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Cortes Island Academy

The Cortes Island Academy (CIA) is a program of School District 72 in collaboration with Cortes Island Community Foundation, Folk University, and the people of Cortes Island. The CIA pilot program began in September 2022 and will end in late January of 2023.

This year, the CIA offered two quarters (10 weeks each) of immersive, experiential, project-based learning on Cortes Island, with the intention of continuing with unique annual offerings. These offerings will be overseen by SD72 teachers and staff with local facilitators, mentors, and knowledge holders to ensure that the program truly represents the unique talents, opportunities, and natural offerings of Cortes Island. Students from throughout the school district, including international education students registered with SD72, will soon be able to register for either 10-weeks or the entire 20-weeks of our next program beginning in the fall of 2023. (Priority given to Cortes Island and Klahoose First Nation students.)

The CIA pilot program demonstrates SD72’s commitment to improving student achievement, building a culture of learning and wellness, and honouring Indigenous world views and perspectives.

2021 MicroGrants

The MicroGrants 4 Neighbours program gets small amounts of money (usually $50 to $500) directly into the hands of neighbours doing important things for the community. This program developed out of Cortes Literacy’s seed grant program in partnership with Folk University. Now, MicroGrants for Neighbours is run by the Cortes Foundation with support from the Cortes Community Health Association, the Neighbourhood Small Grants network of Vancouver Island, and a jury of neighbours, both young and old, that ensure a wide diversity of projects are funded.

Less bureaucracy. More impact.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the MicroGrants 4 Neighbours Fund.

Learn more and get inspired by watching the video below made by Immanuel McKenty.

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