Updated on April 16th, 5:50pm EST

Youth Empowering Parents (YEP)  invites individuals and organizations to submit a request if they are interested in operating their own YEP program. Our Program Delivery Partnership initiative has helped launch YEP programs in Canada, Ethiopia, and Niger.

1. Youth Empowering Parents Overview

Youth Empowering Parents (YEP) is an innovative grassroots program founded by youth residents in Regent Park, Toronto. Unlike a traditional classroom, where one educator teaches a group of students, a YEP classroom consists of an educator training youth to provide independent and effective one-on one tutoring for adults of the same linguistic background. Adults learn key English and computer skills from their youth tutor and develop skills that enable them to function better in everyday life, and youth develop skills around maturity, leadership, and teaching etiquette.

The YEP program is generally inexpensive to operate. For example, a 3.5 month program, where ~10 youth and ~10 adults meet twice per week for 90 minutes each, costs approximately $3,000 to operate. The schedule, amount of participants, and frequency of a YEP program is flexible, and is decided by the partner organization.

2. Partnership Request Overview

This invitation is open to individuals and organizations around the world. However, the ideal applicant is one who has the capacity to receive YEP’s support and who is interested in developing a long term relationship with YEP.

The chart below depicts the breakdown of roles and responsibilities of YEP and of the partner organization.

YEP will work with successful applicants and provide training, curriculum and evaluation materials, general back office support, and, in some cases, a small subsidy to help kick start the program.


Youth Empowering Parents

Partner Organization

Delivery of Staff Training
Participant Recruitment & Program Delivery
Management and Oversight of Program Staff
Curriculum Development
Gathering Participant Feedback

3. Eligibility

  1. This partnership is available to individuals, community groups, nonprofit organizations, and charitable organizations, located anywhere around the world.
  2. Subsidy requests are open only to Canadian organizations with charitable status.
  3. Applicants interested in launching a YEP computer program must have access to computers. YEP does not provide capital grants.

4. Fees

Training and materials are provided on a cost-recovery basis. A one-time fee, usually between $2,000 and $4,000, will cover staff training, program set-up, best-practices guides, youth training manual, and the YEP proprietary curriculum. Thereafter, organizations may opt into a yearly fee of up to $1,000 for ad-hoc staff support and access to updated/new curriculum. Fees are determined based on the capacity of the applicant, and the level of support required.

5. Subsidy Request

YEP is able to provide a limited number of individuals or organizations with a one-time subsidy to help launch a program. This may cover fees mentioned above, as well as program operations. Though you are not asked to provide a program budget, if you do request funding you are asked to outline the reasons for why you require funding support.

Subsidies usually range between $500 and $5,000.

6. Selection Criteria

YEP will use multiple criteria to select the most appropriate partner or partners. Respondents are encouraged to be specific in their responses, and highlight the following:

  1. Demonstrated leadership and capability to implement project.
  2. Capacity to deliver the YEP program. This includes, but is not limited to, evidence of being able to take on additional work, as well as having existing program facilities.
  3. Willingness and potential for long term partnership.

YEP will follow up with shortlisted participants and may request additional information and/or a meeting.

7. Submission Deadlines

There is one deadline.

August 15th, 2016, 11:59pm EST

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

8. Communication

Only applicants shortlisted will be notified. Due to the volume of requests we receive, we are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Shortlisted applications will receive a response within 30 days of submission. Applicants may be asked to submit additional information such as, but not limited to, additional project timeline details, projection of costs, general organizational material and audited financial statements.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Youth Empowering Parents prior to making a submission. Any questions may be submitted through our contact form. Please first check the Frequently Asked Questions section, below.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will my organization be notified of the outcome of our application?

We will notify notify shortlisted applicants of their outcome, and we will do this within 30 days of submission.

What feedback can you give me on our organization’s application?

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

Can we meet or discuss our application on the phone during the assessment period?

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to meet or speak with individuals or organizations during the application process. You may, however, send us a message using our contact form.

Can I contact Youth Empowering Parents to find out how the application is progressing?

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to give individual updates on applications.

Can we submit multiple applications if we operate nationally?

Yes. You may submit up to four applications in total.

Can I ask for a multi-year subsidy?

No. At this time, we only offer a one-time subsidy.

What happens if I make an error in the application form that has already been submitted?

The application you submit is your organization’s final application. You will not be able to change it, submit a new one or add missing/extra information.Please ensure that all parts of the application are correct before submitting. If key fields are missing, your application may be discarded.

Can I save a draft application and return later?

No. You are advised to copy the questions into another document and add your answers into the Application Form when you are ready to submit.

Can I have access to my application once it has been submitted?

No. Once submitted, you will no longer be able to view or otherwise have access to your application. You are advised to print or save a copy for your records before you submit.

How will I know the application has been submitted?

After you hit the submit button you will be redirected to a page confirming our receipt of your application.