Monday, 28 April 2014

Elephant Thoughts

Elephant Thoughts enables teachers to create change, both in Canada and abroad. We are a registered Canadian charity, founded in 2002 by a group of teachers, principals and other professional educators.

We are many things: a new form of charity built on principles of self-reliance and self-sustenance, a source of educational programs in the classroom and beyond, and a force for sustainable change in education both in Canada’s First Nations and in the developing world.

First and foremost, we are teachers. Everything we do is done in a spirit of education, with the intention of creating sustainable change. We are determined to bring positive impact to the lives of students everywhere. If you’re a teacher and you’d like to get involved, let us know.

As a teacher-run organization, we mandate that 75% of our voting membership consist of teachers, either active or retired. This helps us leverage the expertise of hundreds of teachers and education professionals to create some of the most effective and innovative educational programs offered in any school, anywhere.

We also have a store featuring educational toys hand selected by teachers. If you’re a teacher, you get an automatic 15% discount!

Elephant Thoughts currently works with schools in Ontario, in more than 70 First Nations and Inuit Communities across Canada, and in Nicaragua, Tanzania, Nepal, and India.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Status of Women Canada is launching a Call for Proposals deadline June 13, 2014

Status of Women Canada is launching a Call for Proposals  to invite organizations to submit a proposal for projects that will advance economic opportunities for women.


Projects under this Call for Proposals fall into three thematic areas:



·         Increasing or Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Entrepreneurial and Professional Women

·         Advancing Women in Various Sectors through Mentorship/Sponsorship

·         Collaborating to Advance the Financial Preparedness of Women




The deadline for applications under this Call for Proposals is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, June 13, 2014.



Please visit our website for more information at



Please find below the scheduled dates for the information sessions:



Conference Line: 1-877-413-4790

Conference ID Number: 3640924


Ottawa Time:  2:45pm to 3:45pm

April 30th, 2014

General Information

May 07th, 2014

General Information

May 15th, 2014

Application Procedures

May 20th, 2014


May 28th, 2014


June 05th, 2014

Questions Period


Should you require additional information relevant to your specific project, please feel free to contact the Aboriginal & National office at:


Telephone: 1-866-902-2719

Local: 819-420-6853


Funding to Assist Gang-involved Young Offenders Gain New Skills

Minister MacKay Announces Funding to Assist Gang-involved Young Offenders Gain New Skills

Funding support to help youth make a positive change in their lives and contribute to their communities

April 24, 2014 - Toronto, ON - Department of Justice Canada

Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $604,372 in funding to the Child Development Institute's Centre for Children Committing Offences (CCCO). The funding is supporting their Stop Now and Plan (SNAP®) for Youth in Custody project, which helps at-risk youth in custody to develop the necessary skills to resist gang involvement.

This funding, under the Youth Justice Initiative, encourages a fair and effective youth justice system, responds to emerging youth justice issues, and enables greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system, thereby promoting a holistic approach to helping youth.

Quick Facts

  • The SNAP® for Youth in Custody project is designed to improve self-control and problem-solving skills for youth in custody who are in gangs or are at risk of gang involvement.
  • The project also includes the development of web based modules and training for custody workers. The modules focus on engaging youth in custody with interesting and creative learning approaches by providing real-life scenarios designed to improve self-control, decision making skills and pro social strategies.
  • SNAP® stands for Stop Now and Plan. It is a cognitive-behavioural strategy developed over the past 25 years that helps children and parents regulate angry feelings by getting them to stop, think, and plan positive alternatives before they act impulsively. This project has adapted the SNAP® model for young offenders in custody.
  • Youth participants are involved in developing, implementing and evaluating activities, ensuring the program is relevant to these at-risk youth.
  • A total of $604,372 is being provided over four fiscal years - 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
  • The funding is being provided through the Youth Justice Fund's Guns, Gangs and Drugs component, which responds to youth involved in the justice system who are involved in, or vulnerable to, gun-, gang- and drug-related activities.
  • The Government is taking a multi-pronged approach to crime, by supporting projects such as this one to help reduce victimization by rehabilitating and reintegrating young offenders, as well as by introducing transformational legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights that would create, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime - a first in Canadian history.

Source:  Department of Justice.

The Jennifer Parnell Award for Youth Potential apply by June 1,2014

The Jennifer Parnell Award for Youth Potential

The Jennifer Parnell Award for Youth Potential recognizes youth who demonstrate initiative, personal development, and/or outstanding progress towards their individual goals. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2014.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board service-learning grant program apply by May 2,2014

Service learning grants available

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board service-learning grant program is now accepting applications. The grants range from $25,000 - $100,000 and are designed to create sustainable change in local communities across Canada and the United States. Public K-12, charter, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible, but must be able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. The deadline to apply is May 2, 2014.