2016 Fresh Voices Award

The 2016 Fresh Voices Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada. Seven young people will be awarded $1,000 each for their work advancing social change in the following areas: Immigration, School and English/French Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity. These themes were chose through consultation with immigrant and refugee youth and organizations and communities working in partnership with young people. Youth, aged 14-24, may apply for an award directly, or can nominate someone else to receive an award. Adults can only nominate someone else for an award. All nomination packages must be received by the Fresh Voices Initiative of Vancouver Foundation via e-mail on Friday, November 18, 2016 by 5pm PST. For more information.

Street-Involved Youth Showcased in Quebec City

As part of its exhibition series, the 4th Wall : Make the Invisible Visible, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, in partnership with the Museum of Civilization of Quebec, La Dauphine and the Architecture School of Laval University, opened the exhibition « J’habite la ville » from September 7 to November 1, 2016. This groundbreaking exhibition highlighted the multidisciplinary work of three street-involved youth.

In this, the project offered a unique opportunity to street-involved youth from Quebec City to express themselves creatively on their often precarious realities and needs, through original artwork they completed in close collaboration with architecture students.

On September 27, 2016,  in the atrium of the Quebec Museum of Civilization, the Foundation and its partners convened the public to an open forum. There, researchers, specialists and visionaries discussed ways to enhance quality of life in the city and identify solutions to improve the lot of street-involved youth. 

Spring-Summer 2016 Newsletter Edition

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation just launched the Spring-Summer 2016 edition of its Info FMJF newsletter. The newsletter invites the public to track the daily progress of its programming, become more familiar with Foundation activities and support the projects of its bursary recipients. The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is convinced that the arts can indeed save lives, and it thanks all partners and donors for their support and for ensuring that the Foundation can continue its important work in favour of underserved youth. The newsletter can be viewed here.

Call for Applications: Entrepreneurship Fund

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is inviting underserved youth, aged 18-30, to apply for its Young Arts Entrepreneur business fund. The initiative provides successful applicants with $7,500 in start-up funds, over a two-year period, as well as seasoned mentors from the business sector. To learn more about the opportunity and apply, please visit the information page. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm E.T. 

The program was designed with the assistance of youth business organization Futurpreneur Canada to fill a gap identified by community youth and arts organizations across the country. It is supported by BMO Financial Group and CIBC.