Youth United Grant Program

How would YOU make your community
a better place?

YOUTH ARE CHANGING LOCAL COMMUNITIES. YOU IN?

Do you have an idea to create positive in your community, but need some money to make it happen?

Stay tuned for application info about Youth United grants – coming this fall.

UWSM  provides one-time grants to help support youth-led projects in Simcoe County, District of Muskoka and/or the Town of Blue Mountains.

Our youth leadership projects require groups of up to six imaginative youth, aged 14 to 24, to come up with innovative projects to help our community AND drive them to success.

Questions? Take a look at the Youth United – Frequently Asked Questions.

Pitch your idea now!

Don’t let that great idea slip away. If you want to help your community, there’s no reason to wait. Contact our Programs Coordinator, Community Impact, and pitch your concept today! You can bounce ideas off of each other and she can add you to our Fall distribution list so you’ll be among the first to know about the next grant opportunity.

Get inspired by checking out some of our past projects below. Want to get involved, but don’t know what to do? Brainstorm with our Programs Coordinator, Community Impact – she can help with that as well!

JOIN OUR YOUTH COUNCIL

Do you possess a desire to lead change in your community? Do you work well in a team? Are you able to meet deadlines and schedules? United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) is looking for youth leaders in our community to be a part of our Youth Council.

Comprised of resilient youth aged 14-24, Council members review Youth United grant applications and participate in the decision-making process. Being a part of the Youth Council is a great way to complete your volunteer hours, gain invaluable experience and create positive change in your community.

Interested in joining our 2019 Youth Council? Email our Programs Coordinator, Community Impact to learn more.

Youth Grants | 2017 Projects

Diversity Week

An interactive week that encourages Collingwood Collegiate Institute students to celebrate diversity in fun ways. The goal is to reduce stigma, encourage students to be more open and accepting, and allow students to learn more about all of the different facets that make everyone unique.

Community Partner: Collingwood Collegiate Institute
Special Olympics Wants You!!

A group of inspiring youth are creating a brochure together that they will hand out to their peers at Eastview Secondary School, along with a cookie for good measure. Their goal is to inform other youth about the benefits of volunteering in the community, and to gain more volunteers for the Special Olympics.

Community Partner: Special Olympics
Youth Drop-In Design Advisory Team

A creative youth team is gathering together to plan and design a youth-dedicated programming space within the soon-to-be Community Health Hub in downtown Midland. The ultimate goal is to have youth create a space that youth will truly want to hang out in.

Community Partner: Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
Gators Gaga Ball

A group of eager students are going to build a gaga ball pit in the backyard at their school so students can use it during recess and Physical Education classes. Their hope is to “help the students develop social skills, make friends and collaborate with other people.”

Community Partner: Goodfellow Public School
Wiigwasitig Gitigaan (Lakehead Community Gardens)

Two youth leaders from Lakehead University took the lead on bringing high school students together in the summer months to maintain a community garden and learn more about gardening, Indigenous knowledge, sustainable environmental science and business from local experts at the same time.

Community Partner: Lakehead University

Youth Grants | Past Recipients

Sports Unlimited
Youth Haven + Community Wholeness Centre

A free drop-in sports night program for Grades 6 to 8 at the Wellness Centre to help youth make healthy choices and learn positive life skills.

www.youthhaven.ca

Youth Food Justice Program
Simcoe Alternative Secondary School (SCDSB) + Farm To Table

A program that provided Collingwood youth an opportunity to go to a lunch or dinner, to have access to healthy and affordable local food, and to learn valuable food skills.

www.scdsb.on.ca/Schools/Alt-School

Community + Client Lunch
Lighthouse Soup Kitchen + Shelter

Monthly community lunches for clients, volunteers and local community members to create a family-friendly event, show what The Lighthouse does in the community and offer shared nutritious meals.

www.orillialighthouse.ca

SANE Children’s Mental Health Day (Students Advocating Non Violence Everywhere)
Collingwood Collegiate Institute (SCDSB) + local elementary schools

A Children’s Mental Health Day was organized for Grade 8 students to learn more about mental health, how to support each other, and the importance of nutrition and healthy habits.

www.scdsb.on.ca

Entrepreneurial Adventure
Georgian Bay District Secondary School (SCDSB)

GBDSS business students partnered with local businesses to sell chocolates featuring statistics and stories to increase awareness of youth mental health needs and services in North Simcoe.

www.scdsb.on.ca

Fitness for Health
Barrie Community Health Centre

A six-week program run at the Allandale Recreation Centre for transitional-aged youth to promote healthy living and increase commitment to regular physical activity.

www.bchc.ca

Sports Unlimited
Youth Haven + Community Wholeness Centre

A free drop-in sports night program for Grades 6 to 8 at the Wellness Centre to help youth make healthy choices and learn positive life skills.

www.youthhaven.ca

Youth Food Justice Program
Simcoe Alternative Secondary School (SCDSB) + Farm To Table

A program that provided Collingwood youth an opportunity to go to a lunch or dinner, to have access to healthy and affordable local food, and to learn valuable food skills.

www.scdsb.on.ca/Schools/Alt-School

Community + Client Lunch
Lighthouse Soup Kitchen + Shelter

Monthly community lunches for clients, volunteers and local community members to create a family-friendly event, show what The Lighthouse does in the community and offer shared nutritious meals.

www.orillialighthouse.ca

Special Olympics Volunteer Recruitment
Special Olympics w. Eastview Secondary School (SCDSB) + St. Joseph’s High School (SMCSB)

Outreach at area high schools to recruit new youth volunteers and build capacity for Special Olympics.

www.barrie.specialolympicsontario.ca

SANE Children’s Mental Health Day (Students Advocating Non Violence Everywhere)
Collingwood Collegiate Institute (SCDSB) + local elementary schools

A Children’s Mental Health Day was organized for Grade 8 students to learn more about mental health, how to support each other, and the importance of nutrition and healthy habits.

www.scdsb.on.ca

Entrepreneurial Adventure
Georgian Bay District Secondary School (SCDSB)

GBDSS business students partnered with local businesses to sell chocolates featuring statistics and stories to increase awareness of youth mental health needs and services in North Simcoe.

www.scdsb.on.ca

Youth United is proudly supported by RBC Future Launch