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Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Sharing Homes and Lives; Aging, Affordability, and Happiness

Our project involves: 1. Convening seniors and their families, young people and youth leaving care, and other potential stakeholders, in order to understand their very diverse contexts and to begin (a) articulating a value-base and vision that will ground how shared lives models are to be conceived and supported, (b) imagining and co-designing variants to life-sharing models that would fit individual's own, diverse circumstances, (c) beta-testing things like risk-sharing agreements, matchmaking/meetup formats and events, new screening and monitoring frameworks, and so on. 2. Investigating match-making services and algorithms to prototype more effective matching tools than conventional application and assessment processes 3. Designing the right infrastructure/container that will support these activities, including the roles, policies, practices and technology components. 4. Investigating the power of peer-to-peer models like Air BnB and Uber in order to see how these sorts of emerging solutions might apply or be adapted to our context, Through these sorts of activities, we (1) change the ownership of the model and begin to build participation in a movement (2) create an opportunity to build a new discourse around risk that we jointly share and mitigate, (3) create diverse solutions and models; (4) establish policy and infrastructure AFTER we know what works, versus services patterned after existing policies and system cultures.

Canucks Autism Network Society

Adapted Sports and Rec Expansion in Kamloops and Nanaimo for Children Living with Autism

With 1 in 68 children identified as being on the autism spectrum, the need for adapted sports and recreation programs is growing. This project aims to increase our program reach throughout the province by expanding into new, under-served communities where we do not currently have programs (Nanaimo and Kamloops). Additionally this project strives to increase community capacity through the delivery of autism specific sport and recreation training for our partners, by including their staff in our programs so they can gain hands on autism specific sport delivery experience, and developing a train the trainer model so our partners have the skills and tools to support individuals with autism in their existing community programs. Through this three year approach, we will move from hands on program delivery of adapted sports and recreation programs, to community centre staff being trained to deliver recreation programs for people living with autism through partnered program delivery to finally overseeing integrated sports and recreation programs that take place within the community.

Kelowna Community Resources Society

BREASTFEEDING ART EXPO: Influencing Change through Art

This project will influence systemic change towards our broad outcome to increase the number of people who attend and participate in artistic and cultural offerings through 15 culturally/artistically diverse community breastfeeding art projects (dance & music, poetry, painting, sculpting, quilting, photography, traditional Aboriginal art, children’s art & scientific art) that will tour across IH region. This will increase awareness of breastfeeding among target vulnerable populations and public, teaching its importance and benefits. This supports behaviour change at the individual level leading to change in cultural norms and beliefs of the social system. The project will remove barriers to intercultural artistic expression by broadening working partnerships between artist, community agencies, IH and schools serving multicultural communities. This will provide new opportunities for the flow of knowledge, resources and social capital within the system. Further, resource development such as an Art Catalogue, Teacher’s Guide, How-to-Guide, PowerPoint, online website, and a project evaluation led by UBC-O team, will provide evidence to support the value of art in improving health and encourage new ways of thinking about health through arts-based mediums. This will impact the authority flow of policy within the system by supporting BFI policy and practices within IH, and support the restructuring of health services to incorporate breastfeeding promotion into food security work.

Museum of Vancouver

What's Trust Got to Do With It?

What’s Trust? is intended to move the levers how we act and what we believe. The goal Is to enhance social connection in order to create community value—and ultimately have region-wide impact. The social innovation art and design for social change will focus artists and an interdisciplinary team on encouraging individuals to connect with others. Based on collaboration with a major arts and design institution, local and internationally known artists and designers, and organizations that engage Vancouverites at risk of isolation, MOV will create partner-driven research and engagement activities in 2016-17 and a groundbreaking exhibition and programming in 2017-18. Our social innovation development process will bring together institutional partners and a working team of artists, designers, and social science experts with isolated groups and museum members in collaborative workshops to express, test, and develop prototypes: the strategies, programs, and exhibition that will form the project products. Core project partnerships, partnering organizations, knowledge sharing, and media outreach will promote innovation discussion and adoption. Trust is the essential, but not sufficient, condition for social connection. What’s Trust targets the root causes of social isolation by engaging people in exploring the meanings of trust through storytelling that explore ‘simple’ questions of unexpected complexity—‘who will fix my car?’ ‘will I vote?’ ‘would I talk to him?

Okanagan College Foundation

Gateway to the Trades for Youth At Risk

School District 22 North and Okanagan College would replicate Central Okanagan model by offering an annual cohort for a trial period of three years, starting with the school year 2016-17. Annual cohorts of 15-20 at-risk students in grades 10-12 would participate for a 12-week Gateway to the Trades program encompassing the four progressive stages. The aim of each stage is to help at-risk youth acquire the necessary skills to be successful at each level. Students would begin by taking a 5 week Pre-Gateway program at a school to be determined in Vernon. (Pre-Gateway focuses on readiness skills including time management, communication, problem solving, trades math and team building).. Those students who are successful in completing Pre-Gateway will go to camp (stage 2) for social connection and self development. Stage 3 involves exploring a variety of trades for an extended 10 week period at the OC Vernon Trades Centre. In stage 4 students will select a specific trade and enter a Dual Credit Foundation Studies program for an extended 20-40 weeks depending on the trade selection. The program provides a pathway to education/career opportunities to a cohort of youth facing significant barriers to post-secondary attainment. The program in this region supports at youth risk in the region with the opportunity to change behaviors and habits into forward momentum and building capacity to learn and transition to further education.

PHS Community Services Society

Window's Education Enhancement Initiative

There is more demand than can be satisfied by the program & a lack of resources to invest in scaling. A strategic investment will trigger scaling the programming & achieving a sustainable scale of operation will mean increased levels of lifestyle stability & an increased capacity to take in more & new students/peer. We’ve seen evidence during our pilot that our social innovation has potential to impact and change stigmatization, socioeconomic barriers & narratives about those in transition from homelessness to stable independent lives, including those facing mental health or cultural barriers. Due to the nature of the system, we face challenges in commitment levels of our core staff & costs of doing business in DTES epicentre. We’re confident that the former can be mitigated with increased capacity to mentor, train & involve key staff members so that they’re able to be invested in the program more often in an integrated manner. By involving peer leaders regularly we’ll affect basic routines, transform participants into leaders & educators with direct connections to peers, positively affecting the resource flow. We seek to demonstrate a new model for training, providing a successful example of how comprehensive life, intellectual, business & tangible skills can translate into a higher rate of success in transitioning people to economic independence. We seek to change the behaviour and resource flows of traditional service delivery to incorporate elements of our innovation.

Victoria Humane Society

First Nations Animal Management Clinic Project

To effectively deal with dog overpopulation, an Animal Management Program must be established and implemented to gain control of the issue as well as educate, empower, and challenge the community to incorporate Bylaws and regulations in pet ownership. The VHS will work with three First Nations to provide the following services over a minimum period of three years to eradicate the issue of dog overpopulation: • Wellness exams that will include basic inoculations and deworming as well as other medical services that may be required • Sterilization and micro chip implants for sterilized animals • Workshops regarding animal welfare including the advantages of spaying and neutering new animals in the future • Round up and removal of unwanted or unowned dogs that will be transported to Victoria where they will be fostered and put up for adoption This socially innovative project will influence systemic change by: 1. Addressing the issue of unwanted companion animals by preventing the birth of unwanted litters. 2. Serving as a model for communities of all sizes and geographic areas. 3. Adopting a community directed approach to the issue rather than a hard policy approach that would likely be ineffective. 4. Using outreach and education components to change ongoing behaviour towards companion animals while addressing systemic issues regarding animal overpopulation. 5. Using a collaborative approach bringing together animal rescue agencies, First Nations and veterinarians.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society

Integrating Trans Inclusion with Vancouver Island Service Providers

Through our own Trans Inclusion process, we have learned valuable lessons that we firmly believe would benefit other anti-violence organizations, and ultimately trans people beyond Victoria BC. We have also made connections with an amazing group of trans people who have co-developed and delivered trans inclusion workshops across Victoria to community organizations and Island health. We propose to focus trans inclusion primarily on other sexual assault centres and transition houses. We will use our curriculum, share resources and lessons learned to help other anti-violence organizations through their own trans inclusion process, and we will also employ a “hub and spoke” model of Trans Integration. In other words, VSAC will act as a “hub” of knowledge and information pertaining to becoming trans-inclusive, while other organizations will act as the “spokes”. Once other organizations have made sufficient change and put into practice their trans inclusion process, we will also show them how to be their own hub. To date, no other organization is doing trans inclusion work on this scale or using this model in the anti-violence sector. Further, Trans Inclusion with a Sexualized/Intimate Partner Violence lens is not being done elsewhere. Finally, this project will provide education developed and delivered by Trans people; create short-term employment and lifetime skills for trans people across Vancouver Island; and keep organizations accountable to trans community.