Youth Design Lab in Thunder Bay July 17th 2017

Youth in Kasabonika are a key to the community's future
Youth in Kasabonika are a key to the community's future

THUNDER BAY  – YOUTH – On July 17th, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will be hosting a Design Lab in Thunder Bay in support of the upcoming registration deadline of July 19th for the Youth Opportunities Fund. Building on the OTF’s Design Lab, other funders (e.g. LaidlawYouthCICanadian Roots Exchange, Thunder Bay Community Foundation) have decided to make their granting streams as accessible as possible to young people in the Thunder Bay community.

Similarly, other service providers and partners are making a range of offerings available, including arts-based youth engagement led by local youth artists and a YouthHack facilitated by the Youth Research and Evaluation Exchange (YouthREX) in collaboration with Lakehead University.

With a number of servic­e providers and funders coming together, the emphasis is on empowering young people with resources to support their ideas and community projects. We are looking to spread the word about these offerings in order to maximize uptake. All youth are welcome, and lunch and bus tokens will be made available.

For more details, check out the event page on Facebook :

All activities will be hosted at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery from 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday July 15th through Tuesday July 18th. The gallery is located at 250 Park Avenue in Thunder Bay.

Youth Opportunities Fund Design Lab and Aligned Activities (July 15-18 Overview)
Date Sat. July 15 Sun. July 16 Mon. July 17 Tues. July 18
Activities ·         PCYO: Increasing awareness of civic engagement opportunities

·         Riley Yesno / Neechee Studio: Arts-based youth engagement activities

·         Thunder Bay Public Library: Share information about engagement opportunities, programming and library cards.

·         YouthREX: YouthHack focused on the lived experiences of youth and equity issues with a view toward potential application to granting opportunities

·         Neechee Studio: Arts-based youth engagement activities

·         Ontario Trillium Foundation: Youth Opportunities Fund Design Lab

·         Other Funders: Supported application to a range of granting opportunities

·         Neechee Studio: Arts-based youth engagement activities

·         boyRoland: Arts-based youth engagement activities (mini-mural)

·         Ontario Trillium Foundation / Other Funders: Share information on funding opportunities

Participants / Organizers ·         PCYO Vice-Chair Brittany Kulchar

·         Prime Minister’s Youth Council member Riley Yesno

·         Youth artist (Neechee Studio)

·         PCYO Vice-Chair Brittany Kulchar

·         YouthREX

·         Lakehead University

·         Youth Social Infrastructure Colllaborative

·         Local artist (Neechee Studio)

·         PCYO Vice-Chair Brittany Kulchar

·         YOF Grantees

·         OTF

·         YouthCI

·         Laidlaw

·         Inspirit

·         Thunder Bay Community Foundation

·         Canadian Roots Exchange

·         YOF Grantees (Neechee Studio)

·         boyRoland (local artist)

·         Local artists with youth engagement expertise

Notes ·         Riley Yesno is from Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) and currently lives in Thunder Bay. She is a school board representative and an artist. ·         YouthREX ran a Youth Hack in February 2017 in London in collaboration with Western University ·         The registration deadline for the Youth Opportunities Fund (OTF) is July 19

·         The application deadline for Resilience150 (Laidlaw) is July 31.

·         boyRoland is a member of an art collective based in Thunder Bay. The collective works to engage local artists through arts-based activities and mentorship.
Note: All activities will be hosted by Definitely Superior Art Gallery – an artist-run not-for-profit centre presenting workshops, lecture, installations and mentorship opportunities.


YOF Team

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