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Living Wage for Families Update

After fourteen years, First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Society is winding down our operation of the Living Wage for Families BC employer certification program. We have reached an agreement with Vancity Community Foundation (VCF) and as of November 1, 2022 VCF is operating the program. First Call co-founded and MORE

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Youth From Foster Care Meet with Government Ministers for Fourth Annual Policy Solutions Day

Media Release October 26, 2021 Youth From Foster Care Meet with Government Ministers for Fourth Annual Policy Solutions Day (Vancouver B.C) On Monday October 25, Fostering Change Community Organizers held eight meetings with provincial government ministers and their senior staff to brief them on issues facing youth who turn 19 MORE

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We’re Hiring an Office Administrator

Join the First Call team! Reporting to the Executive Director, the Office Administrator will provide administrative, bookkeeping, coordination, and communications support to the First Call team across programs and projects. This is a full-time position at 35 hours per week. First Call is a provincial organization with the staff team MORE

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First Call Submission to BC Budget Consultation

Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services First Call’s September 2021 budget submission, highlighted five priority areas for children, youth, and their families, with recommendations for next year’s budget: Poverty reduction measures and income security for families Investments in early childhood development and prevention services Support youth MORE

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2022 BC Budget Consultation

The BC Government’s 2022 budget consultations are underway and First Call has developed an overview of our key priorities for your reference. First Call’s submission reminds government that we have a long way to go in ending child poverty with 1 in 5 BC children still growing up poor and MORE

2021 Virtual Gala Award Presentation

Please join us to honour the recipients of our 2021 Annual Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award: Carole James and Katherine McParland. When: Thursday, February 25 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm Where: via zoom Tickets: $25.00 (+ $2.23 service fee) Click here to purchase tickets at Eventbrite. About our 2021 MORE

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2020 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media Release For immediate release December 9, 2020 2020 BC Child Poverty Report Card Finds Little Change in Number of Children Growing up Poor (Vancouver BC) Today, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition released the 24rd annual BC Child Poverty Report Card finding that not much has changed MORE

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First Call Announcement

For the past six years First Call has been housed at Vancity Community Foundation (VCF). VCF has been an invaluable partner, providing support in many areas ranging from office space and technology, to managing grant and donor funds as our charitable host. Over the next year, First Call will be MORE

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First Call and Basics for Health Urge Government Action on Children’s Health

Today, First Call and Basics for Health Society sent a letter to the BC government urging a coordinated response to children’s health during this COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates, physicians, researchers and health care professionals have come together to voice their alarm about the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, MORE