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  1. 1. June 19, 2014 Jennifer Branco, Executive Director The Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation 55 Stewart Street, Suite 114 Toronto, ON M5V 2V1 via email to: info@mpcf.ca Re: Request for donation in the amount of $5,000 for Crossing Gibraltar youth outreach Dear Ms. Branco, Thank you so much for your encouraging response to our letter of inquiry dated April 22, 2014. I am very pleased to submit CAHOOTS formal proposal to the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation (MPCF) for your review and consideration. Like MPCF, we value character-building very highly. Our youth outreach program, Crossing Gibraltar, is specifically focused on building the self-expression and self-esteem of a chronically under-served population in our own back yard young immigrants and refugees 16 to 25 years old. Our proposal requests $5,000 to offer arts education programming to 20 deserving young people with our Scarborough-based delivery partner, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. Crossing Gibraltar, experience has taught us, helps break down linguistic and cultural barriers, and better equips youth to connect and communicate in daily life. Please accept our thanks for the interest you have shown so far in helping young newcomers to Toronto and to Canada find their dignity, their potential, and their way to a bright, hopeful future. Yours Truly, CAHOOTS Theatre Company Michelle Yeung, President Encl: Proposal Crossing Gibraltar Information Sheet CAHOOTS Theatre Company Brochure Access Alliance Programs Booklet C.V.s for Catharine Hernandez and Marjorie Chan Sample Questionnaires Letter from Toronto Arts Council CAHOOTS 2013 Financial Statements Confirmation of Charitable Status CAHOOTS Board of Directors
  2. 2. Proposal to The Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation for Crossing Gibraltar A Youth Outreach Initiative of Submitted June 19, 2014 by Amani Alibrahim, Jackie Laurie, and Kate Ann Vandermeer
  3. 3. Proposal to The Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation June 2, 2015 Crossing Gibraltar CAHOOTS Theatre Company Page 2 Table of Contents EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ........................................................................................................... 3 INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................... 5 STATEMENT OF NEED ............................................................................................................ 6 PROJECT DESCRIPTION......................................................................................................... 7 PURPOSE STATEMENT.............................................................................................................. 7 GOAL ...................................................................................................................................... 7 OBJECTIVE .............................................................................................................................. 7 ACTIVITIES............................................................................................................................... 7 OUTCOMES.............................................................................................................................. 9 TIMELINE ................................................................................................................................10 RESOURCES ...........................................................................................................................11 EVALUATION PLAN ..................................................................................................................11 LOGIC MODEL CROSSING GIBRALTAR PROGRAM ....................................................................12 BUDGET...................................................................................................................................15 CONCLUSION..........................................................................................................................17 REFERENCES .........................................................................................................................18 APPENDICES...........................................................................................................................19 ADDITIONAL ATTACHMENTS................................................................................................19
  4. 4. Proposal to The Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation June 2, 2015 Crossing Gibraltar CAHOOTS Theatre Company Page 3 Crossing Gibraltar is a great program which allows me to express my thoughts and ideas in a way that I normally cant. It is the greatest opportunity that I have ever received. Being a refugee in Canada is difficult. I enjoy giving back and encouraging those who watched our performance. Qiyan Y. (right) a past Crossing Gibraltar participant, who later became a program facilitator, sharing a laugh with a new friend. Executive Summary Understanding that two pillars of the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation (MPCF) are to build character and prioritize those with the fewest resources at home, CAHOOTS Theatre Company (CAHOOTS) is pleased to invite your support for the deserving but underserved and under-resourced youth that we have taken to our hearts, right here in Toronto. They are immigrant and refugee youth between 16 and 25, who possess all the vitality and character necessary to build stellar new lives in this city, but lack the financial resources and established social network that we longer term residents tend to take for granted. In keeping with our own 27-year mandate of creating, developing and producing new works that investigate the complexities and intersections of Canadas cultural diversity, CAHOOTS offers these newcomer youth a novel theatre arts outreach program called Crossing Gibraltar. In a fun social setting, the program helps dissolve linguistic and cultural barriers and diffuse the participants sensations of displacement and isolation. Participants courageously present their own stories of exodus. And according to the qualitative research we collect through their entry and exit interviews, they leave with greater confidence, fresh tools for self-expression, plus enduring connections to both Art itself and their newfound community. Founded in 2006, Crossing Gibraltar has since enjoyed the support and generosity of many community partners. Planning is under way now for CAHOOTS 2015 offering of Crossing Gibraltar, and were delighted to advise MPCF that Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services (Access Alliance) will be partnering with us to deliver it. Access Alliance brings 25 years of experience helping Torontos diverse communities achieve health with dignity, which has given them a robust acquaintance with local newcomer youth. Additionally, they will be donating the workshop facilities and personnel for outreach and administration for eight (8) consecutive Saturdays between October and December 2015. In 2015, CAHOOTS is also endeavouring to enhance Crossing Gibraltar with community enrichment activities, excursions to two (2) thoughtfully selected professional theatre performances that would otherwise remain far out of reach for our participants and their families. Specific consideration will be given to selecting a genre of performance dance, for example that will transcend most linguistic or cultural barriers. To that end, weve approached Nova Dance and Young Peoples Theatre, and are awaiting confirmation that they will significantly discount the cost of the requisite tickets. Importantly, tickets to these performances will not only be made available to the youth engaged in this program but also to their families; the outcomes for which we strive will have an extended reach.
  5. 5. Proposal to The Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation June 2, 2015 Crossing Gibraltar CAHOOTS Theatre Company Page 4 This is MPCFs opportunity to make a grand entrance, with a gift of $5,000 to the enhanced 2015 program, and an introduction to 20 extraordinary youngsters with inspirational tales of trial and triumph in crossing their own personal Gibraltars. We know MPCF appreciates that diverse cultures and communities helped create Torontos identity as a vibrant global city. We suspect you also share our commitment to ensuring young newcomers settle and integrate into the citys social, economic and cultural landscape ... where they reflect back creativity, resilience and a pioneering spirit that benefits us all. Please dont hesitate to contact us for clarification or additional information pertaining to this proposal: Kate Ann Vandermeer General Manager e: kateann@cahoots.ca p: 416.203.9000 CAHOOTS Theatre Company 388 Queen Street East, Unit 3, Toronto, ON M5A 1T3
  6. 6. Proposal to The Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation June 2, 2015 Crossing Gibraltar CAHOOTS Theatre Company Page 5 51% of those living in Toronto are immigrants, as compared with the Canadian rate of 21%. One third of immigrants in Toronto are newcomers, having arrived in Canada in the past 10 years. Residents of Toronto identified with over 230 different ethnic origins. Source: 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada Introduction Even in a city as diverse and welcoming as Toronto, which every year tens of thousands of people choose as their new home, immigration is a challenging experience. Many young newcomers are fleeing nightmarish war or violence. Often they have left behind extended families and the comforts of familiar political institutions and support systems. For the majority, neither English nor French is their first language. Language, together with significant cultural differences, can make it very difficult for them to attend school, find friends, secure employment, or get involved in stress-relieving recreational activities. Cost is also a barrier to newcomers