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April News Letter

From Interns to Employees: How Red Fox, WorkBC and Mosaic are teaming up to help youth achieve their career goals

Our Youth Internship Program is one of our most popular – and successful! Youth facing barriers to employment have the opportunity to work as part of a team, delivering a wide range of programs, and gaining work experience through job shadowing. Now, we’re excited to share that several recent graduates of our Youth Internship Program have been able to continue growing their employability with Red Fox through WorkBC’s wage subsidy program! We’re grateful to WorkBC for providing funding and support to assist the youth in their ongoing development. Here’s how it has helped Yousef N. and Taylore achieve their career goals:“It has helped me tremendously, finding work is difficult and I get to work with the community, doing what I am passionate about. This will also help me with my future career goal of going into computer science.” - Yousef N.“This has helped me tremendously in gaining experience to work with children. In the future, my career goal is to be a preschool teacher.” - Taylore You can head to our website to learn more or you can click here if you’d like to sign up! 

Thank you, City of Vancouver!

We’re so excited to share that Red Fox has been awarded $262,500 in funding by the City of Vancouver through the Building Safer Communities program (BSCP)!

The BSCP focuses on prevention efforts promoting individual and community well-being, safety, and belonging. The city teams up with nonprofits like Red Fox Health Living Society to identify ways to stop and prevent youth violence.

What does this mean for Red Fox? It means we will be doing even more programming, recruiting more junior leaders, partnering with new schools in the city and doing more media literacy and safety training. Stay tuned for more exciting new updates in the months ahead!

Empower Vancouver Youth Action Forum

At Red Fox, we’re all about youth empowerment. Once again this year, we were invited to take part in the City of Vancouver’s Youth Empowerment forum last month. Special guests included city councilors Pete Fry and Mike Klassen and a keynote from youth mentor and actor Jonathan Mubanda. 

Benisse, one of our Red Fox youth, shares this from her experience at the forum:

“I remember going to the forum last year at the Vancouver public library. I felt that my voice was being heard. I feel that today as well. I got to meet other people my age and talk about how we can help shape our city.”

Our youth participated in small group discussions throughout the day, sharing concerns and experiences about safety. They brainstormed about protective strategies for youth city-wide. Way to go!

Follow us on social media!

We’ve been busy this fall keeping kids active all across the metro area. From drumming circles to youth internships, stay connected with us to learn more about what we’re doing – and how you can help! Red Fox is on Twitter and Facebook, and we love to hear from our friends, partners, and the communities we serve! Follow us for regular updates, photos and videos from our programs.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the ancestral territory of the Coast Salish peoples including the homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo Nations. 

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