Making The Future Fund

The Ryerson Leadership Lab’s Making the Future Fund helps enable Ryerson students to pursue change to collective challenges in a meaningful way. Successful applicants will receive up to $10,000 to support to pursue the change that their project is designed to accomplish.

There is no one definition for the type of change required to receive funding; all applications will be considered, so long as applicants can demonstrate both a need for collective change and the type of leadership required to make the change lasting and meaningful. Preference will be given to projects that approach collective challenges where the development of leadership and/or advocacy skills are needed, projects that require reaching across difference to include new voices, and projects that contribute to increasing trust and connection to public institutions.


Congratulations to The Recipients

1) A Voice for Transit

A student-led TTC user advocacy group with the goals of resolving overcrowding and delays on Toronto’s subway #TransitWatch

2) Natural Kids Movement

Develops care packages to fill a significant need for culturally sensitive hair/skin products and reading materials for black and biracial children/youth in foster care

3) The Ryerson Gift of Life Project

Aims to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation by connecting with others on a personal and emotional level as the founder is a heart transplant recipient

4) Face to Face

Works with teens to advocate for a healthy relationship between mental health and technology

5) Emerging Leaders: Rise Above and Beyond

Engages the wider Brampton community to harness the leadership potential of girls and young women through Critical Thinking, Confident Speaking and Creative Writing in order for them to develop their voices, and be true advocates for change

6) You Don't Know What It's Like podcast

A storytelling platform for regular everyday people to share their experiences with marginalization and oppression with the rest of the world, with the mission of fostering empathy among society and activating others to get involved with support initiatives for communities in need

7) Politics of Life

An art exhibition aiming to encourage youth to vote in the upcoming federal election