Youth Opportunities Fund

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Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $225,000 over three years to develop a weekly program for Aboriginal 2-Spirit, LGBT*Q and Asexual youth who are homeless or at risk for homelessness in Toronto. Designed, organized and run by Aboriginal youth, the weekly sessions will provide youth with a safe space and an opportunity to explore and access traditional languages, histories, art, land and cultural healing practices.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $275,000 over 18 months to deliver capacity-building supports and services to applicants and grant recipients of the OTF Youth Opportunities Fund. These will include mentorship, one-on-one coaching sessions and workshops, networking opportunities and facilitation supports. Funds will be used for staffing and program expenses.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $700,000 over 48 months to engage youth, supported by adult allies, to research and identify needs of youth facing barriers in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington communities. The collaborative wants to: decrease barriers to youth development; increase relevancy and participation of youth programs and services; and increase positive outcomes for youth. Funds will be used for salaries of staff and youth leaders, convenings and activity supplies.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $900,000 over 48 months to systematize opportunities for Indigenous education and learning for First Nations youth by launching youth ambassador models for First Nations youth aged 13 to 24 to foster cultural resilience, cultural identity, and self-confidence. Funds will be used for staffing, curriculum development and delivery as well as ambassadors training and mobilization.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $400,000 over 48 months to expand its rites of passage initiative for Haudenosaunee youth facing barriers in order to provide more year-round support, skill-building, and community connecting in Akwesasne, and will share the initiative with other Haudenosaunee communities across Ontario. Funds will be used for project staffing, mentoring, travel and meeting costs, and project supplies including a shared garden.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $400,000 over 48 months to provide mentorship opportunities for youth in Hamilton and ensure they have access to safe spaces, can connect with other youth, and become active members in their communities. Funds will be used for youth salaries, program delivery and outreach.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $70,000 over 12 months to support local water experts and Indigenous elders and youth, to deepen their understanding of traditional knowledge and current, local and national issues related to water in Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge and Peterborough. Funds will be used for staff and youth salaries, space rental, training programs, and community gatherings.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 over 36 months to engage youth in Sachigo Lake First Nation through social supports and mentorship. Funds will be used for staffing, equipment and supplies.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $140,000 over 24 months to formally implement a youth council in the community of MoCreebec First Nation and create opportunities for youth to be engaged in meaningful ways. Funds will be used to support the engagement of youth, elders and community leaders.

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $70,000 over 12 months to provide access to professional sports and fitness training to athletically inclined youth in remote and underserved First Nations community in Akwesasne. Traditional healers and teachers will train youth to fight depression and anxiety by traditional means, with a focus on the mind, body and spirit. Funds will be used for staff and program delivery

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