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Call for Applications--Investment in Youth Engagement Grant

Deadline September 9, 2013

The Investment in Youth Engagement Committee is pleased to announce and officially send to you the Round 6 Investment in Youth Engagement funding application and Flyer for upcoming information sessions.

As you may recall, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the Toronto Public Health (TPH) Smoke-Free Ontario program with funding for youth engagement in health promotion initiatives. The Investment in Youth Engagement Grant was established by TPH to support youth engagement work in health with a focus on tobacco use prevention and other correlated topics such as physical activity, healthy eating and injury prevention.

Youth Engagement is a recognized best practice which involves an approach to planning, implementing and evaluating programs that are youth-led and adult supported. Youth Engagement is the meaningful participation and sustained involvement of a young person in an activity focusing outside the self. Full engagement consists of a cognitive, affective, and a behavioural component- Head, Heart and Feet (Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, 2009).

The Investment in Youth Engagement Grant is intended to motivate and create opportunities for youth to engage in and act on health issues within Toronto. Successful projects will be youth-driven and community based.

The primary focus of the Investment in Youth Engagement Grant is tobacco use prevention including Smoke-Free Movies and Tobacco-Free Sports and Recreation.

Secondary project components can include, but are not limited to: physical activity, sports and recreation, healthy eating, mental health promotion, substance and alcohol misuse and injury prevention. Please refer to the appendices beginning on page 15 if you would like additional information.

Successful youth group applicants will have access to up to $5,000 in grant funding to use between November 2013 and June 2014.

Please distribute widely to staff, your community partners, and post to your Facebook pages and websites as appropriate.

To obtain a copy of the application, the flyer for upcoming information sessions or for further information please contact Zahra Hirji (zhirji2@toronto.ca / 416-338-7482) or Parveen Karir (pkarir@toronto.ca / 416-338-1255).