Youth Opportunities Fund- Year 1 Recap

3a14a440-163c-4e44-9a59-511ba59bfb1bIn the spring of 2016 Y2K received five years of funding from the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) a program with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. With this funding Y2K created five new teams, the focus of today’s update is specifically the Participatory Action Research (PAR) team and the work they conducted this year. The PAR team uses a national platform called Sharing the Stories (StS) which can be used to collect data, compare it against a national aggregate and which we can collectively use to understand and explore youth outcomes and engagements in KFL&A. 

The following reports go through some of the results and patterns we have seen from the young people who participated in the data collection. Please feel free to contact or with any questions about any of the collected information or the plans for Year 2 with YOF.


Y2KFL&A Year 1 Budget Graphs

Looking towards year 2 with YOF:

Logic Model

Y2KFL&A Year 2 WorkPlan

Kingston Pride Week 2017

We’re here with a quick guide to everything and anything Kingston Pride! Events, shows, the parade and more. Check it all out here and on our Event Calendar.

Saturday, June 10th: TShow: Gay Space 1999. A “futuristic drag show with a good dash of gay pixie dust” find it at the Renaissance 285 Queen Street, doors at 8PM show at 9PM. (19+ event) Tickets and full info at the link below!


Sunday, June 11th: Pride Worship Service at St Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 263 Victoria Street. Join St Mark’s congregation for a pride worship, “God welcomes all regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status”- St Mark’s mission statement. Free admission and open to all!

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Budyanee De Zoysa

Budyanee is an active member of over five different Budyanee de Zoysayouth groups and initiatives in Kingston. She is always looking for ways to play her part in improving our community. Her engagement and advocacy for Kingston youth began shortly after she arrived, December 2015. Budyanee was approached by a member of the Limestone District School Board to be a Keynote Speaker for the “Dare to Stand Out: Youth Diversity Conference”. This was her first time speaking about her experiences coming to Canada in front of a large audience of youth. She was amazed by how responsive, appreciative, and respectful everyone was, this encouraged her to continue being involved in the Kingston community.

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