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The Meaning of Clapping

This year was my first time hosting a holiday party for the Homework Club students as a new co-facilitator. I admit to being a little nervous about what the night would bring, but it was nothing short of absolutely wonderful. The kids were so excited to be there, to spend time with one another, to be celebrated. I think it was so important that

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Starting the holidays with lots of cheer!

On Monday night, the Homework Club participants held their annual Winter Holiday party and it was a great success! Laughs and stories were shared over good food and gift exchanges. Check out the big smiles in the photos below! The Homework Club would like to thank all their participants, staff, volunteers and donors, and wish them all a very happy holiday season and a 2020 that brings

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Open Invitation to Join Us

Last school year we had a new Grade 10 student come to Britannia. She was one of those students I sometimes refer to as a “full-time job” in that she required a lot of time and attention. Almost right off the bat she was being kicked out of classes or leaving, skipping and barely completing any work. I was practically at my wits end.

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A Welcoming Place

My first few weeks of Homework Club were such a whirlwind of trying to keep up, stay organized, find this folder, put that away and remember lots of little details that make this place run smoothly. In the last few sessions, I have been able to spend more time observing the students and in those little moments of watching them work, share a meal

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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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