Celebrating Student Achievement!

Join students and teachers from Edmonton and area schools that participated in the Make Your Mark on Poverty projects, and be part of something brand new and exciting!  The United Way Youth Symposium happens on May 25, 2017, and this is the chance for students to showcase their projects to other students and corporate leaders. Find out why they're passionate about helping to end poverty in our region.

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

About United Way's Make Your Mark On Poverty

As part of United Way’s 75th Anniversary, a $75,000 grant was established and students from Alberta Capital Region 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.


School Participants and Projects

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

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

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

The Symposium!

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

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Eastglen High School - 11430 - 68 Street, Edmonton


Here’s What You Can Expect:

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Free BBQ - For Symposium attendees and guests. FREE (ticketed) barbecue sponsored by Edmonton & District Labour Council 
  • Project showcase - Visit all the table booths (in the hallway adjacent to main foyer) to learn about the amazing student projects that were created for Make Your Mark on Poverty
  • Photo booth - Make picture perfect memories with That Just Happened Photo Booth. Have your photo taken with friends and family (You may even get the chance to take a snap with Mayor Don Iveson!)

6:30 p.m. 

  • Doors open to the Majestic Theatre, entertainment by DJ Thomas Culture

6:45 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Celebration Program - Formal program begins with emcee Sarah Chan, special guest Mayor Don Iveson, musical performances by past My United Way Voice finalists, and the feature Lions' Den presentations.
  • Lions' Den Presentations - As part of the formal program, finalist student groups defend their projects to a panel of corporate experts in the Lions' Den (A friendly take on the T.V. show Dragons' Den) in an effort to gain mentorship and $2500 towards extending their projects. 

Sarah Chan, Lead of Youth Initiative & 2016/17 United Way Campaign Co-chair

Sarah Chan, Lead of Youth Initiative & 2016/17 United Way Campaign Co-chair

About Sarah Chan

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. 

For more information on Make Your Mark on Poverty, please email Annette Malin at amalin@myunitedway.ca


Thank you to all of our sponsors!