In the summer of 2019, we piloted the Amplified Fellowship with funding from the City of Ottawa’s Community Economic Development Fund, the RBC Foundation, The Ottawa Community Foundation, and the Canada Summer Jobs Grant from ESDC.
Our Amplified Fellowship hires youth to do work for themselves throughout the summer. The participating youth take their pre-existing social innovation ideas and develop social enterprises to create long-term solutions to their identified “problem”. The idea is that the youth are able to gain tangible skills but also take their great ideas and sustainably transition them from a purely social innovation framework to a more sustainable social enterprise framework.
The program is designed to:
- Build sustainable change-making initiatives and create economic opportunities for youth founders.
- Build a network of social change initiatives who work together on creating impact.
- Provide youth with business development workshops, entrepreneurship support and networking opportunities.
This summer we’re doing it again and welcoming 13 new young social innovators to the fellowship.
Our fellows represent some of the most inspiring grassroots community organizers across Ottawa whose social enterprises traverse social topics pertaining to urban arts and culture, empowering women of colour, Black excellence, working class tenant’s rights, haircuts for kids, and neurodiverse youth learners. Each of these community-empowering enterprises is led by somebody from the community, whose trusted leadership is a key element in the success of these projects.
These 13 youth will spend the summer with an entrepreneur-in-residence and the Youth Ottawa team building sustainability for their projects through a combination of one-on-one entrepreneur-in-residence consulting, business design workshops, and applied work on their projects.