VSEAL collaborates with a vibrant cross-section of host organizations including schools, shelters, community centres, extracurricular educational facilities, and more, in order for the Poetry for our Future! workshop series to reach as wide a range of demographics as possible. Below are brief introductions to some of the organizations VSEAL is fortunate to partner with.
Spectrum Productions works with individuals, both children and adults, who are on the autism spectrum. Learning experiences focus on creativity through film and media production, offering participants the chance to express themselves individually through storytelling, while also promoting a collaborative mindset, and technological skillset.
Activities are organized as summer camp and weekend retreats, as well as after-school workshops for children and social clubs for adults.
ST. LAWRENCE ACADEMY JUNIOR
St. Lawrence Academy Junior is an elementary school based in LaSalle.
Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre aims to empower the community, with a strong focus on children and youth.
It offers programs designed to promote self-reliance, mutual aid, and fulfillment through educational, cultural, social, and recreational activities. It positions itself as a supportive network within the community through struggles and successes.
Perspectives II Outreach High School is a special needs school that offers a nurturing, safe, and non-intimidating learning environment in order to foster individual academic success and to help students acquire appropriate social and behavioural skills.
Focus is concentrated on literacy, remediation, and different strategies for reintegration into regular classes, consistently taking individual students' needs and goals into account.
SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN COMMUNITY CENTRE (SAWCC) & SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH (SAY)
South Asian Women Community Centre (SAWCC), and its subproject South Asian Youth (SAY), is an anti-racist and feminist organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls of South Asian origin living in Montreal.
It provides emotional support, practical advice, and informative workshops to counter discrimination and to facilitate the process of integrating into a new country. The aim is to create an accessible community of confident, independent, and motivated women and girls.
The Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle is a community-based organization serving children and youth 3-18 years, focusing on building self-esteem, leadership skills, and healthy communication, all within a safe and respectful environment.
Workshops are structured around extracurricular and recreational, age-appropriate activities. The Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle believes that it takes strong individuals to build a strong community so that supporting children now is a way of investing in the future.
PROJECT 10: PROJET 10
Project 10: Projet 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual, and mental well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, and questing youth and adults between 14-25 years of age.
It offers workshops, support groups, resources, practical advice, a safe space to share experiences and be heard, and a sense of community.
ASSOCIATION QUÉBÉCOISE DES PERSONNES APHASIQUES
Association Québécoise des Personnes Aphasiques aims to support people with aphasia beyond mere rehabilitation, fostering social ties in order to break isolation and to develop autonomy. AQPA offers caregiving services, confidential advice and support, and hosts recreational activities and educational workshops.
Chez Doris is a Montreal charity home offering daytime shelter, seven days a week for all women in difficulty.
It provides meals, respite, clothing, practical assistance, and socio-recreational activities for women in need of a safe space, and for those avoiding or escaping homelessness. Fostering a secure and accepting environment, Chez Doris helps women to build or rebuild their lives with support and respect.
Reclaim Literacy is a community-based, not-for-profit based in St-Henri, Montreal, that provides free and confidential literacy services to English-speaking adult learners ranging from 30-85 years.
It accommodates adults who might not have been able to attend school earlier on due to ill-health, child care considerations, work schedule conflicts, or other factors, and allows them to achieve their literacy goals, often leading to further career advancement.
THE WORD ON THE STREET
The Word On the Street is a Toronto-based literary festival, featuring a wide range of author readings, discussions, and panels.
It hosts a marketplace that represents publishing houses, small presses, and literary journals, as well as a community learning tent with literacy and creative writing activities and workshops for children and adults.
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