What?

We are working with UBC students to create four community-based projects in and around Vancouver:

Education: We’re continuing to bring Aboriginal culture and educational institutions closer together.

Advocacy: We’re creating a culture of political participation at UBC: starting with promoting the municipal elections Saturday, October 20th. Further down the road it’s the 2019 Canadian federal election. In between there is sure to be incredible events you won’t want to miss! Look out for Amplify Vancouver and our future town hall events.

Tutoring: Starting in January 2019, Kite will be providing mentorship and tutoring services to underserved students in Vancouver’s public secondary schools. More information to come from the newly formed team!

Health Equity: Join by January to co-create it with our team!

We are also in a unique partnership with Bumpin Bakery, a project started by one of our co-founders, and now in its 5th year of operation. We assist them to scale their impact, offer them our professional development services, and send our volunteers their way; all of this will likely resulting in a merger between our Health Equity project and their Sunday activism.

We train our members and volunteers to learn how to make a lasting difference in any community. We host bi-weekly professional development sessions available to all of our volunteers on top of our busy schedules, bringing our educational and community development efforts full-circle.

 

Why? 

After establishing our first projects in Vancouver schools and Lima, Peru, we realized the need to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for UBC students that truly challenge the status quo. Furthermore, we understand the value of resource sharing and working internationally to develop our communities alongside other students.

UBC’s Next Century of operations “will protect the fundamental balance between people and places”, “focus on teaching students transferable skills”, and “mobilize positive change across the world… by connecting local and global efforts more effectively.” However, we will endeavor to be the one’s progressing the front-lines of it’s initiatives. The students working with Kite take their university experience into their own hands, and we all learn by doing.

We feel that all too often university students become educated solely with the intention of finding a job, which is often wasteful of their time and potential. So, Kite allows students to do more with their education and off-campus activities than just make money. We reveal opportunities for our team to engage in meaningful work before leaving campus for good. After all, what time other than during university can young, adaptable adults approach social problems with the means, motive and maturity to solve them?

Consistent social change is our calling, and our branch of Kite’s international network concerns itself with how novel approaches to age old issues in Vancouver can re-mediate them for good.

We envision a community of change-makers constantly being equipped with the skills and fortitude necessary to put their university education to good work. So, in turn, this vision creates our objectives.