We're thrilled to be working together with your organization to enable youth-led community engagement. To date, we've awarded more than 4,700 grants to youth 15-30 from coast to coast to coast. Here's a welcome video from our Executive Director Jennifer Corriero:
In 2018, the Federal Government launched the Canada Service Corps, (CSC) an initiative that encourages participation in meaningful volunteer service projects and empowers young Canadians to have positive impacts in communities across Canada.
As part of the CSC Initiative, TakingITGlobal launched the #RisingYouth Community Service Grants offering youth opportunities to shape our country and make an impact within their communities by applying for microgrants to turn their ideas into action. These project ideas are supported by a network of over 100 organizational partners nationwide.
As the National Partnership and Outreach Manager for #RisingYouth, I am aware of the immense and diverse roles that community-based organizations coast to coast play in the daily lives of youth facing multiple barriers. Many of these organizations and agencies are embedded within the fabric of their communities and work tirelessly to render safer and healthier spaces for youth. They offer critical services, resources, training, programming and mentorship to contribute to a movement that centers equity and youth leadership. We are proud to partner with these organizations.
Our partnership model is rooted in the belief that #RisingYouth can elevate existing organizational mandates by leveraging our microgrants to put youth ideas into action. We aim to foster relationships through trust, accountability, communication and by developing a shared vision for a collaboration that respects the goals, values, capacity and strengths of each organizational partner.
Our Awareness Partners primarily promote #RisingYouth microgrants by distributing resources, promoting regular grant writing workshops and/or collaborating on exposure events to increase awareness of the grants. Impact Partners also promote the program, with additional emphasis on providing mentorship, guidance and hands-on support to #RisingYouth grantees at every stage of the process: from ideation to writing their grant; planning and organizing the logistics of their project; executing the project, and submitting final reports.
#RisingYouth has excelled because young Canadians are committed to their communities, inspired to act, and seeking meaningful opportunities to contribute to change. To date, we have distributed over $4 million to thousands of young and emerging leaders with the support of our partners. We are proud to continue to align ourselves with a network of local, regional and national organizations dedicated to supporting the leadership of youth nationwide.
Hello #RisingYouth Partners! With the arrival of fall, we have a couple of announcements to make about new resources, key dates, and programming updates to help you in the coming months.
1) Partner Reports - the end of September marks the halfway point in our fiscal year, and so it is time now for us to ask for Midterm Reports from all of our partners. The form for these reports is located HERE (https://airtable.com/shr5dIp6Drb3Hu37Q), and we kindly request that these be completed by September 30th at the latest!
If you have any questions, please let me know ASAP.
2) Funding Timeline - with the end of summer, our granting pool is also beginning to deplete - we anticipate that by the beginning of November, we will be in the final stretch of available funding for this fiscal year, and so we are encouraging all partners to refer applicants by Oct 31st if at all possible. After that point, we may not be able to guarantee that all applicants will be able to receive the fullest possible amounts as we do our best to allocate what remains as widely as we can. This timeline is, of course, an estimate - we have a single funding pool that we draw from all year, and we are doing the best we can to make projections about how long it will last as we go.
If at this point you have not yet begun referring youth, and would like support in training, workshops, or accessing event funding, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can get things moving!
3) Indigenous & Northern 2nd grant applications - We are very pleased to share that all First Nations, Métis and Inuit #RisingYouth Alumni across the country, as well all #RisingYouth Alumni residing in Nunavut, Northwest Territories or Yukon are now eligible to apply for a second #RisingYouth Community Service Grant Project!
To be eligible, youth must have submitted a completed Project Report from their first grant project. Support is available for those who need assistance with completing their project reports.
The maximum number of #RisingYouth grants for Indigenous & Northern youth is two. If any of your youth have already executed two projects, we encourage them to work with another youth who has not yet received two grants from our program.
Our team has also created a new toolkit featuring project examples that respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. View the toolkit here. Each project example includes an attached, pre-filled budget template as well! To learn more about how we came up with these project ideas, check out our panel discussion video here.
If any of the youth you are supporting or referring decide to do a Call to Action Project - we would like to remind you that it is important for everyone to engage in self-care and to be mindful of mental health throughout the project journey. We understand that these projects may have a mental or physical toll and we want you to know that our team is here to work with you to support your referred youth and provide them with flexibility, should they need it.
Don't forget to check out our latest highlights in our latest newsletter issue!
Since 2017 when we launched, we have approved 5,000 micro-grants led by young Canadians between the ages of 15-30 amounting to $5,349,250 in funding distributed. These projects have resulted in 325,000+ volunteer hours and over 30,000 volunteer placements across the various fiscal years to date. This video celebrates some of those highlights: