2021-2022 Funded Projects
The United Way Yukon Board of Directors on March 10, 2021, approved funding totalling $103,000 to support 17 community-based projects. The Community Investment and Review Committee carefully reviewed all applications received (22 total) to ensure that funds would be used effectively and in support of our three priorities: All That Kids Can Be, From Poverty to Possibility and Healthy People Strong Communities. We will report back throughout the year via our Facebook page on how the projects are going.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Yukon Community Mentoring Project. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yukon (BBBSY) offers one-to-one and group mentoring programs in Whitehorse and supports partners setting up mentoring programs throughout the Yukon communities. Based on positive relationships strengthened by the 40 Developmental Assets, the BBBSY recruits, screens and trains all volunteer mentors and provides professional support to matches as they navigate their mentoring journey. This fosters developmental relationships between the mentors and the mentees that express care, challenges growth, provides support, shares power, and expands possibilities. These developmental relationships support improvements in social and emotional competence, mental health and well-being, and other outcomes including educational engagement and employment readiness
Boys & Girls Clubs of Yukon Summer Mentorship Project. This summer Mentorship program is for Youth 12 to 18 years old that want to stay engaged throughout the summer months. Mentors help youth stay connected, provide support with summer learning and work towards achieving career goals. The mentor will meet "on the land" with youth to provide coaching, support or guidance with Life Goals. The mentor meetsyYouth where they are at and whatever the need is.
Challenge Disability Resource Group Waterfront Clean Up Crew. The 2021 Waterfront Clean-up is a litter removal project that provides employment opportunities to adults with disabilities and barriers to employment. This project impacts our participants by providing them with employment skills, healthy social interactions, and consistent income. The clean-up crew removes litter from sidewalks and trails in downtown Whitehorse, helping to keep our city clean and beautiful.
Child Development Centre Supporting families and children with developmental needs. Support to early childhood development and mental wellness is critical to building healthy families and communities. One of the goals of this project is to provide caregivers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support the growth and development of their child with developmental needs through parent training sessions. Understanding their child’s needs and providing support during everyday activities is a key factor for a child achieving their goals. Research supports early intervention for children in attaining positive life outcomes. Therefore, the second goal of the project is to provide families access to intakes, first visits and ongoing intervention over the summer when services are traditionally limited.
Canadian Mental Health Association Yukon Drop In Counselling Program. CMHA Yukon will provide drop in counselling services to expand services and serve more individuals. In the past year, CMHA Yukon has seen an increased need for immediate, crisis counselling from the community to manage short-term situations, conflicts, issues or as a stop-gap measure while clients are on waiting lists to see longer term counsellors. With a dedicated drop-in counsellor, we anticipate that the waitlist numbers will decrease and more clients can be served more quickly.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon Socially Inclusive Lunch program. The project is to provide a daily nutritious lunch for our client group who are persons often excluded in the community from accessing food an inclusive environment. This program is delivered in partnership with Challenge Disability Resource Group through their Bridges Community Kitchen Program. The program has three main goals: 1) To deliver a daily nutritious meal to persons with FASD – which we know to be a protective factor for our clients. 2) To deliver the service in an environment that encourages social inclusion 3) To provide support and liaison by having a FASSY worker present during the lunch period.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon Ladies Night Out! Ladies’ Night is an inclusive program hosted by the Out and About program with the support of Yukon Girl Guides (1st Porter Creek Pathfinders). The purpose of Ladies’ Night is to create a safe, welcoming space where women of all abilities and backgrounds can participate in the monthly planned activities, organized and supported by the Pathfinders.
Freedom Trails Therapeutic Riding Association Therapeutic horseback riding program. Freedom Trails offers the only therapeutic horseback riding and ground lesson program for people with a disability in Yukon. Our program provides participants with opportunities to experience the sense of achievement, pride and confidence, to build self-esteem, and it gives participants an environment to increase motivation, concentration and to improve learning skills.
Frontier College Summer Literacy Camps. The camps provide children in remote communities with engaging and impactful summer learning opportunities. Working collaboratively with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Frontier College supports summer day-camps that support each community’s unique educational goals and priorities. Our Summer Camp program is designed to bolster local Indigenous learning initiatives by providing academic supports that are integrated into existing community programming.
Help and Hope for Families Society Women's Wellness Program. The Watson Lake Women's Wellness Program Is an opportunity for women to focus on their well-being and take active steps towards their health, confidence, and vitality. The program will focus on improving health and well-being by targeting positive lifestyle behaviors including exercise, healthy eating, stress management and sleep. This program will be aimed towards the women who live at Help and Hope for Families Women's Shelter and for clients outside the shelter. The program is aimed at helping mature women be the best that they can be by incorporating healthy choices and positive health behaviors.
LDAY Centre for Learning LDAY Camp Raven. LDAY camps provide the opportunity for over seventy Yukon children and youth with learning difficulties (a diganosed LD is not required) to improve their social skills, build their self-esteem, and make new friends while having fun in the outdoors, playing games, learning new skills and expressing their creativity.
Partners for Children Parent Child Mother Goose. The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a group experience for parents/caregivers and their babies and young children aged 0-5 yrs old, focusing on the pleasure and power of using oral rhymes, songs and stories together. The goals of the program are many, including strengthening parent-child attachment, building a supportive group where isolated parents can feel comfortable, and creating opportunities for different generations to interact.
Partners for Children Mothering Your Baby. Mothering Your Baby groups are an education and support group for mothers and babies under one year. Mothers discuss the joys and challenges of mothering and learn about adapting to life with a new baby. These groups are co-facilitated in partnership with a professional with specific training in early childhood development, postpartum adjustments and perinatal mood disorders, a Public Community Health Nurse and/or a program facilitator from the Canadian Mental Health Association - Yukon.
Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre Community Kitchen program. This program provides a hot nutritious meal to women and children who are facing homeless, poverty, substance abuse challenges, violence, and much more. The Community Kitchen is meant to provide a gathering place for all women to come together, lift each other up and support one another. By meeting the immediate need for food, and a warm place to be, we can build connections with women, connect them to referrals and supports and become a stepping stone on their journey to healing, recovery, and prosperity.
Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition Poverty and Homelessness Action Week. The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition will support graduates of YAPC’s Voices Influencing Change program to develop and implement actions during Poverty and Homelessness Action Week (PHAW). YAPC will be organizing and coordinating community involved events to promote the awareness of poverty and homelessness in our community as well Whitehorse Connects will be included in the events.
Yukon Imagination Library Reach Every Reader program. The Yukon Imagination Library sends one free book each month to Yukon children from birth to age 5. Our Reach Every Reader project will aim to expand our profile and reach to bring more early literacy opportunities to kids from birth to age 5 in every Yukon community.
Yukon Literacy Coalition Celebrating our Multicultural Community project. The Yukon Literacy Coalition runs successful family literacy programs in the Family Literacy Center at the Canada Games center, the Pioneer Hotel in Shipyards Park and with our Outreach program that visits all Yukon communities. The Yukon Literacy Coalition is launching a year long campaign that celebrates families in the Yukon and will stock our libraries/activity centres (Pioneer Hotel, Family Literacy Center, Mobile Unit) with multicultural resources including toys, games and books from around the world.