TakingITGlobal has been providing micro grants to youth-led projects for almost 20 years — here’s what they’ve learned

Through accessible, low-barrier grants, the #RisingYouth project funded 7,000 youth-led projects in the last five years for youth-led initiatives across Canada

Why It Matters

Youth are inheriting complex and urgent problems, yet they say they need holistic support if they are to contribute to solutions. It’s vital to give youth agency to act on their ideas and solutions from a young age, TakingITGlobal argues, to encourage them to continue being actively involved in global and local issues.

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As a teenager, Jennifer Corriero was quick to point out what wasn’t working in her school system. While she was an avid volunteer, she also noticed that there were not nearly enough volunteer placements for her and her peers to be actively involved in their community. 

One day, running late to school, Corriero got called to the principal’s office. She was worried she was in trouble, but to her surprise, her principal instead suggested she apply to the City of Vaughan’s Youth Cabinet, as a student who had a lot of ideas and opinions. 

“That was a very powerful act — to be asked my opinion,” says Corriero, who served as the editor for the school newspaper, and also wen

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