Announcing $30K of Funding to Youth-Driven Projects in our Region!

We are thrilled to share the news that 4 amazing youth-driven projects in the Clayoquot Biosphere Region will receive a total of $30,000 through our Future Launch granting area! These projects are all:

  • led/co-led by youth leaders
  • designed to support youth growth, leadership, and skills development
  • directly addressing urgent community needs as voiced by our region's youth

Without further ado, the projects funded through Future Launch are: 

1) Outward Bound for Grieving Youth of West Coast Communities

A canoe/kayak trip for a group of youth who are processing grief.  Applicants: Tara Souch (West Coast Community Resource Society), Benia Kalus (Youth, Outdoor Educator). 

2)Silk-screening for youth

A youth-led art project to design, create and showcase hand-made silk-screened prints by young aspiring artists.  Applicants: Hjalmer Wenstob (Youth/Artist) and Timothy Masso (Youth). Partner organization: Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government.

3) Tla-o-qui-aht Youth Conference 

A youth conference to teach youth about boundaries, self-care, healthy choices, and cultural awareness. Applicants: Margarete Wagner (Youth Coordinator, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation) Amy Charlie, Daniel Williams, Rochelle Bob, Dakota Potter (Youth Leaders).

4) West Coast Youth Food Project

A program focused on providing youth with healthy food for their everyday lives and school week while educating them on cooking, nutrition and healthy living practices. Applicants: Toni Buston (Youth Program Coordinator, Ucluelet Community Centre), Mazie Ludwig and Jackson Epp (Youth Leaders). Partner organization: District of Ucluelet.


Future Launch is made possible in part with support from the RBC Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada the through the #RBCFLChallenge, a bold youth-led initiative to help young people lead, develop skills, gain experience, and build new relationships in 150 communities across Canada. 


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