Initiatives

Examples and Projects that Foster Social Connectedness

Child and Youth Centred Outreach Projects

  • Global Dignity Day

    The mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity. The dignity approach works on all levels: it works for children and for adults, it works for men and for women, and it works on the micro and macro level.

  • Moments of Inclusion

    Youth take part in reflections on personal experiences of inclusion and express themselves through artwork and dialogue. This creative collective storytelling process has generated images and shared memories that are featured online through TakingITGlobal and as part of exhibitions in Toronto, New York and Arviat, Nunavut.

  • Our Voices

    The Our Voices collective is a group of young Indigenous leaders committed to honouring their fellow youth and culture in the north. With participation from young people across the Yukon, Northern British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Alaska, the group works to evoke dialogue around how youth can support one another and work together to stop the tragic losses that they have experienced in the region.

  • What does belonging look like?

    We are interested in reflecting together on the theme of belonging in order to grow a global movement of fostering social connectedness. Our plan is to curate an online collection and exhibit to showcase at international conferences and events to inspire decision makers in policy making and action.

  • Connected North

    Connected North fosters student engagement and enhanced education outcomes in Canada’s remote communities through immersive and interactive virtual learning. The program leverages the latest Cisco collaboration technology to bring unique experiences, experts and opportunities for real-world problem solving into classrooms.

  • City Year South Africa

    City Year SA is a programme providing dual benefits: to children in school and to unemployed youth.Together these young people work in teams as tutors, mentors and role models to children in 9 primary schools across Gauteng.

  • Gogo Grannies

    The Gogo (“Grannies”) programme of Othandweni Children’s Home in Johannesburg currently has 15 grannies, who provide affection and care to marginalized young children, from infants to those under six.

  • Siraj al-Quds School

    Siraj al-Quds School for Integrated Education is pioneering education for the blind: it provides integrated education, where children are taught side-by-side in a learning environment that fosters understanding and equality.

  • Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative

    REPSSI is a forum in Southern Africa that shares tools and approaches on how to provide social and emotional services to children, youth, families, and their communities.

Bridge-Building Programs

  • Women for Women International

    Women for Women International is a humanitarian organization that builds bridges to women affected by war and conflict. They bring these women’s stories to light, sharing them with others to challenge the shame and isolation that often happens to victims of wars.

  • Partners in Health

    Partners in Health

    Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.

  • Vancouver Foundation

    The Vancouver Foundation, Canada’s largest community foundation, supports projects that help people become more connected and engaged with one another, with their neighbours and neighbourhood, and with the larger community.

  • Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)

    SHOFCO works with communities in extreme poverty to create holistic social services. The program, geared towards ensuring that girls in the slum areas of Kenya can receive a superior education, now serves over 70,000 beneficiaries.

Fostering Collaborations

  • Synergos

    Synergos creates and supports collabora-tions between marginalized communities, civil society, government and business. The organization helps partners to generate, test and implement their own ideas that can tackle problems of poverty and inequality in their communities.

  • Leadership and Innovation Network for Collaboration in the Children’s Sector

    The Vancouver Foundation, Canada’s LINC uses a cross-sector leadership development programme to encourage representatives from government, NGOs, business and donors, to think strategically about collaborations and how they can transform their systems to increase the quality and quantity of support for children in South Africa.

  • Prince’s Foundation for Building Community

    The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community promotes collaboration and education that can build sustainable and socially connected communities. It advocates for creating spaces that encourage human interaction and integrative environments, using multi-stakeholder engagements.

  • Evergreen

    Evergreen brings together innovators, decision makers and the Canadian public to accelerate the shift towards sustainable, greener, and healthier communities. It raises awareness and fosters engagement and collaborations, allowing citizens to become involve in transforming their cities.

  • The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples

    The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples

    A principle goal of the Circle is to build connections and foster collaboration. To this end, the Circle develops programs that foster more and better conversations, connections, and relationships among Aboriginal Peoples and philanthropic organizations; deepen our understanding of key issues in Aboriginal communities such as Aboriginal education, land and people, Aboriginal health; and secure key partnerships and memberships that leverage the Circle’s capacity and reach. Most of our work happens within our Collaborative Circles which bring together members of The Circle and others, government representatives, and for-profit businesses and organizations also working actively to connect with and support the empowerment of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Advocacy Work

  • Special Olympics

    Special Olympics uses sports to spread compassion and acceptance. Its goal is to awaken everyone – and every community – to each person’s common humanity. It raises awareness through sports events, shared stories, and advocacy work, about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Human Rights Watch

    Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups.

  • Inclusion International

    Inclusion International is an international network advocating for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. The organization undertakes campaigns and research, and leverages partnerships to raise awareness around practices and policies that can lead to exclusion and inequality.

  • Visualizing Impact

    Visualizing Impact uses graphic design to highlight critical social issues around the world. Through design, the organization is able to encourage people to see issues from a different perspective. They bring to the fore marginalized perspectives on social issues, giving a voice to those who are often silenced.

  • Bulgarian Family Planning & Sexual Health Association

    BFPA is an organization that advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights and gender issues. As part of their mandate, it focuses on improving access to health care and information for marginalized groups such as Roma, rural women, people with disabilities.

  • East Africa Sexual Health and Rights Initiative

    UAHI EASHRI is an African-based activist, grant-making initiative, in which LBGTI people and sex worker activists themselves make decisions on who gets funded and for what amount. Working across Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi, it supports civil society and its advocacy work on issues of sexuality, health, and human rights.

Workshops that Build Connectedness

  • The Prince’s School for Traditional Arts

    PSTA uses art as a channel to build connectedness, running workshops in schools, communities, and organizations. Through its workshops, it encourages people to participate in shared work, teaching people the value of togetherness: together we can build something beyond our own independent abilities.

  • Heat of Belonging Workshops

    These interactive workshops, offered in the Vancouver, Canada area, focus on the psychological sense of community – our experience of connection within the groups to which we belong. In the workshop, Collin van Uchelen has participants examine their own sense of community in their lives, share ideas on how to enhance it, and learn how to sustain it over time.