Youth Opportunities Fund

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$116,100 over 24 months to enable Indigenous youth living in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge to develop leadership skills and reconnect to their culture. The program focuses on building a healthy Indigenous identity and increased resiliency in the post-secondary education years.

$254,700 over 36 months to assist with staffing and program costs to facilitate and support the mentorship of traditional ecological knowledge for Indigenous youth and young people in the Parry Sound area, providing them with opportunities for "Anishinaabe aadziwin" (or land-based learning).

$500,000 over 48 months to create a safe place for Black and low-income youth and young adults in the Jane-Finch community to develop life skills and networks necessary for success by connecting them to job opportunities, mitigating educational barriers, and engaging them in recreation that serves as a form of catharsis.

$375,000 over 36 months to create a network of social and financial supports for marginalized Black parents in Toronto, Durham, Hamilton and London.

$255,000 over 36 months to create a cultural space for Congolese families in Hamilton, where they can feel comfortable sharing their experiences, learning from other members, and gathering information on opportunities to facilitate their integration.

$254,100 over 36 months to offer activities that will enable Congolese families in the Ottawa area who face systemic barriers to gain access to mentoring and coaching and thereby strengthen their sense of belonging to their community and increase the financial capacity of families.

$240,000 over 36-months to create a safe space for black youth in high-priority neighborhoods in Peel Region. Skills-building and development workshops will be offered, giving young people a greater awareness of their cultural identity and heritage.

$500,000 over 48 months to engage 350 Black youths in and leaving care throughout the GTA (Toronto, Peel, Durham, York and Halton regions) in a series of outreach and engagement activities to develop consistent and supportive mentoring relationships. Youth will be connected to mentors through monthly capacity building opportunities, and annual retreats to form supportive mentoring relationship that foster life skills for living independently, post-secondary education and social support system to combat social isolation.

$255,000 over 36 months to establish a support framework for the Francophone Congolese community of Ottawa. The framework will: help strengthen ties between parents of young people caught up in the justice system; increase people’s knowledge of the systems and resources available to them; and help establish community support groups dedicated to preventing and eradicating criminality

$255,000 over 36 months to help Burundian youth and newcomers in Ottawa to successfully integrate the labour market and achieve stable professional careers.

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