Make Your Mark - United Way Alberta Capital Region

Make Your Mark

Calling all teachers! Inspire your students to become community leaders with the help of United Way’s Make Your Mark program. Empower your classroom to make a real difference through hands-on, student-led community and social justice projects. Sign up for an Information Session to learn more!

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Encourage, Empower, and Inspire Future Changemakers  

Anyone, regardless of age or experience, can make a difference. And together, we can create long-lasting change in our community.  

Since 2016, the Make Your Mark program has helped teachers at 140+ schools across the Alberta Capital Region educate students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 about social issues, the opportunities in community, and how students can become changemakers.  

Receive Grant Funding of up to $1,000 

Get funding of up to $1,000 per Make Your Mark project from United Way to carry out student-led initiatives aimed at creating a resilient, connected, thriving community where no one is left behind.  

Access Program Resources & Support to Ensure Your Success 

Instantly access Make Your Mark resources to support the success of you and your students in creating classroom projects, through virtual program information sessions, online curriculum and age-appropriate resources, digital workbooks, and support from United Way staff. 

Provide Hands-On Opportunities for Your Students 

Guide your students as they lead their own Make Your Mark projects and learn about some of the social issues people face, how to use their unique talents to help others, and the importance of working together to make a difference.  

Connected to the Alberta Curriculum of Study 

Strengthen learning in your classroom around empathy, equity, community-building, project planning and management, and leadership.

Why Sign Up?

  • Empathy Boost: When kids dive into community-building early on, they become the changemakers of the future.
  • Inclusive Classrooms: Make Your Mark promotes equity and respect, helping every student in the classroom feel valued.
  • Spark Creativity: Students get to flex their imaginative muscles thinking of ways to help neighbours in need.
  • Teamwork Skills: Through their community project, students learn cooperation, communication, and problem-solving — essential life skills!
  • Literacy & Research: Students get a chance to practice literacy and research skills as they explore local social issues.
  • Real-Life Math: Budgeting and math skills? Check! Students get to apply those in real-world scenarios.
  • Project Management: From planning to execution, kids learn about time management, adaptability, critical thinking, and more!
  • Leadership Nurtured: Make Your Mark helps kids learn how to take charge and tackle real-life challenges.
  • Feel-Good Factor: Giving back inspires more than warm fuzzies — it boosts self-worth, self-efficacy, and self-confidence.


What Teachers are Saying

“The number one leadership quality learned throughout this project is that of empathy. We had guests [from the community] who really opened their hearts and shared with the students their story, their struggles. This helped the students take down any barriers that existed and helped them develop a true understanding… The conversations were amazing, and the students really developed a greater understanding of how taking the time to better get to know someone can completely change their views. Beautiful!”

We are united because of this project! Bringing all these students together was eventful and created many memories.
The students, staff, families, and everyone involved in this project will carry on the many lessons learned forever!”

“It has been such a pleasure working with United Way over the years. The opportunities for our students to come up with sustainable projects that impact so many others has been a highlight of my last five years of teaching. It is so amazing to see the growth of our students during this process and the lasting impact on the students and schools that receive these projects. “

Past Projects

Hazeldean School

Grade 4 students at Hazeldean School worked together to collect hand warmers, foot warmers, and toques to support more than 300 unhoused people during Edmonton’s winter months. “As a teacher, seeing the students come together and work collectively towards one common goal is just absolutely incredible.” - Paige Van Horne, Teacher, Hazeldean School

St. Clement School

Grade 9 students at St. Clement School decided to focus on breaking the cycle of period poverty. They researched the cost of menstrual products and created a budget with the goal to help women in shelters and raise awareness. “(Make Your Mark) definitely helped our leadership skills a lot, our confidence, and being able to speak out against injustice.” – Grade 9 students Adeel, Isabelle, and Mika

M.E. LaZerte High School

Grade 12 students at M.E. Lazerte High School hosted a Winter Carnival to create a space where families could relax and have fun during what might be a financially difficult time. “The students have the power to make the change. They want to, and they know they should.” - Michelle Sabourin, Student Leadership Supervisor, M.E. LaZerte High School

Registration is Open!

Learn how you can give your students the opportunity to lead their very own Make Your Mark project and be part of creating a strong, vibrant community. Register now for the 2024/25 Make Your Mark Information Session.

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