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What is CBYF?

The Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF)  initiative in Grande Prairie, Alberta started in 2020, and ended in March 2024, to explore the barriers that youth face in pursing education and employment. 

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

Youth Career Discovery Expo

We hosted Grande Prairie's brand new Youth Career Discovery Expo on March 21, 2024.  

Youth explored career paths, talked to post-secondary and career training schools, and tried the range of exciting hands-on activities! 

Visit for information on future Youth Career Discovery Expo events!

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CBYF Microgrant Program

    Youth Microgrant (Funding is now complete)

    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 31, 2024 or until funding is fully expended.

    Thank you for your interest. Applications are closed.

    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, vehicle-related expenses, 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.

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