Celebrating Student Achievement!
At Eastglen High School - Students from eleven schools from across the Alberta Capital Region showcased projects as part of United Way's Make Your Mark on Poverty Youth Symposium on Thursday, May 25. Each project was designed to raise awareness and take action against poverty.
At Thursday's Youth Symposium, three schools entered their projects in the "Lions' Den Challenge", bidding to earn corporate mentorship and extra funding to continue their projects into the next school year. The Lions' Den Challenge was named in honour of Roary the Lion, United Way's mascot, and was inspired by the popular Dragons' Den television program.
All three schools were granted sponsorship by the Lions:
· M. E. Lazerte High School (sponsored by Dentons)
· Rio Terrace Elementary School (sponsored by Imperial)
· École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d'Youville (sponsored by CIBC)
“The event was the culmination of so much hard work on the part of all of the students, teachers and principals,” said Sarah Chan. “Together we can use our creativity and our voices to make change happen for a better community – FOR all of us, BY all of us.”
The celebratory evening was topped off with musical performances by DJ Thomas Culture, and musicians Paul Woida, Lia Cole and Josh Classen. Lions’s Den sponsors Dentons, CIBC and Imperial were joined by event sponsors Eastglen High School, Edmonton and District Labour Council, Production World, That Just Happened, PlanIt Sound, Sunshine Promotions, Oliver Apt, and Joyful Face Painting.
School Participants and Projects
Projects included creating community gardens, packaging personal care kits for the homeless, setting up a pop-up street store for gently used clothing, and even creating a colouring book that was sold to raise funds for literacy. The projects were launched in honour of our local United Way’s 75th anniversary in 2016. Schools were eligible for grants of up to $2,500 for each project.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org