Youth Leaders in Peel Region invited to Learn Skills for Social Change at ACCESS Workshops


MISSISSAUGA – On August 14, 2014 ACCESS presents: DO GOOD, BETTER, the first of a free two-part workshop series to equip youth-led initiatives in Peel Region with the tools and skills to succeed. Youth leaders and activists will receive hands-on learning opportunities from experienced facilitators who have worked with countless youth-led organizations and initiatives across the Greater Toronto Area to build stronger organizations and create greater impact in their communities.

DO GOOD, BETTER will take place over two summer evenings at Studio 89, a social enterprise café in Mississauga whose proceeds fund an artademic resource centre and youth programming. The workshops will help young leaders learn to find funding and build budgets for their social good projects.

“Having founded ACCESS as a high school student 8 years ago, I am thrilled that we are now able to share these vital resources with other youth who are working on their own initiatives. Finding funding is a huge challenge for organizations of any size – especially for youth entering this complex sector. We have learned that the non-profit sector is all about collaboration, and are honored to involve our mentee organization, Regional Youth Roundtable, as well as to bring in experts in youth organizing from across the GTA.” – Daniel Francavilla, Founder and Executive Director, ACCESS

On August 14, part one will help participants learn how to develop and write an effective grant application through the exploration of tools and processes for designing programs, framing applications, and embedding grant-writing planning in all that they do.

On August 21, part two will help youth leaders learn to build budgets with confidence. Participants will learn how to develop a budget for their organization or project using simple tools and software. They will explore what to take into account when building a budget, from salaries to rent to program expenses.

ACCESS-RYR-OTFThe workshops are being promoted in partnership with the Regional Youth Roundtable, a new local youth-led initiative mentored by ACCESS. The Speak Up for Change Workshop Series is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Spaces are limited, so we invite interested participants to register online at


About ACCESS ACCESS is a youth-run, non-profit organization that educates, empowers, and inspires youth to drive positive change. ACCESS is run exclusively by youth, ranging from high school students to university students and recent graduates. ACCESS focuses on social innovation and youth social entrepreneurship, to educate, empower and inspire youth to create change locally and globally. | |

About Regional Youth Roundtable Regional Youth Roundtable aims to alleviate pressures facing minority youth groups (such as newcomer youth, special needs youth, racialized youth) by creating a collaborative impact through youth-led organizations in Peel region. The Roundtable also acts as a platform for the sharing of ideas and initiatives between youth-led organizations, ensuring said organizations are reaching their full potential and mandate. |

Media Contact: Daniel Francavilla, Executive Director, ACCESS |