Youth Opportunities Fund 2015-2016

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GTA – Strategic Collaborations

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Drop-In Centre

$785,400 over 60 months will be used by the Healthy City Stewardship Centre collaborative to make it easier for youth from marginalized backgrounds including racialized, newcomer, LGBTTQ, youth with disabilities or special needs to navigate and access employment resources in Peel. Funds will be used to hire a Youth Coordinator to oversee the project, develop and implement a strategy and deliver communications materials.

Peacebuilders International
$507,300 over 36 months to build a pre-charge diversion process to serve Toronto area youth. The collaborative will do this work with support from partners in policing services and school boards. Funds will be used for staffing, strategy design, community engagement and coordination of the initiative.
  

GTA – Grassroots Innovation TEST

Black Women in Motion c/o For Youth Initiative
$70,000 over 12 months to host ‘This Means WAAR’, a conference for racialized youth living in low-income situations, who are in care or leaving care, in order to bring together young residents of Toronto’s Weston Pellam Park neighbourhood to talk about rape culture. Funds will be used for staff salaries, events and the conference program delivery.

CANVAS Arts Action Programs c/o Youth Assisting Youth
$140,000 over 24 months to run the nine-week ‘Celebrate! Body Positive Improv Program’ in schools and communities across the Greater Toronto Area. Youth will be equipped with creative tools to combat negative body image, gender-based violence, homophobia and transphobia.  Funds will be used for staff and programming costs.

Cipher c/o ACCESS
$33,600 over 12 months to deliver workshops and a conference for racialized youth living in low-income situations in Peel Region and introduce them to computer coding and software design. Funds will be used for honorariums. program software, space and conference organizing.

Legalswipe c/o Ontario Justice Education Network
$137,200 over 24 months to offer legal education workshops and further develop a software application that is designed to help Aboriginal, racialized and newcomer youth and youth living in rural and remote communities learn about their legal rights during interactions with law enforcement. Funds will be used for staffing and workshop supplies.

Next Gen Men c/o 360Kids Support Services
$210,000 over 36 months to deliver after-school programs to develop social identity, self-awareness and healthy masculinity for boys ages 12 to 14 years in York Region and equip them to interact positively with peers, adults and the community. Funds will be used for staff salaries, programming and promotional materials.

Parkour Toronto c/o For Youth Initiative
$19,500 over 12 months to deliver Parkour classes, free outdoor meet-ups and monthly events for Aboriginal, racialized, newcomer, Francophone and LGBTTQ youth. This initiative will help them develop a healthier lifestyle and gain confidence and independence through a physical activity they enjoy. Funds will be used for staffing and travel expenses.

Power to Girls Foundation c/o SKETCH Working Arts
$185,000 over 36 months to run ‘Growing Independent Resilient Ladies (GIRL)’ a program for racialized female youth from lower income neighbourhoods in order to foster positive life decisions and build self-esteem through media literacy, access to resources, mentorship, and improved mother-daughter relationships. Funds will be used for staff salaries, workshops and program expenses.

RISE Edutainment c/o VIBE Arts
$70,000 over 12 months to create community gatherings for racialized youth in Scarborough and Toronto to address key social issues important to them (such as poverty, gang-violence or racism) in both artistic and non-artistic ways, with fellow youth and adult mentors. Funds will be used for staff salaries and the delivery of programming, conferences, and events. 

T-Miut c/o Tungasuvvingat Inuit
$210,000 over 36 months to create a space for Inuit youth in Toronto to meet, gather, and learn about the Inuk identity. T-Miut will develop a language curriculum, teach traditional skills such as beading games, sewing, singing, and drumming, and provide cultural teachings. Funds will be used to hire project coordinators, rent space, conduct outreach, and deliver programming.

World Changers Society c/o Rapport Youth & Family Services
$140,000 over 24 months to provide mentorship and life skills training for youth coming out of care to support their transition to independence. Funds will be used for staffing, equipment and resources to hold regular sessions between mentors (youth once in care now independent) and youth still in care in the Greater Toronto Area.

GTA – Grassroots Innovation SCALE

BrAIDS for AIDS c/o Youth Action Network
$92,000 over 36 months to deliver one-to-one sexual health education, counseling and referral sessions with young males in detention at the Roy McMurtry Youth Centre in Brampton. The information will be delivered through culturally-relevant mediums and community sexual health resources. Funds will be used for program staffing, transportation and supplies.

LAB B c/o Youth Action Network
$300,000 over 36 months to create a Creative Economy Co-op’ program for racialized and newcomer youth in Peel Region. They will mentor youth who seek entrepreneurial skills and support them to reach workable milestones. Funds will support staffing and program costs.

Native Youth Sexual Health Network c/o Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
$400,000 over 48 months to work with Aboriginal youth across Ontario to mentor young leaders and create sustainable resources that can improve personal and community health and wellness. The Network will hold a youth summit and a Circle of Support, expand its ‘Media as Arts Justice’ programming, and provide capacity and guidance to Indigenous youth living in remote, low-income areas throughout Ontario. Funds will support salaries and programming, and the planning and staging of the Youth Summit, gatherings and conferences.

REX Pride c/o Leave Out Violence (LOVE)
$387,000 over 48 months to coordinate a local support network for LGBTTQ youth and provide support and services to youth and youth-serving agencies in the Toronto neighbourhood of Rexdale. Funds will be used for project staffing, programming and marketing materials.

S.E.E.D.S. c/o Thornecliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO)
$107,700 over 36 months to deliver an after-school program, using a peer-learning model, for middle school youth in Toronto’s neighbourhood improvement areas. Local post-secondary students will provide supports, helping the youth to form and maintain healthy, close relationships. Funds will be used for program delivery and staffing costs.

Silver Linings Family Circle Tuck Shop c/o Community Living York South
$100,500 over 36 month to work with a professional job coach to enhance the skills of youth with developmental disabilities in York Region in order to increase their self-confidence and their employable skills. Funds will be used for staff salaries and honorariums for youth.

SoundCheck c/o The HopeWorks Connection
$137,500 over 36 months to implement a music instruction and mentorship program for 15 to 24 years old racialized youth in the Weston Road Mt. Dennis area of Toronto to build healthy relationships and develop leadership, teamwork and self-confidence. Funds will be used for staff salaries, musician mentors and resources.

Sunset Service c/o SKETCH Working Arts
$108,800 over 36 months to deliver monthly and weekly activities as well as develop and maintain an online social-spiritual space for LGBTTQ youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Funds will be used for programming and outreach, to hire a Multidisciplinary Spiritual Arts Programmer, Coordinator, and a Youth Peer Facilitator, all of whom will be youth who reflect the audiences engaged at their events.

Trust 15 c/o YMCA of Greater Toronto
$300,000 over 36 months to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities for racialized and newcomer youth in the Toronto neighbourhood of Rexdale by offering workshops for their Men of Distinction and Ladies on the Rise programs. Funds will be used for staff salaries, workshops and educational excursions.

 

ON – Strategic Collaborations

Six Nations Polytechnic
$900,000 over 48 months to systematize opportunities for Indigenous education and learning for First Nations youth by launching youth ambassador models for First Nations youth aged 13 to 24 to foster cultural resilience, cultural identity, and self-confidence. Funds will be used for staffing, curriculum development and delivery as well as ambassadors training and mobilization.

The Students Commission of Canada
$700,000 over 48 months to engage youth, supported by adult allies, to research and identify needs of youth facing barriers in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington communities. The collaborative wants to: decrease barriers to youth development; increase relevancy and participation of youth programs and services; and increase positive outcomes for youth.  Funds will be used for salaries of staff and youth leaders, convenings and activity supplies.

 

ON – Grassroots Innovation TEST

Atikameksheng Organics c/o Atikameksheng Anishinawbek
$210,000 over 36 months to engage young people to design and maintain a greenhouse in Atikameksheng Anishinabek community. Funds will be used for garden supplies, youth engagement, and staffing.

Fort Albany Youth Council c/o Fort Albany First Nation
$210,000 over 36 months to provide empowerment workshops, life skills training, camp retreats, and overall support for youth in Fort Albany First Nation. This initiative aims to increase the self-esteem and confidence of young people in the community. Funds will be used for staffing, training, and workshops.

Iakwa’shatste Youth Fitness c/o The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario
$70,000 over 12 months to provide access to professional sports and fitness training to athletically inclined youth in remote and underserved First Nations community in Akwesasne. Traditional healers and teachers will train youth to fight depression and anxiety by traditional means, with a focus on the mind, body and spirit. Funds will be used for staff and program delivery.

MoCreebec Eeyoud Youth Council c/o MoCreebec First Nation
$140,000 over 24 months to formally implement a youth council in the community of MoCreebec First Nation and create opportunities for youth to be engaged in meaningful ways.  Funds will be used to support the engagement of youth, elders and community leaders.

Regaining Cultural Identity c/o Sachigo Lake First Nation
$210,000 over 36 months to engage youth in Sachigo Lake First Nation through social supports and mentorship. Funds will be used for staffing, equipment and supplies.

Sacred Water Circle c/o Green Communities Canada
$70,000 over 12 months to support local water experts and Indigenous elders and youth, to deepen their understanding of traditional knowledge and current, local and national issues related to water in Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge and Peterborough. Funds will be used for staff and youth salaries, space rental, training programs, and community gatherings. 

ON – Grassroots Innovation SCALE

NGen c/o Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton
$400,000 over 48 months to provide mentorship opportunities for youth in Hamilton and ensure they have access to safe spaces, can connect with other youth, and become active members in their communities. Funds will be used for youth salaries, program delivery and outreach.

Ohero:kon “Under the Husk” c/o Onake Corporation
$400,000 over 48 months to expand its rites of passage initiative for Haudenosaunee youth facing barriers in order to provide more year-round support, skill-building, and community connecting in Akwesasne, and will share the initiative with other Haudenosaunee communities across Ontario. Funds will be used for project staffing, mentoring, travel and meeting costs, and project supplies including a shared garden.

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