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Twenty-one local schools have been given project grants by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region for the 2018-2019 school year.

Schools applied for up to $1,000 each to support a student project that takes action against the #UNIGNORABLE issue of local poverty.

“This program allows students to learn about what poverty looks like for our friends, neighbours and fellow students. We want to activate students as leaders for the entire community to rally together and lift others out of poverty, creating an uplifting place for all.”

—Sarah Chan, United Way Chair of Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty

Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will learn about poverty in their communities and contribute to projects which include a student breakfast club, collections of warm clothing to donate to people in need, a program to cut down on food waste, construction of a tower of non-perishable items for the food bank, and a street art project to highlight the challenges of homelessness.

“Dentons is pleased to support United Way of the Alberta Capital Region as we work towards ending poverty in Edmonton. This educational initiative is designed to not only teach our children the significance of giving back, but also empower, inspire and encourage the next generation of philanthropic leaders in our community. Helping those less fortunate is an important lesson for their development, and for the betterment of society as a whole”.

— Fausto Franceschi, Managing Partner, Dentons Canada in Edmonton

Project Goals

Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty provides an ideal chance for schools to access funding and:

  • Teach students about the challenges local individuals and families face when living in poverty;

  • Inspire creativity, collaboration and strong sense of purpose;

  • Profile the work of students, a class and/or school;

  • Educate and encourage community members of all ages to show support for the fight against poverty in our region.

2018-2019 Approved Projects

The successful schools come from Edmonton Public School Board, Edmonton Catholic School District, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, St. Albert Public Schools, Sturgeon Public School Division, Elk Island Public Schools, and Black Gold Regional Schools.

Abbott Elementary School (Kindergarten - Grade 6) – Telling Tales

Bellerose Composite High School (Grades 10-12) – Drive for St. Albert Youth in Need

Britannia School (Grade 8) – Help Yourself Off the Shelf

Ecole Secondaire St Marguerite D'Youville (Grades 7-12) – Putting a Face to Poverty

George P Nicholson School (Grades 1-6) – Christmas Wishes

Hillview School (Kindergarten-Grade 6) – The Kindness Project

Jan Reimer School (Grade 3) – Supporting Women’s Shelters

Keenooshayo Elementary School (Grades 4-6) – The PEACE Poverty Project

M. E. LaZerte High School (Grades 10-12) – Breakfast Club

Next Step High School (Grades 10-12) – Poverty Awareness with Skateboards

Ochre Park School (Grade 3) – 10 Days of Giving

Parkview School (Grades 7-9) – Youth Helping Youth

Paul Kane High School (Grades 10-12) – Sock and Mitt Drive

Redwater School (Grades 5-12) – Grow and Extra Row

Rio Terrace School (Grades 5-6) – Brown Bags of Hope

Roberta McAdams School (Grades 1 and 3) – A Pack and a Promise

SouthPointe School (Grades 3-4) – Warm Hands, Warm Hearts

St. Elizabeth Seton School (Kindergarten to Grade 9) – St. Elizabeth Seton Helps the Community

St. Francis of Assisi School (Grades 4-5) – Help the Homeless

Westlawn School (Grades 7-9) – Westlawn Helping Hands

Willow Park School (Kindergarten) – Kinder Care Packages

Photo Gallery: Projects 2018-19

Celebrating Success!

Twenty-one schools in the Alberta Capital Region are participating in Dentons’ Make Your Mark on Poverty (DMYM). An awards celebration is planned for April 29, 2019 where more than 400 students, teachers and guests are expected to attend.   

Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty Celebration Event


12:00 - 12:45 pm

BBQ Lunch sponsored by Edmonton District Labour Council

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Awards Ceremony

Speakers: Josh Classen; CTV Chief Meteorologist

Mayor Don Iveson; City of Edmonton

Sarah Chan; Chair of United Way’s Youth Initiatives

Fausto Franceschi; Managing Partner of Dentons Edmonton

Awards Categories:

               1.       Community Safety – sponsored by Imperial

2.       Social Justice – sponsored by Dentons

3.       Awareness – sponsored by United Way

4. Best in Show - sponsored by Dentons

Thank you to the following organizations for their support of this United Way initiative

3-Year Title Sponsor


Thanks to Dentons, which has come on board as a 3-year title sponsor of this program

3-Year Award Sponsor

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Thank you to Imperial which is sponsoring an award and has also made a 3-year commitment.

Media Partnership


We are proud to partner with CTV for the Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty United Way initiative.

CTV will air six features about DMYM school projects during CTV Morning Live. Air dates are: April 10, 12, 17, 22, 24 and 26.

For any inquiries, please contact Annette Malin, Community Investment Specialist at 780.443.8333 or by email at amalin@myunitedway.ca

How it all Started

This program was first run in 2016-2017 school year as a celebration of the 75th anniversary for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. Projects included community gardens, personal care kits for the homeless, a pop-up street store for gently used clothing, and a colouring book that was sold to raise funds for literacy.

“Make Your Mark on Poverty is an opportunity for teachers to engage their students in a dialogue about poverty. Through the Make Your Mark on Poverty school grant opportunity, teachers and students can take their energy and passion for a poverty-free community and turn it into action.”

— Nancy Petersen, Edmonton Public School

Photo Gallery 2016