Edmonton Programs & Initiatives

(1) Learn and grow: An Out-of-school time initiative- to assist youth in need of academic enrichment, athletics, creative arts (culture), mentoring, life skills, and career planning. Many youngsters in Edmonton have barriers to post-secondary education and the Learn and Grow Edmonton program pairs each child up with a university student intern to assist and overcome those barriers so that the youngsters can reach their full potential. Drawing on learning from previous years, people bond with each other when they meet in class. Going forward, parental perspectives are incorporated into the program activities, and successful post-secondary students from vulnerable communities are also invited to share their school life experiences. These diverse views are captured and consolidated into cultural learning lessons.

(2a) Social Support Program: This project aims to improve health and well-being for seniors/lone elders, and first-time mothers. Strategies to improve healthy nutrition, and health talk designed to support social inclusion for lone elders will be implemented to improve health outcomes for healthy ageing of the lone elders. The program will provide the full spectrum of intervention for first-time mothers in need of parenting and maternal functioning to foster healthy child. To optimize child development and maternal life course, this program aims to prevent maternal depression arising from stressful life events, low social support, childcare stress, marital difficulties and community poverty through referrals, provision of healthy nutrition, and home visitation. The social support initiative will involve specific approaches that are based on the conventional health care practices and knowledge shaped by family and community cultural histories.

(2b) Getting it Right: This project aims to prevent Diabetes and related health conditions e.g. obesity among immigrant communities. Through a series of cooking demonstrations and interactive health talk, the link between nutrition, physical activity and health outcomes will be documented to serve as cultural guidance booklets. Emphasis will also be on how diabetic patients are able to control their eating habits and how this same skills can be used to control diet and exercise in managing diabetes every day. The plan is to educate, inform, and raise awareness of Diabetes and its resultant complications within multi-ethnic immigrant groups, considering specific cultural sensibilities in efforts to prevent this lifestyle disease. The Getting it Right program will involve advocating for the importance of closer interagency working with local communities in order to lay the foundations for sustainable and longer-term improvements in people’s health and well-being.

(3) Building stronger and peaceful families: This program will be about fighting crime and family violence in Edmonton, involving anger management, communication (aggressive, assertive, and passive), isolation versus integration through civic engagement to strengthen patriotism and social cohesion for all to enjoy the Canadian socio-economic prosperity.

(4) Revitalizing minority women social entrepreneurs: Immigrants and refugees face many challenges including social integration and economic security. Partners for Humanity Foundation believes that one of the most effective strategies to support low-income immigrant women to make the transition to a sustainable livelihood and full participation in Canadian society is to use their existing skills and experiences as entry points. Immigrant women are taking the lead in creating viable business opportunities to improve not only their own economic situations, but inherently that of their children, families, and communities. Social enterprise is one more tool for Partners for Humanity Foundation to use to meet its mission of contributing to healthy and prosperous communities. The benefits of this program include: increase employment opportunities and work experience for immigrant women; provide services to the merchandising and textile industry, private companies, thus diversifying the Canadian economy; increase women`s self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives; increase leadership skills among women, social networks, life skills, civic engagement and the capacity to integrate into Canadian society.

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