December 2010

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Profile: Street Culture Kidz Project

Some people might dismiss face painting as child’s play. If you ask the Street Culture Kidz Project (SCK), that’s exactly what it should be. Established in 1997 as a temporary summer project in Regina’s inner city, SCK has developed into an independent non-profit and community development leader. With the goal of helping underserved youth, SCK delivers long-term programs that respond to the needs expressed by the participants themselves. Programs are often arts-based, but are more generally designed to develop employment skills, provide personal support, and encourage community contributions.

Between 25 and 40 youth participate regularly in SCK, while several hundred more pass through their doors every year. The enthusiastic support of its patrons is due to the Project’s unique youth engagement strategies; the Project follows a holistic approach to personal development. Young artists not only participate as entertainers and face artists at community events; they also plan, develop, and implement their own recreational activities.

The creative experience is enhanced by a variety of other skill development programs. These include event co-ordination; yard and building maintenance; and the Odd Job Squad. The Street Culture Catering Service, a recent expansion of the organizations' economic development initiatives, offers young people the chance to learn culinary skills while gaining valuable experience in the food services and marketing industries. While social ventures help to support the Project's many programs, it also gives SCK an opportunity to hire youth who would otherwise be considered unemployable in traditional labour markets.

“When we look at the young people we serve, we see people with enthusiasm and talent, who only require solid leadership and management," says Project CEO Kim Sutherland. All of the youth who work at Street Culture are paid employees of the organization. For many, this is their first ‘real’ job. For the community, it marks an investment through the tax base that will be repaid 10-fold over the lifetime of the young person who may have, without intervention, continued a cycle of reliance.

SCK understands that personal growth requires long-term personal support. Their Studio provides social connections through drop-in activities, help with homework, and thoughtful discussions. Upon request, staff from Street Culture will support their participants by visiting them in custody facilities and attending court proceedings. For SCK, pallets of paint, and buckets of brushes are powerful tools to provide Saskatchewan’s disenfranchised youth with a safe, confidence-boosting alternative. By nurturing artistic talents, and providing personal support and employment opportunities, SCK is building stronger and safer communities in Regina’s inner city.

For more information:
Kim Sutherland
CEO, Street Culture Kidz
streetculture@sasktel.net

        
 



Canadian CED Network News


Final CCEDNet Manitoba Policy Package

During the summer of 2010, members of the Canadian CED Network – Manitoba worked together to create a set of policy resolutions that would articulate policy priorities for the network and our communities. This package, titled Toward Strong, Fair, Sustainable Communities, presents a set policy priorities for the network and our communities to pursue in 2011. The document now becomes a tool for all of us to use in advancing our collective agenda with policy makers.

Click here to download the final, member-approved set of Manitoba policy resolutions that was voted on at the CCEDNet Manitoba Policy Summit on November 16, 2010.



Capacity Building Series a Success

This past fall, nearly 200 individuals from over 40 different community organizations took part in a series of 7 topical workshops that covered:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Evaluating Program Effectiveness
  • Evaluating Your Organization
  • Partnership & Collaboration
  • Roles & Responsibilities of a Board
  • Dealing with Difficult Employees
  • Planning for Financial Sustainability

This series was planned and delivered by the Canadian CED Network – Manitoba and CCEDNet’s Spark service, in partnership with Volunteer Manitoba, and was funded in part by the Manitoba Community Services Council.

Look for our next “Strengthening Non-Profits Workshop Series” coming in 2011!



Meet our New Members

The Right to Housing Coalition

Right to Housing is a Winnipeg-based coalition of 120 individuals and 33 organizations working together to address the current housing crisis and the chronic need for social housing. Right to Housing advocates to improve the stock of safe, quality affordable housing, where rent is geared to income, as part of a comprehensive strategy to eliminate poverty.

Visit their website


Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation

 



 

The PCRC works to enhance the well-being of our community by empowering citizens, improving neighbourhoods, fostering community spirit and building the capacity of community organizations. The PCRC recently improved their accessibility by moving into new offices in the central area of Portage (56 Royal Rd. North).

Visit their website


The Family Centre of Winnipeg


The Family Centre is a non-profit agency which recognizes families as the cornerstone of healthy communities. In following this vision, Family Centre brings programs, partnerships and resources together to empower individuals and strengthen families and communities.

Visit their website



Get Sparked!

If one person would walk through the door of your organization today and say, “I’d like to volunteer my time to support your work” what kind of specialized skill would you like that person to have?

If something comes to mind, give the Canadian CED Network’s Spark service a call. We are in the business of looking around Winnipeg to find these people, and connecting them and their skills to your work. Alternatively, if you are a person with a specialized professional skill who is interested in a rewarding (yet time-limited!) volunteer experience, visit www.sparkwpg.ca or contact us at 837-7275 (83-SPARK) and spark@ccednet-rcdec.ca



CCEDNet on Facebook & YouTube

Looking for more information? Want to stay in the CED loop in between CCEDNet newsletters? Visit CCEDNet's NEW Facebook Fan Page for all the latest updates on CED events, news, and reports from around the country!

You can also subscribe to our growing YouTube Channel for great profiles on CED initiatives and informative talks with CCEDNet staff on community development issues. Our latest addition is an inspiring video which looks at the social and economic benefits of the Winnipeg-based BUILD program.



Manitoba CED News


Odd Jobs 4 Youth Catering Service

The Spence Neighbourhood Association’s Odd Jobs 4 Youth Program, which seeks to provide meaningful work for youth in the community, is currently operating a catering service. Contact them at firstjobs@spenceneighbourhood.org or 793-0290.

Follow this link to view their ‘Fiesta Menu’



Joel Salatin at Growing Local 2011 Conference

If you've read Omnivore's Dilemma or seen the films Food Inc. or Fresh, then you know about Joel Salatin. The one and only "Lunatic Farmer" will be speaking the night before the start of the Growing Local, Getting Vocal Conference on Thursday, February 25, 2011. He will also be the keynote speaker for Friday's program.

Follow this link to purchase tickets or for more information



Have a Local Holiday Season

In anticipation of the holiday shopping season, the Province of Manitoba sent out a news release earlier this month, encouraging Manitobans buy local during the festive season. The document has plenty of helpful tips and guides to where you can find locally produced and certified gifts, trees, and food.

Read more

LITE's Alternative Christmas Hamper

In the spirit of local giving, LITE is currently accepting donations for its annual Alternative Christmas Hamper. Not only do these hampers provide Christmas groceries and cheer to families who need them most, but they also bolster the long-term vitality and economic health of the inner-city. All of our hampers are purchased from businesses owned and operated by local, inner-city residents: all the profits stay in the inner-city.

Click here for the Alternative Hamper Catalogue



Meet a Create Action Intern

Each year, CCEDNet member organizations hire emerging CED leaders for six month internships with the help of the CCEDNet's CreateAction Internship Program. There are currently 40 interns working across the country with various CED initiatives, organizations, and programs.

Mario Gordon - Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC)

Mario was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and immigrated to Winnipeg with his family at the age of nine. He is a recent University of Winnipeg graduate from the faculty of Urban Policy and the Environment, which had a strong focus on poverty and social policy, housing and community planning, urban growth and urbanization.

Mario is currently working as a Community Resource Coordinator for the Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation. The mandate of the PCRC is to enhance the well-being of the community by empowering citizens, improving neighbourhoods, fostering community spirit and building the capacity of community organizations. In his spare time, Mario participates in basketball, flag football, and dodge ball leagues around the city of Winnipeg.



Capturing Opportunities 2011 – A Business and Community Forum

Save the date for this year’s Capturing Opportunities Forum, being held April 20-21 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon Manitoba. Capturing Opportunities is Manitoba’s premier rural business and community forum that targets entrepreneurs, community and business leaders, youth and organizations. The focus of this year’s Forum will be on the salient issue of bio-based Economies.

Click here for more information



CED Tool

Developed by Enterprising Non-Profits, this toolkit has been designed to help you understand the fundamentals of marketing, and to apply them in your social enterprise. It's divided into four modules, each of which is presented in a video. During each module, you'll be invited to complete exercises, either yourself, or with your team, and a series of worksheets are included to help you. The videos are most useful when viewed in sequence, but you can come back to any or all of them to refresh your memory, or to dive more deeply into some of the exercises.

Click here for all four video modules and an easy-to-use workbook to help you through the exercises.


National CED News


Deconstructing Dinner Podcast

Follow this link for a podcast featuring an interview with Joel Salatin, sustainable farming advocate and author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Also included in the episode is a lecture by Judy Rebick, in which she encourages farmers to embrace a bottom-up and community-centred approach to begin better serving consumer needs



Impact! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership

This free, bilingual conference is now accepting registrations from university and college students from across the country. In September 2011, 165 students will gather together to explore real sustainability solutions and develop lasting networks with national business and sustainability leaders.

Date & Time: September 15-18, 2011
Location: Guelph, Ontario
More information: Visit the Impact! Website



Non-Profits Making Profits

On May 10, 2010, the Social Enterprise Council of Canada presented the first in a series of webinars entitled "Nonprofits Making Profits: Social Enterprise and Legal Issues in Canada". The webinar put into context the current legal issues surrounding nonprofits and social enterprises, and discussed what types of incorporation structures are currently legal and in use in various parts of Canada. Source: enp December Newsletter

Click here to view the webinar



Tips for Merchandising NGOs

Fairware is a Vancouver-based provider of promotional products that sources social and environmentally responsible products. To satisfy a common customer demand, the company recently published 10 pointers to help non-profits in launching branding strategies. The tips are designed for organizations considering merchandise sales - either directed at end consumers (retail sales) or directed at internal buyers. Source: enp December Newsletter
 

The 10 tips are available on Fairware’s blog



jobsHere – An Economic Plan for Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Government produced the jobsHere report as a roadmap to economic growth in the province. The document cites the need for business innovation and skills development in order to remain competitive in the global market place. More specifically, the report acknowledges the role of that social enterprises must play in ensuring a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous economy, and states that the government will work to improve business environments to foster social enterprises. Source: enp December Newsletter

Follow this link to download the full report



Social Finance Task Force Report

The Canadian Task Force on Social Finance has called for action to give social enterprises - including co-operatives - greater access to investment capital and a favourable regulatory and tax environment. In its report,  the Task Force makes a number of recommendations aimed at strengthening Canada's social enterprise sector. They included the creation of tax incentives for social enterprise investors, expansion of government-sponsored business development programs to include social enterprises and the development of new "bond-like instruments" to channel capital into effective social and environmental interventions.

Click here for the full report



Procurement Policy Across the Pond

As Canada continues to explore multi-bottom line purchasing policies, the United Kingdom has drawn one step closer to adopting a unique public service procurement bill. The British government recently announced that it will support a private member’s bill – the Social Enterprise and Social Value Bill - which will require public sector contracts to factor in social outcomes alongside price and an organisation’s ethical track record. The Bill aims to strengthen the social enterprise business sector and make the concept of 'social value' more relevant and important in the placement and provision of public services. The Bill has passed through its second reading, and is heading to the Committee Stage in the new year.

Read more



Job Postings

For the latest CED postings visit the National and Regional job pages on CCEDNet's website

National | AB | SK | MB | North

Positions to post? Send them to breimer@ccednet-rcdec.ca

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