trauma among Chinese people is unexplored in the literature, the social innovation idea is to create a dialogue between older generations and younger generations to work across the divide of silence to bring understanding to family members by breaking the silence of the past. Once the social implications are understood we will be able to devise health care strategies to reduce the stigma and shame of seeking mental health care within this population. As intergenerational trauma is considered to be a broad social determinant of health, it has implications for education, employment, and general well-being.

University of British Columbia School of Nursing

The Sanala Solution: Fostering Namgis Cultural Continuity for Health & Social Well-Being

From 2011-2014 the Sanala Research Team has been working to mobilize Indigenous knowledge and cultural tradition and teachings for community health promotion focusing specifically on youth self-esteem and Namgis Elder social isolation (VF HMER Grant UNR10-0825). The findings from this completed study confirm the critical place that cultural identity and continuity and language revitalization hold for Namgis youth and Elders. Our findings indicate that when cultural activities are woven into the everyday experiences of youth and Elders, both groups report a greater sense of wellness, balance and connection to the community. Elders describe lower rates of depression, social exclusion and chronic pain; youth describe a stronger and more positive identity and connection known to improve mental health and self esteem that act as protective factors against crime and addiction. These findings are the basis for the social innovation proposed for this project, entitled:"The Sanala Solution". The Sanala Solution, to be refined and tested in this project, fosters cultural continuity within the community; cultural continuity is integrally connected to the social inclusion, the most poorly defined and acted upon social determinant of health in the Canadian context. The Sanala Solution will study how to bring cultural continuity, language and inclusion to interface with Namgis health and social policy and programming to effect change that is community-driven and community-led.

UVIC - Centre for Addictions Research

Preventing and Reducing Harms of Substance Use in Homeless Shelter Programs

Our idea will engage both people who experience homelessness and problematic substance and staff who provide shelter services to look at harm reduction strategies to respond to substance use in emergency shelter programs in a new way. Currently, these settings struggle with contradictory practices, policies and beliefs. Emergency shelters provide low-threshold shelter to those who are currently engaged in substance use as well as barring substance use by residents to support those who seek to avoid substance use while also being a site for some harm reduction services but not others. The issues are complex and the shelter population is diverse and both shelter staff and residents have identified the need to do things differently.

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".

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society

Restorative Aboriginal Child Welfare: Research, Practice & Approaches

Youth involved in the 3 youth engagement programs at VACFSS develop positive identity, concrete skills and cultural connections to support their transition out of care. This project will investigate how these programs are effective, determining how we can better utilize Inclusive Foster Care to extend the identified restorative practices to all youth in care at VACFSS. We will maximize the support from Vancouver Foundation by leveraging in-kind supports from a broad network of community partners. Year 1 will involve youth led research on how the Urban Butterflies, Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) programs contribute to setting up diverse Aboriginal youth for success in their transition out of care in concrete and measurable ways. This will involve supporting a group of youth selected from YAC and CRUW as co-researchers throughout the project. The 2nd year will involve a youth-led process of engaging youth in care, caregivers (foster parents), biological family, and community partners, to generate a series of evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice revision at VACFSS. Year 3 will then involve the same group of youth co-researchers in a process of implementing the recommendations alongside a youth-led process of monitoring and evaluation. This same year will also include a process of knowledge exchange, sharing our research, policy development, and outcomes with community partners and other interested stakeholders.

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

MSG Theatre Lab

In 2009, actor-producer David C. Jones wrote a letter to, decrying the troubling absence of nonwhite faces on Vancouver’s stages. This letter triggered a flurry of responses from many Vancouver theatre artists. All agreed this lack of diversity would eventually doom Vancouver theatre into becoming socially irrelevant. Within such unforgiving cultural terrain, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre plays a pivotal role in boldly promoting cultural diversity on Canada’s West Coast. Launched in 2012, our MSG Theatre Lab play development program addresses the challenge of visible minority underrepresentation by finding, developing and showcasing the next generation of Asian Canadian playwrights. Far more effective than simply encouraging diversity in casting, we believe writers alone possess the unique potential to create lasting change. The stories they choose to tell, and the characters they create have the power to affect the way people think and feel about the most important social issues of our time. Our aim is to create a canon of Asian Canadian plays ready to be produced professionally in Vancouver theatres. In doing so, we hope to create a series of cascading changes that will ultimately impact the entire cultural landscape in far-reaching ways.

Vancouver Association for Photographic Arts

Container Project

'Container Project' (working title) is a two-part project situated in North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay. Vancouver artists Erin Siddall and Sean Arden's 'Straightview' transforms a shipping container into a site-specific camera obscura that can be entered by viewers. This work act as a thematic departure point for a second container that will be converted into an exhibition space and curated by Vancouver-based Cate Rimmer. With a single aperture and multiple angled mirrors, 'Straightview' disrupts the concept of a single, fixed position of viewing using trompe d’oeil. The audience experiences a surprising and illusory projection of a view investigating the transitory nature of the North Shore’s and Burrard Inlet’s industrial history. The two containers will be stacked on top of one another, with 'Straightview' accessible by stairs from the ground up, in a utilitarian style that mimics the containers’ functional role as mass trade vessels. Rimmer’s first ‘floor’ exhibition will feature emerging First Nations artist Ryan McKenna. The film, 'Vision in 1792' depicts the Burrard inlet and the exploration of George Vancouver in 1792 through the unique perspective of a Coast Salish Shaman. Shown through the Shamen's viewpoint as he sings a 'coming into the house' song in his ancestral language, the work tells of the coming of the new long houses that will follow the arrival of the new people. Ultimately examining ways of seeing, the sea, trade routes, and Vancouver’s historic port.

Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Pilot Project

This project is to complete a 3 year pilot project to establish a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) within the City of Vancouver. The specific vision for this centre is a co-located, multi-disciplinary, child centered approach to services for children who have experienced abuse and their non-offending family members and/or caregivers. In 2011, a group of mandated stakeholders came together and completed a two year comprehensive Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study to see if the need existed in Vancouver for a CYAC. The results of this first phase demonstrated both a need in Vancouver for a CYAC and that the stakeholders believed this project was feasible. Quantitative data demonstrated enough cases to warrant a CYAC. The qualitative data from this study was incredibly compelling, as it suggested that co-location of services for children/youth who experience abuse in Vancouver has the potential to reduce the barriers to joint interviews and reduce the travel time for children/youth and their non-offending family members. Any elimination of barriers could address possible under-reporting of child physical and sexual abuse. Following this, the stakeholders completed phase 2 - the development of a pilot project. After extensive research of CYAC models, the group believed that a not for profit was the appropriate model. This project (phase 3) will test and evaluate the establishment and operation of a CYAC in Vancouver.

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.