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Meet LEVEL: Our New Youth Engagement Initiative
Vancouver Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of LEVEL, our new youth engagement initiative. This new initiative will seek to level the playing field by empowering young Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee leaders to amplify their voices in matters important to them and to bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to shape policy and systems.
Through our work in Fresh Voices and Fostering Change, we learned a great deal about the disproportionate barriers young Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee youth face to influencing change within our social, civic, and public systems. LEVEL will address the racial inequity they experience by investing in their leadership capacity and support the non-profit and charitable sectors to create more opportunities for Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee young leaders.
LEVEL will involve three pillars:
1. LEVEL Youth Public Policy Program
Young Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee leaders will be supported to develop and pursue policy solutions to address the issues that affect them and their communities. More information will be available by the end of this year.
2. LEVEL Youth Organizing
We will support and work alongside young leaders to engage in grassroots social change through activities including community organizing and political advocacy. For the remainder of 2018, we will continue to advance the #LostVotesYVR campaign, advocating for the extension of municipal voting rights for permanent residents in the City of Vancouver.
3. LEVEL Youth Granting
We will support youth leadership within the non-profit and charitable sectors by creating pathways for staff and governance leadership for Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee youth. 2018 Youth Granting will open for proposals on July 11, 2018.
To learn more about what we learned through Fresh Voices and Fostering Change, please see our Youth Engagement Report 2018. More details about LEVEL will be shared in the coming months but in the meantime, we’re excited about the potential work that will come out of LEVEL. We hope you share in our excitement and will follow along with us as we embark on this new chapter of youth engagement at Vancouver Foundation.