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Community Action in Saint John: Making a Difference in the Lives of Young People

Community Story by Anne Makhoul

The Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) in Saint John is a Vibrant Communities convenor agency concerned with the welfare of teenagers who are pregnant or have children. Anne Makhoul explains that BCAPI began in 1997 in response to the high rate of poverty in Saint John. BCAPI collaborated with other community organizations already working on teen pregnancy: it focused on breaking the cycle of poverty by addressing its root causes. BCAPI acts as an agent for change: it lends the strength of the business community to discussions with government officials and helps accelerate policy and program changes community organizations propose.

According to Makhoul, exposing teens to the realities of parenting was considered a good starting point. She describes initiatives undertaken by BCAPI to raise awareness among teenagers of pregnancy and parenting issues. Makhoul also explains how the community organizations focused on providing support to pregnant teens by teaching them how to parent and providing quality, affordable child care so teens can continue their education. BCAPI has received national recognition for its work.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Anne Makhoul;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2005; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Municipal; National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Children & Family / Standard of Living
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Social Services
Policy Articles / Children & Family / Standard of Living / 2005
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Social Services / 2005
Policy Articles / Children & Family
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities

Keywords / Tags:

anti-poverty; poverty; Vibrant Communities; Saint John; teen pregnancy; parenting; child care; poverty reduction;