Reconciliation and Healing will bring off-reserve Indigenous women, youth, and 2SLGBTQ+ community members affected by residential schools and poverty together to provide group healing activities, Elders support, and education on traditional practices/intergenerational poverty and will raise awareness of NCPEI programs/services available to end poverty.
The PEI Queer Youth Collective is a low-barrier social support initiative designed to promote community connection, community leadership, resiliency and psychosocial well-being among LGBTQ2+ identified youth and youth allies. Group meetings are currently held in Summerside and Charlottetown.
The Nutritional Breakfast Program operates Monday-Friday from 6:30am - 8:30am year-round, providing children with a healthy, hearty breakfast, physical activity, time with friends, and homework support. Members also receive transportation to the club and school, along with healthy food for their lunches if needed.
Wild Hub is a weekly program for 12-15 year olds that runs throughout the school year. The program is designed to build peer connection and support, youth leadership, and assist youth in developing and learning about healthy relationships. At Wild Hub, participants will cook food together, play on the land, learn from guest speakers, host discussion groups, create art, and learn more about themselves. This is a joint program between Women’s Network PEI and PEI Wild Child Forest School (a project of Sierra Club Canada Foundation).
The Great Futures program aims to remove barriers and provide high-quality, educationally, socially and recreationally based programming to all children ages 5-14 regardless of household income. The aim is to introduce children to their communities, instill a value of giving back, work on taking responsibility, and showcase the value of forming partnerships within one’s community.
Elementary school children who experience economic insecurity, are newcomers to the community, have physical, intellectual, emotional challenges or are marginalized children who simply need a friend to connect with are matched with a Teen Mentor for one hour per week during the school year. Mentors help boost confidence while encouraging achievement at school and attaining positive personal relationships.
Funding will improve
training and increase staff time dedicated to mental health supports for women
Funding for the First Step Program will support the organization's Resource Coordinator position. The role of the Resource Coordinator is to support women in accessing housing, treatment, and community resources to minimize risk of chronic homelessness. They work closely with community partners and the Coordinated Access program to meet the diverse needs of women at Blooming House.
The Black Cultural Society of PEI's BPOC Peer Support Program will offer mental health support for PEI's Black and People of Colour communities, while simultaneously running an anti-stigma campaign around mental health illness within BPOC communities.
Family Service PEI (FSPEI) provides mental health counselling to Islanders regardless of their ability to pay. United Way funding will support the ability to provide fee subsidies and waivers to low-income clients.
The Ready Set Learn program provides one-to-one tutoring during the summer to children in grades K-6 who are enrolled in English, French, Francophone and EAL language programs. Ready Set Learn is the only free, Island-wide tutoring program for children ages 5-12 who struggle the most in reading, writing and math.