When business is engaged

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI), a progressive movement of the Saint John business community to help the city end generational poverty.

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Katie Bowden
Working together for everyone at their best

The Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) was pleased to see New Brunswick’s 10-year education plan send a strong message about education in the province – if we want our province to thrive, our children must come first, education outcomes must improve, and it’s up to all of us to make it happen.

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Katie Bowden
Living SJ strategy seeks to end child poverty

Saint John has learned a lot about how to reduce poverty. Our high child poverty rate, when compared to other cities in New Brunswick, is caused by generational poverty. The road to breaking the cycle is complex but simply put, our success lies in each child and family knowing they are important to our city’s future, that their talents are needed and that our community cares and is fully equipped to help them achieve their education and economic self-sufficiency. Our end goal: no child ever again will suffer a lifetime of poverty.  

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Katie Bowden
Doubting education orthodoxy

While it was first delivered more than seven decades ago, the second inaugural address of Franklin Delano Roosevelt remains one of the most important political documents of the past 100 years. It was given in January of 1937, as North America remained mired in a prolonged recession, not unlike the one New Brunswick is currently experiencing. Yet instead of the standard political trope about the need for job creation, FDR issued a call to action to those citizens who collectively wanted a better future.

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Katie Bowden
It's about the future New Brunswick

Without substantial changes to our approach to education we will not solve our economic problems in New Brunswick.

As the provincial election date looms closer, we are beginning to hear even more about the future of New Brunswick. It’s true that we are at a crossroads on a number of issues, and there are many decisions to be made now that will affect our future.

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Katie Bowden
Poverty is not an inevitability that we are powerless to change

Educational success is proven to be one of the most effective factors in ending generational poverty. Substantial research confirms that ‘education’ is a powerful lifelong determinant of income, employment, health, and overall societal development. Research also tells us a child who grows up in poverty is destined to live a lifetime of poverty unless they are supported with strong education to employment pathways.

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Katie Bowden
Closing the gap through education

The Province traditionally funds education equally from one region to the next, no matter if one area has different needs from another. Ironically, this approach creates severe inequality with educational outcomes.

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Katie Bowden
We cannot afford the cost of poverty

Saint John has a serious and deeply-rooted problem with multi-generational poverty. The very future of this city could be at stake if significant progress is not made to end this social inequality. Our overall poverty rate stands at 20.8 per cent, and many who fall into that category are the third or fourth generation to live on limited incomes. According to the National Household Survey, approximately 28 per cent of children under the age of 18 in our city live below the poverty line, and when we look at children under the age of six that number climbs to 34 per cent.

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Katie Bowden
Early literacy needs to be championed

The most basic and well-known rule of investing smart is to “start early,” as it generally applies to the stock market or retirement planning. Achieve Literacy Greater Saint John has found that it also applies to solving our literacy problem.

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Katie Bowden
We're making progress

When I see the continued effort of our community to support the education and well-being of our young people, working together to break the cycle of poverty, I think back to where it all started. Bill Gale was the fellow who got us all on this road – we really owe it all to him.

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Katie Bowden
Base education spend on need

There are many organizations and individuals working diligently to improve the lives of low income families in Saint John. Among those groups is the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative which has published a position paper that includes some numbers that should be a clarion call for our entire city.

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Katie Bowden
Closing the gap

Overcoming low literacy and high dropout rates that plague schools serving the city’s low-income neighbourhoods means the province’s one-size-fits-all education model has to change, a collective of Saint John business people say.

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Katie Bowden
2013 Fortis Charity Golf Classic Raises $102,500 for BCAPI

Saint John, NB  – On September 27th, 2013, Fortis Properties teamed up with 150 businesses and raised $102,500.00 to help Saint John break the poverty cycle. The Fortis Charity Golf Classic, now its 11th year, supports the work of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) and innovative community programs that help local children and youth who live in poverty to succeed, from cradle to career.  These initiatives include, the Early Learning Centre, PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools), the Teen Resource CentreFirst Steps and the Bill Gale Bursary.

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Katie Bowden
2012 Fortis Charity Golf Classic Raises $102,000

Saint John, NB (May 29, 2012) – On May 25th, Fortis Properties teamed up with more than 125 local businesses to raise $102,000 for the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI). For 10 years, the Fortis Charity Golf Classic has been helping local children and youth who live in poverty to succeed in school by contributing funds raised to innovative initiatives, including: the Early Learning Centre, PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools), the Teen Resource Centre, First Steps and Vibrant Communities Saint John.

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Katie Bowden
Doing Right by People Matters Most

For more than a decade, Saint John businesses, community groups and government departments have been working together to eradicate multi-generational poverty in our city. The Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) believes this is the right thing to be doing. The social and economic benefits of breaking the poverty cycle for our families, our communities and our province are significant.

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Katie Bowden