Government of Yukon

May 28, 2012

Government supports community youth projects

WHITEHORSE—Yukon youth will benefit from a contribution of almost $53,000 from the Youth Investment Fund that will support 21 projects across the territory.

“The Yukon government is very pleased to support this range of projects that will enrich the lives of young people in Yukon,” Premier Darrell Pasloski said. “Helping our youth develop important life skills and have access to a range of opportunities is one of the best investments we can make in Yukon’s future.”

Supported projects include a therapeutic riding program, a dance teacher training program, a culture camp, a girls club, a youth art enrichment project, and a bike camp. These projects will take place in a number of communities including Carcross, Carmacks, Dawson City, Faro, Pelly Crossing and Teslin.

Sponsored by the departments of Education, Health and Social Services, Justice and Community Services, the Youth Investment Fund supports short-term community-driven initiatives throughout Yukon, addressing the needs and interests of youth under 19 years of age.

Community groups can apply for up to $5,000, twice per year. Since the fund’s inception in 1995, 584 projects have been supported. The next deadline for applications is October 1.

The Youth Directorate’s goals are to increase youth awareness and involvement in programs throughout Yukon, help youth contribute to their communities and improve the health of Yukon youth. For more information visit the Youth Directorate.


See backgrounder below.



Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Gord Kurzynski
Youth Directorate, Executive Council Office

Janet Constable-Rushant
Community Justice, Justice



The total amount of awarded funding is $52,600 which will be distributed to the following




Freedom Trails Therapeutic Riding Association

Therapeutic Riding Program

Gentle Steps Equine Assisted Learning Centre

Equine Assisted Learning & Parent Support

Carcross Recreation Board

Swim On 2012

Breakdancing Yukon Society

Dance Teacher Training Program

Bringing Youth Towards Equality Society

BYTE’s Community Outreach: Facilitation Team

Eliza Van Bibber School

Learning the Music of the Northern Tutchone Culture

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Youth

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Culture Camp

Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon

LDAY Youth Leadership Adventure Camp

Music Yukon

Arts in the Park – Youth Initiative

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre

Wise Girls

Velonorth Bike Club

Yukon Bike Camp Series

Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre

VFWC Girls Club

Village of Carmacks

After School Programming

Village of Teslin

Youth working together with a local artist to design tourism end product

Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon

Dawson City Literacy Tutoring/Wilderness Camp

Yukon Association for Community Living

Celebrate Summer Inclusively

Dawson City Arts Society

KIAC Youth Art Enrichment

The Municipality of the Town of Faro

Youth Taking Charge

Yukon Roller Girls

Yukon Junior Roller Derby: Autumn Boot Camp

Yukon First Nations Graduation Society

Yukon First Nation Graduation Ceremony

Porter Creek School Council

Challenge Day & Be the Change Movement Follow Up


News Release #12-102