News Topics: Education (Post-Secondary)


opportunities

GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship

GreenPAC is a non-partisan organization that believes Canada needs strong political leaders who are driven to take action to protect the environment. They are currently accepting applications for the GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship in Ottawa for young people ages 18-30 who are passionate about politics and the environment. The program runs from mid-September MORE


research

Promoting Mental Well-Being Through Social-Emotional Learning in Schools: Examples from British Columbia

This research points to the importance of school-led social and emotional learning in promoting positive mental health. The paper highlights the multi-faceted approach undertaken in British Columbia over the past decade to promote positive mental health through social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools. SEL has been implemented in school curriculum, recently in MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Bill S-228 (Child Health Protection Act): amend the Food and Drugs Act

The rate of childhood obesity in Canada has been rising steadily in recent decades and being overweight or obese impacts the mental health and well-being of children, as well as other aspects of their lives. There is unequivocal evidence that the marketing of unhealthy foods and sugar-sweetened beverages has a negative impact MORE


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Watch BC School Superintendent Teresa Downs on White Privilege Campaign

Superintendent of Schools for the Gold Trail School District, Teresa Downs, presented at the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance 2018 High Ground: Communities for All event in March 2018. Her speech about the district’s experiences and responses to their White Privilege Campaign was incredibly moving and inspiring. The speech MORE


opportunities

The Adoptive Families Association of BC Bursary Program: Applications Open

The program offers bursaries designed to enhance educational outcomes for BC youth. The funds are intended to assist in supporting youth during their studies including but not limited to costs of tuition and costs directly and indirectly related to post-secondary. The two bursaries are valued at $1,000 each. Deadline is April MORE


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BC consultation on preventing sexual violence on post-secondary campuses

The province is holding a consultation on how to prevent sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. Feedback will help determine whether government can do more to ensure, informed, safe and healthy post-secondary campuses. Post-secondary students are asked to review their institution’s sexual violence and misconduct policy and then complete an online MORE


Campaigns and Issues

First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE


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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE


Campaigns and Issues

First Call budget submission: child care, poverty, education, foster youth

First Call’s budget submission to the provincial Finance Committee for the 2018 budget makes 23 specific recommendations covering early childhood, public education, poverty reduction, supports and services for vulnerable children, youth and families and post-secondary education. Some highlights are: Redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit into a BC Child MORE


resources

Indigenous Early Years education bursary

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


Campaigns and Issues

Tuition waiver for former youth in care expanded

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