Youth Opportunities Fund

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Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $74,800 over 24 months to create a mixed-media blog for newcomer, immigrant and second generation youth (NISY) and LGBTTQ+ youth. It will discuss their concerns and perspectives, expanding and diversifying sexual health conversations in the Greater Toronto Area. Using storytelling and the arts, NISY will be empowered to share stories that consider culture, religion and values, increase awareness of sexual health and build relationships among NISY.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $400,000 over 48 months to expand its slate of free art workshops facilitated by Indigenous artists for Indigenous youth. The initiative will offer a safe space for youth in Thunder Bay and eight rural First Nations communities to create, socialize and engage with others, while building confidence and self-esteem.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to provide mentorship and workshops for racialized youth in priority neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area. Youth will access specialized skills development training in areas of interest and will be encouraged to reach personal goals through mentorship opportunities and networking events.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to deliver culturally appropriate and patient-centred maternal health programming. Using an online application in conjunction with Maternal Healthcare Mentors for pre and post-natal racialized young women in Toronto, providing information to improve health outcomes.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to help build the skills of youth and adult allies in co-created safe places within Hamilton's McQuesten and Keith neighbourhoods. This initiative will help form and maintain healthy peer and adult relationships as a foundation for meaningful youth engagement in the community.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $400,000 over 48 months to provide culturally relevant, gender-specific empowerment programming for Indigenous youth in M’Chigeeng First Nation, helping young people become more engaged in the community and fostering a stronger sense of pride in their identity.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $295,900 over 36 months to expand weekly programming for young people once involved in the criminal justice system, or who are living on the margins in Toronto. The project will include innovative wellness programs focusing on stress management, and will use the arts and other sustainable coping methods to help youth form and maintain healthy relationships.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $295,300 over 36 months to provide weekly workshops for racialized youth in Malvern that will develop their coping skills involving trauma, or stress management, and build positive relationships.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $131,800 over 36 months to deliver six signature activities leading to an annual conference, and a seasonal youth camp for newcomer and racialized youth to increase civic engagement in York Region. Youth will participate in and lead initiatives in their communities that address environmental, health, literacy, mentorship and healthy relationships.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $70,000 over 12 months to provide two cycles of 12-week training and workshops with life skills, personal development, leadership, entrepreneurship, and providing access to resources for racialized youth from low-income communities in Brampton. The program will help navigate services and increase economic opportunities by providing skills to find meaningful employment.

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