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Youth 4 Community Grants

Supporting Youth In Our Community

Last fall local youth took part in the annual United Way High School Challenge, raising money and awareness for the community organization. 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 and 2 Tone Music Productions. While at their dance parties, students from the winning schools also get great prizes from The Power Centre. The second part of this event is the Youth 4 Community Program.  Funds raised through the High School Challenge went into this program which gives funding to local youth programs. A total of eight students from the participating high school formed the United Way Youth Granting Committee Chaired by Catherine Shaw and Faith Narbonne. Together with guidance from Director and Allocations Committee member Wayne Fletcher; Director, Allocations Committee member and Lakehead School Board Trustee Marg Arnone, and United Way Director of Community Building Sandra Albertson, the youth 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. Today we are happy to announce the successful recipients of the Youth 4 Community grants.

Community Clothing Assistance Youth HOW Experience Program works in the Priority Areas of Education, Employment, and Leadership.  We felt this grassroots community program provides a very good opportunity to engage youth at risk to learn self-awareness, leadership skills and work related skills in a warm, welcome and encouraging environment.  The program also tries to individualize each person’s program experience to meet their needs.  Funding will be used to expand the program to include more multi-media opportunities and increase staff resources for working with the youth. $6,763 of United Way Youth 4 Community funding was awarded to this program.

Evergreen a United Neighbourhood Youth Hubs Program works in the priority areas of Youth at Risk, Recreation and Youth Leadership.  We felt this agency does an excellent job engaging and allowing youth to take on leadership roles.  The program engages many area youth who work with the younger children and it is the only youth program of its kind in this neighbourhood. Funding will be used to purchase items that will help the youth program grow and allow for more staff and volunteer time to be spent on youth related activities.  $3,000 of United Way Youth 4 Community funding was awarded to this program.

The United Way of Thunder Bay is leading the way to a better community by improving the quality of life for all local people. We do this by investing in three critical areas:  Poverty, Kids and Strong Communities. We thank Community Clothing Assistance and Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, for their commitment to supporting local youth.

“We are so pleased to see so many young people getting involved and getting excited in this community work. On behalf of the entire organization I’d like to thank all the students who took part in the High School Challenge and the United Way Youth Granting Committee for your hard work. We know that young people can create positive change when given the opportunity to take on leadership roles within our community and we hope you enjoyed this experience as much as we enjoyed working with you all.” President Jules Tupker

2014 Youth Granting Committee: Catherine Shaw and Faith Narbonne, Madelaine Chorkawy, Tyler Height, Hilary MacDougall, Lydia McCormack, Rachelle Roussel, Carolyn Sutyor

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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