VSEAL is proud to have forged long-standing partnerships with a diverse range of host organizations, including schools, women’s and Native women’s shelters, community centres, extracurricular educational facilities, and more. Our partnerships allow the Poetry for Our Future! program direct access to specific underserved communities in need within Montreal, and elsewhere in Canada. These partnerships contribute to our work by connecting our facilitators with the populations who would benefit from our program.
Working with youth & young adults
Spectrum Productions works with individuals, both children and adults, who are on the autism spectrum. Learning experiences focus on creativity through film and media production, offering participants the chance to express themselves individually through storytelling, while also promoting a collaborative mindset, and technological skillset. Activities are organized as summer camp and weekend retreats, as well as after-school workshops for children and social clubs for adults.
LaSalle Elementary School is committed to educating the whole child within a safe, kind and bilingual environment, fostering success for all. The school provides a quality learning environment which encourages each child to develop to their full potential and foster within them a sense of community. They seek to instill the joy of lifelong learning within their students and strive to guide them to become critical thinkers, confident and responsible members of society who respect and appreciate diversity.
TYNDALE ST GEORGES COMMUNITY CENTRE
Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre aims to empower the community, with a strong focus on children and youth.It offers programs designed to promote self-reliance, mutual aid, and fulfillment through educational, cultural, social, and recreational activities. It positions itself as a supportive network within the community through struggles and successes.
PERSPECTIVES II OUTREACH HIGH SCHOOL
Perspectives II Outreach High School is a special needs school that offers a nurturing, safe, and non-intimidating learning environment in order to foster individual academic success and to help students acquire appropriate social and behavioural skills.
Focus is concentrated on literacy, remediation, and different strategies for reintegration into regular classes, consistently taking individual students’ needs and goals into account.
SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN COMMUNITY CENTRE (SAWCC) & SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH (SAY)
South Asian Women Community Centre (SAWCC), South Asian Youth (SAY), is an anti-racist and feminist organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls of South Asian origin living in Montreal.
It provides emotional support, practical advice, and informative workshops to counter discrimination and to facilitate the process of integrating into a new country. The aim is to create an accessible community of confident, independent, and motivated women and girls.
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia is a resource centre for student and community research and organizing. They strive to raise awareness and support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental issues. Their work is rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice. They seek to make campus-community links and inspire social change through engaging, inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches.
PROJECT 10: PROJET 10
Project 10: Projet 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual, and mental well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, and questing youth and adults between 14-25 years of age.
It offers workshops, support groups, resources, practical advice, a safe space to share experiences and be heard, and a sense of community.
Working with adults
NATIVE WOMEN'S SHELTER OF MONTREAL
Since its incorporation in 1987, the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal has provided shelter and support to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and their children. The shelter provides an environment where women can focus on their various challenges and rebuild their lives. In-house programs combined with outreach services help in the healing process of women, while assisting them in re-establishing a balanced lifestyle.
Chez Doris is a Montreal charity home offering daytime shelter, seven days a week for all women in difficulty.
It provides meals, respite, clothing, practical assistance, and socio-recreational activities for women in need of a safe space, and for those avoiding or escaping homelessness. Fostering a secure and accepting environment, Chez Doris helps women to build or rebuild their lives with support and respect.
Reclaim Literacy is a community-based, not-for-profit based in St-Henri, Montreal, that provides free and confidential literacy services to English-speaking adult learners ranging from 30-85 years.
It accommodates adults who might not have been able to attend school earlier on due to ill-health, child care considerations, work schedule conflicts, or other factors, and allows them to achieve their literacy goals, often leading to further career advancement.
THE WORD ON THE STREET
The Word On the Street is a Toronto-based literary festival, featuring a wide range of author readings, discussions, and panels.
It hosts a marketplace that represents publishing houses, small presses, and literary journals, as well as a community learning tent with literacy and creative writing activities and workshops for children and adults.
Native Montreal is a service center founded by Indigenous people for Indigenous people and is associated to the Regroupement des centre d’amitié autochtone du Québec and to the National Association of friendship centers. The center, which targets the urban Aboriginal population in the greater Montreal area, offers over a dozen programs and services. Native Montréal achieves its Mission by: promoting and supporting cultural development and recognition of Indigenous culture; providing high quality support and services in health and healthy lifestyle; education and personal development; social economy and economic development. Native Montreal’s vision is for holistically healthy and culturally vibrant Indigenous families, individuals and community fully participating in the urban fabric of Montreal and successfully fulfilling their life goals, all in an active spirit of reconciliation.
THE YELLOW DOOR
The original purpose of The Yellow Door (at the time, YMCA of McGill), incorporated by a motion of Parliament in 1904, was to promote morality, religion, and social intercourse at the university. Later on, as the organization became more independent and the focus strayed from Christian values, their name was changed to The Yellow Door and the whole of the downtown core became our workplace.
Today, the spirit of social intercourse has become the main focus of the organization. They aim to promote social inclusion of all ages through creative projects, music, mindfulness, and food. They see all generations of Montréal citizens taking charge and becoming innovators of our community- promoting dialogue where there is none, sharing ideas and projects to solve social issues, or even simply meeting new friends.