Vancouver Island University is partnering with Island Savings to enhance programs for children and youth in the Harewood community.
Island Savings is giving and additional $2,500 for VIU’s new Centre for Community Outreach and Care.
The outreach centre was created in 2012 to provide practical experience for VIU’s child and youth care students and to serve Harewood families. Ashleigh Martinflatt, the centre’s coordinator, said support from Island Savings is invaluable because the centre didn’t have a budget to continue services.
The money will help support three projects initiated by fourth-year child and youth care students: a youth mental health project, a queer, transgender and transitioning youth group and a Here to There social justice initiative.