Over 48 months, the investment will fund strategies to strengthen the education system and outcomes for vulnerable individuals between the ages of 12 to 25 years in Hamilton.
Research will be conducted that informs and tests the School Readiness Academy model. Vulnerable youth and their families will learn to develop new skills, such as financial literacy. They will be encouraged have stronger relationships with the community.
“This program will have a positive ripple effect for future generations”, said Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly.
The Youth Innovations Stream invests in the work of young leaders who are generating solutions to the most pressing issues facing young people today. These include:
- Empowering girls and young women to lead, including women’s economic empowerment initiatives
- Supporting Indigenous, Black, and/or newcomer youth to enter the labour market and transition to sustainable career pathways
- Providing mentorship opportunities for youth in and leaving care and/or youth involved in the justice system
- Addressing racism and its impacts on youth in urban, rural and/or Northern communities
- Supporting youth who are not connected to education programs, employment programs, and training programs (i.e. NEET) to exit poverty and social assistance
- Creating safe spaces for Indigenous and/or Black youth to build strong community and cultural connections