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archiTEXT is working with the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to create a more human-centered engagement process with potential and confirmed grantees for the newly launched Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF). With an eye to innovation in the grantmaking process, OTF has engaged archiTEXT to explore how the design-led mindset can introduce more human-centered, user-focused practices in public grantmaking.
The YOF provides grants and capacity building supports to grassroots, youth-led initiatives and community-based organizations that serve youth who are facing multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing.
The program will engage and benefit young people ages 12 to 25 who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis, racialized, recent immigrants, LGBTTQ, and/or youth with special needs.
The program will also strengthen supports to benefit young people who:
- Are at-risk of becoming and / or are in conflict with the law
- Have experience in child welfare services
- Are in low-income situations or from low-income families
- Have, or are at-risk of, dropping out of school
Launched in the fall of 2013, the YOF is a $5 million per year program of the Ontario government, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The YOF will operate in the Greater Toronto Area, including the City of Toronto and the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel and York.
We were thrilled to support the Ontario Trillium Foundation to launch the YOF in 2013/2014, and have continued to iterate and co-design the engagement for the second round of the YOF in 2014/2015.
For more information, visit the YOF website.