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Government of Yukon provides funding to 18 community groups supporting opportunities for youth

Press Release

03/01/2024

The Government of Yukon is supporting the important role that young people play in shaping the future of the territory, providing over $77,000 to 18 community groups through the Youth Investment Fund.

The Youth Investment Fund provides financial support to short-term projects aimed at youth under 19 years of age who may have fewer opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, as well as those who may experience discrimination.

Through the Youth Investment Fund, the Yukon government is supporting a range of artistic and recreational activities, such as:

  • a Judo and Rock Wall program;
  • a Snow School Youth Instructor program at Mount Sima;
  • a Japanese Kids’ Club program;
  • a Junior Welding Club in Dawson; and
  • a Youth Hockey Jamboree in Watson Lake.

Recipient organizations include the All-City Band Society, Basketball Yukon, Boys and Girls Club of Yukon, Carcross Recreation Board, Friends of Mt. Sima Society, Holy Family School Council, Industrial Arts and Technology Society, Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon, JV Clark School Council, Marsh Lake Community Society, North Klondyke Highway Music Society, Riverdale Baptist Church, Robert Service School Council, Town of Faro, Town of Watson Lake, Yukon Circle for Social Change Society, Yukon E-sports Alliance and the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society.

Projects funded through the Youth Investment Fund help Yukon youth find healthy opportunities to promote self-esteem; encourage the development of positive lifestyle choices; and create social, artistic and recreational opportunities for young people.

The Youth Investment Fund plays a crucial role in recognizing and supporting organizations and community groups in the Yukon that contribute significantly to the wellbeing of our youth. The creativity, care and mentorship demonstrated by these groups are truly impressive. The programs they offer provide invaluable opportunities for youth to participate in activities, acquire new skills, engage with their communities and make informed lifestyle choices. Congratulations to the recipients for their impactful work and sincere thanks for their meaningful contributions.

Premier Ranj Pillai

Our government is committed to supporting youth as they shape our future. I’m pleased that so many school councils are making use of this funding to create new opportunities for learning, self-esteem and positive development. Congratulations to the recipients for their impactful work; we are so excited to see these projects in action!

Minister of Education Jeanie McLean

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Government of Yukon’s Youth Investment Fund for their generous funding towards our “Youth Empowered” project. We are immensely grateful to the Youth Investment Fund for believing in our vision and investing in the potential of our youth. Their support has not only empowered our participants but has also strengthened the fabric of our community. With the guidance and resources provided by the fund, we continue to nurture the dreams and aspirations of our young generation, while fostering a sense of belonging, creativity, and self-confidence. We are immensely grateful for the fund’s belief in our project and their commitment to empowering our youth. Their contribution has made a positive impact on the lives of our participants and the community as a whole.

Manager of Recreation and Culture for the Town of Faro Tina Freake

Quick facts

  • The Youth Investment Fund provides funding to qualifying community groups twice a year. Eligible groups can apply for funding between $501 and $5,000.
  • Common project themes include youth leadership development and training initiatives; substance use prevention; peer mentoring; skill development programs; recreation and arts-based activities.
  • The application deadline for the next round of funding is April 1, 2024.
  • The Youth Investment Fund is administered by the Youth Directorate, a branch of the Government of Yukon’s Executive Council Office.
  • Groups seeking funding equal to or less than $500 may apply at any time.

Backgrounder

Recipients – fall 2023 Project
All-City Band Society Community Tour to Carmacks, Faro, Ross River
Basketball Yukon Kilrich Lights Out Basketball Tournament
BGC Yukon Young Riders Ski and Snowboard Program
Carcross Rec Board:  Judo Beginner and advanced judo
Carcross Rec Board:  Rock Wall Rock Wall program
Friends of Mt. Sima Society Youth on Snow Instructor Program
Holy Family School Council Holy Family School Spelling Bee
Industrial Arts & Technology Society Dawson Jr. Welding Club
Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon 2024 Japanese Kid’s Club
JV Clark School Council JV Clark Woodshop Program
Marsh Lake Community Society Recreation Programming for Youth
North Klondyke Highway Music Society Dawson City Songwriting and Recording Project
Riverdale Baptist Church Riverdale Baptist Church Youth Group
Robert Service School Council Klondike Experiential Education Program (Land and Water Based Learning)
Town of Faro Youth Empowered – Kettle Café Coffee Shop and Cultural Programs
Town of Watson Lake Youth Hockey Jamboree
Yukon Circle for Social Change Society Access to Restorative Processes for Youth
Yukon E-Sports Alliance Monthly Game Tournaments
Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society Kidsfest – 2024 Yukon Rendezvous Festival

Media contact

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications
867- 332-7627
laura.seeley@yukon.ca

Josephine Afful
Communications, Executive Council Office
867-335-9058
josephine.afful@yukon.ca

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