2008 - 2009
Due to a huge influx of funding in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods, DreamNow identified a problem of overlap and a systemic lack of collaboration amongst the many groups working for grassroots change. In response to this problem, DreamNow built and invested in NeighbourhoodOne, a website and offline program that convenes and connects the various youth groups, and youth supporting organizations within Toronto’s Priority Neighbourhoods. Over the course of this project we have connected and brought together over one-hundred community groups through direct outreach, community and online forums and sparked lasting collaborations.
Young leaders in Toronto have created powerful grassroots communities that share knowledge and strengthen the capacity of all young people that come in contact with them. What NeighbourhoodOne does is give these groups a platform to connect and strengthen the amazing work they are doing. It is like being able to go to a huge gathering of the most talented and innovative young people in our city with the click of a button.
Omar Yassin Omar, Community Grants Developer, Youth Challenge Fund