United Way of Peel Region’s Young Leaders Council awards $15,000 to youth projects through 2013/2014 Youth in Action Grants

MISSISSAUGA (December 2, 2013) – The Youth in Action Grant, an initiative funded by the United Way of Peel Region, has awarded $15,000 in grant money to 12 youth-led initiatives that focus on addressing community issues in the Peel Region.  The purpose of this Grant is to help motivate and encourage youth to take a leadership role in their community and inspire action and change. All applicants were between the ages of 14-24 and were awarded up to $2,000 to help fund their projects.

"Youth in Peel Region have the power to create real change," says Lauren Thompson, Lead of the Youth in Action committee 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 neighborhoods. 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."

List of chosen youth-led initiatives:

  1. Sports Leadership Camp: A youth-led sports camp for kids
  2. Youth Fight for Food: A youth-led film project to discuss issues related to healthy eating and food security
  3. Girls Empowerment Movement (GEMs): A mentorship opportunity for young high school girls
  4. Women's Empowerment and Guys 101: An after-school event for students to discuss issues that affect them
  5. The MAD Scatter: An interactive one-day event to create awareness around mental health
  6. Project Inkwell: A one-day conference focused on using different art forms as a tool for social change
  7. Shoes to End Poverty: (STEP): A youth-run non-profit organization that hopes to end poverty
  8. Project ONE: Operation INSPIRE: A basic urban/hip-hop dance project for the youth within the local community
  9. Positive Lifestyle in Active Youths (PLAY): Encourages members be an active participant in their community
  10. Theatre Fever: A student-produced play designed to build confidence and promote community awareness
  11. Discover Yourself: A conference and follow-up events focused on youth discovering cultural identity
  12. Anger to Artwork: A workshop series that helps students deal with issues of anger and stress through art

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Doris Mohrhardt
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