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Youth Entrepreneurship Partnerships

Youth Entrepreneurship Partnerships (YEP) provides grants to non-profit organizations to run programs promoting the development of entrepreneurial skills in young people (between the ages of 12-29).

Launched in 2006, YEP provides opportunities for diverse youth groups across Ontario, particularly youth who are under-served, outside the mainstream educational system and/or living in rural and remote communities.

In its first two rounds of funding, YEP has provided approximately $2.27 million to 20 projects which targeted more than 24,300 youth and youth influencers across Ontario. YEP Round 1 funded six projects, totalling $673,000, and Round 2 funded 14 projects, totalling approximately $1.59 million.

Youth Employment Services is one of 19 successful third round recipients of the YEP grants. For their project, A Passion for Fashion, Youth Employment Services has partnered with the Toronto Fashion Incubator to offer participants:

  • A series of business and fashion design workshops to teach the basics of running their own business in the fashion industry
  • Access to one-on-one mentorship from emerging and seasoned industry professionals
  • A chance to compete in Fashionista's Den competition where participants will pitch their fashion business plans and sketches to a panel of expert judges. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and a free Toronto Fashion Incubator membership which includes 50 hours of mentorship.

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