Youth Opportunities Fund

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$100,700 over 24 monthsto equip young people to build healthy, strong and trusting relationships through critical conversations on consent, sexual assault and rape culture. Bad Subject will use a workshop series and an on-line forum to engage young people in building a culture of consent in schools and communities. Funds will be used to hire a part-time project coordinator, to build an on-line platform and to engage youth as workshop facilitators.

$849,100 over 48 months to enhance access to LGBTQ support services and to engage youth in strengthening the LGBTQ youth-sector in Toronto. Funding will support a comprehensive needs assessment, testing of new services to better meet needs, and new youth-led projects guided by a Youth Advisory Committee. Funds will also be used to launch a mobile service guide to improve service navigation. This investment will also be used to create safer communities for LGBTQ youth by launching a new social marketing campaign that will challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

$670,000 over 36 months to engage youth and adult allies in building and sustaining an eco-system of youth programs and services in the Kingston Galloway and Orton Park community. Funding will be used to hire two young people to coordinate the project and lead outreach, complete a network map, and deliver four youth-led demonstration projects with four of the partnering organizations.

$140,000 over 24 months to develop a peer mentorship program that will train French-speaking racialized youth as mentors for other newcomer youth who are facing similar challenges. Funding will support the development of a network of youth leaders in Peel Region, and will provide local service agencies with new ways of engaging with racialized and/or newcomer Francophone youth.

$335,100 over 36 months to deliver the A.C.T 4 Youth model in York Region. This project will ensure youth aged 20-29 with intellectual disabilities have the support they need for a smooth transition into the community after completing Post-secondary education. Youth with intellectual disabilities will access services that promote independence and employment during this transition period. The A.C.T 4 Youth initiative will work together with existing community programs, grassroots initiatives and local networks for a comprehensive approach.

$25,000 over 18 months to undertake evaluation of the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) on behalf of OTF. Funds will be used to help YOF grantees build and implement an evaluation framework for their initiatives. Through group learning sessions and individual coaching, YOF grantees will build their skills, leadership and collaborative spirit around concepts of shared learning so that they can better respond to community issues identified through the evaluation process.

$275,000 over 18 months to deliver capacity-building supports and services to applicants and grant recipients of the OTF Youth Opportunities Fund. These will include mentorship, one-on-one coaching sessions and workshops, networking opportunities and facilitation supports. Funds will be used for staffing and program expenses.

$25,000 over one 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.

$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.

$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.

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