Posts Tagged ‘Engaging Youth’

YouthScape at the Senate

On March 7, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) spoke on behalf of the Foundation to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology: Study on social inclusion and cohesion in Canada.

Her presentation highlighted YouthScape—a program launched in 2006 by the Foundation and IICRD, to involve excluded or disengaged youth in planning and implementing community development initiatives—and its implications for youth engagement in Canada. To watch Natasha’s presentation, click here (presentation begins at 17 minute mark).

Learn more about the Foundation’s commitment to youth engagement.

TakingItGlobal launches new initiative to strengthen Youth Movements

Foundation grantee, TakingITGlobal, in collaboration with the Global Youth Action Network, and the Knight Foundation, are launching, a project that will aggregate and showcase youth-led and youth-serving projects globally.

“After a decade of serving young people making a difference in their communities through our network, we’re excited to facilitate the creation of an online hub of youth-led initiatives across the globe,” said Jennifer Corriero, Executive Director of TakingITGlobal. “ will connect key organizations working to support young people in their efforts to improve the world, helping to amplify the support they provide and the lessons being learned through their engagement with youth.” will launch later this year.

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The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra excels in Vienna

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) recently was awarded 1st place with outstanding success, and honoured with a standing ovation by the judges at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna. The orchestra is comprised of 68 members ranging from 14 to 24 years old.

The Foundation is currently supporting the NBYO by funding the expansion of their Sistema program, which provides children with free instruction and access to instruments. The program, which began in 2009, plans to expand to four sites with 500 children by 2014. “We’re already identifying kids in Sistema that we think, in a year, will be able to audition for the [NBYO],” said NBYO president Ken MacLeod in a recent Globe and Mail article.

Read about the NBYO’s achievement in The Globe and Mail.

EWB lauded in The Guardian for publishing failure report

EWB Failure ReportEngineers Without Borders (EWB) recently released a candid document entitled “2010 Failure Report: Learning from our mistakes,” which has caught the eye of the UK based news site The Guardian.

In the article, journalist Madeleine Bunting writes:

“I’m full of admiration for a Canadian NGO that is breaking all the rules by publishing a failure report. Engineers Without Borders has bravely catalogued various mistakes in its projects. Project officers come clean in a series of snapshots of what they did wrong…


“LIGHT A SPARK” showcases girls that are fierce, smart, powerful, and free

Girls Action Foundation has recently produced four videos as part of “LIGHT A SPARK,” their national ad campaign. The campaign aims to build a strong base of support for girls and young women across Canada and to raise awareness about Girls Action Foundation’s mission and work.

All four of the videos, featuring girls who are “Fierce, Smart, Powerful, and Free,” can be found on the LIGHT A SPARK YouTube channel.

McConnell grantee Girls Action Foundation addresses issues specific to young women aged 10 to 18, such as physical and mental health, violence, victimization, barriers, and discrimination.

Girls Action Executive Director recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

The Foundation joins Girls Action Foundation in congratulating Tatiana Fraser, co-founder and executive director of Girls Action, who has recently been named one as one of Canada’s most powerful women for 2010.  The Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards recognizes the country’s highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Tatiana is one of the five recipients in the Champions category. Learn more about her achievement here.

Santropol Roulant featured on CTV Montreal’s Sunday Bite

Santropol Roulant was featured on CTV Montreal’s Sunday Bite program on October 24th. The program, which focuses on the Montreal food scene, showcased the growth of Santropol Roulant: in volunteers, in capacity, and in square footage. (The new space Santropol Roulant moved into is nearly three times larger than its previous headquarters.)

Santropol Roulant is a meals-on-wheels program that uses food as a method of engaging a community.

Access the Sunday Bite page and view the October 24th program featuring Santropol Roulant here.

“Getting Wisdom”: the Foundation’s latest publication

“Getting Wisdom,” written by Silver Donald Cameron, explores the community service-learning (CSL) movement in Canada and shares insights about this revolutionary method of teaching and learning.

The best examples of community service-learning initiatives demonstrate how engagement can mobilize knowledge, help solve problems, and create responsible citizens.

Download the publication here.

New homeowner Santropol Roulant featured in The Montreal Gazette

Having recently moved into a new facility, McConnell grantee Santropol Roulant was featured in The Montreal Gazette last Friday.

From the article:

The non-profit organization was launched in 1995 as a small Meals on Wheels service by two Santropol waiters, Chris Godsall and Keith Fitzpatrick. Santropol Roulant retains its original vocation, delivering 90 meals a day to clients of reduced autonomy, but it has grown to become a community-building resource centre dealing with nutrition, urban agriculture, composting -in a word: food. (more…)

Equitas’ Play It Fair! program on CTV News

Play It Fair!, an event organized by McConnell grantee Equitas, was recently highlighted on CTV news. This award-winning event, which was hosted on International Youth Day, promotes inclusion and participation while teaching children about different cultures.

Play It Fair!, which started in 2006, is now at work in 150 day camps across Montreal.

Watch the video here.