DRAFT. SKIP Overview. July 2010. CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY Any use of this material without specific permission is strictly prohibited. Contents. What is SKIP? What are our key priorities? What has been achieved so far? What’s next for SKIP? How are we organized?. What is SKIP?.
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DRAFT SKIP Overview July 2010 CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY Any use of this material without specific permission is strictly prohibited
Contents • What is SKIP? • What are our key priorities? • What has been achieved so far? • What’s next for SKIP? • How are we organized?
What is SKIP? Overview Vision A. Overview of SKIP • SKIP was founded in September 2009 and stands for the Special Kids Inspiration Program • It is a social support organization for youth and children with special needs (and their caregivers) in the Ismaili community in Ontario, and focuses on inclusion, advocacy and empowerment • SKIP is a beneficiary-driven organization that has been shaped by a Parent Steering Committee and a Youth Steering Committee Our vision is a community where Ismaili children & youth with disabilities (and their caregivers) are valued equally, listened to and included. We want all of our children & youth with disabilities (and their caregivers) to have the opportunity to reach their full potential with a dignified quality of life
What are our key priorities? A. Overview of SKIP Short-term Goals (2009-2010) Long-Term Goals (2010-2013) • Launch SKIP to 5 other regions in Canada • Expand membership (e.g., 2,000 members nationally) • Expand service offering by linking with external partners (e.g. Down syndrome association, Autism society, Special Olympics, diversity employment opportunities, etc.) • Formalize SKIP in Ontario to ensure sustainability over the long haul – this will include a formal organizational structure and alignment as required institutionally; begin laying the foundation in other provinces • Grow and engage our membership to include at least 500 children / youth with disabilities and their caregivers with at least 6-8 connectivity events held this year (based on feedback from our parent and youth steering committees) • Raise awareness for SKIP members and formally advocate for 2-3 core issues (to be determined by our parent and youth steering committees) on behalf of our membership • Develop a professional advisory network to supplement institutional support for SKIP members (e.g., financial planning, educational guidance, tutoring)
What has been achieved so far? • Grown to ~200+ members since Sept 2009 with new members being added daily! • Implementing outreach strategy to continue this growth (including JK announcements, Youth ambassador program, etc.) Membership Growth & Strategy • Hosted seminars on Disability Estate and Financial Planning • Negotiated preferred rates for SKIP families with professional advisors • Monthly newsletter Education Channels Connectivity Events • Hosted 7 social connectivity and skill building events, including: • Sailing trip • Halloween party • Family harmony • Craft night • Movie night • Music party • World Partnership Walk Dedicated Volunteers & Professional Advisors Beneficiary-Driven Priorities • Recruited 30+ youth and professional volunteers who organize and attend every event and lend expertise (e.g., teachers, social workers, OTs, PTs, MDs) as required • Developed 2 separate steering committees with ~5-10 members each (Youth and Parents) who helped us set near-term and long-term priorities
What’s next for SKIP? 2011-2012 Roll out to balance of Canada Late 2010-2011 Formalize & develop external partnerships 2010 Focus on Ontario / Initiate SKIP in other regions • January 2011: Build a dedicated leadership team at National level; leverage SKIP best practices to recruit members and promote awareness; drive Global awareness for SKIP in our institutions • January 2012:Ensure that SKIP is fully institutionalized in local Councils and that budget is provided • July 2012: Finalize National Council seat for SKIP for National Convener on Social welfare board for new term • October 2010: Formalize National SKIP organizational structure and team; Build out external partnerships for SKIP • January 2011: Leverage SKIP Ontario best practices to recruit members and promote awareness in other regions • December 2011:Ensure that SKIP is fully institutionalized in local Councils and that budget is provided • July 2010: Formalize leadership team and strategy for membership recruitment • July 2010: Coordinate launch of SKIP in BC and AB; building off of Ontario learnings • August 2010:Inclusion – Develop formalized event calendar • September 2010: Empowerment – Define and build service offering to improve access to opportunities • October 2010:Advocacy - Design and begin promotion of policy initiatives • December 2010: Ensure that SKIP is fully institutionalized in Council for Ontario and that budget is provided
How are we organized? Frequency of Interaction: Composition: Support development of national strategy to scale effort Aga Khan Social Welfare Board for Canada: National SKIP Convener Focal point of local coordination to operationalize strategy Ontario Program Manager Professional Advisory Committee Steering Committee - local Operations Committee • Teacher • Physician • Social Worker • Lawyer • Accountant • Financial Advisor • …. • ~5 members, Parent Steering Committee • ~5 members, Youth Steering Committee • JK logistics • Professional advisory outreach • Sponsorship/Finance • Outreach and transportation • IT • Communications • Youth Ambassador Coordinator* • Quarterly • Monthly to quarterly • Bi-Weekly operational/ coordination meetings • Shape strategic thinking • Tactical planning and coordination of events • Outreach, communication, transportation planning as required for events and as part of broader strategic plans • Provide guidance on key issues that can be addressed by SKIP • Help frame and communicate issues for advocacy • Provide ad-hoc access to industry knowledge/network as required by membership • Shape key priorities and create strategic roadmap • Identify 2-3 issues for advocacy • Provide guidance on events, and SKIP other ad-hoc needs Key Activities: * Group of 20+ youth will be recruited and trained to attend events +for targeted outreach at key JKs in partnership with our beneficiaries
Quotes by Hazar Imam to think about in our work... • “The right to hope is the most powerful human motivation I know. " • Baccalaureate Address at Brown University Delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan - Providence, RI, US, May 26, 1996 • "The search for justice and security, the struggle for equality of opportunity, the quest for tolerance and harmony, the pursuit of human dignity – these are moral imperatives which we must work towards and think about on a daily basis." • Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at Évora University - Évora, Portugal, February 12, 2006 • "There are many interpretations of Islam within the wider Islamic community, but generally we are instructed to leave the world a better place than it was when we came into it. " • Interview with Robert Ivy (FAIA), Architectural Record, August 31, 2001 • " If our animosities are born out of fear, then confident generosity is born out of hope. One of the central lessons I have learned after a half century of working in the developing world is that the replacement of fear by hope is probably the single most powerful trampoline of progress. " • Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the Tutzing Evangelical Academy Upon Receiving the "Tolerance" Award - Tutzing, Germany, May 20, 2006 • "Tolerance, openness and understanding towards other peoples' cultures, social structures, values and faiths are now essential to the very survival of an interdependent world. " • Speech at the Ceremony to Inaugurate the Restored Humayun's Tomb Gardens - New Delhi, India, April 15, 2003 (AKDN) • " We cannot make the world safe for democracy unless we also make the world safe for diversity " • Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, May 15, 2006 Source:http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Aga_Khan_IV
For more information… Please email: SKIPOntario@gmail.com SKIP at the World Partnership Walk, May 30, 2010