WARMTH OF WINTER
During the winter months H.O.P.E. gifted blankets to homeless members of Vancouver’s downtown east side. However, the purpose of this initiative was not only to provide these necessary supplies but also to engage in meaningful conversations. In this initiative, the goal was to learn about the ambitions, dreams, and stories of our Vancouver neighbours whose voices are often silenced by societal norms. Through social media, H.O.P.E. used a blog format to shed light on their stories and the issues that they face. We hope that this method, with featured profiles of the individuals we meet on our excursions, will help the public further appreciate and understand the lives of the people who have shaped and continue to shape Vancouver.The mission of our final product- the blog “A City of Stories”, will aim to change societal stereotypes people hold against this group of people and gain insight into their everyday struggles. Through this, we hope to identify better strategies to help them out of homelessness and in turn, share these ideas with local organizations and charities.
Hope for success
With the success of our workshop series, H.O.P.E. expanded their services on the basis of a larger mentorship model that runs for the duration of the year. Graduating students in the Greater Vancouver region are invited to an initial workshop to meet their mentors for the year. At this workshop, students learn about the application process to post-secondary institutions around the world as well as tips and tricks on how to improve their applications for the admission season. Following this, future workshops are targeted towards scholarships, interviews, and finally acceptances and planning for university careers. Mentors and Mentees attend workshops throughout the year but also work on their own time on any materials related to the high school to post-secondary transition.
This project is entirely student-run and grassroots. This project mainly consists of creating and running 4 workshops centred around women’s sexual and menstrual health. We will work as a team to contact health professionals and organizations to come help facilitate our workshop and help support these women.
A key priority of our workshops is ensuring that they are intersectional, and acknowledge the various barriers that various groups of marginalized women face. The goal of this project is to help disadvantaged women, and as we run each workshop we will be reaching more women and providing them with information which is tailored to their needs. This project will be conducted over the span of the months of late May through December.
HOPE TO INSPIRE
The purpose of HOPE to Inspire/the Inspire Initiative is to inform students of lower socioeconomic backgrounds about non-traditional post-secondary paths and financial aid. The aim of this program is to provide students with resources that are helpful and would otherwise be unavailable at no cost. To achieve our goals, Inspire offers educational workshops featuring tradespeople and representatives from post-secondaries, speaker series focusing on specific trades and/or schools, as well as resource packages that neatly compile the information needed.