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Youth Opportunities Fund

  

Approval Date: March 12, 2020

Family Innovations - Test

$170,000 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $170,400 grant over 24 months to provide supports to facilitate systems navigation and improve access to community services for Black newcomer parents, caregivers, and guardians living in Sault Ste. Marie and area, and ensure social integration is done in an informative, socially and culturally anchored safe space.

$245,800 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $245,800 grant over 36 months to create a child-centred, culturally-responsive learning space for men, fathers and families of African descent in the GTA.

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to create a space to offer entrepreneurship training for low- income immigrant parents and newcomers to allow them to become self-employed in Vanier, a neighbourhood in the City of Ottawa’s east end.

$169,000 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $169,000 grant over 24 months to create the Black Families Advisory Bureau App to with assist systems navigation and accessing services to improve the economic and social wellbeing of Black families in the GTA.

$238,400 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $238,400 grant over 36 months to deliver a program focused on strengthening financial literacy, sharing tools and building economic empowerment for Black mothers across the GTA.

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to create a culturally anchored healing and learning space for Afro-Caribbean mothers whose children have been impacted by anti-Black racism in the education system. The project will provide support with system navigation and workshops to build parenting and coping skills.

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to support Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrant families, specifically mothers and women, who are facing socio-economic struggles and culture shock by providing services and systems navigation to facilitate integration into the Canadian community.

$253,500 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $253,500 grant over 36 months to provide supports that help Black parents, guardians, and caregivers across Windsor and Essex County navigate effectively the education system.

$92,400 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $92,400 grant over 36 months to provide supports to families with navigating the education system, and create a culturally relevant network for both Black and newcomer parents to learn from and educate one another in the Jane and Finch community.

$153,400 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $153,400 grant over 24 months to deliver weekly gatherings and semi-annual retreats aimed at strengthening employment skills and opportunities, while also providing information exchange, social cohesiveness and reducing social isolation for Somali single mothers in Etobicoke.

$246,400 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $246,400 grant over 36 month to deliver training workshops and other relevant information pertaining to financial literacy and the use of the banking system to help immigrants from French-speaking African countries to fight against the multiple causes related to poverty in order to improve their lifestyle.

$254,900 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $254,900 grant over 36 months to develop supportive resources for systems navigation, provide access to community services as well as creating a path to healing and wellness for Black parents, guardians and caregivers in Durham Region.

$254,700 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $254,700 grant over 36 months to build capacity and knowledge of the education system along with providing concrete system navigation support and mentorship for Black parents experiencing challenges within the education system in York Region.

$254,600 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $254,600 grant over 36 months to provide family and parenting services, as well as mentoring Black/Afro-diasporic newcomer parents, guardians and/or caregivers living in Ottawa.

$252,900 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $252,900 grant over 36 months to provide entrepreneurship training and supports for racialized, low-income parents, guardians and caregivers living in Windsor-Essex.

System Innovations

$806,400 over 60 months

$806,400 over 48 months for groundwork and implementation of strategies through this collaborative initiative that will strengthen the education system and outcomes for Black and racialized newcomer youth between 12-25 years-old in Hamilton. The collaborative will conduct research that informs and tests the School Readiness Academy model to improve education outcomes.

$492,500 over 24 months

$492,500 over 24 months to strengthen the work of child and youth workers by improving post-secondary education experiences of Black and racialized young adults in the Greater Toronto Area. The collaborative will address systemic racism by decolonizing the child and youth care curriculum while expanding research and knowledge production that benefits students, professionals and service users. The grant will be used for staffing, hosting meetings and workshops, as well as buying equipment and developing information materials

$465,900 over 24 months

$465,900 over 24 months for groundwork that will strengthen a skilled trades training and employment system for Indigenous youth in the Greater Toronto Area. This collaborative aims to improve the employment training system to reflect the needs of urban Indigenous youth, enabling them find and maintain meaningful work in skilled trades.

$1,350,000 over 72 months

$1,350,000 over 72 months for groundwork and implementation of strategies to transform and strengthen the education system for youth in the Shibogama tribal area in the Treaty 9 Territory. The collaborative, along with young leaders, will create pathways for Indigenous youth to become active agents of change in influencing the policies and processes that determine their access to education

$440,400 over 24 months

$440,400 over 24 months for the collaborative to establish the groundwork to improve access to leadership opportunities within the education system for Black and other racialized youth. The initiative will also help improve the students' parents' ability to advocate effectively on their behalf. This collaborative will create tools, models and policy recommendations to build a sense of belonging and ownership in the education system

Youth Innovations - Scale

$499,600 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven program model with a $499,600 grant over 48 months to expand a program addressing Black youth unemployment and under-employment for young adults between 16-25 years-old living in Toronto Community Housing communities. The grant will help increase information around employment supports, opportunities and culturally-relevant, wrap-around resources. There will be two, 10-week, pre-employment, life-skills and personal development programs promoting economic resiliency and independence for Black youth

$499,600 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $499,600 grant over 48 months to address issues around self-identity and confidence for 12-16 year-old Black young women in Toronto. The grant assist with a culturally-driven component to hiphop and gymnastics programs that promote leadership abilities. Girl Power’d will offer four cycles of 10-week programs, with an additional two cultural sessions, and annual performances involving program participants

$354,500 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $354,500 grant over 36 months to expand a workshop series involving marketing, promotion, financial literacy and performance opportunities for queer, Black and racialized youth in Regent Park, increasing their employability in the arts and entertainment industry

$464,600 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $464,600 grant over 48 months to launch the Three Phase Pow Wow Project. The program provides cultural, traditional activities and learnings that focus on building a sense of empowerment, promote a healthy lifestyle, and offer mentorship opportunities. Youth will participate in regalia-making, take part in the Summer Pow Wow Trail and bring back the Brunswick House Community Pow Wow

Youth Innovations - Test

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to strengthen Indigenous youth's connection with their identity and culture. A series of workshops, summer camps and mentorships will generate a youth-led cultural revitalization providing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people living in Simcoe County, Beausoleil First Nation, Moraviantown, Aamjiwnaang and surrounding communities with intensive, land-based training for traditional hide tanning skills, teachings and responsibilities

$241,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $241,000 grant over 36 months to address the lack of safe performance spaces and learning opportunities in the music industry for Black queer creatives within Toronto

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to create a safe, creative space to address anti-Black racism while building cultural connections among young Black people in Toronto. The program connects youth with prominent Black figures in Ontario to learn more about Black Canadian history and be part of a seven-month podcast project of conducting interviews and developing skills involving the collection of oral histories, promotion and podcast production

$235,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $235,000 grant over 36 months to deliver professional development and mentorship opportunities from people with lived experience for youth leaving care and the justice system in Thunder Bay. Programs will take place in a safe space, enabling youth to develop healthy relationships, confidence and learn new skill sets

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to support digital literacy skills and STEM knowledge programs for Black young women between 13-17 years-old to develop their economic empowerment. There will be eight monthly bilingual digital literacy workshops and an annual two-week, bilingual summer camp to learn about future opportunities in the technology sector.

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to work with Black youth between the ages of 16-20 from under-served communities, creating greater access to arts and positive mental health spaces through 16 workshops and activities

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to provide career-skills training that involves training workshops, mentorship and job-shadowing opportunities for Black youth between 18 to 25 in Ottawa, enabling them to find meaningful employment opportunities

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to provide workshops and an annual gathering in Thunder Bay for Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ youth , building on skills and addressing challenges of living on-reserve and in urban centres

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to address discrimination and barriers faced by Black Muslim girls between 14 to 18, providing access to mentorship, leadership as well as fitness and wellness opportunities that foster more community engagement in the Kitchener-Waterloo region

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to engage Indigenous youth from Eabametoong First Nation to form a committee encouraging leadership, learning new skills, building healthy relationships and leading initiatives based on traditional understandings of mino biimaadiziwin - an Indigenous principle for living a good life

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to increase access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning opportunities and culturally specific wellness workshops for Black youth in Rexdale. The program will deliver bi-weekly STEM and wellness workshops, a mentorship program, a one-week summer boot camp, and increase learning opportunities for personal and professional skills development

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to provide Black and racialized youth in Toronto and Hamilton with opportunities to lead and be involved in anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia education. The program will involve interactive workshops and annual conferences for high school students

$160,000 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $160,000 grant over 24 months to deliver bi-weekly, employment mentorship opportunities and workshops for Somali students in Grade 12 to post-secondary school and who are living in Toronto's west end

$254,900 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $254,900 grant over 36 months for a photography program, designed for marginalized Black boys and girls from the Regent Park community of Toronto that cultivates a safe space to build meaningful relationships with each other and the community through art. Annually, two cycles of programming will be offered to a group of young men and a group of young women. The activities held at Shoot For Peace will consist of weekly workshops, fields trips, projects and the program will culminate in an open art exhibition, for each cycle of participants

$152,800 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $152,800 grant over 24 months to enhance social awareness and solidarity among young women of colour in Toronto, providing a safe space to connect and gain insight on issues relevant to their livelihood

$255,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $255,000 grant over 36 months to address the adverse effects of poverty and cultural barriers by providing young Black women in Ottawa with opportunities to creatively develop and express themselves, effectively communicate, exemplify practical life skills and lead in their communities. Black young women will access a three phased component, bi-weekly program sessions that promotes empowerment, creative expression and release, and practical life skills through mentorship

$252,500 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $252,500 grant over 36 months to address racism by providing disadvantaged Black youth in Toronto with the infrastructure to build their artistic, entrepreneurial, and technological capacity. The group will host two cycles of a 7-week artist development boot camp that aims to provide Black young creatives with knowledge, tools, and access to resources to help advance their music careers

$250,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $250,000 grant over 36 months to create online and physical spaces that are safe, and empower Black youth, through the creation of strategic partnerships with black and Afro Caribbean university student groups in Ottawa, Hamilton, and Toronto, to explore the breadth of their cultural identity. They will also participate in live events and an online magazine that captures traditional African culture, ideas, philosophy, aesthetics, value systems in Ontario

$147,400 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $147,400 grant over 24 months to establish a weekly drop-in space for Black youth in London. The program will help youth in becoming part of a strong community of peers and leaders with shared cultural identity and experiences. Over eight months, weekly drop-in meetings will support Black youth by providing a safe space for leadership workshops, connecting with mentors and engaging in discussions around addressing racism and anti-Blackness in their communities

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