Youth-Adult-Partnership Funding Opportunities

By September 19, 2014Health, Health News, Features
Release. The Valley Youth Partnership for Engagement and Respect ( youth and young-adult regional committee and VYPER staff are happy to present these applications for funding to youth (age 12-24) and organizations that involve youth in the Fraser Health region (Burnaby to Boston Bar).
VYPER’s mini-grants are designed to support the process of bringing together adults and youth/young-adults to develop Youth-Adult-Partnership Grant applications, including such activities as:
  • Participating youth and adults getting to know each other better and building trust
  • Developing community agreements about how youth and adults will work together
  • Developing and clarifying your project’s vision, mission, possible activities and outcome markers (VYPER staff are available for free application development workshops that touch on these areas.)
  • Producing and submitting your Youth-Adult-Partnership Grant application
Mini-grants will be for a maximum of $500, generally to cover honoraria for youth participation, food, and transportation costs.
Youth-Adult-Partnership Grants (
Rather than focus directly on funding projects or programs, this grant application is designed to support a vision and a mission – and then possible activities that are in line with that vision and mission. The reason we have chosen this approach is to help projects keep their focus on what they are working toward, rather than simply on what things they aim to do.
Youth-Adult-Partnership Grants will be for a maximum of $10,000.
If you are a youth or an organization with an idea for a youth-adult-partnership project, but you are not in contact with an organization or youth to partner with, VYPER can help. We have connections with organizations and youth across the region. Contact your local area facilitator ( or VYPER’s regional coordinator, Hayfa Abichahine, at or 778-840-4293 for help or with any questions.
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis, and as long as there are funds available.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.


Fraser Central

In Fraser Central, VYPER’s project manager, Brian Gross oversees the Abbotsford Area.



Brian Gross_June 2014

Brian Gross has been working with youth and young adults since he was a youth. His current positions have him managing local, area, and regional organizations and projects, including being co-chair of the Abbotsford Youth Health Centre, executive director of Impact Youth Substance Use Services (Abbotsford and Mission), manager of Youth Engaged for Sustainable Healthcare (YESH) engaging LGBTQ and allied youth (Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack), convenor of the Youth Addiction Knowledge Exchange (YAKE) community of practice (Fraser Health region-wide), and now manager of VYPER.

He is energized by people supporting each other to have moments of warmth and joy, understanding, collaboration and belonging. He has a Master’s degree in creative and critical writing, is finishing another Master’s degree in clinical counselling, and has had a career as a writer, composer, musician, performer and visual artist – as well as incorporating the creative arts into his work with youth and young adults.

In Mission, VYPER works in collaboration with the District of Mission and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to employ a local Youth-Adult-Partnership coordinator, Aimee Beauchamps (, who runs local youth groups usually on a weekly basis, and also connects local youth with the many regional VYPER opportunities that happen each month.

Please contact them if you are or know of a youth who might wish to get involved.

The area facilitators attend most of the youth-related committee meetings in the communities, but if they have missed something, please contact them to let them know!

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