Toronto Community Housing is home to brilliant young minds - about one-quarter of our residents are young people brimming with energy, brains and ambition.
Earlier this month, 20 Youth Action Grants and 10 Strengthening Communities Youth Leadership Project grants were awarded to Toronto Community Housing residents between 16 to 29 years old to create youth-led community improvement initiatives this summer.
"I see the opportunity of receiving a Youth Action Grant as a stepping stone to teach me how to develop a business model," said Tamika Daniels, a 26 year old resident from East York. "I'm learning how to be organized to develop budgets and business planning skills to make my project happen."
2015 Youth Action Grant recipients (from left to right) Makayla Jones, Cody Kydd and Tamika Daniels stop for a smile
"I just want to give back by helping other youth learn something new," said Cody Kydd, a 20 year old resident from Scarborough. "I think computers are one of the best things to learn about in the digital age because they impact your access."
There's no shortage of ideas. More than 90 applications were received in June, and the projects pitched included:
• community events,
• capacity building and training workshops,
• sports and active living programs, and
• child, youth or senior-specific programming.
Both grant programs were created in 2013 as a way for Toronto Community Housing to recognize and support the innovative ideas youth have to create meaningful change and have a positive impact in their communities.
To see a list of the 2015 Youth Action Grants and Strengthening Communities Youth Leadership Project recipients, or to read more about the programs visitwww.torontohousing.ca/focusonyouth