An after school program dedicated to building better men through youth engagement, education, and empowerment. NGM is currently targeting boys aged 12-16 in the Greater Toronto Area who attend peer and mentor facilitated sessions guided by our 6 pillars of focus:
Diversity — Equality — Health — Communication and Positive Relationship — Self-Awareness — Sexuality
Find out more at www.nextgenmen.ca
A ministry out of St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Paris, ON.
Social enterprise employing people on social assistance or who face barriers to traditional employment. The enterprise offers training and meaningful work funded by the sale of gourmet soups and stews, which are sold to schools and seniors.
Find out more at www.therawcarrot.com
This is a neighbourhood based approach to matching inkind donations from local businesses and neighbours with people in need in the community. An example could be a local restaurant owner wishing to donate 10 dinners a year to local families that can’t afford a night out. Or a hairdresser that wishes to give haircuts to people who need to have their day brightened up. Everyone brings their own gifts and this is matched through social connectors using an online portal.
A new program that connects elders in the community with technology, so they can connect with students, all while capturing their stories to ensure they are able to be passed along to future generations.
3D printable medical supplies to deliver healthcare in the most challenging places to those who need it the most. Designed by a Harvard-educated physician for healthcare workers, Medical Makers’ transformational approach can lead to significant cost savings and dramatically improved clinical outcomes.
Find out more at www.medicalmakers.org
1 in 5 moms struggle to provide clean diapers for their children. We discovered mothers can’t afford diapers, so they can’t send their kids to daycare, so they can’t work, and can’t afford diapers. So we thought why don’t we do something about this. We started as a company that wanted to make a difference. From that our company Bundles of Hope was born.
Find out more at www.bundlesofhope.ca
It began with Scarves for Syrians, and idea born to create a Canadian made product that ALL Canadians could feel proud to wear. A product that could unite Canadians during a particularly troubling time. The scarf proved to be distinct, required in the cold Canadian climate, but also worn many ways by many different cultures. It can be worn by anyone and is openly demonstrating the core values of Canadians.
Find out more at www.canadianproject.ca
SAFE-T Open Dialogue Discussions for alternative housing shelters and Catholic Schools is a way where folks can learn and talk about how to better understand and serve the Queer and Trans community within shelter and school settings. It also gives staff a way to debrief about previous situations that have come up regarding the communities’ needs and explore how to revise their strategy for the future.
Gozie’s Bread is a social enterprise that helps with skills training of incarcerated people or anyone who needs a second chance. It addition, Gozie’s Bread focuses on helping its customers in understanding health concerns and what goes into their food. There are baking lessons and catering done through a commercial kitchen.
The Clean Collective is a green event company that provides solutions through green and recycling options for events. These services are being provided to festivals, conferences, and are continuing to grow in terms of the basics of running responsible functions.
Bringing a dehydration system to El Salvador to allow the locals to dehydrate the mangoes locally and provide an economic development opportunity. This was launched by students of the University of Manitoba.
Landmine Boys is an organization that has created and tested a machine that deactivates landmines without detonating them or having an individual in close proximity. There are still many countries with landmines that kill or injure people around the world. Cambodia is a prime example with 1/3 of the land still with active landmines. The founders are students from University of Waterloo and in the St Paul’s College Greenhouse program.
Enable matches support workers with families with disabled individuals. Not only is it a personal matching system, but the quality of the support workers is high with additional training and support. New support workers and awareness of this need is of prime importance. Enable continues to grow the network in Alberta, but is interested in building partners and awareness nationally.
Camp Fircom has undergone a huge renovation and has a partnership with the UBC architecture department to design unique cabins that blend with nature. But the landscaping of the camp is lagging behind the incredible buildings. They wish to expand their partnership with UBC into the landscape architecture students and offering up to 6 weeks accommodation and transport in order to upgrade the land.
A majority of cooking in East Africa is done using cooking stoves in an enclosed space. This results in significant health hazards due to smoke inhalation. Project Stoke has created an affordable stove that eliminates smoke inhalation. Over the year they have sold a couple hundred stoves through a local agent.
The biggest challenge in Africa is sanitation and the difficult in hand washing related to that. USAFI has created a hand washing device that helps families in Africa without running water to easier wash their hands and stay healthy.
Gordita’s Closet is a used clothing store that caters to the plus-sized person. The entire store experience is designed for all of the needs of the plus-sized consumer including larger change rooms, more walking areas, and couches to relax. It is designed to build community and support through the shopping experience. In addition, the average plus-sized consumer has a lower amount of disposable income, and a second hand clothing shop will provide clothing at an affordable price.
Do It Green provides green event services, specifically tanks of water to reduce the number of water bottles that are necessary at large events. The organization has already done large events including Stampede, and looks to expand. In addition, Alberta is one of the highest waste creation provinces with green box programs only being launched in 2016. Do It Green also focuses on advocacy work and education to make a significant impact.
Plastics re-manufacturing is a camp idea for Pearce Williams Christian Centre where campers will learn about recycling and specifically use their plastics materials to do a 3D printing of something new. This will both be educational as well as making an impact on the waste of the camp.
Le Village is an incubator to support new ministries and spiritual initiatives in Montreal. They provide space, mentoring, coaching, and other supports that are necessary to help ideas get off the ground. It is a safe space and supportive.
Creating eco-friendly, compostable cups for the education industry. And making them affordable by offering advertising space on the cups. This would divert 10,000s of cups from the landfill and help with public education.
Creating a food garden at Sherbrooke Lake Camp provides opportunity for the campers to learn more about food production, about caring for plants, and learning about health. In addition, it will be another way to ensure that meals are healthy for the campers.
When the husbands and men pass away in Africa, the widows and their children are alone. Supporting these families through this time and to help them get on their feet through supportive programming is critical to their futures.
Knox United Church in Winnipeg is a hub for new immigrants. It was decided that it would be great to renovate the basement of the church and make it more of a comfortable space where the community could gather leisurely and chat. It is a safe space for people to cook and eat together.
Ebenezer United Church hosts an ESL (English as a Second Language) class. When speaking to the students it was identified that $10,000s was being spent on immigration lawyers rather than on their families immediate needs. The church decided to create free legal services for these new immigrants.
A mix of ecological impact and art, The Honey Pot is an Art Hive that helps people let out their artistic side and use recycled materials to do this work. One example is a plant growing in a cork. Others are using the different recycled materials to make something beautiful.
Seniors often need changes to their living spaces in order for them to continue to be independent and remain in their homes. However, they might not know what they need and often won’t know the trusted service providers to do this work for them. Canadian Seniors Renovation Program is specializing in this work, building relationships with each family they support, and ensuring that there is a trusting relationship.
Ste Genevieve is partnering with a local funeral home and other community partners to build a place of comfort and compassion with those experiencing loss.
Tansley United Church is running programming and support for single mother’s in the Burlington area. There is networking and confidence being built through the relationships that are being made.
This church is exploring a new way to have community amongst the young women in Labrador City, NFLD. They are creating a safe space, providing food, and encouraging conversations.
This United Church in Saskatchewan has recognized that there needs to be programming in the evenings in the rural community to provide a safe and fun activity for families. There is a focus on sharing food and lots of different activities where everyone can bring their own gifts to the evening.
NU wants to provide sexual education to newcomers to Canada. The sexual culture and understanding in Canada is significantly different to other countries, and often exposes new immigrants to risks. Having this basic information provided is important to their safety, especially with teenagers.
Awareness is needed and a change in the legislative system of mental healthcare. A family was not communicated with regarding their adult son and were not able to visit him. It was the red tape that prevented the needed support for him.
Sewing is a lost skill and reskilling is needed. Many youth would be interested in this skill and workshops could be provided. In addition, understanding the value of this reskilling, a consignment shop could be set up where the students could sell their wares.
Senior housing doesn’t always have to be in apartment buildings or condos. An easy way to get started is to take a single dwelling and divide it into 4 units. This allows for joint ownership (it is possible to own ¼ of a home) and the residents could share in support amenities such as a nurse, cook, or cleaning services.
One reason why campers don’t go to camp is their fear and apprehension in going as they don’t know what to expect. Virtual Camp is designed to help remove this barrier and enable future campers to make that step and understand what camp is all about. By recording the camp experience and making it accessible to kids, more might take the plunge that will have a last impact on them.
Hair stylists hear just about everything from their clients. By integrating preventative mental illness training with hairdressers, red flags and client support could be made available.