Celebrate Student Achievement!

Join students and teachers from Edmonton and area schools that participated in the Alberta Capital Region, Make Your Mark on Poverty, and be part of something brand new and exciting!  The United Way Youth Symposium happens on May 23, 2017, and this is the chance for students to showcase their projects and tell other students and corporate leaders why they're passionate about helping end poverty in the region and why the project is helping the cause.   

This event is exclusive and participation is limited to schools and students who were part of United Way’s Make Your Mark poverty projects.  

School Participants and Projects

Abbott Elementary and Lawton Jr. High School – Sock Hero Project

Archbishop MacDonald School – Bridge of Hope

Austin O’Brien School – Youth as Gardeners - Containers to Communities

Bannerman School – Uniting Community

Bev Facey School – Facey Care Kits

Braemar School – Meals on a Budget

Brightview School – Kind Deeds for Those in Need

École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d'Youville – It’s a Colourful Life

Greenfield School – Hope on Poverty

Louis St. Laurent School – Growing with Our Community – Youth as Gardeners

M.E. Lazerte School – Newcomer and Youth Support Program

Prince Charles School – Backpacks for the Homeless

Queen Elizabeth School – Quality Education vs. Youth Homelessness

Rio Terrace School – Growing Food Can Help Fight Poverty

Spruce Avenue School – Spruce Avenue Community Garden

St. Francis of Assisi School – Stretching Our Food Power

St. Joseph School – Root Causes

St. Mark School – Pop-Up Poverty Awareness

St. Rose School – Yummtrition

Strathcona Christian Academy Secondary School – The Street Store and Good Coffee

The Symposium!

By invitation only! Limited seating. Please check with your student's teacher for tickets.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ross Sheppard High School - 13546 - 111 Avenue, Edmonton

Showcase your school’s Make Your Mark Project and participate in an evening of fun and learning! 

Here’s what you can expect:


Join us at 5:30 p.m. (details...)

project showcase

Beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the small gymnasium

  • Project Showcase - Students have the opportunity to create a table display to showcase their projects, see what other students have done, share ideas, talk about their experience and why they want to help reduce poverty in our community. 

formal program

At 7:00 p.m. in the new gymnasium

  • The evening will be hosted by Miss Sarah Chan, Edmonton’s first lady, lead of the Youth Initiative and a special student guest-host
  • Special address by Mayor Don Iveson
  • Video/Photo presentations to highlight some of the great projects that students created
  • Music and other entertainment

lion's den presentations

  • Finalist student groups defend their projects to a panel of corporate experts in the Lion's Den (A friendly take on the T.V. show Dragon's Den) in an effort to gain mentorship and $2500 towards extending their projects. Each presentation will be a maximum of five minutes.  




About United Way's Make Your Mark On Poverty

Sarah Chan, Lead, Youth Initiative & 2016 United Way Campaign Co-chair

Sarah Chan, Lead, Youth Initiative & 2016 United Way Campaign Co-chair

For the past two years, Sarah Chan has been engaging with students across the region, talking about community, poverty and how United Way is making a difference.  Make your Mark on Poverty is a project-based program, a direct result of Sarah’s dedication to engaging youth,  designed to motivate them and get more students involved in community solutions to help solve poverty. 

This initiative is the perfect foundation to leverage Sarah’s ongoing involvement in schools with Edmonton and area youth and to let them know that we need and value their contributions to help find solutions to poverty. 


As part of United Way’s 75th Anniversary, a $75,000 grant was established and students from Alberta Capital Region area schools were invited to submit a project connected to poverty awareness.

Each submission chosen was eligible for up to $2,500 of grant funding. The Make your Mark Youth Symposium is a celebratory event that offers schools and students who received this funding a showcase opportunity for their projects.


Thank you all our sponsors! Edmonton & District Labour Council for sponsoring the barbecue, Dentons, Imperial Oil, and Shaw for being Lion's Den sponsors, and That Just Happened for the photo booth.

If you would like to be part of the action by becoming a sponsor please connect with our sponsorship representative Sheldon Smart: ssmart@myunitedway.ca or call 780-990-1000 to speak to us directly!