Based on long-term interest in supporting youth, in particular in the area of academic perseverance, the Silver Dollar Foundation began investing in this area in 2013. Grants are awarded to organizations working with youth and their families at elementary and secondary levels.
In December 2013, we issued the three grants to the following organizations:
Je réussis: $15,000
Je passe partout: $15,000
In January 2014, the Silver Dollar Foundation renewed grants to Youth Fusion and Head & Hands. Both grants are for the same amounts, and allocated to the same programs we supported in 2013.
Youth Fusion is an award-winning, non-partisan charity that establishes innovative partnerships between high schools and universities, in an effort to counter high school dropout rates, by creating and implementing projects that engage youth and keep them interested in school. Among other activities, Youth Fusion links CEGEP and university students with high schools to deliver extra-curricular activities that motivate, build confidence, and inspire students to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education. The Silver Dollar Foundation provided $25,000 for the Adopt-a-School program, specifically to the Chomedey-de-Maisonneuve school in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Head & Hands’ mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental well-being through a preventative, inclusive, non-judgmental, and holistic approach. Head & Hands has a fundamental commitment to providing an environment that welcomes youth without discrimination. Head & Hands is largely youth-run, providing legal support, a health clinic, a young parents program, a drop-in centre with sports, games, cooking and music facilities, information and referral, and additional services for youth. The Silver Dollar Foundation provided $15,000 in support of their Street Work program, which has recently suffered due to cuts to government funding.