2020-2023: Social Initiatives Address Needs of Vulnerable English-speaking Youth and Seniors
Camp Weredale: Camp Weredale Work and Life Skills Program
Making use of Camp Weredale’s facilities during the off-season, this project will provide vulnerable youth and Care Jeunesse members, aged 18 to 25, a safe and positive experience to help them acquire employability and life skills as they transition to independent living. During intensive two-week sessions, participants will benefit from employability soft-skills training along with workshops on topics including money management, self-care, and developing support systems. Youth will gain valuable job training in maintenance, technical services, and kitchen help, as well as the possibility of summer employment at the camp.
Committee for Anglophone Social Action (CASA): Developing the English-speaking Gaspé Brand
This project focuses on identifying and developing opportunities to increase the community recognition and socio-economic capacity of the Gaspé’s most marginalized individuals and support their contributions in order to enhance and promote the cultural capital of the region’s English-speaking minority through social enterprise. Project activities to achieve this objective include: conducting a feasibility study, outreach to and partnership building with Gesgapegiag, Listiguj, and Gespeg First Nations, a series of community consultations, designing and hosting workshops in each MRC for various target groups, conducting market research, and the creation of a business plan for a social enterprise.
Cote des Neiges Black Community Association (CDNBCA): A French Start with New-La
In collaboration with a Montreal tech company, CDNBCA plans to develop and test a beta version of a unique French literacy app designed to assist parents from the English-speaking Black community, as well as other FOL racialized communities, in teaching their preschool-aged children French literacy skills, better preparing them to enter the French school system. Activities include a needs assessment and focus groups, before-and-after testing of both non-tech and beta versions of the app, market research, and the development of a business plan.
DESTA Black Youth Network: DestaNation Tech
A tech-focused entrepreneurship and employability program designed to help participants overcome employment barriers faced by English-speaking Black youth, DestaNation Tech is TechBuro 2.0: offering skills workshops in coding, front-end web development, data analysis, graphic design, and digital marketing. Quarterly networking meetups for Black tech professionals and partnership development with HR specialists working in the tech space will help participants access work opportunities, and an in-house DestaNation consulting agency will be launched to allow successful participants the ability to freelance and contribute to the sustainability of the project.
Gay and Grey: Outreach Project for English-speaking LGBTQ Seniors
Launched in 2018, Gay and Grey was developed by Prevention CDN/NDG and Services Coup de Balai/Clean Sweepers to address the diverse needs of English-speaking LGBTQ seniors. This project aims to promote the organization to the LGBTQ senior community in Montreal though various social and informational activities, including intergenerational LGBTQ-focused activities and partnership development to create support and promote services for LGBTQ caregivers. Outreach initiatives will include the development of a marketing and communications plan for the organization to increase its visibility and membership participation within the English-speaking LGBTQ senior community.
Museum of Jewish Montreal: Professional Opportunities for Vulnerable English-speaking Youth through Fellowships and Microgrants
This project will establish new professional and creative opportunities for vulnerable youth (both within the Jewish community and from other groups of English-speakers in Quebec) to connect with local culture, heritage, and community life. New positions will be offered to minority-identifying English-speaking youth within the Museum’s research, food, and oral history fellowship programs. The expansion of an existing microgrants program for creative cultural exploration and the creation of a new food microgrants program will help to increase the capacity and diversity of the Museum, while offering vulnerable youth paid experiential learning opportunities.
Press Start: Press Start Employment Initiative
A youth-led cooperative working in partnership with Bâtiment 7, a nonprofit organization housing 17 trade collectives (auto mechanics, landscaping, screen printing, bike repair, etc.), Press Start will offer a community-based learning experience to at-risk marginalized youth. Participants will be able to access paid training mentorship opportunities, acquire the skills necessary to obtain employment, and engage in workshops providing training in soft skills and community development. Various projects made available through Bâtiment 7 will provide hands-on experience for youth to explore a variety of trades with the support of skilled and supportive mentors.
Project 10 (P10): QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) Youth Innovation and Collaboration Project
As Montreal’s only 2LGBTQ+ youth group offering support to youth in English, P10 has a 25-year history of providing impactful community programming, resources, and services. With the reciprocal objectives of increasing the organization’s internal diversity and its capacity to serve a more diverse clientele, this project seeks to expand and re-structure Full Circle, P10’s QTBIPOC-led program, and support a Trans Indigenous research project in partnership with Indigenous organizations and the University of Montreal. The findings of both projects will inform the redesign of P10’s programming and provide valuable data and partnerships to assist P10 with organizational capacity development.
Suspicious Fish: Fostering the Future of Fish
A Verdun-based literacy and arts organization currently providing English-language creative writing workshops to primarily low-income children, Suspicious Fish seeks to expand its participant base and extend its target demographics with the launch of new programming for high school-aged youth, seniors, and young adult learners in the Southwest and Kahnawake. Recognizing the challenges and vulnerability faced by many Southwest and Kahnawake residents, Suspicious Fish aims to empower participants with culturally-relevant creative and editorial writing workshops that promote literacy skills improvement, and decrease social isolation with cross-cultural (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) writing projects, which will be published in an anthology. CIF funding will also be used to assist with capacity building.
The Depot: Youth Pathway Positions Project
With the goal of breaking down barriers to success for marginalized youth, in particular English-speaking youth for whom there is a great lack of available opportunities, the Youth Pathway project will develop and establish best practices for six permanent part-time youth positions at The Depot. Offering participants a chance to learn and practice transferable job skills in a supported environment, these positions will provide much-needed work experience and access to employment opportunities at the organization, in the community sector, and beyond. The project will also enable The Depot to fulfill its commitment to employing neighborhood residents, ensuring its work reflects the experience, needs, and vision of the community members it serves.