Selfless 16™ launches partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Ontario

TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Selfless 16™, a Toronto-based inspirational youth movement organization focused on empowering youth to give back through selfless acts of charity, proudly announces its partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Ontario.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award aims to inspire and promote lifelong improvement for young Canadians by encouraging personal development and achievement, making the organization a natural partner for Selfless 16.

Founded in 2016 by Soheila Mosun, a grade 11 student at Appleby College and Cornell University Summer College Ambassador, Selfless 16 has quickly captured the attention of youth and educators. Armed with the desire to drive awareness for community causes and to encourage self-reflection amongst her peers, Soheila started and grew Selfless 16 to inspire and encourage young adults to give back to their community through a milestone event in their lives, their sixteenth birthday. By replacing the colloquial "Sweet 16" birthday party with a Selfless 16 celebration, a focus is placed on bringing together youth, their friends, and families to celebrate their coming-of-age, all while raising awareness and funds for charitable causes that support local and global communities.

"We are very excited about our partnership with the Duke of Ed," said Mosun. "This collaboration will help expand Selfless 16 to youth across Canada, allowing us to reach, inspire, and empower a broader audience and to make a bigger impact. We look forward to empowering a new wave of dynamic young leaders to mobilize further positive change locally and globally."

Mosun is also the proud recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Level Award and has her sights on securing the Gold Level Award, the program's highest level of achievement.

"We believe that not all learning happens in the classroom and our aim is to help equip young Canadians for success in life," said Jeff Needham, Executive Director, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Ontario. "Partnering with Selfless 16 encourages new youth to participate in our program and provides existing participants an exciting new offering that encourages members to work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Levels in a new way."

Selfless 16 continues to drive impact and will grow through the influence of its Youth Ambassadors. The organization will be recruiting for new ambassadors to join the movement and is encouraging anyone who is interested in learning more to get in touch at Selfless16.com. A major celebration to recognize the progress of the Selfless 16 movement, the hard work of the Selfless 16 team and generous contributions from the organization's supporters is scheduled to take place on August 16, 2017.

To learn more about Selfless 16, please visit and follow the links below:

www.Selfless16.com | https://www.facebook.com/Selfless16TM | https://twitter.com/selfless16tm | https://www.instagram.com/selfless16tm.

About Selfless 16™:

Founded in 2016, Selfless 16 is an inspirational youth movement that empowers and mobilizes young adults to create change. For more information, visit Selfless16.com and follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @Selfless16tm.

About The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, Ontario:

The Duke of Ed believes that not all learning happens in the classroom and its aim is to help equip young Canadians aged 14-24 for success in life.  By recognizing all of the amazing things young people can do and learn outside the boundaries of formal education, the Award empowers them to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential, make a difference in their community and explore the wonders of the great outdoors.  For more information, visit dukeofed.org and follow on Twitter and Facebook @dukeofedontario.

SOURCE Selfless 16

For further information: Maricel Dicion, Belvern Group Inc., 416.882.1192 | maricel@belvern.com

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