Grande Prairie regional youth may be eligible for up to $750 from the City of Grande Prairie’s Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) microgrant launched earlier last week (Dec. 5). 

The new grant is available to youth aged 13 to 30 who may be facing barriers to education or entering the workforce. 

“I’m not evaluating anyone’s barriers because if somebody says that they have something that’s in the way between either finishing their education or sourcing employment, I believe them,” said Nicole Hornett, city community development co-ordinator.

She said the microgrant is about providing solutions to the region’s youth. 

The grant is open to not only Grande Prairie residents but also youth who go to school in the city or use the city’s resources. 

“We really respect our status as a service hub here in Grande Prairie, and so it is really open,” she said.

Mayor Jackie Clayton said “young people in our community often face small but significant barriers in their pursuit of education and employment. 

“This microgrant program is our way of saying, ‘we believe in you and are here to support your journey.’”

Calls on social media from youth looking for warmer work wear or additional funds to help with the financial pressures of their education were partly why the grant was created.

The grant has $15,000 available to youth and is funded by the Tamarack Institute. 

In the first two days of the grant opening, Hornett says applications have quickly begun coming into the city office. 

“Not everyone is asking for $750, so I’m really hoping that we can help as many youth as possible, and we’ll just keep chipping away at that funding until it’s gone,” said Hornett. 

Youth can apply for the grant at cbyfgp.com, and applications will be open until March 1 or until the funding is fully disbursed.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure their request is considered. 

Youth Career Discovery Expo

Hornett noted CBYF is also working on a Youth Career Discovery Expo slated for March 21.

“This is an all-new initiative as well,” she said, noting the event will be more than a job fair and will allow youth to explore education and career options available in Grande Prairie and northern Alberta. 

“Right now, we’re doing the call for exhibitors, so we’re able to pull in people that represent a range of industries and business organizations, and we’re just hoping to create something that’s just really exciting,” said Horne.

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 14, 2023 at 09:03

This item reprinted with permission from   Town & Country News   Beaverlodge, Alberta

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