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Community foundation joins challenge empowering youth


The Dauphin and District Community Foundation (DDCF) is set to help local youth make a difference in the community.
DDCF is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects which address diverse and urgent local priorities.
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth to apply for funding to support bold ideas to address community priorities in the areas of cultural awareness and appreciation.
Participating in the challenge builds on the DDCF’s long-time support to local youth and youth leadership, board chair David Bosiak said, and fits in with the organizations philosophy of raising, investing and granting funds through community leadership, education and effective partnerships thereby enhancing quality of life in the community.
“We are very happy to be participating in the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge opportunity in Dauphin, Bosiak said.
“This will provide youth with opportunities to further enhance and develop cultural awareness and appreciation within our community. One of our community’s strengths is its diversity, which we hope to highlight through participating.”
The challenge 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. Later this year, the Dauphin and District Community Foundation will also bring youth and community members together for “Vital Conversations,” a community dialogue focused on creating a better future together.
“This is exciting,” said Natasha Nepinak, a member of the local Youth Philanthropy Committee.
“Youth are facing pressures on many fronts, and so are our communities. We want to be a part of creative solutions that enhance equity, sustainability and all-around be able to help lay the groundwork for a brighter future.”
The community challenge goes far beyond just the Dauphin area. Participating community foundations will make grants and learning opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities from coast to coast to coast.
“Young people are already demonstrating tremendous leadership in communities in Canada and across the world. Look no further than the massive youth-led initiatives such as global student marches against climate change.” said Community Foundations of Canada CEO Andrew Chunilall.
“The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is an exciting opportunity to help shift power into their hands further, by bringing them to the decision-making table where they can lead in developing solutions for the future.”
As a whole, the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge aims to empower Canadian youth for the jobs and community realities of the future.
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is hosted by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations, and is made possible thanks to a $5M donation from 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.
“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 of Youth Strategy and Innovation with RBC.
“That’s why we are thrilled to partner with CFC 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.”
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.
Grant applications will be accepted until Sept. 18. Contact the Dauphin and District Community Foundation for more information, or visit dauphincommunityfoundation.ca.

Staff Writer