July 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter Announcements
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Have your Voice Heard

Community Announcements
Employment and Training Opportunities
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COVID-19 supports update

Great news! MCFD has extended the special measures supports untill September 2020. This means that youth will not age out during this time and independent living and youth agreements will be extended. Young adults on an AYA will also continue to receive funding.

Check out our COVID-19 info page for more details! continues to adapt its COVID-19 strategies to better meet the needs of youth in and from care. One of the great advantages of a website is the ability to easily track results and listen to young people. Our team tracked all of the strategies‘ results.
1. life essentials daily hangouts – this strategy took 33 hours of staff time per month with diminishing numbers of young people attending. In May and June we had 6 to 8 young people attend. We chose to end the hangouts on June 30th.
2. COVID-19 info page – in 3 months the page had 792 views. Our project coordinator dedicated a lot of time to this page and continues to update it on a regular basis. Thanks for your trust in – we continue to aim to be a useful and valued resource.
3. In May we held 6 tutorials for community organizations and these were highly successful. Starting in August, we will schedule regular monthly tutorials for young people to learn how to use the site and for service providers to learn how to support young people to use
4. Lastly, we will develop an infographic for young people and providers with ideas on how young people can develop their own life skills program on 

We heard you and value your feedback always. We will host the new strategies until September 30th. If you have suggestions on how we can support you better, please send them our way at

The current pandemic has put a stop to the way distributes swag and we have lots to hand out!  If your organization provides meals, groceries, or is able to meet with youth and young adults, please reach out to us at and we will send you some stress brains and mop tops to distribute. We also have USBs, pop sockets, phone wallets, journals and pens, and 11 x 17 site maps. 





Temporary Life-Skills Program

Check out this infograph from MCFD about the Temporary Life-Skills Program.

Want to learn more about AYA or apply?

Contact: Your local Delegated Aboriginal Agency or Ministry of Children and Family Development office (Click here to find a location in your community)
or call MCFD's Provincial Centralized Screening: 1-800-663-9122.







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Finding housing

There are many different housing options. It‘s a great idea to think about what will work best for you. It comes down to a balance between what‘s ideal and what‘s available.
Click here to learn more.

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Find subsidized housing

Subsidized housing means the government or an organization helps to pay your rent. BC Housing and Co-Operative Housing Federation of BC are two main organizations.
Click here for more information.







If your organization has opportunities for youth in and from care please be sure to send them to us at by the 12th of the month!




 Have your Voice Heard


Tlingit & Haida Youth Commission 

Applications are open!

More details here.

Deadline to apply: September, 18th, 2020.

To Apply: Complete this application and submit to by September 18, 2020.

Building better supports for young trans people

Ryerson University School of Child and Youth Care has a research team of five trans, Two-Spirit, gender diverse, and/or gender non-conforming people that have developed a study to help identify or shape the best ways healthcare, schools, and social services can support trans, Two-Spirit, gender diverse, and/or gender non-conforming youth during the COVID-19 pandemic and after.

Click here for the survey.

Participation is completely voluntary. If you have any questions email: or call 416-979-5000 Ext 4595

Help shape the way you learn

Think COVID-19 changed how schools operate?

Any youth in Abbotsford schools who will be in grade 9 to 12 next school year... check out this opportunity. Get paid, get credit and guide the transformation of schooling.

Learn more here.

Questions? Contact or 778-201-9000.

RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee

Applications for the RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) is now open for the 2020-2021 term! Youth between the ages of 13-21 can apply. This Committee ensures youth take part in the development of RCMP youth strategies and outreach initiatives and will run from October 2020 to June 2021.

Click here to learn more.






What does pride mean to you?

Chilliwack Gender Support Network wants to know what pride means to you!

Let them know in a short 10-15 second video clip what pride means to you. They will create a video and you could be featured in the Fraser Valley Pride Festival on July 18th!

Email or upload it to Facebook with hashtag #chilliwackpride or tag @chilliwackpride

Art contest

Whether you are an Indigenous child, youth, adult, or Elder, The Housing Solutions Lab wants to hear from you!
The contest is open to all Métis, First Nations and/or Inuit people living in Surrey.

Deadline to submit: August 15th, 2020.

Click here for more information.

Plates of possibility

Have a project idea that could benefit other youth in and from care?
Plates of Possibility is now virtual!

Contact Ashley, Brendan or Josh for more details.
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Brendan -
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Light The Way youth homelessness conference 

A Way Home Kamloops and Youth Against Youth Homelessness BC have announced that they will host a provincial youth-led youth homelessness conference called "Light The Way" on January 22nd and 23rd, 2021 in Downtown Vancouver, BC.

This conference will magnify the voices of youth with lived expertise on pathways, barriers, and solutions involving youth homelessness, mental health, substance use, employment, foster care, and more!

Youth aged 18-25 with lived experience of homelessness can sign-up as speakers for this conference! Youth speakers will receive $100 honorariums and will also have their travel and accommodations covered!

To apply to be a youth speaker, please
click here and complete the application.

Questions? Call or text: 250-900-6095.

Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad

Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL).
This year the program is being offered at two locations in Surrey: Queen Elizabeth Secondary and Semiahmoo Secondary.

Click here to learn more.




Community Announcements





Transitions group

Transitions group for youth who reside in Vancouver, Richmond or North Vancouver.

Interested? Contact:
Group Coordinator/Facilitator - Alex Tokiwa
Phone: 778-288-3820 (call or text)


Virtual pride celebration

Join the Ministry of Youth at Métis Nation BC for an inclusive, celebratory, PRIDE EVENT.
When: August 1st - 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

In celebration, there will be prizes for virtual participants.

Click here to register and you will be sent the Zoom meeting ID and link.

Foundry is expanding

The Province of BC has announced eight new Foundry centre locations, aimed to significantly improve access to health and wellness resources, services and supports for young people aged 12-24 across British Columbia.

The new locations are:
• Burns Lake
• Comox Valley
• Cranbrook
• Langley
• Port Hardy
• Squamish
• Surrey
• Williams Lake

Click here for more information.

First Nations Health Authority App

First Nations Health Authority now has an app!

You can download it from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Click here to learn more and read their FAQ's.

Rental assistance program

Rental Assistance Program for youth 19-24 years old who live in private market housing in Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, New Westminster and Burnaby.

Questions or need help?
Contact: Chuck Lafferty: or 236-889-4961


Foundry BC offers virtual drop in counselling

Foundry BC offers virtual counselling sessions, peer support check in's and groups to young people aged 12 - 24.

To book an appointment call us at 1-833-FØUNDRY (that’s FØUNDRY with a zero or 1-833-308-6379). Or send an email to

Click here to learn more.




Employment and Training Opportunities


Career and college prep

Do you start post-secondary in September? If you want to build up your skills to navigate virtual learning, this free full-time program could help you become more comfortable in online environments.

Program starts July 13th!

Click here for more information.


Chilliwack Youth Advisory Committee

Chilliwack Community Services are currently hiring someone to lead their Youth Advisory Committee and Youth Leadership Empowerment group for 2020/2021!

Part-time position - 10 hours per week.

Learn more about Chilliwack YAC here.

Interested? Click here.

Online employment program

SASET (Sto:lo Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training) offers online certificate programs such as First Aid, Customer Service, Back Awareness, WCB, WHMIS and more!

Dates: July 27th - August 5th - 1:00 - 4:00pm.

To apply contact 604-858-3601 or email:


Greater Vancouver job fair

When: Thursday, July 30th - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Online - Link will be provided here 48 hours before.

Click here to sign up.


Bladerunners is currently offered online.

2 weeks of paid (hourly wage) online training where you get health and safety tickets and certifications online with live instructors.

Open to those 18-30 years of age who are looking to be trained and employed in the construction field.

Click here to learn more.

If you are interested email: or call 604 558 7787 after 3pm

Employment training

Employment program for youth in Grand Forks and Trail.

Click here for more details.

Phone: 250.368.6360

Grand Forks:
Phone: 236.858.9785

Indigenous University Preparation Program

Applications are open now for the fall semester!

Interested? learn more

Contact Dr. Antonieta Mar-y-paz Rivera
Phone: (778) 782-4089