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Youth Opportunities Fund

  

Approval Date: December 31, 2014

Capacity Building

$292,000 over 18 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $292,000 over 18 months to facilitate capacity building and develop evaluation tools for emerging young leaders and grassroots groups, who are either applying for funding or implementing initiatives through the Grassroots Innovation Stream of the Youth Opportunities Fund. Funds will support the hiring of a Project Coordinator and program delivery costs. 

Grassroots Innovation - SCALE

$225,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $225,000 over three years to provide support, mentorship and opportunities for youth in the adult correctional system to earn their high school diploma. The Look at My Life Project will provide one-on-one tutoring, support and information sessions for youth in custody. Youth enrolled in the program will also receive post-release supports in accessing employment, post-secondary education and housing.

$365,700 over 60 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $365,700 over five years to develop a leadership and mentorship program for Eritrean youth in Toronto. Young leaders will plan, lead and promote action within their social networks and the broader Eritrean community.

Grassroots Innovation - TEST

$25,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $25,000 over one year to mentor and train up to thirty-five youth in Jane and Finch area in an afterschool program focusing on leadership skills such as goal management training, cognitive behaviour intervention and negotiation.

$6,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $6,000 over one year to initiate a mentorship program with twenty Afghani youth in Durham. Mentorship activities will include a homework club and guest speaker sessions.

$25,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $25,000 over one year to build a safe space for marginalized youth at the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre in Toronto. A Youth Cabinet will be created to respond to youth needs and advocate on behalf of youth in the community and build programs for the space.

$25,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $25,000 over one year to provide academic support through a tutoring program for low-income, new immigrant and/or racialized youth in York Region. The program will also help young people to develop the necessary experience and leadership skills to become tutors to other youth.

$24,700 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $24,700 over one year to engage ten girls aged 12-25 in weekly breakdancing workshops and sharing circles. These workshops will teach the fundamentals in breakdancing, connecting these to teamwork, overcoming challenges and fears, and thinking outside the box.

$25,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $25,000 over one year to provide a safe space for queer and trans-gendered youth in Toronto and Peel to socialize and create art with the help of program facilitators. Funding will allow this program to be free of charge, therefore decreasing barriers to participation.

$25,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $25,000 over one year to engage youth aged 15-25 in the Victoria Park and Eglinton areas of Scarborough in building trade skills. This is an intensive summer program designed to build social and support networks, gain skills training, enhance employment opportunities, while working within an anti-racist framework to explore systems barriers.

$20,800 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $20,800 over one year to provide youth in Regent Park with weekly workshops. The workshops will be an opportunity for young people to learn about conflict resolution, self-care, sexual health and safety.

$25,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $25,000 over one year to assemble a Regional Youth Roundtable for 17 youth-led organizations in Peel region. This roundtable will coordinate efforts in the youth sector in this region. 

$225,000 over 36 months

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.

$25,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $25,000 over one year to fund a pre-employment training program in Richmond Hill for youth with special needs. With the help of their parents, participants will receive the necessary training to operate a tuck shop inside a senior’s residence.

$25,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $25,000 over one year to build solidarity between young women aged 12-18 in the indigenous and African Canadian communities in Toronto. They will participate in workshops with a theme of reconciliation, women’s empowerment and strengthening relations between these two communities.

Strategic Collaborations

$971,700 over 48 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $953,600 over four years to expand the Rites of Passage program for youth of African descent in Falstaff at Jane & Wilson, The Peanut in the Don Valley Village Neighborhood and in Scarborough Village. The Rites of Passage program is based on a recognized 12 month curriculum focusing on fostering positive youth development and leadership skills.

$853,200 over 48 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $853,200 over four years to establish a dedicated program centre for LGBTTQ youth and their families in Halton Region to access support, and foster positive youth development. This work will include establishing a youth advisory group.

$953,600 over 48 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $953,600 over four years to expand the Rites of Passage program for youth of African descent in Falstaff at Jane & Wilson, The Peanut in the Don Valley Village Neighborhood and in Scarborough Village. The Rites of Passage program is based on a recognized 12 month curriculum focusing on fostering positive youth development and leadership skills.

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