NOW OPEN: Canadian Heritage “Youth Take Charge” Program

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Hello dear Funds Fans!  I have a backlog of funding opportunities to share with you this week and today, in celebration of a new school year starting, we highlight three fantastic funding opportunities on the themes of youth, education and employment.

Since 2009, the Youth Take Charge program has been helping seasoned youth-service organizations with national or provincial/territorial reach carry out significant work with young people in the following thematic areas: history, heritage, civic engagement, youth service, arts and culture, and economic activities.  Through partnerships with youth-serving organizations, the Program supports projects that exemplify an ability to strengthen youth attachment to Canada through projects falling under those themes.  For this in-take, priority projects will be History, Heritage and Economic activities.

Deadline: October 1, 2012.  Email applications accepted.  Maximum Grant: $25,000+ (estimate)  NOTE: You must contact a Program Officer to discuss your organization’s eligibility before submitting your application to the Youth Take Charge Program.

Also worth having a look at is what the Youth Employment Network (YEN) and Making Cents International are up to.  They’ve recently partnered up to create the What’s Working? competition to find out what strategies and approaches are working and share them among the youth employment community.  Organizations who have had positive results from their youth employment projects can submit a Smart Note about their project, including why they think it worked and what lessons they learned. The winners are selected through online voting, comments, and a judges panel.  For the Fall 2012 round of competition, the overarching theme is Spotlight on Technology.  They are looking to draw out some lessons on how technology can be used effectively in a youth employment project or programme. The competition is not limited to projects in the tech sector, rather, they want to know about how organizations in various sectors are leveraging technology to their benefit.

The winners will have their Smart Note published on the YEN Marketplace website, and there will also be a monetary award for the top three. The prizes are (USD) $800 for first place, $500 for second place, and $300 for third place.  They may also award Special Mentions to projects that did not win, but showed exceptional merit.  The deadline to enter is November 9, 2012 at 23:59 GMT and the deadline for voting is November 16, 2012 at 23:59 GMT. The results will be announced on November 30, 2012.

The Youth Employment Network notes that youth employment is now a priority in most regions of the world and there is a growing focus and investment on youth employment programs, but at the moment there is limited evidence on what works, which leads to low impact and wasted resources. According to the World Bank, as much as 40% of youth employment projects have no impact on labour market outcomes for youth.

To round off today’s post, here’s one for all Canadian Aboriginal students who have been out of school for a minimum of one year and who have returned in order to pursue an educational goal.  The Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards is now accepting applications!  Award: $5000 (estimate)  Deadline: October 31, 2012.  This unique awards program is part of Canada Post’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program. It’s just one way Canada Post proudly shows its commitment to making a difference in our communities and giving back to Aboriginal Canadians.

Anyone interested in applying needs to:

Submit an essay that is typed and double-spaced on letter-sized paper, to a maximum of 5 pages.

Have a letter from a community member such as a band counsellor, priest or minister or supervisor (as long as they are not a family member) that confirms you are a First Nations (status or non status), Metis or Inuit person with a treaty or membership number.

Have a letter of reference from an academic supporter such as a principal, guidance counsellor or teacher (as long as they are not a family member) that confirms you have completed one year of studies.

Applications can be submitted on-line or by mail.  IMPORTANT: Writing skills are not a factor in the selection of the winners.

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