Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
What will I learn in the CAN leadership program?
The CAN leadership training program includes learning about the big picture and building personal 'capacity' skills.
Big picture learning includes:
- Root causes of poverty.
- Levels of government and how we make change.
- Importance of grassroots and community involvement to impact change.
- Poverty reduction plan and strategy for BC and Vancouver.
- Introduction to key campaigns from community leaders.
- Guest speakers and more!
Targeted skill building includes:
- Public speaking: crafting your story.
- Media spokesperson training: best practises & your rights.
- Linking your lived experience to impactful advocacy for change.
- Opportunities for action in the PRC Community Action Network.
- Further resources on training for change and community organizing.
What are the entrance requirements?
- Passion for change and the ability to commit to the entire program is important.
- Applications are open to those who have experienced poverty.
- Space is limited.
- Spaces are first come first served and at the discretion of the program staff.
- No previous education or training required.
- Content geared for diverse learning styles and abilities.
- CAN will be offered in English.
Further Details About CAN...
- Mainly small group learning in a comfortable community space.
- Many opportunities for active participation!
Who should join CAN?
- A diversity of people who have experienced poverty in different ways.
- Priority registration for people living in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.
- People who have experienced poverty from the following groups:
- Seniors, Indigenous and racialized folks, women, parents in poverty;
- Single mothers, folks living with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ2S, gender non-specific folks.
- Folks who have experienced any of the following:
- Low wage work, precarious work, low welfare and disability rates;
- Access to education issues, not enough to eat, mental health issues and poverty;
- Health issues and poverty, childcare challenges, child poverty, homelessness and/or risk of homelessness.
When does the program start?
- Please get in touch with us to find out about the next CAN.
- CAN runs for seven weeks.
- There will be no more than one workshop per week.
- Workshops take place on Saturdays from 10:30-2:00pm
When do the workshops take place?
- Workshops will take place on Saturdays so everyone can attend.
- Saturday workshops run from 10:30-2:00pm with morning coffee, lunch and breaks.
- There will be a graduation luncheon and party in the seventh week.
Where will the program take place?
- The program will be held at Gordon Neighbourhood House.
- Gordon Neighbourhood House is located at 1019 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC, in the 'West End'.
Do I have to attend the whole program?
- Yes. The expectation is that registered participants attend all the workshops.
- If you have to miss a workshop for a valid reason, please let us know.
Are supports available to take this program?
- Yes. Healthy food, drinks, transportation, and childcare coverage available for all workshops.
- Eligibility for child care coverage includes direct custody of children in your care.
- Transportation coverage available to those who do not have subsidized transit passes.
- If you have unique needs, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can ensure your successful participation.
- Please contact us directly here. We look forward to hearing from you.