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Hamilton Organizations Receive $400,000 to Help At-Risk Youth

McMeekin Joins NGen and the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton to Announce Mentorship Program

NEWS                                                                                                                     June 10, 2016

 

NEWS                                                                                                                June 10, 2016

 

Ontario’s Youth Opportunities Fund has granted NGen and the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton $400,000 over 48 months to provide mentorship opportunities for Hamilton youth.

 

NGen and the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton will be partnering to offer programming for youth that encourages community engagement and provides an opportunity to connect with other youth in a space where they can feel comfortable and safe. NGen and the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton are projected to reach 1600 youth with their mentorship program.

  

This is the first time a Hamilton area organization has received a Youth Opportunities Fund grant. For 2015-16, the fund is providing grants to 31 organizations in 15 communities across Ontario, totalling $7.7 million. Grants go toward helping grassroots organizations engage with youth, aged 12 to 25 who are facing multiple barriers to social well-being, by creating fun learning activities that are tailored to the unique needs of their community.

 

The Youth Opportunities Fund is part of the province’s $55-million enhanced Ontario Youth Action Plan – Ontario’s largest investment to date to help children and youth in high-priority communities across the province.

 

Every child deserves the opportunity to thrive and have the best possible start in life. Increasing supports for children and youth is one way Ontario is working to support families and create positive environments so all children and youth can reach their full potential. 

 

 

QUOTES

‘The local youth engagement with NGen touches the lives of many young folk who are mentored with meaningful activities. Making a positive difference in the lives of our youth is to be applauded!”

-Ted McMeekin MPP Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale

 

 

“We are exceptionally proud of the impact our Youth Opportunities Fund has had in helping youth in communities across Ontario reach their full potential. This fund is a great example of partnerships with local grassroots groups who know and understand the needs of their communities and who know best how to achieve great success.”

— Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services

 

“This year’s announcement is special because we had a chance to expand our reach across the province. Special thanks to our Grant Review Committee who always go above and beyond when assessing applications. These projects are going to make a big difference in the lives of Ontario’s youth. We are thrilled for the grantees and look forward to see the fruition of their hard work and commitment.”

— Janet Yale, Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation

 

“Family. That’s what NGen is to a lot of us. It’s our safe place, where we can go and be whoever we want, and we all accept each other.  So many different kinds of people have walked through those doors – I’ve made friends here I never would have thought in a million years I would be best friends with.”

— NGen Youth Participant, Age 21

  

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Since its launch in  2013, the Youth Opportunities Fund has provided $18.7 million to 73 community groups benefitting more than 100,000 youth.
  • Grants are awarded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation based on how well projects address desired outcomes in Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario's Youth Succeed. The application period for next year’s grants will launch summer in 2016.

 

  

LEARN MORE

 

Youth Action Plan

Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario's Youth Succeed.

Learn how to apply for a Youth Opportunities Fund grant

 

CONTACT

For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin MPP 905-690-6552

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