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Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

Preteen Nights

Preteen Nights addresses the need for evening programming for preteens and the transitional issues preteens face as they move into adolescence. The program will provide 14 evening drop-in programs at a minimum of 7 Club locations across the Lower Mainland. The Preteen Nights program integrates social recreational activities with discussions related to participants’ specific needs. In this way, participants shape the program by determining both the social activities and the discussion topics, ensuring that the program remains relevant to them. The groups may be mixed or gender-specific, depending on the needs at each participating Club. Trained staff provide the mentorship and support necessary to make the environment safe and comfortable for participants to raise issues that are affecting their lives. The program has seen great success since it was launched three years ago, and the program model continues to be adapted to address the unique challenges this age group faces. BGC is committed to further expanding the program to meet the needs of more of our preteen Club members.

Pre-Teen Nights

Pre-Teen Nights will offer evening pre-teen drop-in programs in seven locations which will integrate social activities with discussions and themes related to participants’ needs. Participants determine both the social activities as well as discussions. Trained staff provide mentorship and support to make a safe environment where participants feel comfortable to raise issues that are affecting their lives.

Pre-Teen Nights

This project addresses the need for evening programming for pre-teens and helps them deal with issues they face as they become teens. It will provide support and social and recreational skill building to pre-teens in a safe, supportive space at six sites in Metro Vancouver. They integrate social and recreational activities with discussions and themes in order to provide a comfortable environment for individuals to raise issues they face moving into the teen years.

Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Central Vancouver Island

Building the Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections

Lake Trail is a low-income neighbourhood in Courtenay, BC. It has the highest crime rate in the Comox Valley. This project will coordinate a Lake Trail inter-agency committee to support project activities and meet neighbourhood needs; facilitate partnership development between Lake Trail School, service agencies and residents; and establish community-building activities at Lake Trail School (such as after-school and weekend programs for youth, families, and seniors; community meetings to address issues, social activities and a school/community garden).

BrainTrust Canada

Improving Social Connections for Persons with Brain Injury

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability under the age of 44. People with acquired brain injury are often marginalized and do not have many social connections that are unpaid. BrainTrust Canada is often their only support system, primarily operating during daytime, weekday hours. However, much of active and healthy community life occurs outside of agency hours. Persons with brain injury experience many barriers to accessing their community after business hours when most social contact occurs for people. Cognitive impairments such as memory difficulties, issues with initiating, organizing and/or planning a task or activity, and challenges navigating their community and public transportation often lead to isolation and loneliness. In addition, transportation options are limited in the Central Okanagan on evenings and weekends for people with a disability. This program would allow greater mobility and community access during these times of day to help build natural connections and increase their overall level of independence and quality of life.

Britannia Community Services Centre Society

Thingery - A Lending Library of Things

Equipment lending libraries are proven models for reducing a neighbourhood's ecological footprint. Despite long established lending library organizations in most Canadian cities, lending libraries struggle to scale. We've worked with three neighbourhoods in Vancouver to show that there's an appetite for more lending libraries that are located directly in neighbourhoods. Our project will pilot three equipment lending libraries, called a Thingery, in shipping containers and through donations of underutilized equipment, provide community members with access to equipment that they don't ever need to own.

Britannia Community Carving Pavilion

Our social innovation is to test an integrated recreation, education, cultural and social service programming model that builds resilience and empowerment in areas that affect lives in this culturally relevant facility. The objective is to create community driven types of activities that follow values established by the community to guide the stewardship of this important and unique facility. Objectives which focus on 3 core themes: Adhering to specific cultural protocols: 1. Consult and involve Aboriginal Elders 2. Showcase the history of First Peoples 3. Promote cross-cultural sharing and learning Creating standards of practice that are in keeping with the community’s desired values: 4. Build effective governance 5. Make the Carving Pavilion a gathering place 6. Practice inclusivity & embed low-barrier protocols Designing a wide range of programs that promote Aboriginal arts and culture, and provide opportunities for intercultural and intergenerational learning and sharing: 7. Create a community carving project 8. Create for-credit opportunities 9. Showcase Aboriginal art 10. Offer programs beyond carving This is innovative because this model requires formal institutions such as the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to endorse, adopt and participate in non-Western governance and decision making in the delivery of services.

Grandview Underage Youth Response

This builds upon the work and findings of the 'Underage Alcohol Response Table' and the 'Youth Matter Planning Table', using a place-based approach, to integrate at-risk youth aged 10 - 15 into school and community centres. The objective is to outreach a group of 40-50 youth that have been congregating at the Britannia site who are currently actively engaged in self harming behaviour, susceptible to exploitation and criminality. The project will provide staff and resources to coordinate and establish relationships with individual youth to address immediate physical and safety needs, (food, appropriate clothing, access to Adolescent Medicine team, shelter) particular at times when other services are not available - evenings and weekends. This team will work with the RICHER, Roving Leaders, school based teams, MCFD contracted services (family counsellors, A&D counsellor, Aboriginal social worker, etc.) to build relationships and advocate from a youth centered approach, involving youth directly in decisions about their health and safety by providing information, engagement, empowerment

Speaking Rights: A participatory community building project for BC youth

Speaking Rights is a participatory education project that engages youth (12-18 yrs) in identifying strategies to address discrimination, bullying and exclusion and creating a space for dialogue and action on these issues. Over 25 organizations in BC would benefit from training, coaching, education resources, support in developing youth-led community projects, follow-up & sharing lessons learned.

British Columbia (BC) Chihuahua Rescue

BCCR Marketing/Organization Development Campaign

Assistance is requested to help us increase our capacity to effectively carry out our charitable mission and improve our ability to care for homeless small dogs in BC by helping us upgrade our website and create new organizational/marketing documentation. The project we are seeking funding for is a marketing campaign to increase awareness of our rescue work adn the dogs we assist. The project would include uprgrading our existing website including adding mobile capabilities and video streaming to promote our dogs for adoption. The website would have a storefront created for online fundraising to assist the BCCR in raising much needed funding. The campaign would also include creating and/or upgrading existing handouts, brochues, and marketing materials. A new banner to match the website and materials would also be considered given enough funds were available through our fundraising and the grant.

British Columbia Choral Federation

British Columbia Youth Choir 2011 in Prince George (BCYC 2011)

The British Columbia Youth Choir (BCYC) is a core program of the British Columbia Choral Federation. Entirely managed by 60 young volunteer singers from across BC, BCYC engages top choral professionals to conduct and accompany the choir, recruits, auditions and encourages young singers, ages 16-25, and produces and promotes the program throughout the year. In 2011, it will take place in Prince George.

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

Policing Indigenous Peoples Project

This project addresses the disproportionate impact of policing on Indigenous peoples in BC and their overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. We plan to influence the systems that perpetuate this issue by testing two innovative models, and by complementing these models with broad-based public education and law reform campaigns. One model will challenge conditions of release issued by police or courts that infringe on the rights and freedoms of marginalized people. Another test model is a partnership with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en to base informal resolution of complaints against the RCMP on Indigenous restorative justice processes.

A Right to Food? Food Security for BC's Poorest Kids

The project will study the potential legal and constitutional rights implications of childhood malnutrition in BC. Working with other not-for-profit groups and social science experts, we will interview families on social assistance across BC focusing on the experiences of children living with food insecurity. We will compile a report with these narratives and analyze the issue of childhood malnutrition from a uniquely legal rights-based perspective that considers whether children can fully realize their constitutionally protected rights and freedoms while in a state of malnourishment. In documenting the impact of food insecurity on the enjoyment of constitutional rights, this project will provide a platform on which community groups can build their education initiatives to include a legal rights-based analysis. This research may enable further advocacy by affected communities and education of government and judicial decision-makers to ensure that food insecurity does not compromise children's rights.

BCCLA Rural Education & Outreach Project

To develop and implement a model for low-overhead, membership-driven, community-based civil liberties and human rights advocacy and education groups that provide aboriginal and rural community members with legal information and peer casework advocacy support. This model would also offers opportunities for civil libertiesrelated education and interactive workshops by local and long-distance lawyers, advocates and experts, and build relationships between rural communities and urban service providers, lawyers and advocates on civil liberties and human rights issues.

British Columbia Conservation Foundation

Species at Risk in the Classroom, from Concept to Action

Through work with a number of schools and environmental stewardship groups the SCCP has identified a need for increased education opportunities on conservation of species at risk. To address this, the SCCP secured multi-year funding to develop curriculum guidance and activities for both formal and informal educators with a specific focus on South Coast species and the ecosystems they depend upon. From that “Species at Risk in the Classroom” (SARitc) evolved along with the SCCP’s first children’s storybook on local endangered species (“The Lonely Frog”); developed with a First Nations artist in the Fraser Valley to create accompanying illustrations and link endangered species education to First Nation traditional ecological knowledge. This project will take “SARitc” to the next level, moving from conceptual resources to working directly with teachers and informal educators, sharing conservation expertise, helping implement new curriculum resources and provide hands-on opportunities to get involved in endangered species and ecosystems recovery and restoration.

British Columbia Council for Families

Celebrating All Families: Building LGBTQ Inclusive Programs

The BC Council for Families, with an advisory committee of parents, community representatives and service providers, and working collaboratively LGBTQ organizations, will develop specialized educational resources for parent educators and others who work with parents, on the needs of same-sex parents and their children. Resources will focus on raising awareness of the potential for heterosexual bias in programming, and on approaches to make programs more welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ-led families and children. Because of the need to reach practitioners in smaller centres around BC, the Council will investigate several dissemination models – creating a video and accompanying workbook that agencies can use to hold their own in-service discussions and trainings, and/or train the trainer workshops at conferences or by webinar. Project activities will include developing and disseminating tip sheets for family service practitioners, a podcast series of interviews with experts and parents exploring issues relevant to LGBTQ families as well as a training video and workbook.

My Tween and Me for Immigrant and Refugee Families

This parenting class helps parents build a strong relationship with their pre-teens, and gives them the confidence and skills to guide their children through the sometimes troubling teen years. This six-session program helps parents reduce the likelihood that their children will participate in illicit drug and alcohol use and other high-risk behaviours. Program leaders develop culturally appropriate programs for their specific community. The project will result in specialized training, mentoring and multi-language resources to enhance the delivery of the program to immigrant and refugee parents.

British Columbia Law Institute

Older Womens Dialogue Project Development Grant (Ms. Krista James/Ms. Kasari Govender)

In 2012 the CCEL received funding from the United Way Lower Mainland for the Older Women’s Dialogue Project, a 1-year project identifying the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women. We started this work because while there has been much focus on seniors’ issues, there has been little consideration of how these issues may differently or disproportionately affect older women. After meeting with over 350 women we appreciate that some women are very marginalized and hard to reach, and that women want to do more than identify problems; they want to do something about them. The CCEL and West Coast LEAF are developing a project concept and further collaborations to continue this work involving older women. The project will involve: (1) Further community-engaged research—focus groups, interviews—aimed at reaching marginalized older women (e.g. Aboriginal women, women with disabilities) 100-200 women; (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including plain language summary of work in multiple languages; (3) Community-engaged resource development, involving 2-4 different communities of older women (50-200 women).During the development phase we will identify strategies for connecting with especially marginalized older women, identify appropriate knowledge-sharing and dissemination strategies that respond to community-identified priorities, and work with 2-4 communities to develop project plans focused on the pressing law and policy issues they want to work on.

Older Womens Dialogue Project

In 2012 the CCEL began the Older Women's Dialogue Project, a 1-year project on the pressing legal and social policy issues impacting older women. Working with West Coast LEAF, we met with over 300 women and heard about their concerns and calls to action on issues. We also realized that some groups of women are particularly hard to reach, and require a different approach to consultation. The next phase of work involves: (1) Community-engaged research with older women who are particularly marginalized, isolated or vulnerable (focus groups and/or interviews) 150-225 women (2014); (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including in plain language (2015); (3) Community-engaged legal tool development, involving 4 communities of older women, 60-100 women (current-December 2016), including: 1) Older women of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (Power of Women to Women group) (2) Richmond Women's Resource Centre's (Chinese grandmothers' group) (3) South Granville Senior's Centre (women with Spanish program) (4) A 4th group to be identified through consultations with marginalized women

British Columbia Library Association

Education for Library Staff in Serving People with Disabilities

BCLA will contract with an individual who will create a toolkit that will provide the resources needed to present in-person and online courses on services to people with disabilities for library staff. The toolkit would include a list of topics of interest (based on the 2012 survey of library staff), a list of presenters, a list of training partners and what they can contribute to the training, and step-by-step instructions for organizing in-person workshops and for creating webinars and MOOCs. The developer will also produce one in-person workshop (in collaboration with BCLA’s Special Needs Interest Group, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities [BCCPD] and Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods BC [CAN BC]) and one webinar (in collaboration with the Education Institute) as proof of concept. The toolkit will reside in an online repository currently being built by the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC – see #14 for further information) which will provide access to a wide audience from this virtual venue.

BC Books Online: Delivery of an eBook Collection to BC Libraries

The BC Books Online consortium aims to deliver a collection of BC published books in e-book format to every public, academic and school library in the province. In partnership with the Association of Book Publishers of BC, BC Books will hire staff to create marketing and information packages for the libraries, work with publishers and writers to develop terms of trade, and develop a program to sustain the project over time, ensuring access to the BC Books Online collection across the province and creating a significant literary legacy.

British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

Exploring Disability Stigma and its Impacts on Inequalities in Education, Employment, Income, and Housing for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in British Columbia.

Easter Seals BC/Yukon (ESBCY) wants to fundamentally re-evaluate their role in the lives of persons with disabilities (PWD). This includes an expanded mandate encompassing broader health determinants impacting PWD of all ages. As part of this re-development process, ESBCY will host a series of community gatherings to uncover the stigma of disability that underpins the major challenges facing PWD in BC (inequalities in education, employment, income, and housing). These events will be used to explore (and report on) the beliefs/attitudes, power dynamics, and policy implications of disability stigma, build an inclusive steering committee, and create a project plan that tackles this root cause.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society

Reach Out Psychosis - multi level teachers toolkit

Demand for this project, from Provincial counsellors, teachers, mental health organizations, & aboriginal communities, has been generated due to total lack of a specific curriculum piece for teachers & educators within BC schools to improve understanding of early intervention & treatment of psychosis. Left undiagnosed students lose valuable education years affecting completion rates & their future lives. The project is needed to provide educators with a resource to be used as a curriculum piece in schools (also adapted for aboriginal communities) to raise awareness of early psychosis; identify & clear pathways to referral to early psychosis clinics; & provide ongoing support to teachers & students. The project is aimed at providing educators with the information & resources they need to educate teenagers & young adults as well as ongoing support to teachers & students. The Toolkit will be a complete, multi level resource package including 1-2 lesson plans, & ongoing 24-hour online support service for teachers and students. FREE to all BC schools & downloadable from website

British Columbia Self Advocacy Foundation

Breaking Down Barriers

ESATTA was contracted by the BC Self Advocacy Foundation(BCSAF) in 2011/12 to present their No More Barriers campaign to communities throughout BC to share their campaign video & website and host World Cafe style dialogues to find out the types of barriers experienced by self advocates in BC. All feedback was reviewed by self advocates and 5 common barriers were selected by self advocates to become the guidelines for their 2012 No More Barriers grants. The key barriers were: supported decision making(SDM), youth & self advocacy, health, housing and employment. ESATTA decided they would develop a workshop on: SDM, Health and Employment. We have made contact with School districts and agencies throughout BC and will be offering to present this workshop. We want to help community become more aware of youth & adults with disabilities and how they are an untapped workforce ready willing & able to be employed. We also want to talk to self advocates about ways to understand how to get help and support when making decisions and ways to keep healthy & be active members of the BC workforce.

Community Action Employment Plan - Self Advocacy Project

One of the objectives of the Community Action Employment Plan is that self advocates play a leadership role in changing public attitudes by: 1) Leading and delivering a presentation of why employment is important to them to a range of stakeholders, including government, unions, businesses, employers and families 2) Establishing a pool of self advocates in each region to act as consultants/resources to the Plan and related work. Provincial self advocate leaders convened in May 2013 to discuss options for collaborating with partners in the Community Action Employment Plan. They also discussed how self advocates could advance an employment agenda in BC. This proposal is a result of that meeting. The project is roughly divided into two phases. The first is to develop a presentation and toolbox to assist self advocates in promoting employment. The second phase is to begin building community partnership to support the planning of the local events in the three pilot regions and a workshop at the Inclusion BC Conference.