Awarded Grants

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Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society

MY Place/Lived Experience Drop In Centre Life Skills development Program for Social Change

The innovation lies within the hearts and minds that know the crisis first hand - those with lived experiences. The challenge in implementing the innovation is twofold: 1) how do we move people in crisis that are tired and feel disenfranchised and move them to an environment of planning and implementing strategic and direct sociopolitical action and; 2) how do we, as a team of people with lived experience and those with socioeconomic privilege, come together and cause these different new relationships to form between these key stakeholder elements that sustain a campaign that makes systemic change on a municipal level possible and beneficial for all.Our project actions have to be innovative as to where, why and how those with lived experiences gather together for reasons other than daily survival (soup kitchens and \social service appointments), we come together as well for strategic reasons that bring us face to face with other entities that either don't understand the issues or have limited information that has been shared in a more sanitized version and approach. We must bring the truth of what we know and how we know this directly to the halls of power through presentations, workshops, panels and testimonies that dispel myths & stereotypes and foster awareness of the need for the collective responsibility and not individualize the reasons for the crisis.Finally,we must navigate and infiltrate the influential interconnected social systems and create a new flow of change.
$10,000.00
2017

Learning Disabilities Society of Greater Vancouver

The Better Futures Project

Those with learning disabilities (LD’s) often have an above average intelligence, however because of the way their brain processes information they struggle to learn in the same way as others. As a result, the employment rate of adults with an LD is less than half the employment rate of those without. Additionally, often employers haven’t been educated in how to support someone with an LD and so this acts as a further barrier to employment. LDAV have therefore worked with partners to create a new project outline that addresses both sides of this issue. LDAV will be working to develop the content of the program further and test out the model to help more people with LD’s gain employment.
$10,000.00
2017

Leave Out Violence "LOVE"

BEATS Magazine: Newcomer Youth Voice and Perspective (BEATS)

$10,000.00
2017

Lookout Society

Downtown Residential Art Collective

Lookout proposes to create a peer-led art collective, supported by Lookout’s Life Skills workers and Tenant Support Workers. Through this art collective tenants and staff will work together to facilitate art groups, programs and workshops aiming to develop and empower artists living in the DTES through creative expression and education with the goal of hosting an Art Exhibit. This project will collaborate with a local non-profit art gallery. Group facilitation will educate residents in the DTES and surrounding communities about inclusion and reduce the stereotypes related to poverty. We will collaborate with various cultural groups to encourage artists to embrace their culture.
$10,000.00
2017

Lu'ma Native Housing Society

Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing Program

Current core program goals are to aid, assist and support 15-20 Aboriginal Youth that have or will be “Aging out of Care” to develop life-skills and other key areas to assist in their transition to Adulthood. Main stream funding sources that the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship and Housing Program are partnered with require results such as employment, education and/or housed. The youth in the AYM&HP successfully acquired these goals however maintaining these achievements has proven to be challenging at best. Through the evolution and development of the program it has become evident that the youth need more than connections to resources and removal of physical barriers. It has been our experience that our Indigenous Youth also need access to healing through a variety of practices to match each youth’s individual needs such as traditional, cultural, alternative and innovative methods to assist with trauma, addictions, mental health and other emotional barriers the youth are experiencing. Youth that have Aged Out of Care endure long wait lists that do not allow for actual in the moment planning, resistance to alternative methods of healing and wellness as well as little or no support to become engaged in cultural activities or are lacking financial resources to travel to and participate in the cultural experiences that could be available to them. This application will provide youth opportunities to strengthen or develop cultural connections to community.
$10,000.00
2017

Lytton First Nation

?'q'?mcín [Two Rivers] Remix

BC First Nations youth on reserve and many BC contemporary Indigenous musical artists face extreme economic, cultural and social exclusion. ?'q'?mcín [Two Rivers] Remix is a free outdoor feast of contemporary Indigenous music on Nlha'7kapmx territory that features BC Aboriginal musicians creating a critical new grassroots sound that empowers Indigenous youth and women. Regenerating the Lytton Block Party through a series of exploratory, creative and collaborative workshops with Indigenous youth, artists, educators and elders - the festival will engage new audiences for this rowdy musical remix of urban/rez, visual/aural, hip-hop/pow-wow, and personal/political.
$10,000.00
2017

McCreary Centre Society

Resilience revolution: Roles and realities of stress in youth’s lives

McCreary’s Youth Research Academy (YRA) are a group of youth in and from care who are learning research skills and conducting research projects of interest to youth in care and the agencies that serve them. In March 2017 the YRA are facilitating a Research Slam to offer other youth with care experience the opportunity to learn some research skills and engage in a short research project about how young people experience and manage stress. This project will build on the results of the Research Slam. Members of the YRA, and Slam participants who wish to remain involved, will develop and deliver a knowledge translation workshop. The workshop will share the findings of the research into how young people experience and manage stress, and will also gather feedback on the results and ideas to increase resilience among youth. A minimum of four workshops will be delivered to diverse youth, including a minimum of two workshops with youth in and from care. Participants will then be supported to synthesize the feedback and to develop key messages to share with stakeholder groups (e.g., foster parents, teachers, youth). In addition to the knowledge translation workshops, project participants will also undertake a review of available tools and resources to help youth develop the skills they need to effectively manage stress.
$10,000.00
2017

Michaelle Jean Foundation

4th Wall: Supporting Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant BC Youth

$10,000.00
2017

Ocean Wise Conservation Association

Ocean Plastics Initiative

The Ocean Plastics Initiative (OPI) will challenge the perception that it is ok to produce, use and dispose of large quantities of plastics that end up in our oceans. Leveraging Ocean Wise’s experience and expertise in ocean plastic research and solutions, OPI will build a network of organizations and businesses committed to reducing their plastic use. The network will provide space for innovation, identifying and addressing common challenges to reducing plastic use, and creating solutions to apply across businesses and sectors. Ultimately, OPI will help normalize plastic-free business practices, hastening the shift to less plastic entering and persisting in the ocean.
$10,000.00
2017

Our Community Bikes (OCB)

PEDAL Bicycle Industry Training (PBIT) Program

The PBT Program is a unique pre-employment and life skills training program for youth and people with barriers to employment. Through low-cost tuition and subsidized programs, PBMT Program will empower people to become bike mechanics and a part of the broader cycling community. Delivered in a community-bike shop setting through an anti-oppression education model the students will receive both technical and life skills training to be job ready for employment or participation in the bicycle repair industry. The PBIT Program is a unique pre-employment and life skills training program for youth and people with barriers to employment. Through low-cost tuition, PBIT Program will empower trainees to become employed in the bicycle industry and a part of the broader cycling community. Delivered in a community-bike shop setting through an anti-oppression education model, the students will receive both technical and life skills training, to be job ready for employment or participation in the bicycle industry. Technical training will focus on basic and advanced bicycle repair knowledge and will give students a basic understanding of a bicycle retail operation. Life skills training will encourage students to use effective communication and to present themselves as confident and forthright individuals. Students will gain skills in pre-employment preparations, leadership, peer support, and foundations in social justice. PEDAL will work with the bicycle industry to provide i
$10,000.00
2017

Parent Support Services Society of B.C.

Supporting Children and Youth in Kinship Care to Thrive!

Growing numbers of children & youth are raised by relatives – often grandparents. Reasons: drug use of parents (opioid epidemic), neglect/abandonment, violence/abuse, mental/physical health/death of parents. Like foster children,the children in kinship care families have experienced trauma that causes health issues.Being raised by kin is known as best practice. Yet aging kinship caregivers do not receive the same support/services as foster parents. Kinship caregivers raise children who would otherwise be in Ministry care. They frequently spiral into poverty. Our project will take steps to ensure these caregivers receive the equitable long-term support necessary for their children to thrive.
$10,000.00
2017

PeerNet BC

Multi-Lingual Newcomer Youth Dialogue

$10,000.00
2017

Fostering Access and Inclusion

Fostering Access and Inclusion project will provide youth in and out of care, front line youth in and out of care workers and agencies of care opportunities to participate in anti-oppression, leadership, peer support and facilitation training workshops. PeerNetBC has seen a need for this project with our experience working with multiple youth in care serving agencies to build training opportunities for youth in and out of care to facilitate community events such as "A Hand Up Not A Hand Out" and Federation of BC Youth In Care Networks leadership camps. These workshops help build awareness and give youth and adult allies skills and tools to navigate their own journey to advocate for their needs in and out of care systems and transition to a more connected community and network. PeerNetBC will provide scholarships for youth to attend our regular Spring and Fall workshop series as well as customized workshops for youth in care serving agencies. This will also include a special summer series geared specifically for youth. This series provides opportunities for youth from a diverse range of knowledge and experiences to come together to build and share their own skills and those of their peers. Our goal is to build and bridge connections among youth towards being able to implement systemic change in addressing their needs. For information about our current Spring Workshops here's the link: http://www.peernetbc.com/upcoming-workshops-2
$10,000.00
2017

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Social Housing Revitalization Pilot

The Pembina Institute is working with BC Housing, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, construction and manufacturing companies, and non-profit partners to adapt and pilot the Energiesprong retrofit approach in B.C. The project will evaluate the potential to aggregate social housing and work towards creating the first competitive request for proposals for energy efficiency retrofits of multi tenant buildings in BC. This approach rethinks the conventional resource flows of green building initiatives by focusing benefits on low-income and marginalized communities while incentivizing industry to invest in research and development to deliver low-cost technologies and new delivery models.
$10,000.00
2017

Puente Theatre Society

Development workshop for a show about Mexican Immigration

There’s a great deal of political rhetoric right now in the US that casts Mexican immigrants as job-thieves and criminals – but they’re actually refugees from a country ruined by violence and corruption. Puente Theatre would like to give voice to actual Mexicans, so that a more complex picture might emerge of the issues that face our continent: gathering a team of Mexican artists from across the country, Puente will host an initial creative workshop, with the aim of creating a full stage production the following season: a show about the roots of the Mexican diaspora, a tremendously personal testament by a group of veteran artists, bound by common heritage, far from the land of their birth.
$10,000.00
2017

Reconciliation Canada

Reconciliation & Resiliency Platform

Through economic reconciliation, it can create the conditions for transformation. Economic reconciliation is more than economic development. It defines prosperity more broadly than income and assets. It goes beyond economic transactions and considers the economy of relationships. It looks at systemic barriers that inhibit prosperity. It requires creating new models that reflect Indigenous ways of knowing, considering all factors that impact prosperity, including health, education, culture, and connection to the land. Reconciliation will be unsustainable if it does not translate into improved livelihoods and a more prosperous future for all.
$10,000.00
2017

Richmond Art Gallery Association

East/West Connections through Culture

Addressing systemic social separation in Richmond through inter-generational, multicultural and multilingual programs including workshops, social events and exhibitions. We will encourage cross-cultural exchange, creating a platform to interrogate the systemic barriers to increased respect and relationship building across cultural lines. We seek to position the gallery as a welcoming institution for newcomers as a site to engage with art. Visual art offers an alternative communication that goes beyond language, connecting with groups of many cultural backgrounds. Richmond is a prime site to develop a multicultural, intergenerational dialogue, considering art and urgent local/global issues.
$10,000.00
2017

School District #38 - Richmond

Communicating Competency to Our Newcomers: A Vision for Richmond's Welcome Centre

Richmond has been welcoming families and students from all over the world for the past 25 years. New families are welcomed at our School Board Office, where we interview and assess new students to be placed in schools. Currently, we have a system that functions very well from an operational perspective. We are able to assess students, level them and place them in schools. This system is supported by ELL teachers, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Cultural Interpreters. In 2017, we have come far in our world knowledge and understanding of how relationships are formed and how assessments impact individual self-worth. Our students' first contact can be a place where they can feel safe to explore, to be seen and to understand about their new schooling experience. We would like to merge the concept of fast, efficient and accurate assessment of language with the concept of starting with the students' strengths in mind. Four goals of our project: 1) Improve Space at the Welcome Centre 2) Develop assessments and interview guidelines that are culturally fluent. 3) Build capacity for staff at the Welcome Centre. 4) Build capacity for teachers across the district.
$18,500.00
2017

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Squamish Youth Engagement Strategy (YES)

In a very real way, youth are the life force of any community. They will grow to be decision makers, policy developers, teachers, business owners and care givers. We have an obligation to engage with youth in a meaningful way, to value their voice as an integral part of the fabric of our community, and to then weave this voice into the decisions that shape our future. We are committed as a community, to creating a Youth Engagement Strategy that focuses on bringing youth, not only to the table, but places them at the center of the conversation that answers this question: "How can we as a community successfully engage with youth in a way that supports their healthy growth and development?"
$10,000.00
2017

The MacMillan Family Foundation

About Us, With Us: A Fellowship Program With the Youth in Care Community

British Columbia has the highest rates of child poverty in Canada. The challenges facing B.C. youth in and from foster care in Vancouver are among the most acute in the country. At Discourse Media, our own analysis - after several months embedded in the youth in and from care community in Vancouver - found that the foster care system was most often presented in the context of conflict and crisis. The episodic news cycle pits politicians against advocates, provincial bureaucrats against regional bureaucrats, parents against the system. It casts families as broken. Stories are triggered by tragedy. There is little capacity in media for data analysis. Youth perspectives are largely left out, yet theirs are some of the most trenchant questions about the system. They need channels through which they can pose questions, amplify solutions and mobilize their knowledge. Discourse Media seeks Vancouver Foundation support for a youth in and from care fellowship program designed to build capacity with interested youth (engagement workshops, listening events and story-to-action meetings). As a first step, we will pilot a fellowship experience with a member of the youth in care community and embed them into our journalism team in Vancouver, with mentorship from Discourse reporter and producer Brielle Morgan, who focuses on child welfare. We have identified several youth who might qualify for a fellowship and will partner with the foundation on selecting a fellow and supporting their work.
$10,000.00
2017

The Salvation Army, British Columbia Division

Food Access Program

The Salvation Army wants to help clients to be able to access nutritious food and focus their efforts on becoming well, training for employment or advancement, attending to their families, children and keeping seniors in their homes as opposed to worrying about access to nutritious food. The Salvation Army will approach this by redeploying how we collect and deliver food to clients in the Lower Mainland. Meeting our commitment of reducing our carbon foot print, providing nutritious food and rejecting unhealthy donations and shrink our waste by encouraging closed loop recycling (take waste and turn it into a new consumer product). Feeding bodies minds and futures.
$10,000.00
2017

Tidal Elements Whole School Society

Returning to Place: Reintegrating Land-based Learning and Healing into Haida Gwaii Youth Programming

Land-based programming has been identified as a priority on Haida Gwaii by education, mental health, health care, and justice organizations, and most importantly, by youth themselves. Despite this, participation in on-the-land programming is declining and there is no sustainable funding for existing programs. A diverse group of organizations and community members across Haida Gwaii are invested in working collaboratively with youth to investigate the barriers to participation and rethink how we can effectively embed land-based programming into the way we educate and provide services to youth on Haida Gwaii, nurturing a life long, resilient relationship to land and place.
$10,000.00
2017

Tides Canada Initiatives

Our Water BC

Public engagement regarding BCs water supplies is rarely supported beyond consultation. It becomes incumbent on community groups to react to local threats and demand attention on freshwater issues. The passage of BCs Water Sustainability Act opened the door for more proactive opportunities for engagement on local water health. This project will capitalize on the opportunity and engage in public discussion on the values, needs and priorities of the local, grassroots community when it comes to water issues. Not only does this dialogue advance robust implementation of the WSA but it equips communities with the information, knowledge, and power needed to engage in discussions around local water.
$10,000.00
2017

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation

Cigarette 'Bio-Digester' Development Project

Cigarette butts are a widespread and highly toxic watershed pollutant; and while community support for addressing this issue is strong, there is some disagreement about the best approach, and few natural, community-based solutions. We have identified a model which shows promise in turning cigarette waste into non-toxic soil and need support to develop it further and test for effectiveness and scalability. This project aims to offer a system of local and community-based remediation of cigarette waste that is low-cost, low-tech, and scientifically sound that empowers citizens, businesses, organizations and government to effectively reduce the amount of cigarettes affecting water quality.
$10,000.00
2017

UBC - The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health

Growing Great Kids Out of Homelessness

Children experiencing homelessness have poorer outcomes when compared to other children, their mothers often struggle with social isolation, and there is a strong link to entering the child welfare system. Growing Great Kids Out of Homelessness will address this issue and seek to influence system change by creating a collaborative, multi-sectoral, peer-led participatory research project. Through the opportunity to experience themselves as co-creators of safe, supportive environments, homeless women and children can restore their health and well-being in an environment of dignity that offers women increased agency and engagement with others, while keeping families intact.
$10,000.00
2017

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