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Thunder Bay Youth Making A Difference

Last fall over $10,000 was raised by local youth in the 2014 United Way High School Challenge. This event is a great way to involve youth in philanthropy and builds awareness of social needs in our youth community. The 2 schools that raised the most funds per capita were Denis Franklin Cromarty and Hammarskjold High School. Both were awarded with a dance party sponsored by 91.5 CKPR, 2 Tone Music Productions, and The Power Centre. 
The money raised through the High School Challenge goes into the Youth 4 Community Program, which gives funding to local youth programs. A total of seven students from the participating high schools formed the United Way Youth Granting Committee: Victoria Erickson, Tim Hollinger, Jacob Davies, Sarah Ficek, Victoria Mechis, Paige Nieckarz, Brooklyn Wilson.
Together they assessed applications submitted by local charitable organizations in order to allocate the funds from the Youth 4 Community Program. It was a difficult task, but they have made their final decision and received approval from the United Way Board of Directors. The successful recipients of the Youth 4 Community grants are:.

Community Arts and Heritage Education Project -  emPOWERed Media Arts Projectworks in the Priority Areas of:  Education, Youth Involvement and Leadership, Recreation and Youth Hubs. Youth 4 Community funding will provide access to multimedia art opportunities that presently do not exist to youth on a drop-in basis.  This program will provide the opportunities to youth free of cost, and focus their programming to areas where there are more at-risk youth living. $7,000 of United Way Youth 4 Community funding was awarded to this program.
Magnus Theatre’s Stop Cyber Bullying Project works in the Priority Areas of: Education, Youth Involvement, Recreation and Youth Hubs. This project will use the performing arts as a way to teach young people and the community as a whole, about the impact cyber-bullying has on individuals. It will also help to identify and stop cyber-bullying, especially within the youth demographic.  $3,886.47 of United Way Youth 4 Community funding was awarded to this program.

United Way of Thunder Bay is leading the way to a better community by improving the quality of life for all local people. By collaborating with community partners, we are leading the way to addressing social issues in our community and investing in three critical areas: Poverty, Kids and Strong Communities. Donations to the United Way are strategically invested across Thunder Bay to many vital programs and initiatives in these areas, creating a social safety net that works to achieve lasting change for our neighbours, families and friends.

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