SSCF Joins RBC Future Launch Community Challenge
Youth in southern Saskatchewan invited to put their boldest ideas and solutions forward to address local needs
(June 5, 2019) – The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities in six (6) eligible communities in southern Saskatchewan.
“Youth have bold ideas and we know that when they drive the conversation on topics that matter most to them, they inspire change. This challenge gives youth an opportunity to demonstrate that leadership, to build relationships with local charities, and to create change towards local priorities and specific needs,” says SSCF Executive Director Donna Ziegler.
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. It is an opportunity for young people to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities – all things that will help them prepare for the future of work.
This Community Challenge goes far beyond southern Saskatchewan as participating community foundations will make grants and learning opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities from coast to coast to coast. As a whole, the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge aims to empower Canadian youth for the jobs and community realities of the future.
“This opportunity is incredibly exciting for youth in southern Saskatchewan,” says Greer Andruschak, a summer student with SSCF who will be providing administrative support to the project. “The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will get the next generation involved in the community and will allow youth to plan creative solutions that enhance equity, sustainability, and fairness that will help lay the groundwork for a brighter future.”
“RBC believes strongly in the power, vision and potential of youth, and the influence they can have in their communities,” said Mark Beckles, senior director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with the Community Foundations of Canada to help young people make a difference in communities across Canada while building the 21st century skills needed to prepare for the future of work.”
Grant applications will be accepted between May 22 and September 18, 2019. Contact SSCF for more information on how to apply, or visit https://sscf.ca/grants-funding/grant-fund-overview/rbc-future-launch-community-challenge/
About RBC Future Launch Community Challenge
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will be hosted by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations, and is made possible thanks to a $5M donation from the RBC Foundation. It is part of RBC Future Launch, a commitment by RBC and the RBC Foundation to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. Over the next 10 years, RBC Future Launch is dedicating $500 million to help young people access meaningful employment through practical work experience, skills development opportunities, networking solutions and mental well-being supports and services.
For further information about this grant, please contact:
SSCF Director of Community and Grant Stewardship
For media inquries and to set up an interview, please contact:
SSCF Executive Director
Phone: 1-306-535-4130 (cell) and 1-306-751-4956 (office).