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YEP! Camp 2017

With the generous support of our friends at Coast Capital Savings, we were able to take 13 youth to the beautiful Fraser Valley for our 4th annual YEP! Spring Break retreat. The Youth Engagement Project – or YEP! to us – provides social/emotional, academic and financial support to seriously at-risk students in the inner-city.  Often these students have had precarious relationships with schools and

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Homework Club Is Hiring!

Homework Club is hiring a Youth Engagement Worker! (Closing Date August 24, 2015) Program Overview The primary goal of Homework Club is to enhance the educational success of youth living in the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Grandview-Woodlands communities. It seeks to address barriers to success in high school by providing youth with social, academic, financial and advocacy supports. Homework Club is one element of

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YEP! We Did It Again.

We’re just back from our third annual YEP! Spring Break retreat.  The Youth Engagement Project – or YEP! to us – provides social/emotional, academic and financial support to seriously at-risk students in the inner-city.  Often these students have had precarious relationships with schools and schooling, having fallen through the many cracks in the current education system, and they have struggled to find a way

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Bus tickets on the horizon!

Two years ago, I approached the Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School (AAS) program requesting $26,500 – the amount needed to provide bus passes to 50 students throughout the 10 months of the school year.  The good folks at AAS were nearly knocked off their feet by the request, but vowed to keep trying for us.  Today, Translink has officially announced a pilot program to provide passes

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Homework Club is Hiring!

Homework Club is hiring a Site Support Worker!  About the Program: Homework Club at Britannia is a well-established after school club providing free tutoring to Inner City youth struggling to graduate and move on to post-secondary success. We do this by offering four types of free support: Tutoring, Mentoring, Financial and Advocacy Support. This year, we will be partnering with Pathways to Education and

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The Prodigal Student Returns…

Because we are located in a community centre, we often find people peaking their noses in our door, lost and looking for directions.  So, it was no surprise last Tuesday, to find two young women standing at our door.  The surprise was that they were not lost or looking for directions but rather, were making a homecoming of sorts. When I approached the two

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Money, money, money….

At Homework Club, we don’t just want our students to graduate high school. We want to see them complete post-secondary and, hopefully, to be debt free when they’re done.  That’s why, this week, we called in an expert to talk about scholarship applications. Former Britannia student Celina (now a Homework Club volunteer), who received more than $70,000 in scholarships when she graduated four years

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