Youth Opportunities Fund - 2013-2014

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Strategic Collaboration Stream

WoodGreen Community Services – Toronto (pdf - view collaborative partners)
$953,600 over four years to expand the Rites of Passage program for youth of African descent in Falstaff at Jane & Wilson, The Peanut in the Don Valley Village Neighborhood and in Scarborough Village. The Rites of Passage program is based on a recognized 12 month curriculum focusing on fostering positive youth development and leadership skills. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized and new immigrant youth | Grant Theme: 1 – 5 

Oshawa Community Health Centre – Durham (pdf - view collaborative partners)
$971,700 over four years to strengthen programming and mental health supports for Aboriginal youth living in and around Durham Region. Funding will support youth as they work collaboratively to create programs which will improve cultural knowledge, self-identity and mental health. Funding will also support participation in networking and volunteer opportunities. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Aboriginal, First Nation, Metis and Inuit youth; youth with special needs  | Grant Theme: 1 – 5

Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) – Halton (pdf - view collaborative partners)
$853,200 over four years to establish a dedicated program centre for LGBTTQ youth and their families in Halton Region to access support, and foster positive youth development. This work will include establishing a youth advisory group. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: LGBTTQ youth | Grant Theme: 3, 4 

YOF outcome-Based Grant Themes:

  1. Youth form and maintain healthy, close relationships
  2. Youth have at least one consistent, caring person in their lives
  3. Youth are engaged in their communities
  4. Youth know about and easily navigate resources and opportunities in their communities
  5. Youth have families and caregivers to help them thrive

Grassroots Innovation Stream - Promising Initiatives

Amadeusz – The Look at My Life Project c/o Albion Neighbourhood Services – Toronto
$225,000 over three years to provide support, mentorship and opportunities for youth in the adult correctional system to earn their high school diploma. The Look at My Life Project will provide one-on-one tutoring, support and information sessions for youth in custody. Youth enrolled in the program will also receive post-release supports in accessing employment, post-secondary education and housing.
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Youth in conflict with the law, and who may also be racialized | Grant Theme: 2, 4

Eritrean Youth Collective c/o For Youth Initiative – Toronto
$365,700 over five years to develop a leadership and mentorship program for Eritrean youth in Toronto. Young leaders will plan, lead and promote action within their social networks and the broader Eritrean community. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized, new immigrant youth, who may also be low-income | Grant Theme: 1, 3, 4

Remembered Voices c/o Sketch – Toronto
$225,000 over three years to develop a weekly program for Aboriginal 2-Spirit, LGBT*Q and Asexual youth who are homeless or at risk for homelessness in Toronto. Designed, organized and run by Aboriginal youth, the weekly sessions will provide youth with a safe space and an opportunity to explore and access traditional languages, histories, art, land and cultural healing practices. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Aboriginal 2-Spirit, LGBT*Q youth and low income youth | Grant Theme: 1 – 3

The Forgiveness Project c/o For Youth Initiative – Toronto
$370,000 over five years to engage youth aged 15-29 from Toronto in activities around forgiveness and restoration. Participants will gain access to monthly discussion-based workshops that will assist youth in understanding and reflecting on the concept of forgiveness. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: All identified youth beneficiaries | Grant Theme: 1, 3

Young and Potential Fathers c/o YMCA GTA – Toronto
$375,000 over five years to develop a network of community-based organizations and to recruit and train youth in the design of program initiatives that provide support to young racialized fathers. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized, new immigrant male youth | Grant Theme: 3, 5

YOF outcome-Based Grant Themes:

  1. Youth form and maintain healthy, close relationships
  2. Youth have at least one consistent, caring person in their lives
  3. Youth are engaged in their communities
  4. Youth know about and easily navigate resources and opportunities in their communities
  5. Youth have families and caregivers to help them thrive

Grassroots Innovation Stream grant recipients are each supported by an organizational mentor, an established, registered not-for-profit or charitable organization that has formally agreed to support the YOF grantee with administrative and/or programming supports. The name of the organizational mentor is indicated by the “c/o’.
  

Grassroots Innovation Stream - Promising Ideas

3rd Street Foundation c/o Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services –Toronto
$25,000 over one year to mentor and train up to thirty-five youth in Jane and Finch area in an afterschool program focusing on leadership skills such as goal management training, cognitive behaviour intervention and negotiation. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized and new immigrant youth, who may also be low-income youth and/or in conflict with the law | Grant Theme: 1 – 4

Afghan Mentorship Program c/o Herizon House – Durham
$6,000 over one year to initiate a mentorship program with twenty Afghani youth in Durham. Mentorship activities will include a homework club and guest speaker sessions.
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized and new immigrant youth | Grant Theme: 1, 2

Asha Bengali Girls Society c/o Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – Toronto
$17,300 for one year to fund Asha’s Empowerment Project. This program will serve Bengali-Canadian young women and girls. Located in East York, this program will support weekly workshops on topics like self-expression and media literacy, and help participants learn new skills like sports or arts projects. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized and new immigrant female youth | Grant Theme: 1 – 4

Building it to Suit Youth (BITSY) c/o Youth Action Network – Toronto
$25,000 over one year to build a safe space for marginalized youth at the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre in Toronto. A Youth Cabinet will be created to respond to youth needs and advocate on behalf of youth in the community and build programs for the space. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized and low-income youth | Grant Theme: 3, 4

Gibson Youth Success Initiatives c/o Toronto Chinese Community Church – York/Scarborough
$25,000 over one year to provide academic support through a tutoring program for low-income, new immigrant and/or racialized youth in York Region. The program will also help young people to develop the necessary experience and leadership skills to become tutors to other youth. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized and new immigrant youth | Grant Theme: 1, 2

KeepRockinYou c/o Art Starts – Toronto
$24,700 over one year to engage ten girls aged 12-25 in weekly breakdancing workshops and sharing circles. These workshops will teach the fundamentals in breakdancing, connecting these to teamwork, overcoming challenges and fears, and thinking outside the box. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized female youth | Grant Theme: 1 –3

Krafty Queers c/o SKETCH – Toronto
$25,000 over one year to provide a safe space for queer and trans-gendered youth in Toronto and Peel to socialize and create art with the help of program facilitators. Funding will allow this program to be free of charge, therefore decreasing barriers to participation. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: LGBTTQ youth, who may also be living with special needs | Grant Theme: 1 – 3

Out of the Box c/o Youth Action Network – Toronto/Peel
$25,000 over one year to engage youth aged 15-25 in the Victoria Park and Eglinton areas of Scarborough in building trade skills. This is an intensive summer program designed to build social and support networks, gain skills training, enhance employment opportunities, while working within an anti-racist framework to explore systems barriers. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized male youth, who may also be low-income and/or in conflict with the law | Grant Theme: 1, 4

PROSE c/o Centre for Community Learning & Development – Toronto
$20,800 over one year to provide youth in Regent Park with weekly workshops. The workshops will be an opportunity for young people to learn about conflict resolution, self-care, sexual health and safety. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized youth, who may also be low-income | Grant Theme: 1 – 4

Regional Youth Roundtable c/o ACCESS Charity – Peel
$25,000 over one year to assemble a Regional Youth Roundtable for 17 youth-led organizations in Peel region. This roundtable will coordinate efforts in the youth sector in this region. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized youth | Grant Theme: 3, 4

Silver Linings 2013 c/o Community Living York South – York/Richmond Hill
$25,000 over one year to fund a pre-employment training program in Richmond Hill for youth with special needs. With the help of their parents, participants will receive the necessary training to operate a tuck shop inside a senior’s residence. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Youth with special needs | Grant Theme: 1 –3

Sisters of the Soil c/o Canadian Roots Exchange – Toronto
$25,000 over one year to build solidarity between young women aged 12-18 in the indigenous and African Canadian communities in Toronto. They will participate in workshops with a theme of reconciliation, women’s empowerment and strengthening relations between these two communities. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized and Aboriginal female youth | Grant Theme: 1, 3

Voices of LGBT South Asian Youth c/o Planned Parenthood Toronto – York/Toronto/Peel
$25,000 over one year to build an online community for South Asian LGBTQQ youth in the Greater Toronto Area. The project will support the work of a community researcher, web designer, web developer and outreach/engagement coordinator.
Youth Beneficiaries Served: LGBTTQ, racialized and new immigrant youth | Grant Theme: 1, 2, 4

Words of Wisdom (WOW) c/o WoodGreen Community Services – Toronto
$25,000 over one year to create an empowerment program for young women in Regent Park, St. Jamestown and Moss Park in Toronto. The program will include a book club, guest speakers and workshop sessions related to the formation of identity. 
Youth Beneficiaries Served: Racialized female youth | Grant Theme: 1 – 3

YOF outcome-Based Grant Themes:

  1. Youth form and maintain healthy, close relationships
  2. Youth have at least one consistent, caring person in their lives
  3. Youth are engaged in their communities
  4. Youth know about and easily navigate resources and opportunities in their communities
  5. Youth have families and caregivers to help them thrive

Grassroots Innovation Stream grant recipients are each supported by an organizational mentor, an established, registered not-for-profit or charitable organization that has formally agreed to support the YOF grantee with administrative and/or programming supports. The name of the organizational mentor is indicated by the “c/o’.
  

Capacity Building

ArtReach Toronto - Toronto
$292,000 over 18 months to facilitate capacity building and develop evaluation tools for emerging young leaders and grassroots groups, who are either applying for funding or implementing initiatives through the Grassroots Innovation Stream of the Youth Opportunities Fund. Funds will support the hiring of a Project Coordinator and program delivery costs. 

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