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The Salvation Army Grace Haven

The Salvation Army Grace Haven is looking to refurbish the postnatal educational lounge in its residence, which helps pregnant teens and their newborn babies. The new lounge will enable young moms and babies to have a warm, nurturing environment equipped with infant and toddler play equipment, recreational activities for mothers and more. The grant would also provide equipment such as bathing stations, breast pumps and a fridge for milk storage. The goal of the project is to help both mother and child have the best start.  


YMCA Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford

YMCA Summer Beyond the Bell is an academic based summer program that takes a holistic approach to the wellbeing of children. The Beyond the Bell program reaches kids - primarily from low-income neighbourhoods - who might not otherwise have an opportunity for learning or other enriching life experiences such as camp during the summer. The program offers academics, recreation, lunch and nutritious snacks to children who might otherwise fall behind their peers, helping to build self worth and break the cycle of poverty. 


Dundas Valley School of Art

The Artists' Connection is a visual art outreach program that consists of a travelling art exhibition along with in-school lectures and workshops. It serves children from JK-12 in both the Catholic and public boards, as well as teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers. The exhibition will visit nine schools per year over three years, reaching over 20,000 students of all incomes. The goal is to allow students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to have an exposure to the visual arts and to develop an appreciation for them. 


Art Gallery of Burlington

The Gallery is launching a mentoring program for high school students with an interest in an art-related career. The grant will allow students to enroll in the program at no cost, reaching kids who would not otherwise be able to afford it. In a 12-week session, students will learn to develop a portfolio and participate in the curation and instalment of an exhibition while being mentored by the gallery's chief curator and other artists. 


Community Child Abuse Council 

Journeys of Change is designed to engage high school students as creators , designers, performer in a theatrical production that will share newcomers' life experiences before, during and after migration to Hamilton. Around 50 students from Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School will work with local professionals and teachers to write and stage the production. The finished product will be showcased at area high schools, engaging the broader community. The goal of the project is to help give voice and purpose to newcomer youth and build bridges with their fellow students.   















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