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What is CBYF?

The Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF)  initiative in Grande Prairie, Alberta started in 2020 to explore the barriers that youth face in pursing education and employment. 

We explore the range of local opportunities and community supports and look for connections and gaps to ensure youth graduate, start career training or post-secondary education, and successfully enter the workforce. 

Want to get involved?

Youth engagement is our priority! Would you like to join our Leadership Table or an Action Team

Youth between the ages of 13 to 30 are invited to join the initiative and share their youth perspective while gaining experience on a committee, assisting in event planning, accessing free training, and being invited to special events just for local youth!

Adults (30+) connected to youth-serving agencies and organizations, teachers and educators, employment-service providers, coaches, and local employers of youth are invited to be in touch with CBYF staff to explore options for being involved.

Connect to our Discord
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Youth between the ages of 13 to 30 are invited to join our online space on Discord.  Learn more about events, training, upcoming opportunities, and more!

Find us on Discord, or e-mail for help getting connected.

What is CBYF working on?
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    Youth Career Discovery Expo Event

    CBYF Grande Prairie is hosting a Youth Career Discovery Expo on March 21, 2024. 

    View the exhibitor package PDF:  

    >> Youth Career Discovery Expo Exhibitor Application Form

    Youth Microgrant (Accepting Applications!)

    We're here to help youth between the ages of 13 to 30 navigate barriers to their education or employment with up to $750 per applicant available as a microgrant! 

    If you need a bit of help with something like purchasing work boots, getting a Chromebook for school, buying a required textbook, or upgrading First Aid training--we want to help! We'll purchase it for you!

    Applications are open until March 1, 2024 or until funding is expended.

    >> Click here for the Microgrant Application Form

    Microgrant Eligibility:

    • Open to youth between the ages of 13 to 30 living, working, attending school, or accessing services in Grande Prairie, Alberta

    • Applicant must identify a barrier to their education or employment and provide a proposed solution for removing or reducing the barrier

    • Applicant can apply for up to $750.00 towards an item or opportunity that they anticipate will help them remove or reduce their barrier(s)

    • Applicant will receive the item(s) upon purchase.  The grant is not available as a direct cash payment to the applicant. 

    • Eligible requests will be considered across a broad range of items or training options provided it is a logical solution to their barrier(s)

    • Ineligible items include (but are not limited to) alcohol, drugs, illegal items, weapons, debt repayment, vacations, entertainment, smartphone and cell services, gaming equipment, housing expenses, fines, animal expenses, investments, donations, vague clothing requests, gift cards, fuel cards, cash payments, or any costs incurred before grant approval.

    >> Click here for the Microgrant Application Form

    This initiative is supported by:
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