About: A non-profit outdoor recreation program for highly marginalized women living in Vancouver’s downtown eastside community. They provide access to nature for the city’s most vulnerable and isolated women. Their goal is to facilitate a sense of freedom, empowerment and self worth through contact with nature, skill building and social engagement.
Mission Statement: To strengthen our community’s capacity to address social issues. By giving to United Way of the Lower Mainland, you are investing in your own community – where you live, work, learn and play. United Way has been helping people in the Lower Mainland for more than 80 years. Working with over 150 community partners, we fund over 300 programs each year to create a better future for children, families and seniors.
Mission Statement: To provide practical tools for accomplishing our visionary ends through socio economic programs and services that empowers self reliance; responsibility; success and prosperity, for all urban Aboriginal individuals, family and community.
About: Quest partners with local wholesalers, supermarkets and farmers. These partners donate surplus food to Quest for use in our programs and then use trucks to sort and distribute the food to those in need. They also provide access to non-profit grocery markets and delivering raw materials to agencies for their own meal programs.
Mission Statement: We respectfully provide caring non-judgmental, non-sectarian, flexible services. Through advocacy, support and minimal-barriers we reduce harm to people who have a diversity of challenges. We assist them to regain and maintain stability and achieve a greater quality of life.
About: The Salvation Army Harbour Light Centre is a multi component ministry with over 180 employees. Our primary goal is to reach out to hurting people on the street with the underlying objective of helping them become productive, contributing citizens within the community.
About: The world’s first rent-free premises-free, free pop-up clothing store for the homeless. They have received over 3000 donations, have 50+ volunteers and have 500 local shoppers benefiting from this initiative.
About: An orphan protection program that supports widowed and single mothers who are at risk of losing their children due to poverty and difficult living situations. They provide a stable home, education and vocational training to help prepare them to live their independent lives.
Mission Statement: Provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for women from all walks of life, who live and/or work in the Downtown Eastside. To achieve this goal, the Centre provides supportive surroundings with meals, counseling, advocacy and programs which nurture and empower members.
About: Directions Youth Services Centre, operated by Family Services of Greater Vancouver, provides homeless youth and youth living in at-risk situations with access to an extensive range of services designed to assist them in taking the next steps with their life.
To find these courses go to UBC's course listings.
ECON 234: Wealth and Poverty of Nations
ECON 317: Poverty and Inequality
FNIS 210: Indigenous Politics and Self-Determination
FRST 318: Forest and Conservation Economics
FRST 319: Principles of Forestry Economics
SOCI 301: Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment