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Since 2011, Vancouver Foundation has invested significant time, energy, ideas and money in bringing together foster care youth and immigrant and refugee youth, listening to them, and empowering them...
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Fostering Change - Support The 700
What happens when youth from foster care turn 19? In BC, approximately 700 youth age out of the foster care system each year on their 19th birthday. Leaving government care – their “public parent” –...
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Each year, Vancouver Foundation’s Grants and Community Initiatives team works closely with our volunteer Advisory Committee members to make discretionary grants to charities and other qualified...
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October 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...
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We'd like to offer a hearty thank you to those who attended our learning exchanges on youth transitions December 13th and 14th. Over a two-day period, approximately 170 service providers, youth,...
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You may have seen the picture or read the story: homeless youth from foster care, huddled in a needle-strewn alley, dirty and helpless. Youth in foster care have seen it – often. And it’s this...
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December 4, 2014
Vancouver Foundation is hosting a day of learning and dialogue in New Westminster Thursday December 4th, 2014. Follow along on Twitter: @FosterChangeBC & #FosteringChange Explore the Schedule: [...
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Lovable is a photography program for young women. Organized by two young photographers – Nicola Hodges and Sylvia McFadden – its goal is to empower women to fight back against unrealistic beauty...
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Taking the pulse of young people in metro Vancouver Like many young people starting out, Rahul Walia is charting his career course. The 20-year-old Vancouver resident, who is studying life sciences...
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Azza Rojbi moved to Vancouver from Tunisia in 2010 Azza Rojbi moved to Vancouver from Tunisia in 2010. She and her parents and two brothers left behind friends, careers and their extended family in...
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Throughout the year, visitors flock to parks in British Columbia for the fresh air and lush greenery, along with the opportunity to walk, hike, camp, swim and reconnect with nature. But now, our...
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One of Alexandra O’Donaghey’s first memories is of her drug-addicted and alcoholic parents splitting up. She was only four, but already smart enough to know she would be staying with her grandmother...
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The summer sun streams into the Teen Lounge at Surrey’s City Centre Library. The “hangout” room is designed specifically for youth. It’s a fitting location to interview Saad Al-Samarrai, a...
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When Yosef Spivak laughs, he makes a sound like warm wind, and his eyes completely disappear behind red, round cheeks. He’s a cheerful guy. It’s his nature, even though, at 22, he’s had a lifetime’s...
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When Diego Cardona was four, his father went to a meeting... and never came back. The meeting was with members of a Colombian insurgent group to discuss a parcel of family land the insurgents had...
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It’s hard to believe that Cia Ramirez is 23 years old, much less the mother of a seven-year-old girl. With her wide, cherub face, warm eyes and infectious giggle, Ramirez could easily be mistaken for...
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By the time Nicole reached Grade 11, she was “completely out of control.” There was the drinking and the drugs; there was the binging and purging; and there was her dysfunctional family who put...
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Young women face enormous pressure to be thin, to be sexy, to be beautiful. “We are bombarded by media images from a very young age,” says Carly Geistlinger, who has been through it all and is now...
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Alleys are the back end of urban life. Unlike the shiny, clean-scrubbed storefronts they serve, alleys are places rubbed raw by delivery and transport: goods in and garbage out. They’re full of wires...
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“Our Kulture,” a duet by local rapper Discreet Da Chosen 1 and the Sto:lo band Ostwelve, blares in the background as 27-year-old Orene Askew gets everything in order behind the scenes, preparing to...
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Customs for Urban Teens (CUT) “We brought a perfectly good car in here,” says Mark McKim. “And then we cut it up.” McKim is pointing to a hulking piece of dark blue metal. It’s a car alright – a 1965...
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Broadway Youth Resource Centre Time was running out. Seventeen-year-old Vanessa (not her real name) had overstayed the limit at a temporary shelter in East Vancouver and her options were dwindling...
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June 2, 2009 Ground-breaking youth survey gives Vancouver the grades DOWNLOAD PDF The results of Youth Vital Signs – a ground-breaking survey designed by youth and capturing the perceptions and...
What do California Bighorn Sheep, the Western Screech-Owl, Nuttall's Cottontail, and rock climbers in Penticton have in common? They're all species-at-risk. At least, they were until January 2008...
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