Food Security

Is your family experiencing food insecurity during this pandemic?

Red Fox Society collaborates with our community partners and delivers groceries right to your door!

During the first wave of Covid-19, many youth and families involved in our programs were experiencing food insecurity. Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and United Way of the Lower Mainland, Red Fox Society launched our Healthy Families Program in September. Some of the food is rescued from local grocery stores. By distributing it to families who need it, we are preventing good food from going to waste. Many of the families we are supporting eat food items that aren’t usually included in typical food security programs. We ask families what items they eat on a regular basis, and we are purchasing those items at small local grocery stores that cater to specific immigrant communities. We are currently serving 57 families and over 230 individuals and this number will grow in 2021 as we continue to roll out the program.

We distribute clothes and books to children and youth as well, thanks to donations from local businesses including Iron Dog Books, an Indigenous-owned local book store.  

Our Youth Programs provide youth with life skills and employment training to set them up for success while they transition into adulthood. Knowing how to budget for and prepare healthy meals is an important life skill and essential to healthy living. This year, Red Fox has started training youth and giving them the resources they need to develop life-long habits in healthy eating. We are leading on-line lessons on shopping and cooking and giving youth the resources they need, including groceries and cookware, so that they can make simple healthy meals on their own.  


Click HERE to register today!


For more information contact Megan, Healthy Families Program Manager, at megan@redfoxsociety.org

Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and United Way of the Lower Mainland for making this program possible:

Seed Generation

Join Red Fox for a unique volunteer opportunity giving you hands-on experience through recreation and cultural activities.

For Metro Vancouver Youth between the ages of 15-19 who are Indigenous, racialized, living with a disability or LGBTQ2+

The Seed Generation program is an outdoor in-person program that takes place at Strathcona Community Gardens, Still Creek and Norquay Food Forest as well as at parks and outdoor recreation sites throughout Metro Vancouver. During the Covid-19 pandemic, some group activities are taking place virtually.

Red Fox Healthy Living Society and Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) have teamed up to bring like-minded youth between the ages of 15-19 together for environmental stewardship volunteer work and recreation and cultural activities.

Seed Generation will give youth hands-on experiences creating wildlife habitat and Indigenous foodscape gardens in Vancouver Parks. They will volunteer as youth leaders at Red Fox Active Play, Food Security and Drum Group programs, helping local children and families be active, enjoy healthy food and connect together safely on-line. They will learn from Elders and Knowledge Keepers and engage in wellness activities together.  The youth leaders will gain a certificate of completion for 120 service hours over the 3 month period.

The government is slowly allowing the public to return to everyday activities with certain conditions. Red Fox and EYA are committed to keeping youth safe and we are following all recommended guidelines from the BC Health Authority.

In-person outdoor programs beginning June 14, 2020 with the following health and safety measures in place:

  • Physical distancing
  • Face masks (provided by Red Fox & EYA)
  • No sharing of gloves or tools
  • Free snacks and lunch, pre-packaged individual meals purchased from a local restaurant
  • Smaller group sizes, and outdoor garden programming

Designed for:

  • Youth aged 15-19
  • Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth
  • New immigrant youth
  • Youth with disabilities
  • LGBTQ2 youth

Youth Will:

  • Connect with Knowledge keepers and Elders
  • Garden and grow food
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn about Traditional plant use
  • Enjoy weekly recreation outings

“I love Seed Generation because it’s brought me outside more to places I’ve never been to even though I’ve lived here nearly all my life. It’s such a positive place and I feel like I can be myself around everyone. Seed Generation has helped me understand more about our habitat, and has brought me closer to the land I grew up on. Thank you Red Fox and EYA!”- Cynthia, a youth from Burnaby.

“The Seed Generation program has had a big impact on my mental health because in the past, I didn’t really know how to cope with stress or realize the potential I have. Now I am slowly seeing my strengths, realizing my potential and finding healthy ways to cope. This program reduces stress because of all things you learn, and of course, the fun you get to have!” – Sven, a student from Windermere Secondary.

Click HERE to register today!


For more information, contact Suki, Seed Generation Program Manager, at suki@redfoxsociety.org


Thanks to the following partners for making this program possible:

Youth Internship Program

An employment training program giving young adults opportunities to gain skills, experience and confidence to secure rewarding employment

For Metro Vancouver Youth between the ages of 18-25 who are Indigenous, racialized, or living with a disability

Red Fox Society empowers and equips youth to realize their potential as active, healthy leaders and role models. The Youth Internship Program is an employment training initiative that builds knowledge, skills and confidence to serve youth in education, in employment, and in life.

The Youth Internship program provides youth facing barriers the opportunity to work as part of a team to deliver a wide range of programs. Red Fox Society runs free child and family recreation, arts and cultural programs, and trains participants to gain work experience by job-shadowing these programs. As part of this employment training program, young adults participate in physical literacy sessions, recreation outings, sessions on digital and financial literacy, and they connect with Indigenous Elders.

The Youth Internship program consists of two parts: the first is Employment Training with Red Fox Society, where Youth Interns participate in sessions to gain skills and knowledge to work in recreation and childcare. The Youth Interns also participate in activities that build their communication skills to better prepare them for their internships and future workplaces. The second part of this program is the Quality Employment Experience, where the Youth work as an intern with one of Red Fox Society’s community partners. Host organizations include Strathcona Community Centre, HUB Cycling and Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

“I’ve learned leadership and computer skills and discovered how cool it is to work with children. I’m really enjoying myself and looking forward to learning more.” – William, Intern

“I spent my whole summer as a program facilitator and wouldn’t change that for anything. I was surrounded by friends and new experiences. I learned so much about leadership, responsibility and communication throughout the program.”- Dylann, Intern

This program has 7 cohorts with intakes every 4 months. 

Cohort 1: June 22, 2020- October 23, 2020

Cohort 2: September 28, 2020- February 26th, 2021

Cohort 3: February 8th, 2021- July 9, 2021 

Cohort 4: June 28th, 2021- November 26, 2021

Alumni cohort 1: November 15, 2021- December 17, 2021

Cohort 5: January 3, 2022- June 3, 2022

Cohort 6: May 23, 2022- October 21, 2022

Cohort 7: September 19, 2022- February 24, 2023

Alumni cohort 2: February 20, 2023- March 24, 2023 


Click the document below to read the details of the upcoming position:


Click HERE to register today! 


For more information contact Megan, Youth Internship Program Manager, at megan@redfoxsociety.org  


If you are interested, we will set up an interview with you to make sure this is the right program for you.

Due to Covid-19, activities will be a combination of online and in person activities and will adhere to the guidelines and regulations of the BC Health Authority.

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Youth Leadership Program

A unique opportunity to develop practical skills that can help you succeed in employment and life!

For Metro Vancouver Youth between the ages of 14-19 who are Indigenous, racialized, living with a disability or LGBTQ2+

Our Youth Leadership program gives youth that face barriers a unique opportunity to develop practical skills that help them to succeed in employment and life.

Red Fox creates a supportive environment that empowers youth to build their knowledge, skills and confidence, –while also having fun! 

Youth Leaders receive training and mentoring from Red Fox staff and Youth Interns, while gaining hands-on work experience in Red Fox’s children’s programs. The Youth Leadership program is individualized to fit the needs of each youth and this model has worked for hundreds of youth since 2007. 

The Youth Leadership program is for youths aged 11-19, and currently runs throughout the year across 6 municipalities in the Lower Mainland: Vancouver, Surrey, Delta, North Vancouver, New Westminster and Maple Ridge.

Youth Leaders benefit from:

  • Work experience in Red Fox’s Active Play and other children’s programs
  • A variety of life-skills and employment training workshops, on physical literacy, leadership, financial and digital literacy training sessions run by Red Fox Society and our many community partners
  • Certificates in First Aid, High Five, Food Safe and more
  • Supportive mentoring from Red Fox Staff
  • Active recreation outings throughout Metro Vancouver – cycling, hiking, canoeing and more
  • School credit
  • Honorarium for their participation!

Previous Red Fox Youth Leaders have joined our Youth Internship program, have been promoted to Red Fox employees, or are employed in recreation and community work with our community partners. These youth have become inspiring role models for the next generation of Red Fox children and youth.

“Whether it be stress from school or just a down mood in general, Red Fox knows how to lift my mood! Coming back again this year, I was able to be more of a leader and actually feel like I am contributing to this program. I am thankful for this opportunity, the connections I made and the experience I keep gaining.” – Riya Charla

For more information contact us at info@redfoxsociety.org


Thank you to the following partners for making this program possible:

Youth Garden Project

Red Fox Healthy Living Society and  Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) have teamed up to bring like-minded youth between the ages of 15-18 together for unique volunteer experiences and opportunities starting March 31st, 2019 that will run until the end of March 2020. Over the course of the year, there will be 3 cohorts that will engage 14 youth over a 3 month period, engaging up to 42 youth in total.

The Garden Project will give  youth hands-on experiences creating wildlife habitat and  an Indigenous foodscape garden in Strathcona Park. They will volunteer a youth leaders at  Red Fox Active Play, Feasting and Drum Group programs, helping local children be active, enjoy healthy meals and connect with Indigenous culture. The youth leaders  will gain a certificate of completion for 120 Service Hours over the 3 month period.

Youth will get to design an Art installation for the garden, connect and learn from knowledge keepers and Elders from the community, and learn about decolonization and reconciliation.  Each of the three cohorts will begin and end with an over-night urban camping orientation weekend and wilderness camping weekend.

 

We are excited to announce that our 3 cohorts will run from:

Cohort 1: March 31 – June 30, 2019

Cohort 2: July 6 – September 29, 2019

Cohort 3: October 6 – January 12, 2020

 

Click HERE to register today!

For more information, please contact Youth Garden program supervisor, Suki Chhoeun at suki@redfoxsociety.org, Office Phone: 604-343-6536.

 

Red Fox Spring Break Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp, March 26 – 29.

Indigenous youth throughout Metro Vancouver:

Please join us for our first ever in Surrey. Free! Learn valuable skills to give you that edge in your job search.

Thank you BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation.

Registration Deadline Extended to Friday, March 23rd, 2018.

Please Register today!

Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/SXIxVHJTxlQTdMH23

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