TELUS and Free The Children launch Give Where You Live school curriculum
in British Columbia
VANCOUVER, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, TELUS announced their Give Where
You Live educational curriculum at Britannia Secondary School - a
program that will teach young people how to translate their passion and
ideas for their community into real change.
This new program, developed in partnership with Free The Children, will
educate, encourage and empower young Canadians to identify social
issues and take action on them to make positive change in their local
communities. The Give Where You Live curriculum and speaking tours will
launch in 40 B.C. middle and secondary schools this year, with the
expectation that 150,000 youth across Canada will be involved in the
philanthropic curriculum by 2016.
The program engages youth on the importance of giving back, teaching
that one's own time and talent is often the most powerful and rewarding
gift we can give. TELUS and Free The Children aim to help kick-start a
movement of Canadian youth who are making a difference in their
communities. This curriculum recognizes the great potential in today's
youth to identify opportunities to enhance the lives of others, and
will encourage and support Canadian youth along their journey to
becoming inspired, educated leaders of tomorrow.
"We launched this curriculum because our youth are often the most
engaged group in their local communities, and this is our way of
helping to foster their incredibly innovative ideas that can lead to
positive change benefiting citizens in need," said Josh Blair, TELUS
EVP & Chief Corporate Officer. "Young Canadians already have the heart
and the will to act, but not always the necessary resources. That's
where we come in. We want to connect with our youth and provide them
the support and tools they need in order to act on their desire to
change the world, one community at a time."
The curriculum teaches students about the various forms of philanthropy
and highlights the importance of corporate social responsibility in the
21st Century. Each participating school will be encouraged to identify
causes in their community that individual students, classes or entire
schools can support. Once groups have developed a strategy, they will
have the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 charitable grant from TELUS
to bring their initiative to life.
"Growing up, my friends and I were always searching for ways we could
help get involved and make a difference in our community, but they were
difficult to find," said Craig Kielburger, founder of Free The
Children. "The Give Where you Live program will provide our schools and
their students with all the tools, information and support they ever
wanted to help spark change and support their local community, helping
them to become future leaders and change makers."
In addition to launching the curriculum, TELUS and Free The Children
have commenced Give Where You Live speaking tours. The presentations
and workshops showcase Free The Children team members who will travel
around B.C., and eventually across Canada, in an effort to further
inspire and empower Canadian students.
For more information on TELUS in our community, please visit www.telus.com/community
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading telecommunications company in
Canada, thanks to $10.8 billion in annual revenue and 13 million
customer connections, including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.5
million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers
and 635,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO,
Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications
products and services, including wireless, data, Internet Protocol
(IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to
numerous charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered
4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen
TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives.
TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic
corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising
Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
SOURCE: TELUS Corporation
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