Announcing the 2015 Top 10 Grant Recipients

Happy Manitoba Day!

Hey Manitoba! Thank you for making this year's MTS Future First grants campaign an overwhelming success! Because of you, ten incredible organizations from across the province have been awarded $10,000 grants to enhance the work they do on behalf of youth in Manitoba. Check out the list of 2015 MTS Future First grant recipients below.

Thanks again, Manitoba. Together, we're building a stronger Manitoba, one kid at a time.

With 36,537 votes, the 2015 Future First grant recipients are:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morden-Winkler - 17.97%

    Kicks For Kids

    Kicks For Kids

    Who they are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morden-Winkler was founded in 1976. As a child and youth mentoring charity, they facilitate life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

    What they do: Kicks For Kids is a free, after-school mentoring program that provides Tae Kwon Do instruction to youth in the Morden-Winkler area. The program focuses on building confidence and core values such as respect, integrity, self-control, fair play and perseverance.

    A Future First grant will allow the program to expand to more schools in the area giving a greater number of children the opportunity to participate in the program.

  • Gaining Resources Our Way Inc. (G.R.O.W.) - 11.32%

    G.R.O.W. in Gimli


    Who they are: G.R.O.W. is a life skills program for young adults with social and intellectual disabilities. G.R.O.W.'s focus is to enhance the potential of its participants. The Program facilitates the natural growth of the individual in a supportive environment and provides opportunities for them to engage with the community and increase independence.

    What they do: The G.R.O.W. in Gimli Program supports participants in developing skills in the areas of life management, healthy eating, recreation and socialization – the skill development required for independent living and engagement in community life. Each participant and their family chooses life skill goals to work towards while at the program.

    A Future First grant will allow G.R.O.W. in Gimli to continue to offer a unique summer residential life skills program for youth.

  • Brandon University Mini U - 9.02%

    Opportunities for Youth – Mini University 2015

    Brandon Mini U

    Who they are: Mini University was founded in 1984 as a special project of Brandon University’s Campus Recreation Department. Mini U strives to encourage healthy living, creative expression, scientific curiosity and life-long learning in children and youth through its summer day camp sessions.

    What they do: The Brandon University Opportunities for Youth – Mini University 2015 Program offers hands-on educational programming for youth ages 5 to 15. Topics include science, computers, humanities, fine arts, performing arts, and physical education.

    A Future First grant will pay for the Mini U tuition and fees for approximately 45 marginalized young people from one or more of the following groups: Aboriginal or Metis, low-income, recent immigrants, youth from families housed in the Westman Women’s Shelter, and youth with disabilities.

  • The Pas Action Centre - 8.97%

    After School Program

    After School Program

    Who they are: The Pas Action Centre is a non-profit neighbourhood centre providing organized recreational and educational activities for youth living in the Kelsey Estates Manitoba Housing development in The Pas, Manitoba.

    What they do: The After School Program gives youth living in the Kelsey Estates area the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of investment in their community and to serve as examples to others in the area.

    A Future First grant will ensure the After School Program can continue to provide services such as cooking classes, outings, movie nights, and boxing classes.

  • Siloam Mission - 8.02%

    Exit Up!

    Exit Up!

    Who they are: Siloam Mission is a connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, alleviating hardships and providing opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness.

    What they do: The Exit Up! Program was developed in response to the alarming statistic that 43% of those experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg have gone through the child welfare system. The program gives Aboriginal youth coming from care the skills and abilities they need to live interdependently with success. Program members first move into The Madison – Siloam’s supportive housing complex. From there, program participants can transition to increasingly independent living at their own pace.

    A Future First grant will provide transitional housing for an additional four young people at The Madison. This is an increase from the eight participants they were able to accommodate in the inaugural year of the program in 2014.

  • Motivate Canada - 7.92%

    GEN7 Aboriginal Role Model Program in Cross Lake First Nation


    Who they are: Motivate Canada is a national charitable organization that specializes in improving the lives of young people by fostering community engagement, entrepreneurship, social inclusion and leadership among youth. Our programs empower young people to create positive change through sport and physical activity to make their communities healthy, vibrant and engaged.

    What they do: The GEN7 program recruits Aboriginal youth role models to teach Aboriginal youth how to lead healthy, active lifestyles through their participation in a boxing club in Cross Lake First Nation.

    A Future First grant will provide the resources to keep the GEN7 Aboriginal Role Model in the community, and will mean the boxing club can remain operational; providing youth with an outlet to express themselves, to be part of a team and to get active through boxing.

  • Career & Employment Youth Services - 6.12%

    Stepping Stones

    Stepping Stones

    Who they are: Career & Employment Youth Services has been offering employment guidance to youth in Brandon since 1983.

    What they do: Stepping Stones will provide students at off campus high schools in Brandon workshops geared towards obtaining meaningful employment. Many of these students are on their own so they need to work while still attending school. Stepping Stones gives them the tools they need to find a job and graduate high school.

    A Future First grant will allow Career & Employment Youth Services to implement the Stepping Stones program, and help up to 24 more young people find meaningful work and remain in school.

  • Rainbow Resource Centre - 5.35%

    Youth Educating Against Homophobia (YEAH!)


    Who they are: The Rainbow Resource Centre is a leader and an important resource for Manitoba’s LGBTTQ community, providing community services, education, outreach and political awareness and activism.

    What they do: Y.E.A.H. is an educational workshop program bringing specially trained Y.E.A.H. facilitators to schools in the province to conduct workshops designed to encourage youth participants to think critically about homophobia, heterosexism, and the issues faced by LGBTTQ youth.

    A Future First grant will contribute to the costs of training the facilitation team, program coordination, and to expand the program to reach more than 3,200 students throughout Manitoba.

  • Ma Mawi-Wi-Chi-Itata Centre Inc. - 5.24%

    Indigenous Girls Voices & Choices

    Indigenous Girls Voices & Choices

    Who they are: The Ma Mawi Wi-Chi-Itata Centre Inc. was established to reclaim Aboriginal people's inherent role and responsibility as the caregivers for Aboriginal children and families in Winnipeg. All Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre programs and services are developed and operate within a philosophy that is embodied in the name of the centre. The name Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata translates from Ojibway into the phrase “we all work together to help one another”. These words reflect the vision in the concept of collective responsibility and reciprocity towards helping each other.

    What they do: Indigenous Girls Voices & Choices is a strengths-based program designed to equip Indigenous girls with empowerment and resiliency through the guidance of female Elders.

    A Future First grant will allow 50 young women to take part in the program that will provide traditional teachings focused on physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. The program will assist these young women develop greater self-esteem, new interests, life skills, and the support they need to find their voice and make healthy choices.

  • Wayfinders Manitoba Inc. - 4.30%

    After School Mentorship/Wellness

    After Chool Mentorship-Wellness

    Who they are: Wayfinders Manitoba Inc. is a community-based mentorship program that supports the journey to high school graduation and successful transition to post-secondary education for students living in Winnipeg's Elwick and Watson Street neighbourhoods in northwest Winnipeg.

    What they do: The Wayfinders After School Mentorship Program helps students develop their life goals through homework support, post-secondary and career explorations, leadership activities, health and wellness, and community service. The program runs weekdays from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00, and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

    A Future First grant will enable Wayfinders to continue to offer this valuable program to participating students free-of-charge.