Supporting Success for Youth Across Ontario
Province Investing in Grassroots Community Projects to Build Skills and Create Opportunity
Ontario is supporting new opportunities for youth across the province to connect with mentors, learn new skills and achieve success.
Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, made the announcement today at the Youth Action Network in Toronto. The centre's MyStand project is receiving support through Ontario's Youth Opportunities Fund to connect at-risk youth in the Greater Toronto Area with mentors and offer specialized workshops to help them develop new skills such as financial literacy, set and work toward goals and learn about healthy relationships.
A total of 41 projects across the province are receiving support this year in communities including, Akwesasne, Cambridge, Hamilton, Kenora, Kingsville, Lake Temagami, M'chigeeng, Nestor Falls, Ottawa, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thames Valley, Thunder Bay and Toronto.
- Skills training programs in film and media, digital literacy, costume design and the trades
- English language classes for newcomers
- Health promotions programs, including mental health support and creative therapy
- Sports and recreation programs to help youth stay active, build networks of friends and mentors
- Programs specially designed for Indigenous, racialized, newcomer and LGBTTQ youth
- Civic engagement opportunities, as part of Ontario150
Increasing supports and skill-building opportunities for children and youth in communities across the province is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- The 41 projects will be receiving more than $12 million this year from Ontario's Youth Opportunities Fund, and will be delivered by grassroots, youth-led, community-based organizations.
- Since its launch in 2013, the Youth Opportunities Fund has provided approximately $17 million to 74 community groups benefitting over 115,000 youth.
- Grants are awarded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation based on how well projects address desired outcomes in Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario's Youth Succeed.
- The Youth Opportunities Fund is part of the province's $55-million enhanced Ontario Youth Action Plan, Ontario's largest investment to date to help children and youth in high-priority communities across the province.
- Under the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan, the Youth Opportunities Fund will be increased by $1 million annually to support grassroots projects focused on skills development programming.
- The application period for next year’s grants will launch this summer.
- Youth Action Plan
- Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario's Youth Succeed
- Learn how to apply for a Youth Opportunities Fund grant
- Complete list of Youth Opportunities Grantees
“Partnering with local grassroots groups, our government is committed to supporting projects that make a difference in the lives of youth across the province. These groups know and understand the needs of youth in their community and how best to help them achieve great success.”
“It has been a year of expansion for the Youth Opportunities Fund and this announcement is a direct reflection of all the hard work the team and our Grant Review Committees do to ensure great projects are funded. It’s inspiring to see such a wide-range of excellent, youth-led organizations and initiatives with fresh ideas. Projects for youth by youth are important in addressing the issues facing this diverse and ever-changing population.”
“Engaging and empowering today’s youth is a key driver in Ontario150 programming and, to underscore that commitment, Ontario is putting $1M behind the Youth Opportunities Fund. As we celebrate our sesquicentennial, we are also laying the groundwork for a successful future by investing in our next generation of leaders. This program is one of many that will help us achieve that goal.”
“The MyStand mentorship initiative aims to tackle the lack of positive mentor relationships and positive social reinforcement facing racialized youth. We are thankful to the Ministry and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for helping bring vital resources to help MyStand play a key role in the development of GTA youth. Along with our organizational mentor, Youth Action Network, we look forward to making an impact at a critical point in their lives.”