Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Social Enterprise or a Government Sponsored Programme?

This Thursday the City of Vancouver's Standing Committee on City Services and Budgets will receive a recommendation of the General Manager of Engineering Services to wit...
THAT Council approve a street cleaning grant of $60,000 to Family Services of Greater Vancouver - Street Youth Job Action to supplement cleaning of sidewalks, lanes and public spaces by City forces, with previously approved funding from the 2007 Street Cleaning Operating Budget.

Firstly, congratulations to the folks contributing to the growth of Street Youth Job Action.

The idea was a good one back when the City funded Save Our Living Environment (SOLE) from the "Solid Waste Capital Reserve".

It's interesting to note the City invited "five independent Vancouver based social enterprises" to apply for the grant with these two organisations submitting in addition to SYJA:

Little steps. Little steps.

About Street Youth Job Action:
Street Youth Job Action (SYJA) helps homeless and at-risk youth help themselves by creating flexible, temporary, and part-time employment. Employment is provided on a first-come-first-served, work-today-paid-today basis. Presently, this program provides the community with needle pick up and graffiti removal.

SYJA Funding:
Funding for this program is provided by the Ministry of Employment & Income Assistance and through business contracts with community partners.

Community Partners:


Interested in learning more about social enterprise? Take a browse through the Vancouver Social Enterprise Book Store (Vancouver | United Kingdom | United States) and see what other social entrepreneurs recommend reading. Tags for information about: for:vsef, Social Enterprise, Nonprofit, Funding


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