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Vanessa's dedication and inner strength helped her reach her goal

Vanessa is a youth staying with us at Rights of Passage (ROP) who recently registered for school. She was feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of juggling work and school and had told me she felt as though she may not be able to pass her test that morning.

Before she left for school that morning, I asked her how she was feeling about her test. She responded by saying “I am going to fail; I’m just not smart enough!” I told her “I know you will do well. I’ve seen you studying hard for this”. She left that morning frantically in a hurry to make it to her test on time and appeared to be anxious and fearful of the morning ahead.

The following week Vanessa came running up to me with a huge smile on her face and said “guess what, you know that test I had last week? I got an A, I can’t believe it, the teacher even wrote great job on it!”   Vanessa has faced multiple barriers in her life, including a physical disability and mental health diagnosis. As a youth worker, it was so nice to be able to share that moment of accomplishment with her and see the confidence boost and sense of self-worth after seeing that her hard work paid off.

ROP supports young people working towards independent living and this is something Vanessa had accomplished all on her own. We may have been there to support her but her own dedication and inner strength is what had helped her reach her goal.

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Here's your chance to warm up and support Covenant House Vancouver!

Three Kwantlen Marketing Management students have launched a men’s and women’s fashion scarf business for their practicum where 5% of profits go directly to Covenant House Vancouver. Here's your chance to warm up with a fashionable scarf and support Covenant House at the same time!

To learn more about "Your Necks Best Thing" or to purchase a scarf click here. You can also visit them on Facebook.

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Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week in B.C.

The week of March 10th- 16th 2014 recognizes the importance of supporting communities to develop prevention, education, enforcement and intervention strategies to address the sexual exploitation of children and youth. Activities include a fuchsia ribbon campaign and local school and community-based events held throughout the province.

Also check out this Crime Prevention Information booklet designed to assist service providers, parents/guardians, teachers, and others who are working to help prevent children and youth from being sexually exploited or to help them leave situations that are exploitative in nature.

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Tomorrow is International Women's Day 2014

"The idea for an International Women's Day arose around the turn of the 20th century out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. Between 1913 and 1917, women in Russia and elsewhere in Europe began to celebrate the day as well.

Over time, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. The theme was expanded by the United Nations in 1975 with the International Women's Year. By 1977, the United Nations had adopted a resolution designating March 8 as International Women's Day. Today, International Women's Day is a national holiday in many countries and celebrated in many more.

Each year, March 8 and the week of March 8 provide an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world." - Taken from Status of Women Canada

To learn more about International Women's Day and what events are taking place around the world click here. To learn what more about Canada's involvement in International Women's Day click here.

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