Youth Opportunities Fund

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Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to engage and support youth ambassadors and community guides in peer-to-peer community relationship building and leadership and to share information with teachers, youth support workers and Indigenous youth leaders in northern Ontario. Youth Ambassadors will gain confidence and tools to engage their peers and communities in important dialogues around hope, hardship and healing, while also engaging youth through peer-to peer support youth-led initiatives.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to conduct community consultations and events with youth councils, elders, leaders and community members and create a mobile app that will act as a digital care navigator for Indigenous youth in Tkaronto (Toronto). Youth will develop peer networks, strengthen knowledge of cultural practices, develop leadership and digital literacy skills to design an app that will guide connections between communities in new and innovative ways that are rooted in traditional values.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $ 70,000 grant to engage a group of approximately twenty young Muslim women in eight workshops over 12 months as a way to address issues of racism, misogyny and Islamophobia in London. The project will create a safer space for young Muslim women to build their capacities and to organize within their communities in the pursuit of social justice.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to provide a safe space for Black and racialized youth ages 15 to 25 in Toronto’s Weston Road-Mt. Dennis area to participate in music, access instruments and gain mentorship. Black youth will have daily access to a safe space that will help build bonds and foster a collaborative atmosphere to build healthy relationships using music as a catalyst.

Deliver a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to deliver workshops in digital literacy, connect young Black women in Toronto’s Black Creek and Glenfield-Jane Heights area to mentors and help them grow their networks to encourage their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The initiative will provide an inclusive learning environment where young Black women can improve their digital literacy through coding, and increase their confidence through group mentorship.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $205,300 grant over 36 months to conduct a community-based research project, co-led by vulnerable Black youth living in the Greater Toronto Area, to learn about the barriers they face and opportunities to grow their engagement with local service organizations. Their co-leadership in producing a practice/service delivery framework will improve the capacity of those in the the youth service sector to effectively respond to and serve the needs of vulnerable Black youth.

With a grant of $1,197,100 over 60 months, the Black Youth Success Initiative will improve educational outcomes for Black youth in the Peel region. The collaborative wants to develop a three pronged strategy that will focus on prevention, intervention, capacity-building and collaboration to support approximately 500 Black children and youth over five years to achieve, or be on track to achieve, graduation rates on par with the regional average.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $131,700 grant over 24 months to deliver workshops and activities designed by and for Métis youth across Ontario. Youth will learn about resources and supports available through the Métis Nation of Ontario, connect with other Métis young people, and participate in the annual leadership conference.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to create a youth council for Indigenous youth in Moose Factory. Youth council members will develop their leadership skills as they plan and organize regular recreational and land-based activities.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $ 210,000 grant over 36 months, this group will build an inclusive and engaged community for LGBTTQ+ youth. This project will facilitate regular visits with local agencies and organizations to conduct workshops and educate community members on how to better support LGBTTQ+ youth within the Grey-Bruce region. A drop-in space will be opened as both an office and a safe space where LGBTTQ+ youth can come for resources, events, peer networking and support.

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