In 2017/2018, United Way of Peel Region awarded $23,000 in grant money to 12 youth-led initiatives that focus on addressing community issues in the Peel Region.
Projects are separated into two streams. $15,000 has been awarded to eight youth-led projects that fall under the general grants stream to address community issues. $8,000 has been awarded to four youth-led projects that address the issue of financial literacy among youth.
The following programs received grants for 2017/2018.
- AD ASTRA: Mindful or Mind full? will deliver a three-part mental health workshop series for 50 students at St. Francis Xavier along with a documentary of the entire process. The project aims to bring together school staff and students to create a learning environment that encourage self-regulation with practical strategies to regulate their emotions and tasks.
- Aspiring Youth Council will deliver a hackathon that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) topics. The group aims to empower youth with regards to STEM and promote positive social networking and skills development.
- Didi project is a mentorship initiative that aims to create meaningful relationships between girls both young and old. The project will pair older girls with younger girls in a mentor/mentee relationship to help all girls realize their potential. The project Is geared towards girls of the diaspora.
- Girls Empowerment Movement’s Women in Motion project is a one-day workshop focused on reducing barriers for young women to get active. The workshop will promote healthier lifestyles and choices, with a holistic approach towards physical and mental wellbeing.
- Rise Above Adversity aims to bring awareness to community issues to inspire positive change. It’s a youth conference and a pitch for proposals on community issues that will give youth projects exposure to MPPs and other political members.
- Step Up: Crossing the Poverty Line will deliver a poverty simulation to youth that focuses on environmental, systemic, and structural barriers. The project aims to raise awareness on poverty in Peel and provide youth with a better understanding of what poverty looks like for individuals and families in Peel Region.
- Sustainable Peel is a one-day environmental conference for youth, by youth in Peel. The project will focus on a sustainability report from the United Nations, and at the conference, youth will discuss the strategies in which they can support a sustainable environment in Peel Region.
- Brampton Says will deliver workshops to high school students aimed at integrating forms of creative arts into mental health wellness improvement. The workshops will feature music from local musical artists, choreography as a meditative tool to mental wellness and will talk about the therapeutic elements and benefits of song writing.
Financial Literacy Grants
- Centsibility will deliver seven workshops on financial literacy in middle schools and high schools across Peel Region.
- Contrast will deliver a five-part workshop series aiming to empower youth with the financial knowledge needed as an entrepreneur in the creative arts industry. These workshops will focus on managing money, budgeting as a business, and budgeting as someone who is self-employed.
- Girls Empowerment Movement’s Proactivity Project Part Two is a one-day intensive, interactive workshop that focuses on financial literacy for high school students. The day will include hands-on activities, breakout sessions, and guest speakers on important financial topics, such as financial options available to post-secondary students.
- Operation Monopoly will deliver five financial literacy workshops to youth. Workshops will cover things like the difference between credit and debit, interest rates, and budgeting. Youth will test their knowledge in online learning modules and a financial game of Monopoly.