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Partners

The #RisingYouth program is grateful for the hundreds of organizations from coast to coast to coast who have shared our grant opportunity with youth in their networks! Below you can learn about some of the Awareness and Impact partners that are supporting young people to complete their community projects. Do you work with an organization interested in supporting youth to participate? Fill out our Expression of Interest form and we'll get in touch to discuss a partnership!

Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS)
Saskatchewan

The AFCS advocates for and represents Saskatchewan’s Friendship Centres. Friendship Centres can be found all over the province from North to South, and West to East Saskatchewan. Although still very young, the AFCS is proving to have a very bright future with its growing team of hard working staff.


Aboriginal Women's Association
Prince Edward Island

WAPEI is a non-profit organization uniting all Aboriginal Women from across the Island representing many Aboriginal nations, sometimes spanning three or four generations. Since 1986, it has continued to build and strengthen Aboriginal women from across Prince Edward Island in accordance with the vision: "Stronger Women Create Stronger Communities".


Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO)
Manitoba

AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) is a youth movement from Winnipeg's North End. We develop relationships with organizations, media, government and businesses in order to empower each other.


Association Jeunesse Fransaskois (AJF)
Saskatchewan

AJF is a non-profit that works in youth affairs in French across Saskatchewan. The organization offers francophone activities for youth from the age of 12 to 25 years old. Their goal is to promote the fransaskoise culture through sports, cultural activities as well as leadership trainings.


BYTE: Empowering Youth
Yukon

BYTE is a ‘by youth, for youth’ organization that focuses on empowering and promoting youth throughout the Yukon and Canada’s north. Their mission is to unlock potential through youth empowerment. BYTE's facilitation teams travel to communities throughout the Yukon and to some areas of Northern BC and NWT to deliver innovative and relevant programming. They also host events and workshops in Whitehorse that foster creativity, culture and sport. Everything BYTE does is aimed at helping youth develop confidence, skills, openness, and a sense of belonging.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI
Prince Edward Island

BBBS creates individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults and youth. BBBS' model revolves around mentorship - a two-way, learning and development partnership where the young person needs are centred. Because young people’s brains are still developing, mentoring can support that process through back-and-forth interaction like the volley in a good game of ping-pong. Mentoring is an important way to give youth experience with these essential back-and-forth relationships, developing them into healthy young people better able to deal with and overcome life’s adversities.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon
Saskatchewan

BBBS creates individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults and youth. BBBS' model revolves around mentorship - a two-way, learning and development partnership where the young person needs are centred. Because young people’s brains are still developing, mentoring can support that process through back-and-forth interaction like the volley in a good game of ping-pong. Mentoring is an important way to give youth experience with these essential back-and-forth relationships, developing them into healthy young people better able to deal with and overcome life’s adversities.


CNIB New Brunswick
New Brunswick

CNIB Foundation New Brunswick is driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion.


Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS)
British Columbia

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) serves as a national voice and hub to protect Canada from the impacts of invasive species. They engage all demographics and ages but have recently prioritized virtual programming opportunities for youth, especially in remote/rural communities. They have seven chapters across the provinces and territories and the primary contact, Kellie, focuses on implementing programming to generate awareness of the socio-environmental impacts of invasive species.


Citoyenneté jeunesse
Québec

Citoyenneté Jeunesse is a non-profit organization whose main mission is to coordinate its members in order to amplify the voice and opinions of youth aged 35 and under and to aspire them to their full representation in decision-making and power places. At all times, the organization acts in a cross-partisan manner and actively participates in education and citizen participation efforts according to the philosophy of youth-centered.


Conseil Jeunesse Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CJFBC)
British Columbia

The Conseil Jeunesse represents the interests of the French-speaking youth of British Columbia and aims to help them develop their full potential.


Consolidated Credit Union (CCU) Youth Engagement Centre
Prince Edward Island

The Youth Engagement Centre (YEC) is a safe, supportive place where youth and their families can come to build healthy relationships, discover their hopes and dreams, learn valuable skills for life, and ultimately achieve their goals through structured preventative programming.


Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
Northwest Territories

Dechinta Centre of Research and Learning is a destination institution for students and researchers specializing in Indigenous studies from across Canada and internationally. Dechinta is recognized as best-practice in Indigenous post-secondary education and research, with multiple research partnerships and faculty who are recognized as the leading thinkers in areas such as Indigenous law and politics, language, land based pedagogies, community research. Dechinta’s success demonstrates the power of what can happen when the principles of both the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation are applied in action. At the core of Dechinta’s success are ongoing relationships and collaborations with Indigenous communities and governments.


East Preston Daycare & Family Resource Centre
Nova Scotia

The East Preston Family Resource Centre began its journey in 1993 with parenting and information classes in the community. Since then, they've planted roots and grown into one of East Preston’s busiest centres, with programming for those from ages 0 to 99. They believe that healthy and happy families create healthy and happy communities, and develop programming based on what’s needed and wanted by community members. From pre- and post -atal classes, to youth groups, family and parenting workshops and everything in-between, the Family Resource Centre offers a wide range of programs and services that are welcoming and inclusive.


FrancoQueer
Ontario

FrancoQueer is the association for gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirit, transsexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual and allied (LGBTQIA) francophones in Toronto and Ontario. Founded in 2006 and subsequently registered as a non-profit organization in Ontario, FrancoQueer is the only association by and for LGBTQIA francophones in the province. Their mission is to bring together and represent LGBTQIA francophones and their allies, and to offer them specifically-tailored activities, services and programs, as well as opportunities to celebrate their diversity in a francophone atmosphere.


Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta (FJA)
Alberta

Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta (FJA) is the spokesperson for Franco-Albertan youth. Its values are development, the FROM and FOR concept, Francophonie, leadership, pride and community! Our mission is to encourage young French-speaking Albertans to discover and flourish. Our vision is that young French-speaking Albertans… AFFIRM ITS LEADERSHIP and EXPRESSES ITS PRIDE in all their walks of life.


Halifax Public Libraries (HPL)
Nova Scotia

Reflecting our community, we are a resource for everyone and a launch point for growth.


La Fédération de la Jeunesse Canadienne-Française (FJCF)
Ontario

The FJCF is a national youth-centered organization, made up of eleven youth association members from nine provinces and two territories. Founded in 1974, the FJCF promotes the interests of French-speaking youth in Canada and helps achieve their full potential.


Manitoba Indigenous Youth Achievement Awards (MIYAA)
Manitoba

The tribute recognizes the outstanding achievement of Manitoba’s Aboriginal youth who exhibit high standards of excellence, dedication, leadership and accomplishments in the following areas: academic, athletic, artistic, cultural, community/volunteer, business/entrepreneurial, health, personal achievement, and employment in a traditional field. The MAYAA selection process is unique in that recipients are chosen by committees consisting of Aboriginal youth from the community.


N'we Jinan
Québec

N’we Jinan is a non-profit organization that develops, implements, and executes artistic and educational programs in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and schools. This growing roster of programs, including a mobile recording studio, professional artist teaching residencies, and a year-end cross-country festival celebrates and showcases Indigenous voices in fulfillment of the overall objectives of the organization: to build confidence in creative expression through the development of tangible skills in the interest of empowering youth and strengthening a sense of community belonging.


OUTSaskatoon
Saskatchewan

OUTSaskatoon builds community for LGBTQ2S+ people of all ages and backgrounds. They provide and organize peer support and counselling, queer-specific education and resources, community outreach, social gatherings and events, and sexual health services. OUTSaskatoon also operates their Pride Home, a long-term home for LGBTQ2S+ youth ages 16-21. Through these programs OUTSaskatoon supports body, mind and spirit within a growing and changing community.


Outloud St Albert
Alberta

Outloud is a safe, inclusive space for youth who feel different to connect with each other and allies.


PAVED Arts
Saskatchewan

PAVED Arts came into official existence on March 31, 2003 with the legal amalgamation of The Photographers Gallery (TPG) and Video Vérité (VV), the former a photography resource and exhibition centre, the latter a media access centre. This union joined two organizations with a combined history of over 40 years and the new centre continues to build upon groundwork laid separately and jointly by them, uniting dedicated presentation space with media production facilities as well as independent and collaborative program initiatives.


Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife
Northwest Territories

Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife (formerly known as It Gets Better Yellowknife) is an outreach organization supporting queer youth and their allies in Yellowknife. RCY strives to make Yellowknife a safer, more open and more knowledgeable place for all queer and allied youth.


Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC)
Newfoundland and Labrador

RIAC provides the support necessary for refugees and immigrants to live as active participants in Newfoundland and Labrador. RIAC’s outreach activities consist of public information sessions, hosting ESL conversation groups, newcomer orientation and immigration counselling, and facilitating the productive participation of their clients and newcomer communities in St. John’s and beyond. RIAC also offers advice and guidance on a variety of community needs, including legal and financial consultation, business incorporation, job skills and placement, translation services, immigration and citizenship assistance, and a variety of other supports to facilitate community participation.


River of Pride (Rivière de la Fierté)
New Brunswick

River of Pride is a non-profit organization for and by LGBTQ+ people based in Moncton, New-Brunswick, Canada. The spaces provide safety for all genders and sexualities and specialize in equity, social change, intersectionality, justice and interdependence.


Selkirk Friendship Centre
Manitoba

The Selkirk Friendship Centre is a community-based, non-profit organization with the mission of assisting Aboriginal peoples in adjusting to urban society, within the city of Selkirk, Manitoba The Centre is the primary organization serving the Aboriginal population within the area. Established in 1968 it began with the goal of securing equality of rights for all people, and has continued to serve in manners that adjust and adapt to the changing needs of the urban Aboriginal population. The Selkirk Friendship Centre is well known for its ability to provide stable and consistent forms of service.


Youth Art Connection
Nova Scotia

YAC works in partnership with existing organizations and communities to support the development of youth as creative entrepreneurs and community leaders. They believe strongly in the power of the arts to effect positive change and have designed their programming to reflect this philosophy.


Youth Impact Jeunesse (YIJ)
New Brunswick

The purpose of Youth Impact is to provide quality care and guidance to youth between 10-24 years of age who have social, emotional, and behavioral problems. The goal is to help youth and their families change or eliminate the conditions that have acted as obstacles to their success.


Youth Leadership Society of British Columbia (YLSBC)
British Columbia

The Youth Leadership Society of British Columbia (YLSBC) aims to promote the education and development of leadership skills in youth through experiential learning. Their youth-driven programs are designed to foster good citizenship and build life skills. The YLSBC encourages youth to register and pursue the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program, conducts leadership camps and workshops to enhance leadership skills, runs public speaking coaching programs and public speaking contests among youth, and provides other programs and learning opportunities to further the leadership skills of youth.


Youth Of Today Society (YOTS)
Yukon

Youth of Today Society is a hub for progressive activities designed to address arts education and youth business. The community studio offers drop-in activities, youth support and a supper club five days a week. YOTS hosts a media studio for music recording, animation, magazine making and graphic design education. Youth have access to exhibition space and state-of-the-art print and design equipment where artists can produce products for in-store sales. YOTS aims to serve underrepresented youth through all their programming, mentoring opportunities, community outreach.


Youth Ottawa
Ontario

Youth Ottawa (formerly Child and Youth friendly Ottawa) is a not-for-profit charity that envisions an Ottawa where youth drive positive change. Their mission is to engage, encourage and empower youth to spark change and take action within their community. Youth Ottawa often works in partnership with the City of Ottawa to increase youth action within the city, impacting over 4,000 youth, per year.


École de l'Excellence
Québec

École de l'Excellence is a non-profit organization grounded in the Quebec city local culture. Among the various activities we provide, there is a significant focus on the teaching of Arabic and Muslim values and traditions of surpassing oneself, which nurtures thirst of knowledge, self-respect and respect of the environment.


Canada Service Corps National Coalition

We would also like to thank the Canada Service Corps National Coalition partners who have helped to promote #RisingYouth grants through their programming!