Investing in youth projects is an investment in Peel’s future

MISSISSAUGA (December 31, 2012) – Thanks to our Youth in Action grant, youth will be able to provide footwear to those in need and make a difference their communities," says Vedant Suri, 17. Suri is team leader of Kicks for Kids, one of 13 youth-led projects receiving a Youth in Action grant, jointly funded by United Way of Peel Region and Region of Peel. The grants, totalling $20,000, will fund projects that aim to build leadership skills and confidence in youth ages 14 to 24, and help develop future leaders while improving neighbourhood life.


Kicks for Kids will receive a grant of $680, distributed through Rapport Youth and Family Services. The project aims to encourage local students to gather used and new shoes for local children and youth who are living in poverty. In fact, has already completed its first drive and has already collected 1,000 pairs of shoes from 10 secondary schools. Now that’s a step in the right direction.

"Youth in Peel Region have the power to create real change," says Lauren Thompson, Chair of the Youth in Action review panel and a member of United Way's Young Leaders Council executive. "They are true leaders in our community and they are eager to tackle issues within their communities and neighbourhoods. We are really excited to provide these youth with the opportunity to explore their leadership and activism and to empower youth in Peel Region to be all they can be."

In addition to Kicks for Kids, the following projects will receive Youth in Action grants:

Studio 89 – A series of youth-led Empowerment through the Arts workshops for youth, focusing on topics such as life skills, global concerns and action.

Exploration of Dance – A 12-week intensive program where youth, under the direction of peer facilitators will discover the art of various genres of dance.

Non-Profit Professional Program and Fish Project 2013 – A one-day workshop that brings students together to learn more about youth action and philanthropy, in addition to a "non-profit professional" program where students can learn more about the non-profit sector.

The Hidden Culture of the World – A series of workshops to address the cultures and traditions from across the world to promote a deeper understanding of different cultures through the arts.

Voice of Kids: Future Journalist Training Program – A young journalist training program for Voice K, a magazine whose stories are written by children.

Indigenous Gifts – A program that will bring together Indigenous youth from across Peel to several sessions, circles and activities that are developed based on their unique interests. They will share their culture with their peers and discuss what issues they encounter as Indigenous youth living in Peel.

PEYA's Amazing Green Race – Teams of 3-5 students will take part in the AMAZING GREEN RACE across Peel Region to learn about all the different green actions they can take to improve their neighbourhoods.

Theatre Fever! – A drama showcase night that will encompass a variety of short plays, entirely led by youth.

Mix it up – A photography project focused on teaching youth in the community about tolerance by exposing injustice. This series will focus on youth homelessness/poverty and ageism.

(You)th Take Charge Presents: Expectations and Changes Youth Symposium – A one-day symposium focusing on youth expectations and change for 100 youth between the ages of 13 and 19.

Project One: Operation Inspire – A urban/hip hop dance, mentorship and leadership program for youth.

Girls Club – An after school program for grade four girls to help them build their confidence and discuss topics such as body image, making good choices, bullying and friendship.

About Youth in Action grants
Youth in Action grants were developed in 2009 by United Way's Young Leaders Council, a group of volunteers aged 20 to 35 who are committed to creating a legacy of volunteerism and spirited giving within Peel Region. The grants will be distributed through several local registered charities that will provide financial oversight to the youth developing and implementing projects.

About United Way of Peel Region
United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and stimulate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s >community investment focus is on helping individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, ensuring all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and building healthy, strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit:

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