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Youth Engagement Grants
Over the last few years, Vancouver Foundation has learned a great deal about the disproportionate barriers to success that Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee youth face, compared to many other young people. Through this work we have developed and learned from a very effective model of youth engagement, where youth inform and lead the work, as active and equal partners.
In 2018, our youth engagement program will build on these learnings by investing in leadership skills among Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee youth, supporting their future work on issues that affect them.
One way that we will achieve this is by providing strategic grants to charities and other qualified donees with projects that bring together and empower Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee youth.
Funding projects that increase racial equity
Vancouver Foundation recognizes that all young people need support and opportunities to succeed.
However, through our work with Indigenous youth in Fostering Change, and immigrant and refugee youth in Fresh Voices, we have learned that both groups face disproportionately higher barriers to success. They have far fewer opportunities to access the kind of support that would allow them to advocate for public policy change, participate in civic engagement activities, or become leaders in the non-profit sector.
Our Youth Engagement Grants will fund projects that increase racial equity, providing support and opportunities for youth that need it most.
We will add more information to our website in the summer, and open for applications in fall 2018.
What happens next
Throughout the spring we will continue to develop the focus of our Youth Engagement Grants in partnership with Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee youth participants.