Youth Opportunities Fund

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Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months for Tibetan youth in Parkdale to use the power of arts-based as a tool for developing healthy and strong relationships through sharing their struggles living as exiles. Through theatre arts and film-making opportunities, Tibetan youth will have an opportunity for a transformative experience to explore their identity, their stories of living in exile and the complexities of being in diaspora.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $209,900 grant over 36 months to develop and implement an Indigenous mobile app for Indigenous youth in Toronto and Kingston. Youth will be able to own, control, and promote technology created by Indigenous youth, creating and enhancing decolonizing tools.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to deliver workshops and intensive weekend retreats for Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay. Youth will be able to build relationships with their peers, connect with their culture and gain knowledge and access to relevant local resources.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months, this group will deliver doula training and access to safe cultural supports for vulnerable Indigenous young women and their families in Ottawa and area. The initiative will provide culturally-relevant support and access to birth coach services and resources for young Indigenous women and their families.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months, the group will create a formalized support system and a provincially-coordinated student body for Indigenous young people attending post-secondary institutions across Ontario. Indigenous student youth will be involved in leadership and decision-making roles to achieve greater retention and graduation rates for Indigenous students seeking post-secondary education.

With a grant of $1,000,000 over 48 months, this collaborative initiative will define and improve the pathways to care for Black youth who need mental health and addiction services in six Ontario cities. The collaborative will increase connections between sectors, redesign existing resource tools, and increase the capacity of agencies to deliver appropriate assistance to Black youth who need mental health and addiction services.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $84,000 grant over 36 months to provide undergraduate student members and Black youth in the community of Hamilton with the necessary resources and support needed to become competitive medical school applicants. The group aims to support marginalized students that aspire to be physicians and thus promote inclusivity and increase diversity in Ontario medical schools.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months, this group will increase the visibility in Ontario media of stories and content created and produced by Black youth across the province. Using the Black Youth Action Media website, the group will catalogue, track and store Ontario Black media content, produce original material in collaboration with Black youth, and host an annual festival to bring together Black Youth creatives from across Ontario to learn, network, and celebrate.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $182,900 grant over 36 months to create visual art, short films, and screening workshops facilitated by Indigenous artists for Indigenous youth. The initiative will offer a safe space for youth in Thunder Bay and three remote communities in Northwestern Ontario to create, socialize and engage with others, while building confidence and self-esteem. It will give youth access to tools and media outlet to create awareness of the issues they face.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to deliver culturally-anchored, land-based activities for Indigenous youth in Ottawa. Youth will gain traditional knowledge from Elders, build meaningful relationships with their peers, and access traditional practices for the thirteen moons in the lunar calendar, such as harvesting medicines, birch bark and maple sap.

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