Youth Opportunities Fund

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With a grant of $1,248,000 over 60 months, this collaborative will strengthen the social service sector system for urban Indigenous youth. This collaborative wants to make it easier for a young Indigenous person to navigate and benefit from the services available to them, so they can be ready to pursue training and employment in the communities of Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharine’s, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Fort Erie.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $199,700 grant over 36 months to deliver land-based activities for Indigenous youth in Timmins. Youth will develop leadership skills through participating in topic-based workshops and connect to their culture through land-based activities.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $320,900 grant over 48 months to deliver consent workshops and education for racialized and LGBTTQ+ youth, as well as youth with special needs, in Durham, York, Peel and Toronto. Youth will be able to access education, training and resources focused on consent.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $207,800 grant over 36 months to hold workshops, design curricula and campaigns for racialized youth living with disabilities in Hamilton. Youth will gain access to resources and knowledge, centred at the intersections of race, gender and disability, allowing them to advocate for themselves in interpersonal and institutional settings.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $400,000 grant over 48 months to deliver mentorship programs for racialized young men in Peel Region to build confident leaders equipped to engage in their communities with a solid understanding of the valuable contributions they can make. Youth will strengthen their sense of belonging to their community as they engage in interactive learning opportunities and workshops and learn about services and resources.

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $392,200 grant over 48 months to expand its culturally specific Library to three new communities in Scarborough, teaching Black youth knowledge about their identity and culture in safe spaces that create opportunities for them to interact with each other and adults in positive ways in Scarborough. The program will provide youth with an opportunity to learn about their heritage, and develop the confidence to succeed in society.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $140,000 over 24 months to connect Black youth to positive role models whom they share the same ethnic background with in the Etobicoke community, as well as organize a summer camp for Black Youth living in the Eastmall/Westmall/Capri community to celebrate their identity. Youth will have access to mentors and a camp experience, which in most cases, they wouldn't be able to afford otherwise.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $205,700 grant over 36 months to deliver monthly cycles of arts programming including workshops, arts shows and panel discussions and develop online resources for Black, racialized and LGBTQIA+ youth in Toronto. The project will create a safe space for participants to think critically about their role in communities, build their knowledge and translate their lived experiences through their art.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $207,700 grant over 36 months offer a summer program focused on aerospace and aviation for racialized youth in Toronto’s Rexdale community. The group will engage youth in interactive learning, build a support system between participants, link youth to mentors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (stem), expose youth to new pathways and potential careers in STEM, and increase their awareness of the achievements of Black inventors and innovators.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to create and test a new governance model for Indigenous and racialized youth in Toronto, Algoma and Thunder Bay. It will give youth access to tools and resources to self-organize to create change in these communities by using a model developed by youth that values their unique gifts and skills.

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