You are the reason Youth Ottawa can give youth a place where they are encouraged to take on leadership roles!
Through your generous gifts, you provide a place where youth can harness their ideas and spark change all while developing transferable skills. Your generous donations and sponsorships, each year provide the youth in Ottawa with a platform to engage, learn, experience, explore new opportunities, and use their voice to reach out to peers. Youth are the heart of our organization and we believe in a community where youth drive positive change. We could not do it without you!

The impact of your donation

Give to support community engagement


Engages one youth with a community service project and builds their sense of citizenship 

What does this gift involve?

Empowers youth to work together on solutions to community issues which matter to them.
Youth Ottawa Facilitator in either Action Civics (renamed DILA), Artistic Mentorship, or Youth
Active Media programs. One of our outstanding youth Facilitators works with a participating
high school class on an experiential, community connected project where youth lead change.

give to support employment for deserving youth


Provides basic training to outstanding youth for employment with Youth Ottawa

what does this gift involve?

This gift provides for the 30 hours of paid training that it takes for our Youth Ambassadors to be
prepared for employment in our social enterprises, including our school programs, our joint
video production company, Hot Shoe Productions (with the Social Planning Council), or their
own social innovation projects.

Give to provide entrepreneurial support to young social innovators


Provides youth with business modelling skills and entrepreneurial support

What does this gift involve?

This gift provides young social innovators with a series of five in-depth business development
workshops and 10 hours of dedicated entrepreneur-in-residence support, so that young social
innovators can focus on both their mission and their margins.

give to recognize and reward inspiring young people


Provides a bursary to a winner of our annual Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards

what does this gift involve?

The Spirit of the Capital Awards are Ottawa’s premiere youth awards. We’ve been running this
award since the days when Max Keeping first launched it 22 years ago, and each year we
recognize 14 to 16 youth who have made significant contributions to their communities with an
award, a gala, and a platform to celebrate and share their inspiration.

give to support youth ottawa

any donation amount

What does this gift involve?

It is completely up to you as to what this gift will involve, but giving generally to Youth Ottawa
helps us to not only take care of the essentials for any social impact organization, but also
respond organically to opportunities to provide further opportunities for youth to provide
services for the community. We try to keep our overhead to 30%, but we also recognize that,
just like for-profit operations, sometimes investing in more overhead translates into greater
revenues. Unlike for-profit organizations, increased revenues for us means that we can have a
greater social impact.