Youth Opportunities Fund

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Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $190,200 grant over 36 months to provide weekly mentoring opportunities and workshops for racialized and newcomer youth in Toronto. The group will expand peer and youth support networks, empower and inspire youth to continue with high school and post-secondary education, participate in school activities and become more involved in their communities.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $400,000 grant over 48 months to expand arts-based programming for Indigenous youth, and provide a safe space for Indigenous youth to create together, and share their stories of self-healing through creative expression. The program will empower Indigenous youth in Toronto to focus on their strengths and resiliencies through knowledge=sharing and connecting with community and culture.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $68,000 grant over 12 months to deliver three exhibits and community dialogues, as well as a hands-on workshop for Black youth and emerging young artists in Toronto. Curated by emerging Black artists, the initiative will create a safe space for Black art to be represented and explored, instill community pride and build a healthy community footprint with lasting impact.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $300,000 grant over 36 months to deliver weekly programming for newcomer Karen youth in Ottawa, and host an annual conference for Karen youth across the province. Youth will be able to access regular programming to develop their social identities, build healthy relationships and gain interpersonal skills.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $396,700 grant over 48 months to offer a year-round Youth Development Program focused on mentorship, basketball, and educational programming for Black youth in Peel. Youth participants will have access to caring staff and feel a sense of belonging in the community where they can access support, friendship and share experiences with peers. Youth staff will strengthen their leadership skills and capacity to be role models and allies to young people.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $140,000 grant over 24 months to deliver a 10-month themed program to provide a safe and supportive learning environment to enhance and equip Black LGBTTQ+ youth in Toronto with interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to thrive. Youth will access training and experiential learning opportunities to promote healthy relationships and develop positive self identities through culturally-anchored programming.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $300,000 grant over 36 months to deliver the Right to Dance intensive program, community events and to create an Affirming Dance Education Toolkit while providing inclusive, affirming and empowering spaces for racialized LGBTTIQQ2S youth in Toronto. The group wants to develop and share models of creative movement that encourage healing and a deeper sense of self that can have ripple effects for the broader community.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to conduct community-based research, develop a wraparound framework of supports, and design and evaluate pilot supports for young adults involved in the federal justice system in the Greater Toronto Area. The group aims to increase knowledge of existing services, identify needs and gaps, and improve the quality, availability and coordination of supports to improve outcomes for youth re-entering communities.

With a grant of $999,700 over 60 months, this collaborative initiative will strengthen the relationship between Indigenous youth and the philanthropic and charitable sector to create a network of empowered and celebrated Indigenous youth supported by a community of individuals, organizations and funders that work toward shared desires for a healthy environment, social inclusivity, and strong cultural connections across Ontario.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $200,000 grant over 36 months to deliver tutoring, life skills and networking initiatives that promote STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) to Black youth ages 13 to 19 in Durham region. The goal is to facilitate programs and provide opportunities that will reduce systemic barriers, improve STEM literacy and life skills for Black youth in order to improve their access to medicine and allied health professions.

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