Youth Opportunities Fund

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Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $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.

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