We strive to make YouthWrite affordable to every applicant. YouthWrite Society Canada, our granting agencies, donors and sponsors subsidize 50% of the FULL cost to attend camp for ALL YouthWriters.
YouthWrite 2020 - Scholarship applications are open.
(We particularly invite applicants to apply who are FNMI, or who identify as minorities, New Canadians, LGBTQ2+, or are persons with a disability or limited financial means. Please self-identify in your letter of application.)
The Leanne Scholarships
A full or partial scholarship for those in financial need who are interested in attending the YouthWrite camps. The scholarship is in memory of Leanne Palylyk, a young and talented writer and poet who passed at age of 11.
Apply for a full or partial scholarship by submitting a letter from a teacher or parent describing the applicant's writing ability and reasons for applying for the scholarship, including information about financial need.
Past applicants have sought out funding and/or scholarships from such organizations as:
A local community writing group
Band Councils (aboriginal applicants)
Churches, Mosques, Temples
Knights of Columbus
Your local arts council
Literary Festivals or Societies
A current or former employer
Not-for-profit Societies and Charities
Government departments that support family development, such as Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
Businesses in your community that have supported the arts in the past
As well, consider approaching businesses and individuals in your community who might have an interest in seeing a young person do something s/he/they is/are really passionate about.
Sometimes all you have to do is ask an organization to receive support!
We suggest you contact at least three organizations initially.
A good approach would be to begin with a phone call, to find out which organizations are interested in speaking with you further.
Send an information package to those organizations. Your package should include information about who you are and the kinds of writing you have done. We can provide you with support material about YouthWriteto help you create your package – posters, application forms, a letter about our camps. Email us to request any such materials.
It's important that you include a letter to the potential sponsor, outlining what you hope to gain from attending YouthWrite and how you see this as a positive contribution to your community.
A follow-up phone call requesting an interview is also suggested.
During the interview, you might offer to write an article for your potential sponsor’s newsletter or give a presentation to their group when you have completed the YouthWriteprogram.