January 21, 2019
Through Fostering Change and Fresh Voices, Vancouver Foundation has learned a great deal about the disproportionate barriers to influencing change within our social, civic, and public systems that Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee youth face, compared to many other young people. Through this work...
May 7, 2018
Vancouver, BC – As politicians and policy makers grapple with transit, jobs, and affordability ahead of municipal elections, an important new study offers insight into what immigrant and refugee youth think of these issues in an increasingly diverse Metro Vancouver. Commissioned by Vancouver...
May 7, 2018
Youth make up a significant portion of newcomers to Canada, with approximately 34% under the age of 25. However, very little is known about refugee and immigrant youth in Metro Vancouver. This report is a high level summary of findings of research into access to employment, mobility, and...
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October 31, 2017
Our Fresh Voices initiative ‘My Mother’s Home’ film celebrating migration, motherhood, and diversity is being screened this Thursday night at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival! Each year VAFF attracts close to 4,000 audience members over its four-day festival and year-round events. It also reaches...
July 29, 2017
Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices initiative offers a way for immigrant and refugee youth from across B.C. to engage in dialogue and action to identify and remove barriers to their success. One of these includes increasing opportunities for civic engagement, through gaining representation in the...
July 27, 2017
In spring 2017, the Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team (YAT) and staff decided to reflect on their past and engage in an evaluation process. The evaluation included individual conversations and interviews with community partners and team members, a focus group within the core YAT, and survey...
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June 23, 2017
Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices initiative has joined a new national campaign to address Islamaphobia. The anti-hate campaign, ‘Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion’ aims to empower budding Muslim filmmakers to challenge prejudice and help foster greater inclusion of Muslim youth within Canadian...
June 22, 2017
Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices initiative recognizes the outstanding contributions that immigrant and refugee youth make to their communities. One form of recognition is through the annual Fresh Voices Awards, which acknowledge the leadership of young newcomers who, in British Columbia and...
May 22, 2017
On May 18th, nearly 200 people filled Vancity Theatre for My Mother’s Home 2017, a celebration of migration, motherhood, and diversity, and the first event of the 2017 Fresh Voices speaker series. Vancouver Foundation's Fresh Voices initiative amplifies the voices of immigrant and refugee youth who...
January 5, 2017
On December 5, 2016, over 200 young immigrants, refugees, and adult allies descended on the Terminal City Club for Vancouver Foundation’s 2016 Fresh Voices Awards. Our Fresh Voices initiative Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and...
November 2, 2016
This fall, Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC) opened their doors and invited our guests in for a tour of their new multi-service Welcome Centre. Please watch their grand opening video here . The Welcome Centre is a regional services hub providing integrated housing and support services...
October 27, 2016
We are pleased to release the Fall 2016 edition of the Vancouver Foundation Magazine, The Nature of Belonging. Vancouver Foundation Magazine brings you stories of modern philanthropy. It features the people and organizations that are making a difference in communities across British Columbia. We...
October 26, 2016
The Fresh Voices Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada, working to advance social change based on themes and priorities including Immigration, School and English Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in...
October 24, 2016
The 2016 Fresh Voices Forum is a unique opportunity for young people to speak directly to diverse stakeholders including government officials, service providers, community leaders and most importantly, other young people! The goal of the forum is to bring newcomer young people, adults and decision-...
March 18, 2016
VANCOUVER, BC, March 18, 2016 – Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is pleased to announce a $500,000 contribution from the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees (Welcome Fund) to the Vancouver Foundation in support of local settlement efforts. The Vancouver Foundation will direct these funds to ISS...
December 17, 2015
With the arrival of Syrian refugees in B.C. high on the mainstream news agenda, Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team members Dina Ganan and Diego Cardona have been speaking to the media about how the community can come together to support new refugees. Recognizing what refugees will bring to our...
October 23, 2015
Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices initiative has launched a new website: freshvoices.ca The Make-It-Count campaign website has served us very well. An amazing 2,399 signatures to our petition, and changes by government to the way English Language Learning (ELL) is framed in schools across the...
October 14, 2015
Vancouver Foundation proudly announced the winners of the 2015 Fresh Voices B.C. Awards and the 2015 National Fresh Voices Artivism Award to a packed crowd of young people, community members, business leaders and elected officials at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club. The 2015 awards recognize the...
Are there grants available for the Fresh Voices Initiative?
October 9, 2015
Not at this time. Please visit the Fresh Voices Website for more information: http://freshvoices.ca
September 2, 2015
Join other immigrant and refugee youth for 2 days of dialogue and action-orientated conversations with great music, workshops, food, and skill building activities. Fresh Voices is helping to host the 2015 Youth Action Gathering on Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd in Vancouver. This will...
September 2, 2015
The 2015 National Fresh Voices Artivism Awards provides a $1,000 bursary to two inspiring young immigrant, migrant or refugee individuals, aged 14-24, who has demonstrated excellence and impact in using the arts and/or cultural engagement to address issues of concern in newcomer communities in...
September 2, 2015
Do you know an inspiring young person that is making British Columbia more welcoming for newcomers? Now is your chance to say thank you. Fresh Voices, in partnership with MOSAIC and Vancity , is hosting an awards evening to recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in...
July 20, 2015
19th Birthday Exhibit Youth who were formerly in government care currently comprise 40% of homeless youth in British Columbia. Many of these young adults transitioning out of care face challenges such as finding a job and permanent homes. Developed by youth through the Youth Homelessness Initiative...
June 9, 2015
On May 13th 2015 our Fresh Voices initiative hosted “My Mother’s Home” to honour the stories of resilience and diverse migration journeys of racialized immigrant and refugee mothers in British Columbia. More than 160 people attended the sold out event at the Vancity Theatre to watch our film, view...
May 4, 2015
Where: VANCITY THEATRE 1181 Seymour Street Vancouver, BC, V6B 2E8 When: Wednesday May 13th, 2015 Doors open at 5:00pm Price: FREE , register at http://tiny.cc/freshvoices by Monday May 11 Program: 5:30-8:00pm featuring: A photography exhibition celebrating the resilience and power of immigrant and...