Ontario Support Network

What is the Ontario Support Network (OSN)?

The Ontario Support Network is an exciting new project that hopes to build deeper partnerships between We Matter and a select number of Northern Ontario communities and deeper relationships between youth and their supports across communities. Using We Matter’s new multi-media Toolkits created this year, the Ontario Support Network will mentor Youth Ambassadors and Community Guides to bring conversations of hardship, hope and healing to schools and communities and lead Indigenous-youth led mental health and life promotion initiatives focused on community engagement and peer-to-peer support.

Applications for the We Matter OSN are now open!

The OSN will be a network of 6 Community Teams across Northern Ontario who, supported by We Matter, will plan and put into action youth-led mental health and life promotion projects in their communities. As a Community Team, you will commit to at least one year of relationship-building with We Matter and other Northern Ontario Community Teams, attendance at the regional On-the-Land #HopeForum, and supporting your community with AMAZING initiatives designed by YOU!

Are you interested in taking initiative to support youth and bring hope, culture and strength to your community? Then we want YOU to apply.

Don’t have a full team? Reach out to chelsea@wemattercampaign.org for support in establishing your Community Team so that you can apply.

Deadline to apply: October 3rd, 2018

Details of the Ontario Support Network

Over the course of one year – October 2018 to June 2019 (and hopefully longer) – OSN Community Teams (Youth Ambassadors and Community Guides) will engage in regular relationship-building and project planning with each other as well as the We Matter Team, in order to create and implement youth-led and focused mental health and life promotion projects in their own school or community. This will happen through monthly video calls, weekly online sharing, a 4-day long #HopeForum gathering, the use of We Matter Toolkits, and community visits. Each Community Team will have access to $2000 to put towards their project or initiative.

  • Each Community Team must consist of 2 Youth Ambassadors (approx. 13-22 years of age) and 1 Community Guide (Elder, Teacher, Support Person, etc).
  • Teams must have support from the School and Chief and Council where appropriate (we can help you with this!).
  • Teams must be led by Indigenous youth
  • Teams must be ready to commit to a full year, including weekly and monthly check-ins and sharing, the #HopeForum, and the project they choose to develop.
  • Community Guides and Youth Ambassadors must be able to attend an all-paid On-the-Land #HopeForum from November 20th-25th.
  • Community Guides must be available (with the support of We Matter) to support and mentor Youth Ambassadors throughout the year/project and help manage team dollars.
  • Teams must be willing to work as a team and have open communication. If your community doesn’t have strong internet connection or cell service, or you’re a youth who doesn’t have a phone or laptop, don’t worry, we will find a way for you to be involved.
  • Teams will be expected to have an introduction call with the We Matter Team once we receive your application.
  • Teams must fill out an application together. Applications must be submitted by October 3rd, 2018. You can apply by filling out this form in writing OR you can choose to apply with an oral or video submission.

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