The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation) has launched a new $1 million Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary program. Made possible with the support of the Provincial Office for the Early Years, eligible program types include certificate, diploma and associate’s degree programs. For more information contact Senior Project Officer MORE
The provincial government has expanded an existing tuition waiver for former youth in care. The advancement expands existing tuition waivers from 11 schools to all 25 of BC’s post secondary institutions, a request made in this First Call letter last year. Bernard Richard, BC Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), welcomed the necessary expansion MORE
First Call and partners met with Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Honourable Shane Simpson, on August 24, 2017. The minutes from that meeting can be found here.
The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE
First Call congratulates all new ministers on their appointments, and we look forward to educating key ministers about the work of First Call and addressing issues and recommendations related to our 4 Keys to Success. The First Call BC Election Toolkit addressed key policy areas, noted below, which we look MORE
Application deadline: Friday, July 7, 2017 The Federation of Youth in Care Networks’ Dream Fund supports young people in and from care to pursue their careers and achieve their goals through education and skill building. An Education Achievement Bursary and a Reach for Success Bursary are available. Apply now
On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE
Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017 The Federation of Community Social Services of BC (FCSSBC) Youth Education Bursaries assist young people in and from care 25 years old or younger with the financial costs of tuition, books and supplies for academic training in the social services sector. This bursary is a MORE
Over the last 15 years provincial child-serving ministries, school districts, post-secondary institutions and community service agencies serving children, youth and families had their provincial funding slashed or squeezed. Meanwhile inflation, growing service needs and increased government-imposed fees and costs forced them to cannibalize and reduce their services to balance their MORE
In an open letter released Feb. 14, 2017, the Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education and other signatories called on the BC government to “increase K-12 public education annual operational funding by 20% to redress all of the current deficiencies and fully prioritize and revitalize our education system to ensure MORE
Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 5:30–8 pm Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Join Inclusion BC’s Inclusive Schools Forum to hear from educators, parents and other experts on how and why we need to work together to restore inclusive education in our public schools.
Presented by the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education, this new episode of Education Matters features two parents from the Richmond Schools Stand United talking to host Paul Shaker about the effects of current funding levels in Richmond. MLA Rob Fleming, the education critic, says public education is the single MORE
Wednesday, Jan. 18 7 pm SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver Free. All welcome. Refreshments. Find more info Join Michael Brunson of the Chicago Teachers’ Union and Sonia Singh of Labor Notes magazine for a timely and dynamic talk on labour and community coalition-building, organizing and the struggle against austerity. MORE
Perspectives on the Youth Labour Market in Canada, 1976 to 2015 Statistics Canada reports that while recent youth unemployment stood at levels comparable to those of the mid-1970s, the proportion of youth employed in full-time or permanent jobs has fallen over the last four decades. Find more info Download the MORE
Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they MORE