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Moving Vital Signs Forward Learning and transportation groups successful with funding applications


The County Community Foundation (CCF) has taken the lead in bringing two important grants to PEC in support of the CCF-led Vital Signs Working Group initiatives in Learning and Transportation. Meeting since 2013, these two groups have made important progress in addressing the issues identified in the CCF's 2013 Vital Signs Report.


Learning: The CCF recently received an important grant of $40,000 from the Laidlaw Foundation to support its Youth Collective Impact (YCI) Project, and specifically the Launch Phase of a long-term project in support of improving the opportunities and prospects for youth in PEC. The Vital Signs Learning Working Group (Collective) developed the YCI Project over several months. A major component of the YCI project is youth involvement, as the Grant will support the hiring of County Youth to take an active role in this collective action.

Collective Impact is a proven approach to addressing complex issues that require a sustained, collaborative, multi-organizational effort to resolve them. Based on research, consultation, and the results of a Youth Survey, 5 priority strategies were identified: Family Engagement; Education Support, Wellbeing (physical & mental); Youth Empowerment; and Career/Employment. Building upon the research, experience, and with the support of the Students Commission of Canada, the Learning Working Group will establish shared measurements and learning to further strengthen the collaboration required to achieve its goal.

As the grant recipient, CCF continues to support and participate in every stage of the project and has dedicated the entire grant funds to this initiative. The launch phase will end in May 2017 and the CCF will continue to take the lead on behalf of the Collective to apply for other funding to take the project forward. 

Members of the Youth Collective currently include: Hastings and Price Edward District School Board, Hastings Prince Edward Children and Youth Services Network, Loyalist College, Prince Edward Learning Centre, Career Edge, County Innovation Group, East Central Ontario Training Board, John Howard Society Quantum Program, Prince Edward Lennox & Addington Social Services, Prince Edward County Library, Community Living Prince Edward, Recreation Outreach Center (ROC), County Community Foundation (Vital Signs),  the Students Commission of Canada.


Transportation: A grant from the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund will support a major goal of the Getting Around Working Group, namely to build a detailed business case for the development of an integrated, affordable, and sustainable transportation system in PEC. With a project total of $50,000, the grant matches funding from the Municipality, the CCF and United Way Quinte. As with the actions in Learning, the CCF and the Getting Around Working group recognize that addressing this issue requires collective action and collaboration. The business plan project will build on existing services and programs, sharing of information, and creating new approaches suitable for the needs of all County residents.  Creating this business case will also support  the Vital Signs Food Security and Learning working groups which have identified transportation as a major impediment to the achievement of their goals.  The CCF will be a partner with the Municipality on this project and is committed to maintaining its leadership role in moving this important initiative forward.

Getting Around Working group members include :Deseronto Transit, Quinte Access Transportation, Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors, ROC, Poverty Roundtable, United Way Quinte, The County of Prince Edward, Career Edge, Loyalist College, Councillor and CCF board member Lenny Epstein, County Community Foundation,Community Living Prince Edward, Quinte Health Care, Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Social Services, and Highland Shores Children's Aid.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joan Pennefather, President CCF and Brian Beiles, Treasurer and Vital Signs Actions Leader, CCF.

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