Past Youth in Action Grant Recipients

In 2016, United Way of Peel Region awarded $15,000 in grant money to 10 youth-led initiatives that focus on addressing community issues in the Peel Region. The following programs received grants for 2016/17:

  1. Help the Homeless is an initiative focused on developing community workshops to raise awareness about mental health in the homeless population. Community members will then develop sub-initiatives that focus on variables stemming from mental health issues, such as fundraising events to raise donations for food cards, and information about resources and services offered in the community (i.e. various 24/7 crisis hotlines, mental health drop in locations, food banks, and transitional housing information).
  2. yWE TALK’s Mental Health Conference aims to educate, enlighten and spark discussion regarding mental health. It will encourage attendees to feel safe when approaching conversations regarding mental health and illness, and inspire them to lead these conversations and deliver key insights from the conference in their communities. The conference also aspires to connect Peel youth with local organizations to aid mental well-being, and guide them to adequate resources to explore in taking care of their mental health.
  3. Crossing the Poverty Line is a project that aims to change judgments and perception among youth with regards to youth in poverty living in the Region of Peel through a poverty simulation. Last year, the focus was on the financial aspect of living in poverty. This year, the focus will go beyond finances and will look at the environmental, systemic, and structural barriers that come with being a youth in today's world (e.g. mental health, school, transportation, jobs and various other aspects of life that youth face every day).
  4. Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM): The Proactivity Project is a youth-led group that aims to provide mentorship, leadership, and empowerment opportunities to youth within the Peel Region. They hope to advance their mission by hosting a two-day conference for youth ages 14 and up. The conference will focus on personal exploration and self-development, financial literacy, interpersonal skills, as well as feminism and gender discrimination in the workplace.
  5. Let’s Art It Out is a project that will provide youth between the ages of 10-18 access to learn various art techniques such as painting, drawing, sculpting, etc. It will provide youth the opportunity to have a valuable art experience outside of their academic and personal lives. The workshops will provide youth in Caledon and Brampton with a healthy outlet to unleash their artistic abilities, develop and grow self, as well as encourage positive mental health.
  6. Mindful March Break: For Youth by Youth is a youth-led initiative that involves a series of 5 free workshops surrounding youth mindfulness and mental health awareness during the March Break period. Topics of discussion will include: Building Healthy Relationships, Body Image / Positivity, Self Esteem, Emotional Wellbeing / Motivation, and Stress / Resiliency.
  7. Cipher is a code-oriented community within the Peel Region, whose goal is to introduce programming literacy to secondary school students by hosting a “Local Hack Day”. The event will provide students in the Peel Region with a platform to network and collaborate with one another, as well as learn new programming skills that are becoming more prominent as basic literacy in the digital age.
  8. PEYA’s Amazing Green Race is a project targeted towards youth to provide them with the opportunity to learn various aspects of sustainable living such as: improving local food security, raising awareness about mental health well-being, maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle through factors such as using public transportation.
  9. Ink Movement is a youth-led, non-profit organization that encourages self-expression within various forms of art. This year, the team is planning to host the rethINK History conference that will showcase art throughout history. The conference provides a platform for emerging artists to explore their artistic abilities and allows youth to use art as a healthy outlet and coping mechanism for positive mental health.
  10.  Project #Unity is created by students for students with the vision to increase unity and inclusivity within the Clarkson Secondary School. The project is needed to help students explore wellness activities, interact more and be more social through workshops, mentoring relationships with other organizations within Peel, and creation of a Unity Wall in the school.
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