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Youth Opportunities Fund

  

Approval Date: December 31, 2015

Grassroots Innovation - SCALE

$129,900 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $129,900 over 36 months to deliver a peer mentorship project that will provide positive role models to at-risk youth in high three risk communities.   Each week, youth will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, engage in the arts, and collaboratively prepare nutritious meals with mentors.  The program will provide year-long supportive programming once a week for youth 12– 20 years old who are affected by parental imprisonment.

$300,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $300,000 over 36 months to deliver the Violence Intervention (VIA) Ambassadors Project in four communities in East Scarborough.  Youth in the program will receive capacity building and training in life and pro-social skills, violence prevention and intervention.  During the final year of this project, VIA’s will be part of a Scarborough Wide Youth Council that will be dedicated to leadership, violence intervention and community safety. 

$263,600 over 48 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $263,600 over 48 months to connect urban Aboriginal youth with Elders, their peers and adult mentors while engaging them in land-based and cultural learning in Toronto. Through these new relationships, young people will deepen their understanding of indigenous knowledge and will learn to apply indigenous knowledge to a range of activities. Youth will be supported to lead nature tours, cultural ceremonies, and increase indigenous presence on urban lands through restoration and planting.  Funds will be used to pay honorariums to youth mentors and Elders, and to train youth in horticulture.

$171,100 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $171,100 over 36 months to deliver the Push Elite program, to engage youth from the Lawrence Heights community in a life skills, leadership and fundamental basketball skills training program.  The program will support youth who face barriers with academics, social skills and other life issues by providing opportunities to participate in sports, attend life skills workshops and access academic supports.

$300,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $300,000 over 36 months to deliver a project called “The Roadshow” which aims to engage youth between the ages of 12-25 by connecting them to the broad spectrum of supports available in their local communities.  The Roadshow will be held in schools, as well as private and residential spaces, where collaboratives of cross-sector organizations will promote and guide youth through the supports that meet their variety of needs.  The project will target both youth in school as well as youth who are disengaged and out of school.

$150,800 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $150,800 over 24 months to engage youth 14 to 25 in Toronto to cultivate their artistic ‘voice’ and skills through music.  Participating young people will learn to produce and promote socially-conscious music through live performances and digital media.

Grassroots Innovation - TEST

$100,700 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $100,700 over 24 months to equip young people to build healthy, strong and trusting relationships through critical conversations on consent, sexual assault and rape culture. Bad Subject will use a workshop series and an on-line forum to engage young people in building a culture of consent in schools and communities. Funds will be used to hire a part-time project coordinator, to build an on-line platform and to engage youth as workshop facilitators.

$140,000 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $140,000 over 24 months to develop a peer mentorship program that will train French-speaking racialized youth as mentors for other newcomer youth who are facing similar challenges.  Funding will support the development of a network of youth leaders in Peel Region, and will provide local service agencies with new ways of engaging with racialized and/or newcomer Francophone youth.

$140,000 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $140,000 over 24 months to deliver an initiative called TechSpark that will address the challenges racialized and newcomer youth face, by using innovative technology based programming.  The TechSpark program will aim to remove existing barriers to employment by providing youth with access to professional mentors, and the skills needed to obtain and maintain high demand jobs in the technology sector.

$32,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $32,000 over 12 months to create a safe community space for LGBTTQ youth through a free weekly drop-in writing group. Funding will be used to provide an honorarium to three youth leaders, for youth outreach in Ajax-Pickering and to rent a consistent space for the weekly sessions.

$70,800 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $70,800 over 24 months to deliver two cycles of a twelve-week music-based stress management course for 20 young people. This program will focus on youth who have experiences with the justice system and who are living in low-income situations in priority neighbourhoods in Toronto. Through the weekly sessions, young people will improve their mental health as they learn to identify triggers and building cope skills with the help of music. Funds will be used to hire youth leaders, to engage peer mentors, to deliver the weekly music sessions and to produce a final video trailer.

$181,700 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $181,700 over 36 months to create two to three neighbourhood spaces where young people can meet, make new friends, experience a sense of belonging, and gain leadership skills. High school aged youth in North Burlington will secure and animate these spaces with the support of adult allies. Funds will be used to support youth-led activities within the new neighbourhood spaces.

$100,300 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $100,300 over 24 months to deliver a program that develops the skills and capacity of racialized youth through mentorship, training, education, and positive relationships.  S.W.A.G.(Success with Age and Guidance) is comprised of a group of young men under 30 years old all from the Region of Peel.  Funds will support two 13-week mentorship sessions a year for youth aged 12 to 21 in the Peel Region.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 over 36 months to work collaboratively with community partners, including the Toronto District School Board, to bring social, recreational and academic supports to middle-school youth in order reduce the achievement gap and connect young people to opportunities and experiences that will foster new skills, new relationships and expanded horizons. Funding will be used to hire one youth coordinator, to recruit and train 20 youth mentors, and to deliver mentorship and educational supports in a school setting in the Jane Finch neighbourhood in Toronto. 

$71,900 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $71,900 over 24 months to pilot a mentorship and leadership program that focuses on girls’ empowerment through critical engagement with information communication technology (ICT), social media and community building in virtual and physical settings.  Funds will be used to hire one youth program coordinator, to deliver weekly engagement sessions, and to build a virtual platform for digital youth engagement.

Strategic Collaborations

$335,100 over 36 months

$335,100 over 36 months to deliver the A.C.T 4 Youth model in York Region.  This project will ensure youth aged 20-29 with intellectual disabilities have the support they need for a smooth transition into the community after completing Post-secondary education. Youth with intellectual disabilities will access services that promote independence and employment during this transition period.  The A.C.T 4 Youth initiative will work together with existing community programs, grassroots initiatives and local networks for a comprehensive approach.

$670,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $670,000 over 36 months to engage youth and adult allies in building and sustaining an eco-system of youth programs and services in the Kingston Galloway and Orton Park community. Funding will be used to hire two young people to coordinate the project and lead outreach, complete a network map, and deliver four youth-led demonstration projects with four of the partnering organizations.

$849,100 over 48 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $849,100 over 48 months to enhance access to LGBTQ support services and to engage youth in strengthening the LGBTQ youth-sector in Toronto.  Funding will support a comprehensive needs assessment, testing of new services to better meet needs, and new youth-led projects guided by a Youth Advisory Committee. Funds will also be used to launch a mobile service guide to improve service navigation. This investment will also be used to create safer communities for LGBTQ youth by launching a new social marketing campaign that will challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

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