International Student Safety Project

Vancouver hosts over 50,000 international students annually. In Canada, international education is a $4 Billion industry! Many international students are young, speak little English, are away from home for the first time, and are particularly vulnerable as potential targets of crime. The award winning International Student Safety Project, or ISSP, was launched to develop tools to improve student safety.

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Contact svcpc@telus.net for more information and to purchase a copy.

The SVCPC Executive Director, Ms. Adrien Balazs, is a member of the ISSP Steering Committee, and strongly believes in the benefits and effectiveness of the project. The SVCPC worked collaboratively with the ISSP to produce a set of Student Safety Videos. These videos are the first of their kind! Ms. Balazs wrote the scripts, hired Zeeworks Productions to produce the video, and along with their actors many of our volunteers also enjoyed their acting debuts in the vignettes.

SVCPC maintains inventories of the “International Student Safety Kit.” Please inquire for further details:

STUDENT SAFETY KIT
Content of “Student Safety Kit” designed to help facilitate safety orientation of international students:
• FACILITATOR’S GUIDE
• ONE – PAGE STUDENT HANDOUT
• INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SAFETY PASSPORT
• INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EMERGENCY WALLET CARD
• “KEEPING SAFE IN CANADA” PART I. EDUCATIONAL VIDEO
• “KEEPING SAFE IN CANADA” PART II. EDUCATIONAL VIDEO

FACILITATOR GUIDE
• Identifies program materials and provides facilitator framework for program delivery
• Created for teachers or orientation leaders.
• Guide for presentation of the kit materials in a student orientation session
• Student feedback form.

STUDENT ORIENTATION GUIDE
• Student hand out
• Basic instructions to students

STUDENT SAFETY PASSPORT
• Colorful passport style booklet, full of safety tips and resources
• Detailed information on each of the top ten safety concerns
• Information and helpful hints organized under the headings “Be Prepared! Be Smart! Be Safe!”

SAFETY WALLET CARD
• Wallet- sized card with emergency information printed on one side – how to call for help.
• The reverse side has spaces where the students can enter his or her emergency numbers, school emergency contact number and their consulate number.

EDUCATIONAL SAFETY VIDEO PART – I
An 18-minute, titled “Keeping Safe in Canada” Part I, presenting a series of vignettes depicting dangers which students may encounter upon arrival in Canada.
– Calling for Help – calling 911
– Street Safety – Dealing with Panhandlers
– Theft – Guarding your Things
– Personal Safety – Clubbing
– Street Safety – Walking at night

KEEPING SAFE IN CANADA SAFETY VIDEO – PART II
List topics covered in vignettes providing helpful tips to students:
-Banking Security – Robbery at the ATMs
-Apartment Security – Letting in strangers
-Auto Crime – Theft from vehicle
-Sexual Harassment – Relationships that hurt
-Pick-pocketing – Theft

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Upon completion of the films the SVCPC granted the ISSP permission to incorporate the videos into the ISSP Orientation Program, which gave the ISSP another powerful tool to present safety tips to students. The SVCPC will be producing an additional Student Safety video in April 2006.

ISSP wins Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award

The International Student Safety Project (ISSP) was recently recognized at the Solicitor General’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards Ceremony. The event took place at the 28th Annual conference of the BC Crime Prevention Association held in Richmond BC in September, 2006.

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ISSP was honoured to receive this prestigious award. Adrien Balasz and Linda Auzins, representing the Steering Committee were present to accept the award from Solicitor General, John Les. The project received recognition in the Community Group / Organizations category for its commitment and accomplishment in improving safety awareness of the over 50,000 international students in Vancouver. The materials developed by ISSP in its first year include a safety video, user-friendly safety passport, safety wallet card and an informational website. The next phase of the project will see an additional video and an interactive website for students to access resource materials.