The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learning opportunities that can enhance the work of young people, artists and youth-led groups. Through different strategies and in different spaces, young people are working to make change and to have an impact on communities across the City of Toronto. To take this passion and commitment and channel it into a project, individuals or organizations often require training, tools and supports that are not always available to emerging, youth-led groups.
This workshop series provides facilitators (many of whom are young people, or those that have been involved in grassroots organizing and project development) to share their insights and resources. Many groups have struggled to find a financial template that works for them, decode grant guidelines or define what structure works for them as an organization. Accordingly, past topics have included financial management for nonprofits, fundraising, grant-writing, and models of youth work. These free sessions provide an accessible and safe learning space for young people and groups to ask questions, receive support and demystify process.
The workshops are developed based on needs identified by young people in Toronto. Participants who attend 5 or more workshops in the series receive a certificate.
Special thanks go to the facilitators for sharing their knowledge and expertise, as well as the following partners that have provided funding for the workshops, resource guides and online toolkits:Canadian Heritage
City of Toronto Cultural Services
The Lawson Foundation
Toronto Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation