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Our Projects

Youth Engagement Grants

Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) Oxford County is excited to announce that it has completed its second round of Youth Engagement Grants applications! These grants were available for projects run by youth and/or youth-serving organizations in Oxford County to support youth in graduating high school AND/OR having a successful transition into post-secondary education, apprenticeship, and/or employment


Applications for 2023 are now closed. We appreciate your interest and invite you to stay tuned for future opportunities.


Below, you will find details about the six inspiring projects funded by our 2022 Youth Engagement Grants.


Successful Projects: 

  1. Building Roots Project-School Within a College

The Building Roots project is aiming to support 15-20 SWAC students and have been identified at a risk of not graduating. The project offers a variety of creative art classes that includes spoken word, photography, woodworking and textile as well as practical

skills including programming and workshops for cooking, entrepreneurship and team leadership. The purpose of this project is for students to explore self-understanding, self-expression, career, and educational pathways.


  2. #GROWgirlsOxford-TVDSB

This #GROWgirlsOxford project is a one day event in-person in Oxford County for current Grade 10 female-identified and non-binary students which was estimated at 400-500 people in total. The purpose of the event is for the participants to connect with services and focus on their holistic wellness for their physical, cognitive, social, emotional as well as self/spiritual health. After the event, schools are provided with different resources their students might need around well-being, support and encouraging peer connection. 


  3. Engaging Youth in Creativity through Indigenous ConnectionsIndigenous Solidarity and Awareness Network

This project is a monthly get together for 10-20 youth across Oxford County with a particular focus on Indigenous youth. The project’s goal is learning from one another and about Indigenous leaders related to truth and reconciliation, as well as, participate in creative activities, build connections, explore their Indigenous heritage, learn the truth and foster reconciliation amongst youth in the community.


  4. Future in Motion-Joblink/Woodstock & District Developmental Services

The future in Motion project is aiming to assist 20 youth with learning disabilities and/or mental health unwellness to get their G1 Driver’s License by providing close support and 1:1 assistance, learning materials, student accommodations for the test. This funding will help Future in Motion to purchase supplies and to support with covering the cost of the test. 


  5. GREASE – Musical Production - College Avenue Secondary School

GREASE Musical Production will be using the funding to purchase equipment and supplies for their musical production  that will serve approximately 50-60 students this year. The project gives the opportunity to students to build soft and hard skills including professionalism, communication, teamwork, perseverance, organization, and commitment as well as build a sense of belonging, forming relationships, and feeling connected to school and peers.


  6. HP Barbell Club’s 10,000 Pound Challenge-Huron Park Secondary School

Weightlifting club held at Huron Park Secondary School will be using the funding to upgrade equipment to be used for the Barbell Club for 20-25 students and for their annual 10,000-pound challenge – a one-day challenge where a group of students (15-30) and teachers come together to lift 10,000 pounds total

collectively between them all, making it a cooperative event, not a competition.

To get more information on the grants, contact the CBYF Project Lead, Jodie Konior, at or 548-882-8376.


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