New Leaf Community Challenge 2019

The Event

The 2019 New Leaf Community Challenge will be held Wednesday, November 27th at Bayview Yards. The event includes a presentation by each of the three finalists, followed by the jury decision. Stay tuned for more details soon.

2019 Finalists

The following are the three finalists selected for the 2019 New Leaf Community Challenge. Some proposals include collaborations between multiple partners. In those cases, the listed organization is the lead.

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

Youth Leadership Collective

The Youth Leadership Collective (YLC) includes 26 youth-serving charitable and non-profit agencies representing the entire City of Ottawa. This Collective represents more than 14,000 youth, and together offers over 70 youth leadership programs.

The goal of the YLC is to create the very first youth leadership certificate program that will be widely recognized and valued across the city, creating more job opportunities for these deserving youth.

The YLC is seeking support to:

  • create a youth leadership certificate program that will be widely recognized among employers;
  • hire a Program Coordinator to bring this important initiative to fruition;
  • increase training opportunities for youth to enhance their employability
  • ensure the Youth Leadership Collective is sustainable so that it may continue to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for marginalized youth across the city.

The Ottawa Mission

Your Future Starts Here

The Ottawa Mission operates a highly acclaimed job training program to equip people who are at-risk/homeless with marketable employment skills so they can live independently. This social enterprise, called the Food Services Training Program (FSTP), provides students with hands-on training while generating catering revenues to offset program costs.

A unique opportunity exists to leverage FSTP’s success to help more people—specifically youth—who are at-risk/homeless. The project will:

  • move the FSTP social enterprise into a new, purpose-driven location;
  • provide a free five-month job training program to teach youth the skills necessary to work in a commercial kitchen;
  • provide students with academic and practical training, soft-skills training, peer-to-peer mentorship, an internship placement, industry-standard certifications, and upon graduation, a certificate of completion and job placement assistance;
  • aim to triple the number of program participants and ensure 33% of future students are youth at-risk/homeless.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

incubator13 – Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Incubator

incubator13 is an empowering, bilingual employment and entrepreneurship program offering entrepreneurial coaching and support as well as employment and skills development services to youth below the age of 30.

incubator13 tackles the problem from multiple angles and does not separate entrepreneurship from employment when addressing youth unemployment. Three successful cohorts of the Youth Business Incubator (YBI), multiple job-related initiatives and strong partnerships (community partners, entrepreneur and business community) have allowed incubator13 to become a key player in Ward 13. incubator13 hub will scale the existing core project to increase its positive impact on the socio-economic development in Ward 13, Eastern Ottawa and beyond and invest in further leveraging its well-established network of partners and supporters.

Background and Focus

For a fourth and final year the Ottawa Community Foundation’s New Leaf Community Challenge (NLCC) is focused on improving youth employment in the Ottawa region. The unemployment rate for Ottawa youth has been more than double the general unemployment rate for most of the past 10 years. The effects of youth unemployment on well-being and mental health, and the associated costs to society, are both immediate and long term.

This Year’s Process

The NLCC culminates in a $125,000 grant to a systems-oriented, high impact initiative. Along the way, building on the momentum and learnings from the previous three years, the process yields important benefits for multiple participants. This year, it will also leverage the expertise of the Leadership Table for Partnering for Success in Youth Employment (the LT).

This process is designed to:

  • elicit collaborative, systems-level, “what if” ideas
  • provide time and support for further exploring and developing those ideas and the associated partnerships
  • bring additional expert insight and networking assistance to the design and planning of selected high-impact initiative.

Timeline

  • June 19, 2019 – Deadline for Initial Idea Brief
  • July 2, 2019 – Seed grants provided to proponents of selected ideas briefs for further proposal development
  • August 23, 2019 – Deadline for Written Proposals from the seven selected proponents
  • Early September 2019: Three Proposals selected as finalists
  • Mid to late September 2019: Presentation to the PYSE Leadership Table
  • Late October 2019: Final written submission
  • November 27th 2019: New Leaf Community Challenge Event

For inquiries about the New Leaf Community Challenge, please contact grants@ocf-fco.ca.

New Leaf Community Challenge 2019

The Event

The 2019 New Leaf Community Challenge will be held Wednesday, November 27th at Bayview Yards. The event includes a presentation by each of the three finalists, followed by the jury decision. Stay tuned for more details soon.

2019 Finalists

The following are the three finalists selected for the 2019 New Leaf Community Challenge. Some proposals include collaborations between multiple partners. In those cases, the listed organization is the lead.

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

Youth Leadership Collective

The Youth Leadership Collective (YLC) includes 26 youth-serving charitable and non-profit agencies representing the entire City of Ottawa. This Collective represents more than 14,000 youth, and together offers over 70 youth leadership programs.

The goal of the YLC is to create the very first youth leadership certificate program that will be widely recognized and valued across the city, creating more job opportunities for these deserving youth.

Although this initiative is already underway, the YLC is seeking support to:

  • create a youth leadership certificate program that will be widely recognized among employers;
  • hire a Program Coordinator to bring this important initiative to fruition;
  • increase training opportunities for youth to enhance their employability
  • ensure the Youth Leadership Collective is sustainable so that it may continue to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for marginalized youth across the city.

The Ottawa Mission

Your Future Starts Here

The Ottawa Mission operates a highly acclaimed job training program to equip people who are at-risk/homeless with marketable employment skills so they can live independently. This social enterprise, called the Food Services Training Program (FSTP), provides students with hands-on training while generating catering revenues to offset program costs.

A unique opportunity exists to leverage FSTP’s success to help more people—specifically youth—who are at-risk/homeless. The project will:

  • move the FSTP social enterprise into a new, purpose-driven location;
  • provide a free five-month job training program to teach youth the skills necessary to work in a commercial kitchen;
  • provide students with academic and practical training, soft-skills training, peer-to-peer mentorship, an internship placement, industry-standard certifications, and upon graduation, a certificate of completion and job placement assistance;
  • aim to triple the number of program participants and ensure 33% of future students are youth at-risk/homeless.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

incubator13 – Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Incubator

incubator13 is an empowering, bilingual employment and entrepreneurship program offering entrepreneurial coaching and support as well as employment and skills development services to youth below the age of 30.

incubator13 tackles the problem from multiple angles and does not separate entrepreneurship from employment when addressing youth unemployment. Three successful cohorts of the Youth Business Incubator (YBI), multiple job-related initiatives and strong partnerships (community partners, entrepreneur and business community) have allowed incubator13 to become a key player in Ward 13. incubator13 hub will scale the existing core project to increase its positive impact on the socio-economic development in Ward 13, Eastern Ottawa and beyond and invest in further leveraging its well-established network of partners and supporters.

Background and Focus

For a fourth and final year the Ottawa Community Foundation’s New Leaf Community Challenge (NLCC) is focused on improving youth employment in the Ottawa region. The unemployment rate for Ottawa youth has been more than double the general unemployment rate for most of the past 10 years. The effects of youth unemployment on well-being and mental health, and the associated costs to society, are both immediate and long term.

This Year’s Process

The NLCC culminates in a $125,000 grant to a systems-oriented, high impact initiative. Along the way, building on the momentum and learnings from the previous three years, the process yields important benefits for multiple participants. This year, it will also leverage the expertise of the Leadership Table for Partnering for Success in Youth Employment (the LT).

This process is designed to:

  • elicit collaborative, systems-level, “what if” ideas
  • provide time and support for further exploring and developing those ideas and the associated partnerships
  • bring additional expert insight and networking assistance to the design and planning of selected high-impact initiative.

Timeline

  • June 19, 2019 – Deadline for Initial Idea Brief
  • July 2, 2019 – Seed grants provided to proponents of selected ideas briefs for further proposal development
  • August 23, 2019 – Deadline for Written Proposals from the seven selected proponents
  • Early September 2019: Three Proposals selected as finalists
  • Mid to late September 2019: Presentation to the PYSE Leadership Table
  • Late October 2019: Final written submission
  • November 27th 2019: New Leaf Community Challenge Event

For inquiries about the New Leaf Community Challenge, please contact grants@ocf-fco.ca.