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Tupper Nova: Technology $6,850
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Tupper Nova: Technology  $6,850

Located on the east side of Vancouver, Tupper Nova Alternative Program supports 25 youth aged 14-18 from across the district. We are a low barrier school program with a mandate of re-engaging disconnected learners with significant attendance challenges (often having missed between 6 months - several years of school). The students are also highly resilient in the face of complex personal, socio-economic, and mental health issues. They need assignments where they can utilize some of the literacy they already possess: namely digital and technological.

The purpose of this project is to address issues of disconnection by providing access to Technology/Literacy materials that help ignite the learning process. We believe in following students' passions through project-based learning. Passion projects give a sense of ownership of the learning process, and motivate youth to participate and attend. Therefore, our goal is for students to engage in and complete projects involving photography, tablet sketching, drawing, and reading graphic novels. Our expected outcomes are increased attendance and increased course completion towards graduation.

Items to be purchased with funding:

$3,600 = 8 tablets with styluses, Wacom or Huion, about $450.00 each
$1,300 = 1 desktop computer for editing illustrations and photos, iMac.
$1,600 = 5 DSLR cameras for photography and stop-motion animation, $300-400 each.
$350 = 10-15 graphic novels to build school library and demonstrate a variety of drawing and illustration styles

For a decade, Adopt-a-School's primary focus has been on ensuring that students aren’t hungry, are clothed and have learning experiences that will enable them to fulfill their potential. The Vancouver Sun and its readers recognized and responded to the pressing needs of children and youth. Since 2011, readers have recognized how hard it is to learn when you’re hungry and have donated around $6.5 million to the Adopt-a-School campaigns.

But as COVID has highlighted, learning is harder still without the necessary technology and tools. During the pandemic, more than ever, children and youth are suffering with anxiety and depression.  They need safe spaces to go and schools can be that. And if schools are forced to close again, how many families won’t have what their children need to Zoom to class or do their homework?

The applications here are requests for technology and literacy tools to help support the students' education. Not as urgent as food security, perhaps, but equally necessary for the ongoing development of these children.

Any designated donations received for these technology and literacy programs will be disbursed to assist the schools with their needs.

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