In This Issue
Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc. (SCYAP) is a not-for-profit organization that has developed a community-supported arts and culture-based approach to address the social, educational and economic needs of youth. Darrell Lechman, founder and executive director of SCYAP, has taken an approach to personal development and empowerment of at-risk youth in which art is the focal point. Art, as a means of expression, encompasses a diverse range of human experiences and creations that help build a positive self-image and facilitate a transition from the street back into the community. Helping over 2500 youth since their inception in 2001, SCYAP has witnessed 50% of past participants find immediate employment and an additional 40% return to school.
It is the belief of SCYPE that there comes a time in the life of most youth “at-risk” that a change or redirection can happen. It is at this time that the influences within their environment can, and quite frequently will, affect the direction in which the individual will choose. “It is more than providing our youth with an influential environment that will furnish an opportunity for positive direction,” says Lechman, “it is getting them there and having them want to be there.”
On December 4th SCYAP’s Art Gallery will host the 9th Annual Urban Canvas Project Grand Opening and Media Event. The event will be an opportunity for youth participants to gain experience in public speaking and a chance for them to converse with the general public and answer questions relating to their art and their participation in the project.
December also brings another project to SCYAP and its Sign & Design and Corporate Gifts division. They will be designing the “Player of the Game” awards for the upcoming 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships to be held in January 2010. SCYAP’s Sign & Design and Corporate Gifts division was created to develop a social enterprise that would provide employment opportunities and further skill development.
For more information on SCYAP, please visit www.scyapinc.org
Each fall, with visitors and staff from across Canada in Winnipeg for the annual Gathering, CCEDNet-Manitoba organizes a CED tour to share the great work of our members and the many CED initiatives happening in Winnipeg. This year the tour began in West Broadway, and migrated through the Spence Neighbourhood to Centennial, and then to Neeganin and Selkirk Avenue. At each stop, representatives from different organizations spoke about the projects happening in their area. This tour finished with a pickerel dinner at Neechi Foods, and dessert at the Mondragon Bookstore and Café. Thanks to all who participated, and all who gave their time to speak to us and prepare our meal.
CEDTAS, and the Canadian CED Network have recently teamed up with the good folks at Volunteer Manitoba to put on a series of capacity building workshops for local community organizations and we will soon be promoting some of our specific volunteer opportunities on their website. Look for more great things from this alliance in the future!
The Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Service or CEDTAS www.cedtas.ca is a service of the Canadian CED Network that works to strengthen community organizations and community economic development projects in Winnipeg, mainly by matching them with volunteers who have specialized skills.
Contact CEDTAS by email at email@example.com, or phone us: Geoff at 949-1463 or Julio at 949-1449.
Building Community Vitality: A Leadership Toolkit is a newly launched online resource developed specifically for those playing a catalytic role to support communities tackling broad issues of concern. Designed by Community Foundations of Canada to support community leaders in “connecting the dots” between various issues that impact community life using the experience and expertise of Canada’s 160 community foundations.
The toolkit includes:
- What is community leadership? A primer on the concept and what it means to organizations and communities
- Tools to get you started. Three well-known leadership tools, adapted for the Canadian context
- Resources you can use. A comprehensive listing of current and historical resources on community leadership
- Community vitality in action. Leadership stories from CFC members and the opportunity to submit your own
- Measuring your progress. Evaluation tools to help your organization determine whether you’re making a difference.
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced $400,000 has been saved to date due to energy/water retrofits within Manitoba. More than 1,400 Winnipeg dwellings have received energy and water saving upgrades through a project that retrofits homes and reinvigorates lives by training local residents to do work. Warm Up Winnipeg, a program of BUILD (Building Urban Industries for Local Development), has performed energy saving and water retrofits at approximately 1,000 apartments and 200 single-family Manitoba Housing units.
February 19th & 20th at the University of Winnipeg
The conference will be a chance to showcase existing food security projects and develop new skills, as participants work towards greater food security in Manitoba. Over two days, hands-on workshops, discussions, and displays will cover such topics as do-it-yourself food production and preservation, indigenous food culture & knowledge, rural/urban connections, small farm stories, food policy, food justice, and sustainable food systems.
Food Matters Manitoba is coordinating this conference with partners from the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Harvest Moon Food Group, Farmers’ Market Association, Heifer International, Organic Food Council of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba, Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, and the Turtle Mountain Development Corporation. The conference is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, with sponsorship from the University of Winnipeg.
Two surveys on co-ops in Manitoba have been completed and can be used as planning tools to help guide future co-op development. One survey focused on co-operatives from the perspective of 802 members of the general public, the other from the perspective of directors of 408 co-operatives.
Results of the surveys indicated Manitobans have very positive impressions of co-operatives, giving them high ratings on almost all factors tested. Almost all think that co-operatives make a strong economic contribution to the province, while providing jobs in Manitoba communities. Read both surveys on the website of the Manitoba Co-op Association
Marlo Campbell writes about this year’s Gathering
Manitoba's community economic development network is filled with people committed to improving their communities from the ground up. They work hard, often in the face of complex challenges, and their passion and determination is both humbling and inspiring.
I'm reminded of this every time I attend a CED gathering - such as the one held Oct. 23 at St. John's High School.
About 400 people showed up for the day-long conference, organized in partnership with the Canadian CED Network - a diverse mix of youth outreach workers, policy wonks, co-op worker-owners, representatives from funding organizations and government departments, social workers, city workers, students and community-centre volunteers, all eager to learn from each other…Read Marlo's complete article in UpTown
Manitoba is investing $743,000 and working with its community partners to build, rejuvenate and expand child-care centres to meet the needs of families in the north announced Premier Greg Selinger. The Premier points to the necessity of high-quality child care in this difficult economic environment, and has made it clear the Provincial Government is “committed to ensuring that safe, enriching child care is available so parents have the choice to work or pursue the training they need to support their families”.
During the first six months of 2009, three Canadian provinces announced anti-poverty policies. In light of these recent developments, and in continuity with other work developed on anti-poverty strategies across Canada, the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy has conducted a scan of comprehensive laws and strategies. This scan seeks to provide a descriptive overview of existing comprehensive anti-poverty policies, and to guide the reader towards these policy documents and analyses of them.
This two-part series explores research developed by Vibrant Communities on various metrics used to monitor four aspects of community change: Less Poverty in Communities; More Vibrant Communities; More Collaboration in Communities; and More Community Engagement.
Tune into Part II of the series, December 17th at 12:00 noon EST
The United Steelworks and Mondragon Internacional announced a framework agreement for collaboration in establishing Mondragon cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the United States and Canada. The two will work to establish manufacturing cooperatives that adapt collective bargaining principles to the Mondragon worker ownership model of “one worker, one vote”.
"Many solutions to our nation’s most challenging social problems are being generated outside of Washington; the Social Innovation Fund will identify what is working in communities across the country, provide growth capital for these programs, and improve the use of data and evaluation to raise the bar on what programs the government funds."
Recently, public health officials have said that, “the greatest predictor of a person’s health status is their postal code.” This statement is a good illustration of the complex inter-relationship between individual health, community well-being and the design of our built environment.