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Working together to effect change

At Momentum we are all about partnerships. We work in partnership with program participants towards sustainable livelihoods. We work with financial partners to fund our programs. And, we work with community partners to effect meaningful change in our communities and in the lives of people living on low incomes.
Over 200 organizations working together towards poverty reduction is pretty impressive. Each nonprofit organization in Calgary has its own mission and strategy for achieving that mission, but the end goal is pretty much the same: to make our communities, and the lives of the people that make up those communities, better.
One such community partner is the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY). CBFY works to engage immigrant youth and families in fulfilling their potential in Canada—bridging the journey from life elsewhere to life as a Canadian.
Many people come to Canada to make a better life for themselves and their families but starting over in a new country can come with challenges. There are a lot of boxes to check when moving to a new country—learning the language, upgrading skills and credentials, processing paperwork, finding employment, etc—and many newcomers find themselves struggling financially while getting settled.
These are the cases where a partnership between Momentum and CBFY comes into play. CBFY works with youth and their families to make as seamless as possible a transition into Canadian culture, while Momentum offers opportunities to build money management skills, launch a small business or start a career in the trades.
What does this partnership look like for the average person new to Canada?
Jesus Araujo learned about Momentum’s Trades Training program while he was working with an In School Settlement Worker at CBFY. He graduated from the Heavy Duty Technician stream and is now indentured in his trade.
Read Jesus’ story in the CBFY 2014 annual report.