2010 Grantees

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
 program is a school-based group mentoring program, for girls 12-14, designed to promote active living, balanced eating and positive self-image. In its inaugural session (Feb-Apr’07) this highly successful program served 42 girls in six schools. In the 2007/2008 school year, 56 girls participated in the program. The Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program will continue to grow as several new schools have expressed interest in the Go Girls! Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds program for the upcoming school year.

Capacity Waterloo Region (CWR) is a five-year pilot project to deepen our region’s capacity for social innovation by developing resources to support people and ideas that lead to social change.  Non-profits and social enterprises will benefit from new cross-sectoral collaborations, enhanced leadership skills and networks and improved sectoral impact.

The Eclipse program was developed for middle and high school students with school-behavior problems. The program combines group counseling and judo training, a non-violent sport that promotes social, psychological, and physical development.

Building Resiliency in High Risk Youth This program enables the staff at the John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington to identify high-risk youth currently participating in their programs who could benefit from one-on-one professional counselling in order to reduce risk factors in their lives.

The Music Therapist program at Lutherwood is an innovative program that encourages communication, listening and sharing of emotions with the ultimate goal of the improved wellness of the individual youth.  The Music Therapist program offers a different approach to meeting treatment goals.

OK2BME Out in Schools – Reducing LGBTQ Stigma in Schools
OK2BME Out in Schools aims to reduce homophobia / biphobia / transphobia by increasing the number of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in schools as well as engaging staff and students in LGBTQ anti-stigma education.  OK2BME is provided by KW Counselling Services.

Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization created to reduce poverty and its effects by lowering the high school dropout rate and increasing access to post-secondary education among disadvantaged youth in Canada.  Pathways to Education in Kitchener is provided by Mosaic Counselling and Family Services.

Providing A ROOF (PAR)

R.O.O.F. is committed to providing for the safety, support, and overall well-being of homeless youth and youth-at-risk, age 12-25, in the Waterloo Region.  The Robert and Judith Astley Family Foundation granted funds to R.O.O.F. this year for their Providing a Roof (PAR) project.  The PAR project provides emergency sheltering to R.O.O.F. clients, with a focus on clients who fit the “persistently homeless” definition as per the Region of Waterloo, as well as 16 to 18 year olds who often more challenging to house.

Male Allies Against Sexual Violence (MAASV)

The purpose of this program offered by the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region is to encourage male youth in developing a positive self-image, experience healthy relationships and avoid destructive behaviours through interaction with trained male peer-educators and role models in the community.

– Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere – is a youth-based violence prevention pilot project, based primarily in schools, in Waterloo Region (Ontario, Canada).  WAYVE’s purpose is to address youth issues such as bullying, harassment, discrimination, racism and gang violence.

The Newcomer Youth Program helps facilitate immigrant youth integration into their new way of life in Canada.  The main goal of the program is to address issues faced by these youth, assist them in living in a new society and provide growth opportunities.