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 May 25th. 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.

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

 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