Youth Opportunities Fund

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$252,400 over 36 months to create a Somali indigenous knowledge restorative justice healing curriculum that will provide a supportive healing space, as well as capacity building and training in order to respond to crises using a culturally-rooted toolkit for families who have been impacted by gun violence and incarceration in Toronto.

252,800 over 36 months to address racism by providing Black and racialized young people in Windsor- Essex with experiential learning, skill-building, and leadership development opportunities.

$84,600 over 12 months to enable Black youth to co-create safe spaces that will build stronger peer, cultural and community connections in the Greater Toronto Area. The grant will help with the staffing, workshops and program costs involved with the initiative.

$255,000 over 36 months to create safe spaces for youth from immigrant Black communities (Ethiopian and Eritrean) that will help build stronger community and cultural connections.

$246,500 over 36 months to provide culturally relevant support, awareness and information to Black and racialized parents, families and communities in order to successfully navigate the criminal justice and penal systems from incarceration to parole with confidence and empowerment.

$170,000 over 24 months to create safer spaces for Black women/femme youth in the Weston-Mount Dennis area to discuss mental health, wellness, and develop new, culturally-relevant skills. The grant will be used to help with staffing, program and training costs.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

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