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Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia

Advancing Lifesaving Enhancements to the Follow-up of Suicidal Individuals

Suicide is an important public health issue where an average of 10 people die by suicide each day in Canada. As identified in The Cost of Injury in Canada, a study funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (June 2015), in 2010 there were 510 deaths by suicide in BC alone. In the same year, suicide and self-harm also resulted in 4539 emergency visits and 2855 hospitalizations, resulting in indirect and direct costs totalling $410M within the province. While the human cost of pain, grief and suffering are intangible, the economic costs of suicide are tangible and have resulted in significant economic challenges to the healthcare system. With a comprehensive case-managed 24/7 continuum of community support, the research shows that many of the 500+ deaths in BC can be prevented. Many suicidal people often do not seek support due to stigma around suicide. Crisis line contact, with its 24/7 accessibility and safety to reach out, can increase engagement and establish trust and further help seeking. With the already established rapport, our extended follow up process will help suicidal clients to better manage their own safety; however, phone and online service may not be sufficient to meet clients’ needs and face to face services are often required. Currently, fragmented service delivery processes exist for suicidal individuals. We are researching the impact of a structured follow up process over a period of time to determine the impact on connectedness and continuity of care.

Dancers of Damelahamid Society

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival’s Youth and Emerging Artist Development program

This project will focus on finding ways to strengthen the impact of the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival’s Youth and Emerging Artist Development program. The festival has been produced annually in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology since 2008. The impetus behind the festival is not only to present dance but also to sustain the art form and the community of artists it serves. CFNDF’s Youth and Emerging Artist Development program will include a set of performances for K-12 audiences. Emerging Indigenous artists will be presented in these performances. This is a unique opportunity to witness Indigenous dance in a cultural setting, and for the students to develop an understanding of diverse artistic practices from an early age. The festival will also partner with Aboriginal youth organizations who will partake in movement workshops facilitated by the professional emerging artists. The workshops for CFNDF 2017 will focus on Metis jigging, hoop dancing, song and story. There will be 5 performances and 3 workshops. Audience size is 250-300 per performance. The total number of people anticipated to be served by this program will therefore be approximately 1,300 to over 1,500 persons.

Disability Alliance BC

The Right Fit Pilot Project: Facilitating Occupancy of Wheelchair Accessible Housing

DABC and our RFPP steering committee partners are seeking to change the system of wheelchair accessible housing provision in Metro Vancouver. Our desired outcome is the removal of the systemic barriers we have highlighted, so that wheelchair users can obtain the housing and supports they need through an accessible, timely and efficient process. The 3-year RFPP is designed to be a systemic intervention to test the development of fast track policies and procedures in MSDSI, the region's Health Authorities, linking and growing an enhanced registry of available accessible housing, and utilizing financial incentives for housing providers to maintain vacancies until wheelchair users can occupy their available accessible units. The RFPP will accommodate a constant caseload flow of 20 wheelchair users with the expectation that 60 or more will be served over the 3-year period. The RFPP aims to test the following system changes in Metro Vancouver: • Health authorities pre-screen and pre-approve home support and occupational therapy needs assessments; • MSDSI streamlines existing equipment allocation processes for eligible RFPP participants; • Housing providers funnel all accessible housing vacancies through the RFPP; • BC Housing makes funding available to housing providers to hold appropriate units until a RFPP participant can occupy a unit; • RFPP participants receive specialized case management and peer support to enable them to access units as quickly as possible.

District of Fort St. James

Youth Empowerment in the Arts Community Project

The Youth Empowerment in the Arts Project unites municipal and aboriginal governance, local and regional arts organizations, businesses, professional artists, the public education system, and youth in the Fort St. James area as a broad community team. As a collective, each working from our strengths and resources, we will integrate arts and cultural learning into the education our youth receive. The six elements of this project are: 1. Youth Arts Strategy – Youth help articulate, create and lead a community youth arts strategy as part of broad community team; 2. Collective Creations Theatre Program – Youth work with a professional theatre artist to collectively create theatre and public performances; 3. Collective Creations Media Program– Youth work with a professional actor/media artist to create media art and public presentation of their ‘art work’. 4. Collective Creations Music – Youth work with emerging and professional musicians and lyricists to create music, lyrics and public performances; 5. Arts Program Sustainability - Each ‘arts’ program will incorporate mentoring into its program development. Mentoring, community strategic planning and business planning are how this ‘arts and cultural’ programming becomes self-sustaining within the education system and continue to be accessible to our young people; 6. Education – The high school will work within this project to devise a means where youth will receive credits and teacher support towards their graduation

Douglas College

Inclusive practice and upstream change in community mental health

In Imagining Inclusion, a project funded by the Vancouver Foundation, we explored experiences of community inclusion for diverse individuals with lived experience of mental illness (MI). With the collaborative involvement of research participants, the ‘Creating Upstream Change’ Model (an upstream-downstream model of community mental health) was created from project findings. This new project proposes three interconnected social innovations to take up Imagining Inclusion’s evidence-based Model to investigate the potential for organizational and systemic change in community mental health using peer leadership as a central lever. In the first social innovation we will test the effectiveness of the Model in creating upstream (systemic), midstream (organizational) and downstream (individual) change in community mental health. The second social innovation is the use of indicators of excellence in community-based participatory research (CBPR) for documenting the change that results from piloting the Model. Insights from the change processes will be transferable to other community mental health sites. The use of peer leadership in all project activities is the third social innovation. This involves establishing a training curriculum for the research team that explores the role of peers in research, the value of lived experience, and skill development in methods, facilitation, project management, and public speaking.

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House


A grant to participate in a development process in order to explore ideas around the structural barriers created by legislation of the Charity and Societies legislation that contribute to barriers. Analyze and articulate ways that organizations by-laws create barriers and create paternalism Assess whether there is an interest on the part of DTES Charity groups to meaningfully engage the resident population Set up workshop and focus group schedules, identify outside resource, contact guest speakers and facilitators to give the leadership training workshops to pilot a community voices project that trains and engages local residents in civic leadership and engagement Draft interview scripts based on findings from the initial research, and contact interviewees to develop a schedule. Launch workshops marketing and promotion by various channels, and recruit participants for the workshops. Conduct interviews Non-profit board chairs. Implement workshops and collect feedback. Analyze data of interviews. Implement workshops and collect feedback. Draft final research report. Develop volunteer training curriculum with the volunteer coordinator. Final research report due. Final volunteer training curriculum completed.


Building a model which provides access to the 260 agencies in the DTES involves five discrete components. Components include: 1. Creating a personalized access program for interested community members. . 2. Ensuring that boards are resourced to uphold their commitment by ensuring a participant’s basic needs can be met as well as providing the tools and services necessary to remain involved on the board (child care, transportation, food, training, etc.) 3. Develop Board “twins” where long-term members partner with community members and both can help train other board members and create accommodations for all members in a spirit of inclusion and respect. 4. Develop an inclusive leadership charter, willingly signed, promoted and implemented by all DTES agencies 5. Create affiliations with legal and policy organizations to effect policy and legislative change that will remove legislative barriers that impede community engagement.

Ecojustice Canada Society

Protecting Marine Habitat and Orcas in the Salish Sea

In June 2016, Ecojustice launched a legal challenge of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) report and recommendation to approve Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion. As participants in the two year review, we filed uncontroverted evidence of harm to at-risk southern resident killer whales. For one, Kinder Morgan concedes it cannot mitigate noise impacts on the whales from a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic, as is required under SARA. Also, Raincoast (our client) filed a study showing that if the project is approved, there is a greater than 50 percent probability that the whale population will drop below 30 in the next 100 years, tantamount to extinction. We aim to set a clear precedent that regulators cannot avoid their legal responsibility to protect endangered species. T2 will add a second container terminal in deep-water by Delta—directly within southern resident killer whale critical habitat. By 2030, the expansion will increase container ship transits through Vancouver’s port and shipping channels by 500 vessels per year. Ecojustice is representing four clients as participants in the environmental assessment for T2. A review panel was recently appointed to conduct a hearing and submit a report and recommendation to Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, likely by the end of 2017. We will work with our clients and their experts to submit evidence on how increases to vessel traffic will affect southern resident killer whales and other marine species.

Elektra Women's Choir

Celebrating Women Composers

With 29 years of leadership, 13 CDs, over 70 commissions, and a strong reputation in international choral circles, Elektra is in a position of influence regarding performances, recordings, and promotion of all of its repertoire. Over the next three seasons, starting in 16/17 ( 30th Anniversary), we plan to promote the work of women composers through the proposed project with a goal to changing attitudes and doing our part in improving the percentages described above. We will raise awareness of six women composers whose music will be sung by Elektra. Our plan increases real, professional employment for the composers (paying them commissioning fees for new works) while also involving them with young women, the general community of composers, and choral audiences. The project involves both commissioning new works and promoting the body of repertoire already written by selected women composers. It exists both within the choir’s regular concert season (our highest profile public performances), in recording projects (professional recordings that will result in music available on iTunes and streaming services), music publishing (through the Elektra Women’s Choir series on Cypress Choral Music), online and live interviews with the composers, residencies to enable “live” interaction, enhanced profiles and score descriptions on the choir’s tool, and integration with Elektra’s outreach programs with youth (2 programs) and young professionals (1 program)

Fair Mining Collaborative

Transboundary watershed protection: building relationships, better laws and public awareness

Our work centers on creating strong, respectful relationships between BC First Nations, Alaska Tribes, and NGO’s on both sides of the border to collaboratively change antiquated ineffective mining laws and policy. Knowledge is power. FMC will provide our proven education program to the CTC, including; Fair Mining Practices: A New Mining Code for British Columbia (FMPC), Mine Medicine Manual (MMM), Fair Mining Training Program (FMTP), and the Northern Secwepemc Tribal Council (NSTC) Mining Policy. Many BC communities already use FMC’s products to increase their understanding of the mining regulatory system, and leverage change through shared decision-making and implementation of innovative best management practices that protect their interests. Very diverse users of FMC’s education program, (Amnesty International to the Tsilhqot’in National Government to Argentinian filmmaker Hernan Vilchez to mining industry organizations), have successfully changed conflicted relationships and made effective changes in regulatory systems. Forward thinking mining companies are recognizing First Nations as decision-making equals, knowing their projects must receive a social license from all affected communities, or the economic viability of their project will be jeopardized. Our work proves that sharing effective tools with the most affected groups, can change the status quo rapidly from the ground up, leaving legislators and recalcitrant industry to catch up.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Youth and Community Navigator Program

Directions Youth Services, a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, provides critical supports to youth who are homeless, street involved and/or struggling with mental health and substance usage. Many of the youth that come to Directions have been involved in the foster care system. This grant will fund the expansion of our Navigator Program and would enable us to build the knowledge and skills of a youth’s community, while also supporting youth to achieve stability and successfully transition in adulthood. For the past 16 months, Navigator has provided support to 29 youth formally and 15 youth informally. Through this project, our understanding and practice in supporting youth through this critical age of development has been enhanced. Our learning has highlighted our need to further equip the community to support and accept these youth. Many of the youth we have worked with do have connections in their community who wish to take a more active role; however, these identified people often lack knowledge in the pivotal role they can play. They have indicated they would benefit from education to better support and prepare a youth to address needs such as: securing a health care team, housing, government ID and vocational/educational goals prior to their 19th birthday. This program aims to find a balance between educating the community and informing our training through continued support of youth transitioning into adulthood.

Fraser Basin Council Society

Rural Housing First

The project is to pilot a rural HF program, and to test the model on a small scale with a targeted group prior to scaling up the approach to meet the broader community needs. Ultimately, the entire process of housing and support will be redesigned as per the principles of HF: 1. Immediate access to permanent housing with no housing readiness requirements 2. Choice and self-determination 3. Recovery orientation 4. Individualized supports 5. Social and community integration We will redesign housing access processes and protocols to maximize the use of existing resources for a test group of clients. Current access for marginalized and vulnerable clients is based on individuals seeking housing services directly from each service. The proposed approach will coordinate access, and utilize existing outreach staff to identify clients who are need of housing and supports. We will work directly in partnership with landlords to ensure appropriate placement and ongoing support of the landlord-tenant relationship. The Housing and Homelessness Committee will serve as program advisors, redesign intake and case management protocols, and assist with client eligibility assessments. We will aim to complete integrated intake and assessment and housing for a maximum of 20 clients annually and provide ongoing supports as needed. The pilot will be evaluated from the perspective of clients, workers, community partners, landlords, and other relevant stakeholders.

Fraser Health Authority

Community-Based Program to Support Women and Families in Pregnancies after Stillbirth

This community-based participatory research project seeks to address the systematic challenge of stigma and fatalism in the area of stillbirth with a focus on the care of families who are pregnant after stillbirth. With an intersectoral team of researchers, clinicians and bereaved community members, the components of group care within a primary health care (PHC) setting will be explored using focus group discussions with bereaved families. This information will be used to develop and test a group program to address psychosocial support as an adjunct to regular antenatal care with the goal of expanding this program to satellite sites outside of the city centre. The introduction of this innovation would trigger change in several ways. Firstly, the bulk of research on prevention and care conducted in the area of stillbirth occurs in academic and tertiary care settings. By situating the study in PHC with an intersectoral team of researchers and collaborators who are representative of community and hospitals, this study aims to ensure that care and support will match the longitudinal nature of grief and reproductive trajectories of bereaved families. Secondly, by placing this program within a PHC clinic, such as South Community Birth Program and its satellite clinics makes the invisible visible and counters the societal stigma and fatalism associated with stillbirth. Grief and loss will be made visible and acknowledged within a maternity clinic setting.

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

Young Warriors Indigenous Youth Leading Change

Building on the relationships established, and needs identified in Phase One of the FCGrant, FRAFCA will develop an innovative program that would offer youth in, and from foster care a chance to represent themselves in the City of Surrey’s planning and decision-making process. We will complete this task by: 1) Creating a safe youth-only space to provide resources and meet on a regular basis; 2) develop an Indigenous Youth Leadership Training model and train two youth facilitators using the Indigenize Curriculum and addresses the 6 domains as well as their unique barriers to post care services. 3) establishing the Surrey Indigenous Youth Planning Table with key stakeholders. 4) Hold a Youth Honouring Event in partnership with Kwantlen First Nation that would invite the public to learn more about the experiences of Indigenous youth aging out of care; 5)prepare a gap analysis report and briefing note for the City of Surrey Council meeting in the fall. This year in the City of Surrey 56 Indigenous youth will age out of foster care. Surrey is home to 12000 aboriginal people. The median population age is 25.2 years old, which means it’s a young population with 50 percent under the age of 25. In our Phase One project, titled the Rites of Passage Project a major need identified was for appropriate and safe housing for youth aging out of care in Surrey. 50% of our participants were homeless at one point during our last project.

Fresh Air Learning

Spreading Our Branches: Investigating Opportunities for Forest School Expansion in Metro Vancouver

Our project will create stronger connections between those who are part of the Metro Vancouver forest school movement. We will bring together existing catalysts in this movement interact with an eye to building an integrated plan to address the needs of children in our region. Anticipated participants include elementary school, early childhood, and outdoor educators, parents, staff from teacher education programs, and others who are part of the support system for this work, such as land managers and parent community developers. During a series of facilitated meetings, we will do the following: Identify key players who are currently part of or connected to the forest school movement Invite these individuals to a gathering in the late fall or winter of 2016 In the spring of 2017, hold small group meetings focused on areas such as teacher education, early childhood program development, elementary program development, and out of school care. The goals of the meetings will be as follows: Share resources and develop opportunities to learn from one another Understand how broader institutions such as child care licensing or teacher education can support this work Examine the needs, gaps, and opportunities to develop programs in different areas or for different groups of people Work with catalysts to determine what support they need to advance their projects. This process will develop a more cohesive plan for outdoor learning in Metro Vancouver.

Fugue Theatre Society


Les Filles du Roi is a new, tri-lingual musical that uses the deep relationships between language, art and culture to create opportunities for cross-cultural understanding. It serves Vancouver's Aboriginal, Francophone and new immigrant communities, with a focus on women and youth. Sung in a dialect of Iroquois, French and English, Les Filles du Roi traces the arrival of the historical filles du roi in the 1600s. Young fille du roi Marie Jeanne Lespérance finds her hopes for a new life are complicated by the competing interests of the people of Ville-Marie (later Montréal), the nearby Mohawk settlement of Kahnawà:ke, and the British settlements further south. Over the course of four tumultuous seasons, French, Mohawk, Métis and English characters build a complex web of relationships that sets the stage for the Canada we know today. Fugue Theatre has commissioned Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette to create this project as a way to address the historical roots of the current debates about migration, cultural diversity, gender equality and Aboriginal sovereignty. The project is inspired by the writers’ personal connections to their Francophone and Aboriginal heritage and by the need to grow diversity in Canadian theatre. By combining artistic creation with community outreach to Aboriginal youth, women, Francophones and new Canadians, Les Filles du Roi disrupts our ideas, beliefs and actions: building a peaceful, equitable society lies in reclaiming the voices of the past.

Gitga'at First Nation

Empowering a Nation: Reconnecting to 'Old Town' - The Ancestral Home of The Gitga'at

Gitga’at First Nation, in Northern British Columbia, has a deep physical, emotional, and spiritual connection to its ancestral lands. Ensuring the continuity of this connection is fundamental to community health, cultural survival, supporting rights and title, and our unique relationship with our territory. By creating an interactive storyboard and web site rich in cultural and ecological details, our project seeks to strengthen Gitga’at First Nation’s connection to one important place: Laxgalts'ap or “Old Town”. This project is an outgrowth of the Nation’s on-going efforts to revitalize title, language, environmental stewardship, and spirituality. Old Town is 32km north of the remote village of Hartley Bay where many Gitga’at live today. Old Town is the birthplace of the Gitga’at and the ancestral village where they lived for thousands of years; yet few Gitga’at today are able to visit Old Town. This inability to physically connect with a place so central to Gitga’at identity weighs heavily on many in the community. There is immediacy to the project due to the age of our elders and the potential impact of climate change on our landscape. Our team of researchers from Hartley Bay and BC Universities will document the cultural and natural history of Old Town by collating community interviews, old and recent video and audio footage, archival documents, oral traditions, place names, and archaeological and eco-cultural data in a web site and touch screen placed in the community.

Haida Gwaii Museum Society

Digitally Accessing Haida Culture

Our goal is to enrich the visitor experience in our museum, as well as in our partner’s institutions by providing a more in-depth learning experience through dialogue that stimulates interaction with visitors, and collaboration with researchers, scholars from other museums. We see the Haida cultural treasures in other museums as resources through which we can help educate people about Haida culture from the past and the present. The proposed project will allow us to “virtually repatriate” important cultural treasures, while, at the same time, building cultural knowledge that we can offer our partners that will help support their collections and provide knowledge about Haida culture. The proposed project will investigate the use of a technology called telepresence robots. This technology allows people to move virtually through a museum by remotely controlling a wheeled robot equipped with a camera, microphone, loudspeaker and screen display of a live video of the face of a museum interpreter. Using this technology, it is possible to visit a museum in an interactive, innovative, that has the potential for dialogue. This technology helps visitors who are geographically distant from a museum, and/or people who cannot travel, to follow a virtual guided tour from a remote location, and with complete independence. We would like to explore how this technology can be used by our museum and partners to make Haida culture more accessible to the public and to our communities.

Home Is Where We Live Lifecycles Project Society

LifeCycles' Fruit Tree Project: Harvesting Abundance in the Urban Orchard

Working with key members of our network we will reflexively asses, develop, design, implement and evaluate communication materials and food literacy programs that can be delivered in public spaces with support from social service agencies. These programs will provide skills and knowledge to help people engage as co-producers in the local food system. Program will be open to all, but targeted at those who are marginalized and living with food insecurity. Communications and programs will aim to promote a cultural shift from consumption to co-production, aiming to deepen participant's desire to participate as active agents in a healthy, sustainable food system. Collectively our choices can bring great change to how food is cultivated and produced. Much is made about the price of food, and cost is often cited as a primary barrier for healthier options. Our project challenges people to think deeper about food, to see beyond a consumer product to a local resource that requires collective stewardship and care to keep healthy. By shifting this attitude, we support more local food production and create the conditions for an equitable local food economy to thrive. Together we will begin to explore what a healthier, tastier and more responsible diet means in our region. With more aware and informed consumers - or rather co-producers - our food system is more motivated to work using techniques that safeguard food diversity, the environment and quality.


Hearing Aid Lending Program for Vulnerable Adults and Seniors

IDHHC will establish a “Lend an Ear” program designed to provide refurbished hearing aids to vulnerable and at risk adult populations and expand aural rehab and speech-reading programs to provide comprehensive services for this demographic. Given there are no free, low cost or subsidies available for hearing aids or assistive devices in BC, low income and vulnerable adults fall between the cracks for service and become increasingly isolated and vulnerable. The first year we will establish the program and begin dispensing refurbished aids using an income based formula. Year two we will expand marketing of the program, evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of year 1 and look at ways to address the issues of waitlist (which we strongly anticipate). Selling of low cost aids may become an option and fee for service scales may be developed to offset the cost of free hearing aids in the loaner program and to reduce waitlists. Ongoing we will gather data and outcomes and show that the provision of hearing aids along with personal communication supports can and does address social determinants of health. Hearing loss combined with low income does not have to mean isolation and loss of quality of life. Having all of our partners engaged is a critical base to create a community model that aims to: bring hearing health issues to the forefront, and to create the conversation and movement that will move this agenda forward with political leaders and decision-makers.

Il Centro

Cultural Exploration and Engagement (working title)

Il Centro has been actively been pursuing and developing the collaborative, co-presentation and partnership approach for the past two years, the results to date, have had a significant impact on our organization as we are now perceived by our professional partners and collaborators as a valid and credible cultural entity that can play a more proactive role in the broader cultural context in the City. At the same time, il Centro has engaged in several projects that have linked the professional arts world with our multicultural partners, demonstrating the value, and we believe, our hypothesis that connecting the two assets-culture and multiculturalism-both addresses the systemic challenges as well as creating new and exciting content for our evolving culture. Despite the positive organizational experience we feel that the engagement approach has not been developed into its full potential. While we have broached the concept in a discussion with the City Vancouver Cultural Affairs department we have recognized that we need to create a proof of concept or study that documents our hypothesis and measures the impact in both artistic outcomes as well as quantitative outputs. Working with our partners, Il Centro will track and gather data from the collaborative and partnership events that will test the concept and, we believe, allow us to begin to address the systemic issue through a documentation, dissemination and engagement outreach strategy and campaign.

Indian Summer Arts Society

Taiké: An Inter-Cultural Arts Development Project

There’s a Punjabi word for First Nations people that is only used in Vancouver. It doesn’t exist in India, or even in Toronto, Winnipeg or Calgary. The word is taiké and it was used when First Nations and South Asian men worked and lived together at lumber mills. Taiké translates to mean ‘father’s elder brother’. According to cultural researcher Naveen Girn, “It speaks to the idea of cousins between First Nations and South Asians, but also this idea of shared ancestry.” (Source: Vancouver Courier) The relationships that early South Asian immigrants were able to establish with Indigenous peoples has largely been lost and little is known of its history. What is evident though, is a shared sense of community, of storytelling traditions, and of respect for cultural inheritance. This project seeks to renew and re-build that respect and sense of kinship, through developing opportunities for First Nations and South Asian artists to work collaboratively on artistic projects, with the intention of eventually culminating in an outcome at Indian Summer Festival. Development funding from the Vancouver Foundation will enable us to offer South Asian and First Nations artists the opportunity to spend time together, begin exploring what their collaborations might look like and come up with viable project plans. We aim to create one or more projects to fit into Indian Summer Festival’s omnivorous, multi-disciplinary curatorial approach.

Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health

FamilySmart Network - Ready, Set, Collaborate

The World Health Organization developed a Framework for action that speaks to the necessity for interprofessional education in order to achieve collaborative practice & the Institute of Families believes this can be broadened by testing the inclusion of young people & families in collective learning that results in all being collaborative practice ready. We have tangible experiences, skills and examples that will be built on in our proposed test. For research expertise we will partner with the McCreary Centre & Stigma & Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC). Our project is to test & prove our belief that there is a pre-step before implementation of collaborative practice, which we refer to as being ‘Practice Ready’ & offer recommendations & practical practices for how to ensure professionals & youth & families are ready & able to collaborate successfully together. We will build on the current knowledge & experience that we have in engagement, empowerment, collaborating & connecting & invite all disciplines to come along-side young people & families to collectively learn from each other & prepare to be collaborative practice ready. We believe that professionals & lay people can & should be empowered & supported to be contributors & influencers. Everyone has distinct & specialized knowledge that is valuable & necessary to build communities where children, youth & families are safe, included, connected & supported. They are all interdisciplinary team members.

International Institute for Child Rights and Development

4 the Generation

Initiated & led by former Youth in Care, 4 the Generation builds on Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS)'s Youth Advisory Committee & Strengthening our Practice research, participation in Luma’s youth mentorship program & IICRD’s YouLEAD initiative & lived experience. Through engagement with Aboriginal youth in care, it has become clear that a fundamental gap in their lives is consistent access to cultural mentors & activities/ways of being despite policies in place to support youth in care having cultural plans. This gap has made it difficult for young people to understand who they are, where they come from & to develop the trust & skills needed to become the next generation of culturally grounded leaders. In collaboration with VACFSS & Pacific Association of First Nations Women, 4 the Generation proposes to engage 10-15 high-risk Aboriginal youth between ages 15-19 living in the lower mainland including youth in care & homeless youth. The project will offer 2 sessions a week over dinner that serves traditional foods & will focus on traditional skill development, leadership & understanding Aboriginal & child rights & history. Consistent mentors & Elders will be in attendance to help develop trust, a sense of belonging & deepen cultural knowledge & leadership. Skill recognition stamps will be awarded upon completion of projects & participants will be supported to attend leadership trainings to enhance their post secondary opportunities.

Justice For Girls

Young Women and Girls Advocacy and Education Center

JFG will bring together community stakeholders, and in particular young women with experience of marginalization and homelessness in Vancouver, to shape our response to these systemic educational barriers. This community dialogue and current needs assessment will be organized and facilitated by a Project Team comprised of a JFG Team Leader, a Youth Advocate and 3-5 Youth Mentors who have experience of marginalization. The Develop Grant will fund this development process: 1. Apr.:Build Project Team *Training on girl’s rights, advocacy and accompaniment, interviewing skills, facilitating focus groups, leadership skills, public speaking, researching/analyzing data, etc. 2. May-Oct.:Engage Community *Stakeholder Engagement-conduct outreach, interviews, focus groups with "first voice" young women; their families; frontline youth, anti-violence and anti-poverty workers; educational and health professionals; Youth/ Women's/Aboriginal organizations, etc. *Research-current reports and promising practices nationally/internationally *Public Awareness-share learning through speaking engagements, writing, media, blogs, website, etc. with the intention of influencing public understanding, as well as educational policies, programs and training 3. Nov.:Create Project Plan *With the collected body of knowledge, create an innovative and strategic project plan with the goal of transforming the way we support and educate marginalized girls 2017: Test *Implement project plan and test