We’re now accepting Expressions of Interest!

We are pleased to announce that from now until November 26, 2019, we will be accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from organizations that share Foundry’s vision of transforming health and social services for young people and their families.

As part of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ “A Pathway to Hope,” Foundry is looking to partner with organizations across BC to open and operate a minimum of six new Foundry centres.

If you are a non-profit organization or health and social system agency serving youth, (including First Nations, Métis, and Urban Indigenous organizations) we encourage you to send in an Expression of Interest (EOI) by no later than 4 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. If you are a young person, family member, or other community member who knows of a strong organization in your community, please encourage them to submit an EOI.

Read the Submission Guide

Read Foundry’s Developmental Evaluation

Read the Community Q&As (Questions submitted by interested communities)

Watch “Our Advice for Organizations Considering a Foundry Centre”

Download the Information Guide for Youth and Families
A document that will provide youth and families information on Foundry and the expansion process to support your engagement.

Read the Guide on Compensating Individuals with Lived Experience

Download the EOI Template

What is Foundry?

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Foundry is a network of community-based centres and online tools & resources, enabling young people 12-24 to access mental health and substance use support, primary care, peer support and social services from a single place.

Foundry’s vision is to transform access to services for young people aged 12-24 in BC.

Foundry’s mission is to improve care pathways for young people through individualized, integrated health and social services. Guided by shared values and through an evidence-informed approach, we work with communities to improve access to quality care by establishing partnerships to create one-stop health and social service centres across BC. Foundry offers a consistent yet tailored experience for every young person and family member who enters our network of care, empowering them to optimize their health and well-being.

Foundry is creating an experience of care that embraces, empowers and supports youth. It’s a place where young people and their families are welcomed without judgment. At Foundry, our care providers are looking for opportunities to make connections. Our aim is to provide same-day support instead of waitlists. Our integrated model puts youth at the centre of their own journey – our Foundry team works with each young person to determine what services and supports would best help their wellness journey.

Currently, eight centres are open in Vancouver, Campbell River, Kelowna, Vancouver North Shore (North and West Vancouver), Prince George, Victoria, Penticton and Abbotsford, with three more in development, resulting in a total of 11 Foundry centres across BC.

As part of “A Pathway to Hope: B.C.’s mental health roadmap”, Foundry received funding to open an additional eight centres, which will bring the total number of Foundry centres to 19.

Who We Are

Our Approach

Background

WHY SHOULD I SUBMIT AN EOI?

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Young British Columbians are full of promise and potential, but face challenges to their wellness – including higher rates of mental illness and substance use than any other age group. In Canada, an estimated 70% of mental health problems begin during childhood or adolescence. And while one in five young people aged 15-24 report experiencing mental illness or substance use problems, fewer than 25% actually receive appropriate services.

Foundry responds by drawing on the strengths of communities, fostering a model that encourages organizations to work together and deliver care that is non-judgmental, team-based, and centred around young people and families.

I find myself having a difficult time not describing Foundry like it’s some kind of miracle, but I guess that’s because I truly believe it is. I think every community needs a Foundry, or something similar to it, all around the world. Maybe then we’d have less youth struggling in pain all on their own. Maybe then the world would learn to be a little kinder, if the generation after us – the now – nurtured each other just as Foundry does. The world that youth are growing up in today is far different from the world our parents grew up in, and Foundry knows that. It wants to help, sincerely, asking for nothing in return.

I volunteer for my local YAC (Youth Advisory Committee), and by extension the OG-YAC (Organizational Governance Youth Advisory Committee), because I believe sincerely that good deeds beget good deeds. This, in a way, is how I repay the centre for all it has done for me, and continues to do for me as I continue to use its services. I don’t have to do this, but I am genuinely motivated to do so, even despite the obstacles in my way that make it more difficult for me to function in general. I want to help, I want to embody the values that is Foundry in my day to day life.

Selfless kindness, meaningful assistance, asking for nothing in return but the satisfaction of knowing you helped someone, one way or another. – Tooth, Provincial Youth Advisory Member, Foundry North Shore

While we have accomplished much together, we are still a young initiative. We have a lot to learn, and welcome continual feedback. By joining the Foundry network, your community, partners, and organization will contribute your unique knowledge and experience to the larger provincial movement.

WHO CAN SUBMIT AN EOI?

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Non-profit and health and social system organizations/ agencies serving youth, including First Nations, Métis, and Urban Indigenous service-providers, are eligible to express interest.

Existing Lead Agencies within the Foundry network are eligible to express their interest for a second Foundry centre provided the second centre serves a distinct catchment of young people that is different from those served by their existing centre. To avoid conflicts of interest, existing Lead Agencies submitting an EOI must recuse themselves from participating in any aspect of the network’s involvement in the expansion process.

Municipalities with large populations (e.g. Vancouver, Surrey), are advised to define a distinct catchment, community, neighbourhood and/or town centre to be served by their Foundry centre. These municipalities may eventually have more than one Foundry centre if each centre is serving a distinct neighbourhood or town centre.

Ineligibility: For-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions are ineligible to submit an EOI but may partner with local community agencies submitting an EOI.

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN EOI?

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Before filling out the EOI Template, we advise you to review our Submission Guide, our Developmental Evaluation, our Community Q&A, and watch “Our Advice for Organizations Considering a Foundry Centre”. The EOI Template contains instructions on how to submit your EOI.

Read the Submission Guide

Read Foundry’s Developmental Evaluation

Read the Community Q&As (Questions submitted by interested communities)

Watch “Our Advice for Organizations Considering a Foundry Centre”

Download the Information Guide for Youth and Families
A document that will provide youth and families information on Foundry and the expansion process to support your engagement.

Read the Guide on Compensating Individuals with Lived Experience

Download the EOI Template 

WHEN IS THE EOI SUBMISSION DEADLINE?

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Please submit your completed EOI by no later than 4 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 via email. More details on submission are included in the EOI Template.

I’VE READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDE, FAQS, AND DEVELOPMENTAL EVALUATION BUT I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS. WHO CAN I CONTACT?

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In an effort to make this process equitable for all communities, we’re taking steps to ensure consistency in the information we provide. As such, we ask that communities send in their questions through this online form, which we will then provide responses to on our Community Q&A page.

We advise communities to follow this process for EOI-related questions. Foundry will not answer questions sent through other avenues e.g., Foundry centres, Foundry central office, social media, email, etc.

CAN I TOUR A FOUNDRY CENTRE?

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We encourage you to watch this 360° video tour of Foundry Abbotsford. Additionally, please read through our Submission Guide, our Developmental Evaluation, our Community Q&A, and watch “Our Advice for Organizations Considering a Foundry Centre“.

While we understand you may wish to tour a Foundry centre during this EOI process, tours are not currently being offered in order to protect the privacy of young people and their families. Please do not contact an open centre to arrange a tour.

 

"A Pathway to Hope" announced eight new Foundry centres. Why is this EOI only for six?

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The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ “A Pathway to Hope,”  announced eight new Foundry centres to be identified over the next three years. This EOI process will lead to the identification of a minimum of six. Plans for as many as two other sites will be announced on a future date.

 

 

WE INVITE INTERESTED COMMUNITIES TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS THROUGH OUR ONLINE FORM

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