Announcing our 2013 Youth Initiative Grant recipients!

Announcing our 2013 Youth Initiative Grant recipients!

On Saturday, March 2, we recognized the incredible youth leadership taking place in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region with our 2013 Youth Initiative Grant Awards Ceremony. Thanks to our partnership with TELUS and Interior Savings we awarded $12,500 to 12 recipients between the ages of 7 to 25. These recipients applied last fall with an idea for a volunteer project they could lead in their community that impacts one of United Way’s focus areas: Poverty to possibility, Healthy people strong communities, and All that kids can be.

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Representing Kamloops, Williams Lake, Merritt, Clearwater, Cache Creek, Logan Lake, and Pinantan Lake, these recipients brought forward ideas that addressed social, recreational, and arts and cultural issues in their communities. They partnered together with a non-profit organization for support and now that they have received funding, will implement their project during the course of the year.

The United Way Youth Initiative Grants occur annually and are an opportunity for youth ages 25 and under to implement a community project with a grant of $1,500 or less. The application period runs from September until November and involves a simple 10-step application including budget, for the youth to complete. Youth may apply in groups of one or more and are required to team up with a non-profit organization.

The application review process takes place in December and January when a volunteer youth Investment Committee reviews all the applications and contacts the recipients in order to make their funding decision. Once recipients are selected, we celebrate with our Awards Ceremony! The recipients then have until the end of the year to complete their projects.

Thanks to all of the recipients, their families, and partner organizations who attended the celebration! A separate ceremony was also held in Williams Lake the same weekend to recognize their local recipients. A special thanks to the  Kamloops Art Gallery for hosting our ceremony and to Hugo Yuen for his wonderful photography!

Please view the photo album on our Youth Club Facebook Page.

The 2013 United Way Youth Initiative Grant Recipients:

$1,500 The Michif Youth Community Outreach Project
Michif Youth Council creates beadwork, mural paintings, and storybooks to sell locally and leads to increased awareness around the Metis culture.
Recipient: Selishia (18 years)
Partner Organization: Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services
Community: Kamloops

$1,500 Boys and Girls Club Street Party
A summer street party including multi-cultural activities, live performers, and carnival games.
Recipient: Chloe (16 years)
Partner Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Williams Lake
Community: Williams Lake

$1,489.78 Youth Drop-In
Youth drop-in program for teens on Tuesday nights so they can eat, play games, and hang out in a safe and welcoming space.
Recipients: Dorian & Jenna (15 years)
Partner Organization: Williams Lake District Library & Denisiqi Services Society
Community: Williams Lake

$1,458.87 Clearwater Youth Week
The Clearwater Youth Week includes events like a Sk8 & BMX competition, youth awards, and “Clearwater’s Got Talent”.
Recipient: Katie (17 years)
Partner Organization: Clearwater Secondary School
Community: Clearwater

$1,300 Girls Acquiring Methods of Empowerment (GAME)
A girls and women mentorship group to provide young women with a safe place and confidence boost.
Recipient: Kianna (15 years)
Partner Organization: Logan Lake Wellness, Health & Youth Society (WHY)
Community: Logan Lake

$1,100 Smart Step Sport
One-week sports camp for kids that is entirely organized and led by teens.
Recipient: Terrell (18 years)
Partner Organization: Community Policing & City of Merritt
Community: Merritt

$1,041.13 Teen Library Advisory
A new teen library group that will host monthly meetings with activities like henna, poetry, glasswork, and dance.
Recipients: Madison (16) & Sarah (17 years)
Partner Organization: Williams Lake District Library
Community: Williams Lake

$895.48 The Circle Project: HIV Prevention with Secwepemc Youth
3-day community HIV prevention workshop for First Nations youth through exercises, media, and art.
Recipient: Elyssa (25 years)
Partner Organization: Interior Indian Friendship Society
Community: Kamloops

$825 Active Living Community Street Banners
Paint pictures of activities on banners that will be hung around the community and teach kids about living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Recipient: Melaina (16 years)
Partner Organization: Village of Cache Creek
Community: Cache Creek

$772.52 Walking Wednesdays
Grade 2-4 class will go into the community to learn about being healthy and protecting nature.
Recipients: “The Wolverines” (7, 8&9 years)
Partner Organization: Pinantan Elementary
Community: Pinantan Lake

$617.22 Keystone Pamphlets
Pamphlet for youth including info on homelessness, abuse, self-harm, and teen pregnancy.
Recipient: Diondra (14 years)
Partner Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Williams Lake
Community: Williams Lake



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