2020 Grantees

Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region
Go Girls! program

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.

Child Witness Centre
Waterloo Region Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Supporting the Child Witness Centre 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.

Child Witness Centre
Core Programming

This grant is for the Child Witness Centre Empowering Youth to Use Their Voice and Be Heard program.  This program supports and empowers 30-50 youth to use their voice, be heard through the justice process and provides them with resources so they can heal.Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region

Children and Youth Planning Table – Region of Waterloo
Youth Engagement Leader

This grant supports the Youth Engagement Lead position.  This position has four key areas of focus – research/evaluation, communications/capacity building, social planning and project management – and the responsibilities in each key area would be in the area of meaningful child/youth engagement and adult allyship.

This position helps to build capacity within the CYPT member organizations in meaningful youth engagement.  Part of this role would be researching and testing how to engage marginalized youth and keep them engaged.

Community Justice Initiatives
Equip: Building Skills for Teens and Caregivers to Thrive through Conflict

The project goal is to assist teens to form positive connections with caregivers, increase their life skills, have a meaningful voice in decision-making, and the resilience to navigate stressful situations.

This program consists of teen coaching sessions, caregiver coaching session and restorative mediation focusing on creating concrete plans to support relationship health to build the capacity to manage conflict.

House of Friendship
After School Mentorship program for Vulnerable Youth

The After School Mentorship program provides high-quality programs during the critical after-school time that build skills of vulnerable youth in four at risk neighbourhoods, Chandler Mowat, Kingsdale, Courtland Shelley and Sunnydale, to help them reach their full potential.

Creating a Youth Wellness Hub

This grant supports the programming at the Youth Wellness Hub in Cambridge for youth 15 to 24 years old. The Hub is a youth-friendly space that provides a range of programs and services for youth focusing on mental health, employment and eduction.

Reception House
New Canadian Youth Connection Program

This program is to help refugee youth successfully integrate into the community and develop a sense of belonging. The initiative blends the expertise of Reception House Waterloo Region with depth of experience in the settlement sector supporting the most vulnerable newcomer, the governments assisted refugee, and Community Justice Initiatives who have adapted the Stride Circle model for reintegration of different constituents.

Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board
Internet Access for Students

This grant enabled both school boards to purchase hotspot devices and/or four months of internet access for students.

Woolwich Counselling Centre
In-school Counselling

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.

YMCA of Three Rivers
Creating Pathways for Newcomer Youth in Waterloo Region

Newcomer youth in Waterloo Region will receive individual and group support, building connections that will enable them to see their place and value in the community.

The YMCA will support newcomer youth to develop personal connections and relationships with peers and adult roles models through interactions that are thoughtfully designed and facilitated through a variety of group programs including: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW), Newcomer Theatre program, Conversation Circles, and the YMCA Newcomer Youth program.