Youth Opportunities Fund

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$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$225,000 over three years to provide support, mentorship and opportunities for young people in the adult correctional system to earn their high school diploma. The Look at My Life Project (TLMLP) 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.

$953,600 over four 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.

$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.

$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.

$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

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $209,700 over 36 months to develop a YouTube channel, an interactive website, and host a summit for racialized and newcomer youth in Halton and Peel and online communities. It will employ a supportive, interfaith and intercultural perspective enabling young people to engage in their communities by creating safe online spaces for learning, combatting Islamophobia and discussing concerns for Muslim youth.

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