The Opportunity Project Youth Association was incorporated in April 2019. A quite unique story comes from the creation of TOP, a simple idea is where the organization sparked, all the way from Ottawa. At the 2016 One Young World convention, Will White (TOP president) at the ribbon ceremony wrote on this ribbon “give opportunities to youth “. At this moment the idea to give more opportunity to youth was something Will could not get off his mind. Beginning in the small town of Grand Falls-Windsor Newfoundland, Will stuck to the idea of creating a non profit organization in Central NL called 'The Opportunity Project'.
TOP is a way to provide youth with the most opportunity available. It was important that youth be given opportunity, he believed after he saw the potential other youth had at the One Young World convention. This convention inspired Will to create an association that had true potential within and beyond itself. As youth, we understand each other as people, we resonate with each other, and have so much hope for our futures.
Will and Whitney met in 2013 when they were both working/volunteering at a local youth centre. Their passion for youth initiatives quickly turned into a friendship and collaboration that would go on to create many initiatives including TOP. Whitney saw Will's vision for this organization and was willing to jump on board. With her career starting our in youth care and non-profit development, Whitney was ready to dive into such an ambitious project! Over the next few years, TOP became an incorporated non-profit organization with a youth-led board, who provides programming and opportunities in Eastern Canada. TOP is now officially a charitable organization that is planning to expand across the country!
What are we planning?
The Opportunity Project Youth Association is newly incorporated and growing every day! We strive to create opportunities for youth in Education, Engagement, Employment and Social Development. With socializing become virtual during COVID-19, we've been updating our online resources and our website! As we get back to our 'new normal,' we hope to bring many more opportunities to youth across Canada!
Future potential projects:
Youth-led Social Enterprises
Youth Conferences & Committees
Virtual & Local Training