youth-in-action-grants

The 2015 Youth in Action Grant period is now closed!

Youth in Action Grants are a one-time grant opportunity focused on youth-led projects that offer creative youth-initiated ideas to address community issues in Peel Region. Youth and/or groups of youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are eligible to apply for this grant. Requests can be made for up to $2,000 per project.

In 2015, $15,000 was funded by United Way of Peel Region and distributed to 8 youth-led projects through this granting opportunity.

Youth in Action grants were developed in 2009 by United Way's Young Leaders Council, a group of volunteers aged 20 to 35 who are committed to creating a legacy of volunteerism and spirited giving within Peel Region.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Chris Thompson at 905-602-3623 or cthompson@unitedwaypeel.org

To learn more about the Young Leaders Council and ways to get involved please visit: unitedwaypeel.org/act/volunteer/young-leaders-council


In 2015, United Way of Peel Region awarded $15,000 in grant money to 8 youth-led initiatives that focus on addressing community issues in the Peel Region. The following programs received grants for 2015/16:

    1. yWE TALK: is a by-youth-for-youth organization with the vision to increase conversation about mental health, as well as the mission to educate and encourage youth to take care of their mental well-being through providing resources, hosting activities, and creating opportunities for conversation on social media and in local communities.
    2. Step Up Youth Volunteer Ambassadors: hopes to execute an educational and awareness project that will change youth’s negative perceptions of their peers who are facing poverty in the Region of Peel.
    3. Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM): Passion to Action Conference is a youth-led group that aims to provide girls in the Peel Region with leadership, mentorship and empowerment opportunities, in order to inspire them to lead their own self-development, leadership or community action and turn their passions into action.
    4. Ink Movement: Mississauga Youth Anthology: is an annual publication that aims to showcase written and visual work created by young artists between the ages of 12-24 in the Peel Region. The theme of the Anthology’s fourth volume is “What’s Wrong?” as artists are encouraged to explore and interpret self-expression of this theme, as well as produce work that targets social issues present both in our local community and around the world.
    5. Aspiring Youth: is a youth empowerment conference that is focused specifically on social entrepreneurship, as it aims to provide youth with skills and knowledge on how to advocate for a cause successfully, whether it be by creating a new organization or simply hosting a local fundraiser.
    6. Cipher: is a code-oriented community within the Peel Region with the goal of introducing programming literacy to secondary school students, and acting as a launching pad into the world of coding for these students.
    7. Post-Secondary 101: is a one-day event that gives high school students a first-hand perspective on post- secondary life in order to help educate these students about the realities of what happens after high school.
    8. Mississauga Youth Film Festival (MYFF): is a youth-led annual film festival event designed to showcase the film- making talents of the youth in Mississauga, as it provides a platform for passionate and young film-makers to display

Youth in Action grants were developed in 2009 by United Way's Young Leaders Council, a group of volunteers aged 20 to 35 who are committed to creating a legacy of volunteerism and spirited giving within Peel Region.

For more information contact Chris Thompson at cthompson@unitedwaypeel.org or (905) 602-3623.