Youth Opportunities Fund
Approval Date: March 28, 2019
Family Innovations - Scale
$375,000 over 36 months$375,000 over 36 months to create a network of social and financial supports for marginalized Black parents in Toronto, Durham, Hamilton and London.
$500,000 over 48 months$500,000 over 48 months to create safe and intimate spaces for healing and learning through culture for Indigenous parents and their kin who have been impacted by the effects of colonization and residential schools, and who are also parents or caregivers of youths participating in Ohero:kon rites of passage in Akwesasne.
Family Innovations - Test
$246,500 over 36 months$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.
$252,400 over 36 months$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.
$255,000 over 36 months$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
$254,100 over 36 months$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.
$255,000 over 36 months$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.
$169,800 over 24 months$169,800 over 24 months to create a healing and learning cultural space for Indigenous parents who have been impacted by colonization and have experienced intergenerational trauma in Toronto.
$237,200 over 36 months$237,200 over 36 months to create a healing and cultural safe space where Indigenous families and caregivers can learn, relearn, and reclaim a traditional practice that was once ubiquitous on Taykwa Tagamou (New Post) territory and beyond.
$236,700 over 36 months$236,700 over 36 months to create a social impact for our children's children by healing First Nations parents and caregivers through sharing, learning and growing together in North Caribou Lake First Nation.
$254,200 over 36 months$254,200 over 36 months to establish a healing and culturally-relevant creative space for Black single mothers/caregivers who have experienced trauma in Toronto.
$168,900 over 24 months
$168,900 over 24 months to enhance the knowledge and skills of Black, racialized and low SES families in the Weston Village area of Toronto in order for them to effectively navigate the education system, have access to opportunities for their children, and meaningfully support their children's education.
$1,500,000 over 72 months$1,500,000 over 72 months for the collaborative to do groundwork and implement strategies that will transform the public education system for urban Indigenous youth in Ontario. The collaborative will mobilize urban Indigenous community-based learning practices situated in Friendship Centre communities across Ontario.
$407,000 over 24 months$407,000 over 24 months for groundwork that will support the collaborative to develop a framework for schools and community groups to create safe, alternative education spaces that celebrate, affirm, culturally engage, heal, nurture and grow the skills of Black and racialized youth. The collaborative will strengthen the education system for diverse Black students experiencing marginalization in Toronto.
$1,387,400 over 72 months$1,387,000 over 72 months to develop a model of support for Black youth that will enable institutions to understand the barriers they face and make changes collaboratively so that they can access employment and education systems that provide services that meet their needs based on their lived experience.
Youth Innovations - Scale
$489,200 over 48 months
$489,200 over 48 months to provide a space for youth living in Toronto Community Housing communities to participate and lead conversations that will address rape culture and gender-based violence within the Black and African-Caribbean Diasporic community.
$500,000 over 48 months$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.
$500,000 over 48 months$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.
$312,400 over 36 months$312,400 over 36-months to scale a project that creates a space for Indigenous youth living in Thunder Bay to access culturally relevant arts education rooted in community and culture. The funds will be used to expand the current project, a land-based arts residency, to reach more youth by providing both summer and school year residency opportunities.
$491,400 over 48 months$491,400 over 48 months to provide in-depth training in the fields of music production and recording for Black youth from the York South-Weston community, while offering support to explore sustainable and creative career pathways.
$500,000 over 48 months$500,000 over 48 months to provide Black newcomer girls living in Ward 1 Etobicoke access to programming that offers support in mentorship, leadership, building high self-esteem, mental wellness, and relationship building to help equip them in becoming leaders and changemakers within their communities.
Youth Innovations - Test
$170,000 over 24 months$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.
$255,000 over 36 months$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.
$84,600 over 12 months$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.
$252,800 over 36 months252,800 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.
$255,000 over 36 months$255,000 over 36 months to help Burundian youth and newcomers in Ottawa to successfully integrate the labour market and achieve stable professional careers.
$240,000 over 36 months$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.
$254,700 over 36 months$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).
$116,100 over 24 months$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.
$255,000 over 36 months$255,000 over 36-months to support sustenance (traditional food and medicine) sovereignty and knowledge revitalization for Indigenous womxn/girls, Two-Spirit, trans, queer, genderqueer and agender youth in Fort William First Nation, Hamilton and Toronto.
$169,400 over 24 months$169,400 over 24 months to increase access to Anishinaabe language and culture for Anishinaabe youth and families from Serpent River First Nation, as well as neighboring First Nations and communities. The funds will be used to promote Anishinaabe language and cultural revitalization through language lessons, harvesting from the land, crafts, seasonal land-based culture camps, rites of passages, access to ceremony, and visiting with Elders and knowledge keepers.
$255,000 over 36 months$255,000 over 36 months to hire staff and cover program costs involved with creating a safe space for Black Muslim youth across Toronto. Programs providing emotional, social, and academic support through mentorship, workshops and the creative arts will be offered.
$248,600 over 36 months$248,600 over 36 months to create space for First Nations youth, and those living on/off reserve to have a greater voice in North Caribou Lake First Nation by establishing a Youth Council that will improve community engagement. The Youth Council will host hands-on learning workshops, and participate in capacity building trainings to provide insights and more space for youth voices.
$254,200 over 36 months$254,200 over 36 months to assist with the staffing and program costs involved with providing a safe space for Black youth in Ottawa where the focus is building community through a culturally-anchored music production and songwriting program.
$255,000 over 36 months$255,000 over 36 months to conduct community-based research exploring how a lack of belonging, discrimination, and social isolation contribute to racialized young men feeling disengaged from society and engaging in street level violence in Ottawa.
$255,000 over 36 months$255,000 over 36 months to operate the Queen's Plate Youth Mentorship program, creating a safe space for 100 Black youth in Rexdale and offering programs that address systemic and structural barriers. The grant will help with part-time staffing, interactive workshops and program costs. .
$255,000 over 36 months$255,000 over 36 months to create safe spaces for Indigenous youth, creating stronger community and cultural connections within the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory through visual arts and hip hop culture.
$170,000 over 24 months$170,000 over 24 months to develop safe spaces for youth between 14-24 in Sagamok where traditional teachings and interaction with Elders, deepening self-knowledge and cultural connections will be offered. The program will also focus on addressing the issues of lateral violence, racism and abuse.
$200,200 over 36 months
$200,200 over 36 months to provide skills training for Black and racialized youth, and LGBTTQ+ youth regarding the Canadian film industry. Issues involving racism and lack of media representation in popular Canadian media will be addressed. The program will culminate with film screenings and panel discussions with Canadian filmmakers in seven communities across southern Ontario, Kingston and Ottawa.
$255,000 over 36 months$255,000 over 36-months to develop an online services directory and app connecting street youth to their communities. The program will help marginalized, racialized and street-involved youth in Toronto who are not currently connected to education, employment or training programs to break-free of poverty and social assistance.
$84,900 over 24 months$84,900 over 24 months to host workshops addressing the impact of trauma by empowering racialized, self-identified girls, young women and non-binary people in Greater Toronto Area, giving them opportunities to lead dialogues towards healing.
$254,800 over 36 months$254,800 over 36-months to create career pathways in the field of technology entrepreneurship for Black, racialized and newcomer secondary school students in Durham Region. The grant will assist with the salaries for part-time staff, honorariums for youth mentors, and program costs.
$255,000 over 36 months$255,000 over 36 months to empower Indigenous youth to reach their full potential, gain independent life skills and employment experience through mentorship in Wabaseemoong Independent Nation.