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Youth Opportunities Fund

Approval Date: March 30, 2017

Grassroots Innovation - SCALE

$381,000 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $381,000 grant over 48 months to deliver workshops and pop-up art events that engage youth. Young people will be engaged in a creative dialogue about the powerful impact of language, discrimination and social exclusion, and learn about resources for coping with, and reporting, bullying in Brampton.

$400,000 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $400,000 over 48 months to provide youth with free group fitness classes and sport-specific team training, as well as nutrition, leadership and cultural workshops. In exchange, they will provide community service in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne to help other young people make better fitness and nutritional choices.

$295,300 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $295,300 over 36 months to provide weekly workshops for racialized youth in Malvern that will develop their coping skills involving trauma, or stress management, and build positive relationships.

$295,900 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $295,900 over 36 months to expand weekly programming for young people once involved in the criminal justice system, or who are living on the margins in Toronto. The project will include innovative wellness programs focusing on stress management, and will use the arts and other sustainable coping methods to help youth form and maintain healthy relationships.

$400,000 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $400,000 over 48 months to provide culturally relevant, gender-specific empowerment programming for Indigenous youth in M’Chigeeng First Nation, helping young people become more engaged in the community and fostering a stronger sense of pride in their identity.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to help build the skills of youth and adult allies in co-created safe places within Hamilton's McQuesten and Keith neighbourhoods. This initiative will help form and maintain healthy peer and adult relationships as a foundation for meaningful youth engagement in the community.

$400,000 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $400,000 over 48 months to expand its slate of free art workshops facilitated by Indigenous artists for Indigenous youth. The initiative will offer a safe space for youth in Thunder Bay and eight rural First Nations communities to create, socialize and engage with others, while building confidence and self-esteem.

$298,400 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $298,400 over 36 months to deliver Bridge the Gap, giving racialized and newcomer youth in the Firgrove and Swansea Mews areas access to hands-on trades training in the construction sector, and to provide personal development workshops.

$97,200 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $97,200 over 36 months to offer costume design workshops and Pride events for queer and trans youth with disabilities in Scarborough. Leadership opportunities will also be offered to engage the youth in their community.

$400,000 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $400,000 grant over 48 months to expand a drop-in program, focusing on youth and enhancing programs to include Traditional Teachings for 2Spirit/LGBTTQ Indigenous youth in Toronto. The initiative will help youth develop leadership and life-building skills, while strengthening a sense of community and belonging.

$300,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $300,000 over 36 months to expand on weekly artistic gatherings, as well as continuing its annual celebration and conferences for racialized youth in Toronto. These events provide a welcoming, supportive and positive space for young people and artists in the community.

$300,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $300,000 over 36 months to deliver film and media training programs focusing on technical, creative and teamwork skills for racialized youth in the Jane/Finch and Rexdale communities.

$399,200 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $399,200 over 48 months to engage Indigenous youth leaders aged 14-18 to foster relationship-building and mentorship between youth and adult role models in First Nations and urban Indigenous organizations within Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

$400,000 over 48 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a grant of $400,000 over 48 months to assist transgender youth in accessing services in their communities. It will provide training to youth-serving organizations, teachers, and schools in transgender sensitivity, making Northeastern Ontario communities safer for transgender youth.

$203,100 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $203,100 grant over 36 months to create a safe space, providing peer support, interactive programming and volunteer opportunities for York Region youth who identify as LGBTTQ. The programs will give youth an opportunity to build on their self-esteem and confidence levels.

Grassroots Innovation - SCALE - ON 150

$285,600 over 36 months

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $285,600 grant over 36 months to expand its artist residency initiative, teaching spoken word to disengaged and vulnerable students at 12 high schools and seven middle schools in Hamilton. The program will reinvigorate educational spaces, engaging youth in their schools and communities.

Grassroots Innovation - TEST

$190,200 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $190,200 grant over 36 months to provide weekly mentoring opportunities and workshops for racialized and newcomer youth in Toronto. The group will expand peer and youth support networks, empower and inspire youth to continue with high school and post-secondary education, participate in school activities and become more involved in their communities.

$206,200 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $206,200 grant over 36 months to provide digital literacy, and entrepreneurial education, resources and supports for low-income, racialized youth in Toronto. Youth will learn to harness the power of business and technology and have a space where they feel a part of, share their ideas and work collaboratively.

$140,000 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $140,000 over 24 months to create conditions for Indigenous youth in vulnerable situations to become engaged in their community through recreation opportunities, skill building, traditional language learning, and becoming a vital resource of community support in Bear Lake, Temagami.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to connect youth from the black community in Durham Region with resources for personal and leadership development opportunities that build on students' academic and creative talents. The group will support racialized youth through mentorship and workshops, develop personal networks and engage in creative forums.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to provide programming and mentorship for up to 30 LGBTTQ youth aged 15-19, and their allies, building a sense of community, providing life skills and encouraging cultural revitalization for LGBTTQ youth in Kenora and surrounding areas.

$70,000 over 12 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $70,000 over 12 months to provide two cycles of 12-week training and workshops with life skills, personal development, leadership, entrepreneurship, and providing access to resources for racialized youth from low-income communities in Brampton. The program will help navigate services and increase economic opportunities by providing skills to find meaningful employment.

$131,800 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $131,800 over 36 months to deliver six signature activities leading to an annual conference, and a seasonal youth camp for newcomer and racialized youth to increase civic engagement in York Region. Youth will participate in and lead initiatives in their communities that address environmental, health, literacy, mentorship and healthy relationships.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $210,000 grant over 36 months to deliver culturally appropriate and patient-centred maternal health programming. Using an online application in conjunction with Maternal Healthcare Mentors for pre and post-natal racialized young women in Toronto, providing information to improve health outcomes.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to provide mentorship and workshops for racialized youth in priority neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area. Youth will access specialized skills development training in areas of interest and will be encouraged to reach personal goals through mentorship opportunities and networking events.

$74,800 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $74,800 over 24 months to create a mixed-media blog for newcomer, immigrant and second generation youth (NISY) and LGBTTQ+ youth. It will discuss their concerns and perspectives, expanding and diversifying sexual health conversations in the Greater Toronto Area. Using storytelling and the arts, NISY will be empowered to share stories that consider culture, religion and values, increase awareness of sexual health and build relationships among NISY.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to engage youth and give them opportunities to be heard, share their voices and ideas, feel more connected to the community, provide opportunities to learn leadership skills and address barriers that youth experience accessing services in Onigaming First Nation.

$209,600 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $209,600 over 36 months to deliver individual and group mentoring, artistic training and education programs for youth experiencing mental health issues in Elgin County. Using the arts, storytelling and one-on-one training with professional mentors, a creative resource space will be set up in Springfield where youth can feel safe to experiment creatively, while accessing mental health information and resources.

$122,100 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a $122,100 over 24 months to facilitate activities that promote, strong, healthy and cross-cultural relationships between refugees and Canadian-born youth and adults in Sault Ste. Marie. The initiative will help newcomer youth integrate successfully into their new community.

$140,000 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $140,000 over 24 months to host weekly peer support meetings and community engagement opportunities for youth with mental health or addictions concerns in Oakville. It will give youth access to tools and resources supporting personal development and provide opportunities to lead initiatives in support of the community, such as overdose awareness campaigns and gardening programs.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to host biweekly meetups (one active and one social), as well as monthly skill sharing and mentorship workshops for trans and queer youth aged 15-25 in Hamilton.

$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to deliver a multi-dimensional trades mentorship and training program to LGBTTQ+ youth in Scarborough. It will utilize a diverse, gendered perspective to create a trades work curriculum, teaching tangible and creative skills in woodworking, bike mechanics and electronics, while enabling youth to foster and maintain healthy, close relationships.

$76,500 over 24 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $76,500 over 24 months to organize and deliver in-person and online educational activities for racialized and newcomer young women in Toronto and York Region. It will provide encouragement and a sense of empowerment to engage in their communities and the political process.

$209,700 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $209,700 over 36 months to develop a YouTube channel, an interactive website, and host a summit for racialized and newcomer youth in Halton and Peel and online communities. It will employ a supportive, interfaith and intercultural perspective enabling young people to engage in their communities by creating safe online spaces for learning, combatting Islamophobia and discussing concerns for Muslim youth.

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$210,000 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $210,000 over 36 months to offer volunteer training workshops for racialized, newcomer youth, as well as youth with disabilities, to increase volunteer opportunities and engagement in Halton-Peel's social services sector.

$201,200 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $201,200 over 36 months to organize weekly opportunities for newcomer Syrian youth to meet in a safe setting, build relationships, integrate into society using their first language, and become engaged in the community.

$100,200 over 36 months

Delivering a project at the idea or conceptual stage with a grant of $100,200 over 36 months to provide a support system for newcomer youth with Canadian-born peers and community. Young people will develop their English and communication skills through English Conversations Circles, social evenings and excursions to libraries, community centres and parks.

Strategic Collaborations

$545,200 over 36 months

With a grant of $545,200 over 36 months, this collaborative will strengthen the service delivery system for youth who are at risk of, or are currently experiencing, homelessness in Leamington. It will provide a one-stop, “no wrong door” approach to keep youth connected to the community and enable young people to navigate and access needed services.

$1,205,300 over 60 months

With a grant of $1,205,300 over 60 months, this collaborative initiative will strengthen the capacity of youth-serving organizations and youth leaders in northern communities, empowering and engaging young change-makers to build social infrastructure in Northern Ontario.

$882,500 over 48 months

With a grant of $882,000 over 48 months, this collaborative initiative will improve the system of care to detect psychosis symptoms early, and access appropriate services for youth with psychosis who live in Northwestern Ontario. The collaborative initiative will increase connections between sectors, redesign existing resource tools, increase the availability and capacity of service providers, improving the pathways for youth who experience psychosis.

$749,900 over 60 months

With a grant of $749,900 over 60 months, this collaborative initiative will improve the system of supports in Toronto for young people in conflict with the law. It will improve the effectiveness of targeted reintegration supports and reduce recidivism through enhanced community partnerships, communications, improved knowledge and understanding of current services, collaborative case planning, and increased youth and community stakeholder involvement.

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