Childcare is on everyone’s minds these days — with people even putting their unborn babies on waitlists. While there’s funding for more spaces, the reality is, there aren’t enough childcare workers. At the same time, there are immigrant women who would like to work, but can’t.
What if we could create a social enterprise that trained new childcare workers and employed them? What if we coordinated the deliver pop up childcare services that would mean immigrant women had better access to services and supports? If you want to contribute to your community in a big way this year, here’s how you can use your ideas and thoughts to help solve one of the pressing issues in Vancouver at the moment.
Pacific Immigrant Resource Society (PIRS) is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver helping immigrant and refugee women and their young children progress and contribute in the Canadian society.
This March, the organization is hosting the first ever social non-tech Hackathon in order to design a childcare social enterprise that could change the way we deliver childcare across Canada. They are seeking dynamic individuals from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets to attend — so if you are an entrepreneur, accountant, university student, creative person (you get the gist!), register now for the one-day event.
On the day, you will have access to experts in immigrant and childcare issues, as well as free snacks, drinks, and a wonderful lunch by Tayybeh — the Syrian Culinary Specialist! There will also be free childcare available at the event, as well as a mini Hackathon for children, hosted by East Van Kids S.T.E.A.M.
This is an incredible opportunity to get involved, give back, and network with other professionals to find better solutions to the ongoing childcare needs in our community. The best ideas will also win prizes!
With your help, we can come together and create a social enterprise that will solve one of the biggest issues in Vancouver currently, and build a better future for our children. If you are interested in attending, register via the event page today.
When: March 2
Where: Harbour Centre — 555 West Hastings Street