FOT and Opportunity International share a common mission and vision. In 2010 FOT and Opportunity International Canada (OIC) dared to dream a dream that would turn things right-side up for young leaders living in Columbia. A donation of $75,000 granted over 4 years provided the funding for leadership, training, capital and infrastructure.
FOT has partnered with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in a commitment to send three deserving youth through the Willow Bean Café Program. Willow Bean Café is a social enterprise that puts a spotlight on mental health. A progressive partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Sodexo, the Barista Training Program in the café trains and employs those facing barriers to traditional employment due to mental health issues. Located in Willow Pavilion at Vancouver General Hospital, the Willow Bean Café opened in 2013.
Since 1980, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation has partnered with donors to provide the funds essential to ensure that our hospitals and health care teams can deliver BC’s best, most specialized care.
The Westcoast Boys Club Network Foundation (BCN) is a registered Canadian charity tackling one of contemporary Canada's most misunderstood and underfunded social issues: high-potential Canadian boys and young adults who, through mere circumstances and lack of positive role models are losing their way. Through the foundational principles of connectedness and a proven cirriculum of H.O.P.E- Hope, Opportunity, Positive monitorship and Education, BCN helps turn at-risk boys into good men.
FOT is excited to roll out a fun new initiative – Hip Hop Workshops, conducted in our new state-of-the-art recording studio. These workshops allow us to provide mentorship and music education to youth so they are equipped with the foundational skills and hands on experience to venture into any musical direction they choose, while offering a creative outlet in which they can express themselves.
Having an outlet for one’s creative energy is absolutely essential for sound mental health and to develop leadership skills. FOT has been able to bring the joy of creating music with kids at Children’s Hospital and the Burn Unit at VGH by providing them the opportunity to express themselves through the power of music. Music Therapy is a growing tool utilized in mental and physical rehabilitation programs globally with Vancouver leading the pack.
For the past four years FOT has sponsored a wakeboard camp to reward youth that are making positive changes in their community. We are providing opportunities that will enable our youth to learn and engage in watersport activities, including: waterskiing, wake surfing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, and kayaking. We strive to instill the fundamentals of compassion, leadership and team building.