2016 Grantees

Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region

The grant to Big Brother Big Sisters Waterloo Region is to expand Go Girls! to the Township of Wilmot.

Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

The expansion to the township of Wilmot will address needs of at-risk girls living in rural areas and positively impact their personal development.

Child Witness Centre (CWC)

The grant to the Child Witness Centre is to support them as the lead agency in the implementation of the Waterloo Region Child and Youth Advocacy Centre service delivery model.

At the Waterloo Region Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC), specially-trained professionals investigate allegations of child abuse in a confidential, comforting, child/youth friendly and trauma-informed environment, and ensure children, youth and their families receive the support services they need.  Investigations can be intimidating and support for these kids has been fragmented.

Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington

WAYVE (Wellness, Acceptance, Youth Voices and Empowerment supports youth to create and deliver anti-violence, mental health and resiliency promotion educational activities and resource materials to their peers, empowering them to become leaders in the schools and community with the goal of enhancing the mental health and resiliency skills of all youth.

Community Justice Initiatives (CJI)

The grant to CJI is for the BackHome: Youth Reintegration Circles program.

BackHome: Youth Reintegration Circles creates volunteer mentor circles of support for youth in custody to assist the youth in making a positive transition back into the community.

KW Counselling

The grant to KW Counselling is for Walk-in Counselling. 

Youth ages 12-18 will have prompt access to counselling at a time when it’s needed most at KW Counselling Services’ Walk In Counselling Clinic.


The grant to Lutherwood is for the Music Therapy program which helps youth with serious mental health challenges thrive.

When it’s hard for kids with serious mental health challenges to talk through their problems, music can help find a path to healing.  The music therapy program at Lutherwood helps kids find their strengths and successes.

Pathways to Education

The grant to Pathways to Education is for Program Innovation at Pathways Kitchener.

This grant contributes to the core costs of delivering the Pathways Kitchener program and in doing so provide the program with the flexibility to respond to time-sensitive investments regarding projects that entail designing, testing, and implementing adaptations to the program that meet emerging unmet needs.

SHORE Centre

The grant to SHORE is for the Just4Girls and Just4Guys Program

The Just4Girls & Just4Guys programs provides young teens with age-appropriate information on sexual health and healthy relationships and promotes thoughtful decision making.

Renison University College

The grant to Renison University College is for the Recognition Project: Self Harm and Recognition through Dance. 

This program is a community-based research exploration project of recognition, education and transformation with up to 35 youth, 13 – 18, who engage in or have engaged in self-harm.

Sexual Assault Support Centre

The grant to the Sexual Assault Support Centre is for the Male Allies program.

The purpose of the Males Allies program is to encourage male youth in developing a positive self-image, experience healthy relationships and avoid destructive behaviours by interaction with trained male peer-educators and role models in the community.

Wilfrid Laurier University

The grant to Wilfrid Laurier University is for the JumpStart program.

Jumpstart is an outreach program designed to bridge the information gap regarding high school and post-secondary options for youth.

Woolwich Counselling Centre

The grant to Woolwich Counselling Centre is for Preventative Mental Health Youth Programs and Services at the Elmira District Secondary High School.

This program provides innovative preventative counselling programs in the Elmira high school.  Elmira youth benefit by developing/learning new skills to improve mental health and overall well-being.

YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo

Community Sheroes is a mentorship program focused on supportive relationships, leadership development and becoming changemaking agents in their local community.

Community Sheroes is a mentorship and social justice program that connects at-risk girls (grade 8 through 12) with women in the community (18+) who are community leaders and social change agents.