KEY SOCIAL ISSUE WORK
Children and Youth Mental Health
We are deep into the experimentation phase of our children and youth mental health work. Throughout this quarter, the team has been testing risky assumptions across a range of ideas geared to solve two major opportunities:
- Improving access to mental health services and support
- Addressing underserved market
We have engaged multiple stakeholders including non-profit organizations, corporations, citizens, and volunteers. We are currently looking for new volunteers with specific skill sets such as Software Development, Cyber Security, and Data Science.
If you have a matching skill set and are interested in volunteering, please contact Monique Blough.
This year, we began exploring possibilities around the social issue of poverty. We have been pleased to partner with the Canadian Poverty Institute who has provided valuable insights to guide the Lab in identifying the greatest areas of opportunity for impact. Please stay tuned for opportunities to engage in this work in late Spring 2019.
The Inspire program kicked off this month with two new cohorts of non-profit participants.
We are excited to be working with the participating teams of Alzheimer Society, Carya, Centre for Newcomers, Discovery House, Families Matter Society, HomeFront Calgary, McMan, Momentum, and Sunrise Link / BowWest.
Alberta Social Innovation
Spirits of Gold
In February, the Lab team took part in Spirits of Gold, an annual awards ceremony hosted by United Way of Calgary and Area. We tested one of our children and youth mental health ideas and engaged more than 100 individuals in our experiment at the event, providing valuable feedback to our work.
Founders on Purpose Podcast
Our co-founder, Kevin Drinkwater sat down with Andrew Moss of Founders on Purpose for Episode 2 of his podcast series to tell his story about how the Lab came to be. Kevin is a great storyteller so we highly recommend giving his episode a listen!
Our Open House
To celebrate J5 and The Social Impact Lab’s new home, we co-hosted an open house earlier this month. Guests had the opportunity to tour the space and peek into what we’ve been working on. If you missed the open house and would like to see our new space, let us know at email@example.com.