#RisingYouth is a program led by TakingITGlobal to help youth build Canada and develop life skills by giving back to their communities. Created for youth by youth, they are building a program to increase involvement through community service. The program is currently funded to offer grants through March 2022. The program is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps initiative.

The funding program is available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people who have been granted refugee status in Canada. In the context of the program, “youth” refers to individuals who are between the ages of 15 to 30 years old during the year of their participation in the program. The primary impact of the project must be focused in Canada. Please see the application checklist for full eligibility requirements. The program is designed for individuals or a group of youth in Canada with the goal of involving and activating youth through a service initiative. Youth may partner with a community organization as long as the youth is still leading the project; organizations themselves are not eligible to receive funding. Think of your community organization as a source for support! During the pandemic, we have also encouraged youth to work alongside community organizations to help ensure safety precautions.

Community references are trusted individuals who will support and advise on project development throughout planning and implementation. These could be members of your community such as elders, teachers, coaches, members of NGOs or other networks. Essentially, this is someone who can help you plan and connect to maximize your project’s impact on your community. Please keep in mind that family members cannot be listed as a community reference. For applications at the $750 and $1500 grant level, the community reference will be contacted to answer questions regarding the nature of the guidance they will be providing to the project. They will also be asked to provide a photo of a piece of ID. 

A mandatory project report is to be submitted within 30 days of completing your project. For your report, you need to submit photos of your project activity and receipts for purchases made. You can either complete your report online at http://www.tigurl.org/ryreport, or try our easy-to-use mobile app to complete your report along the way! The mobile app is designed to help you begin your report from the day you receive funds! You can photograph receipts as you spend your grant funding, helping to avoid misplacing them or keeping them until the end of your project. You can also work offline after logging into the app, working on your report even when you aren’t connected to the Internet. If you need support submitting your final report, reach out to your Grantee Support Coordinator and they will be able to help you complete your final report over the phone or through a virtual one-on-one meeting. We can’t wait to hear all about your project!

Check out these projects completed by #RisingYouth alumni from the Yukon!