We've partnered with Threshold Housing Society to create transitional housing for youth at risk of being homeless at the society's Threshold House. Through our investment, we're helping to break the cycle of homelessness in the Capital Region District and enabling young people to make a healthier transition into adulthood.
- Help house, long-term, youth between the ages of 16-24 who are at risk of being homeless.
- In addition to our commitment to support Threshold House, Coast Capital has provided eight grants to Threshold Housing Society, primarily in support of their Safe Housing and Self Worth workshop programs, which provide life-skills support to youth so they can complete their education, conduct job searches and manage mental health issues.
Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection
Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection provides support to early-stage ventures through, coaching and mentoring, and the Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize Competition.
- Since launching in 2008: over 250 start-ups have received early-stage incubation support to turn ideas into real, scalable ventures.
- Over 17,000students, alumni and members of the public have been engaged in Venture Connection programs and events.
- To date, Venture Connection has provided 6,000 mentorships hours including financial workshops to help venture participants build sustainable business opportunities.
Coast Capital Savings Youth Entrepreneurship Award
This youth entrepreneurship award provides $5,000 to an up-and-coming entrepreneur (KPU student or recent alumni) who is launching or operating their own business. The finalists pitch their start-up business plan to a panel of industry experts.
- Launched in 2015, this new award has provided much needed financial support to two start-up ventures to date.
Coast Capital has partnered with VIU in the creation of a Ceremonial Convocation Suite designed by renowned artist Arthur Vickers, with the goal of inspiring and celebrating future generations of students, graduates and alumni.
- The Ceremonial Convocation Suite includes the Chancellor's chair known as the "The Keeper of Wisdom and Knowledge" and the President & Vice-Chancellor's chair known as "The Keeper of Knowledge". When students walk up to receive their degrees from the Ceremonial Parchment Bentcorner Box (Huupukwanum), their imprint will leave a lasting legacy of their achievement on the ancient wood of the box.
Coast Capital Peer Resource and Leadership Centre
Coast Capital supports student leadership initiatives at UFV including the Coast Capital Peer Resource and Leadership Centre. The Centre offers student peer-to-peer counselling and crisis intervention, and an idea incubator that provides support and guidance to students seeking to launch student initiatives.
- Since 2008, hundreds of students have both delivered and participated in a wide range of leadership training and peer mentorship programs.