News Topics: Child and Youth-Friendly Places


UNICEF focuses on child rights online, impact of digital technology on kids

UNICEF is focusing on identifying both the benefits and risks to child safety online. In December 2017, the UNICEF China country office hosted Safeguarding the Future: Online Protection of Underage Users, a special session of the Fourth World Internet Conference in the East China town of Wuzhen.  The UN has been addressing MORE


Urban Explorers promotes children as agents of change within communities

The Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCYBC) has launched a pilot Urban Explorers educational program within the Vancouver School District (SD39). With a focus on children’s rights to participate in decisions that affect their lives, Urban Explorers invites elementary and high-school students to explore their community, identify community assets, MORE

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BC government allocates funds for Indigenous child welfare

The BC government has made available $6.4 million to BC First Nations communities and agencies aimed specifically at family reunification and preservation, and will increase that funding to $9.5 annually starting in 2018. “Indigenous communities are in the best position to identify and deliver services and supports that will have MORE


Activist grants available for improving student wellbeing

The McConnell Foundation has launched a Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund, through which school districts, groups of schools, and organizations working within the education system are invited to apply for projects dedicated to both improving student social and emotional wellbeing and addressing barriers to longer-term, deeper impact. Grants awarded MORE

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Legal coalition outlines justice reform priorities for BC

A coalition of legal groups including the Community Legal Assistance Society, PIVOT, the BC Civil Liberties Association and Westcoast LEAF have issued a report outlining justice reform priorities for BC’s “badly broken” system. Outlined priorities for the Attorney General and Solicitor General of BC addressing family law include: Increase funding MORE


Vancouver Foundation grants for early years, education, children and youth

Vancouver Foundation Education and Training field of interest grant guidelines are available – applications open October 2, 2017. These grants supports projects that use social innovation to build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across British Columbia in order to influence and change the systems that strengthen schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces MORE


Film making program for at-risk youth seeks participants, Lower Mainland

The Frames Film Program is looking for referrals for their upcoming session and seeking youth ages 16 to 30 living in the Lower Mainland. All youth who face a barrier of any kind (such as homelessness, mental health challenges, unemployment, marginalization) are welcome to apply. The program starts October 4 at Drive Youth Employment Services. Further MORE

resources innovation for homeless youth launched

The Vancouver Community Network (VCN) has launched, which leverages SMS technology to send messages to the cell phones of homeless and street-involved youth with program information, life-saving alerts and real-time updates on available shelter beds displayed on Google maps. Work on this program started in 2014 in Vancouver’s Downtown MORE