Winnipeg's Vital Signs® 2017

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Young Winnipeg’s Report Card

Winnipeg’s Youth Vital Signs 2014


In 2014, The Winnipeg Foundation’s Youth Vital Signs 2014 (YVS) invited young Winnipeggers, aged 14 to 29, to grade key areas, identify opportunities for change and categorize priorities for community investment. The results of the survey were compiled into Young Winnipeg’s Report Card, released in October 2014. More than 1,860 youth took the time to fill out this survey and share their perspectives on life in Winnipeg as a young person.


In response to the findings of the YVS report, in spring 2015, The Winnipeg Foundation put forward a one-time call for applications for projects with the goal to improve life in Winnipeg for youth and young adults, by addressing one or more of the areas identified in the YVS report. Selected projects were approved with a recommendation from the YVS Response committee: a group of diverse young leaders and community representatives. In June 2015, The Foundation made grants totaling $100,000 to 11 charitable organizations through YVS Response Grants. Some grant highlights include:


RECIPIENT Art City’s Indigenous Arts program, designed to engage youth across the city in hands-on exploration of Indigenous arts and culture.

GRANT | $10,000

Islamic Social Services Association’s two-day conference for youth from diverse cultural backgrounds to encourage intercultural understanding and build relationships between local youth.


RECIPIENT Manitoba Eco-Network’s collaborative cycling project, designed to encourage youth to incorporate active transportation in their lives.

GRANT | $10,000

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre’s Urban Indigenous Youth Voices, a youth-driven initiative to strengthen and mobilize Indigenous youth to learn, participate, build and lead change in Winnipeg.

GRANT | $10,000

2017 check in with Winnipeg youth During Winnipeg’s Vital Signs 2017 process, we checked in with local youth to compare and contrast perspectives about community priorities, three years after the original YVS. To do this, we surveyed participants of our Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) program in May after their year of learning more about community issues and grantmaking.

We also promoted the online survey to YiP staff advisors and their students, as well as sharing it more broadly on social media and with community organizations. This survey was a shortened version and more than 100 youth participated. While our survey sample was smaller for the 2017 check in, many themes reflected the 2014 findings.

CHALLENGES AND LIMITATIONS T he survey sample was made up largely of YiP participants, who tend to be significantly engaged in the community, given the purpose of the program. Youth were able to skip any questions they chose, and thus survey completion was not 100 percent. Demographic information was not gathered.