Engaging youth leaders to encourage organizations to apply for funding under the Youth Innovation Component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund

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Application period

The application period to become a Youth Accessibility Leader (YAL) is now open from June 5, 2023 to October 10, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Objective

We are looking for young Canadians to help make Canada more accessible for persons with disabilities.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is looking for dynamic youth who want to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to their communities. Through this process, youth volunteer their time to build a more accessible Canada.

Eligibility

We want you and what you have to offer, if you:

To be considered eligible you must be:

Apply to become an EAF Youth Accessibility Leader!

Note, as a Youth Accessibility Leader, you can either work alone or work as a team and have friends and family support you throughout the process.

About the EAF Youth Innovation Component

The EAF Youth Innovation Component provides an opportunity for dynamic youth who want to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to their communities to have a direct impact in the lives of persons with disabilities.

By becoming a Youth Accessibility Leader, you will promote the program and encourage organizations to apply for its funding. You can do this by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within your community. Through this work, you will volunteer your time to:

Role of the Youth Accessibility Leader

As a Youth Accessibility Leader, you will be part of a growing community of youth from across the country that have:

Benefits of being a Youth Accessibility Leader:

What you need to know before you apply

Description of the funding process

Read this section to learn more about the process:

Eligible organizations

The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding under the EAF Youth Innovation Component:

Ineligible organizations

For your project proposal to be eligible for funding, you must clearly and completely tell us:

Your project must meet specific eligibility criteria depending on the proposed activity and the stream under which you are applying.

Examples of previously funded Youth Innovation projects include:

Apply

The application period to submit your interest in becoming a Youth Accessibility Leader is from June 5, 2023 to October 10, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Apply now

Contact us

Please send any questions to EDSC.JEUNESSEFA-YOUTHEAF.ESDC-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca. We will answer any questions about the YAL application process sent before October 10, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Information sessions

We will hold information sessions virtually for those who are interested in becoming YALs as well, for organizations interested in applying for funding. Please email us at the address above to let us know your name and language and date you prefer of the following dates below.

The sessions will be fully accessible and include American Sign Language (ASL), Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART).

The date for the sessions are as follows:

Once registered, you will receive an email invitation with a link to access the virtual session and its related materials.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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