Local youth learn the greatest gift they can give is their time
MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, at École Villa
Sainte-Marcelline, TELUS launched its innovative Give Where You Live
program. This program, developed in partnership with Free The Children,
educates, encourages and empowers young people to become ambassadors of
positive change and visionary leaders of tomorrow.
The Give Where You Live program includes speaking tours, workshops and a
curriculum that introduce youth to philanthropy. It engages youth on
the importance of giving back and that one's own time and talent is
often the most powerful and rewarding gift we can give. The program
recognizes the great potential in today's youth to identify
opportunities to enhance the lives of others.
"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."
The Give Where You Live program will make the rounds of schools across
Quebec, at no cost to the schools thanks to the support of TELUS.
Inspirational speakers from Free The Children will share their stories
and philanthropic experiences in an effort to further inspire and
empower young people. Students will leave the talk and workshop armed
with a concrete action plan to tackle the issues they care about.
"The TELUS team strongly believes in its 'we give where we live'
philosophy, which lies at the very heart of our corporate DNA. Free the
Children is inspired by this same profound desire for change; by
uniting our efforts and launching this new program, we are providing
young people with the tools they need to achieve their full potential,"
noted François Gratton, President of TELUS Québec and Atlantic
provinces. "Whether by setting up a food bank for the disadvantaged,
cleaning up alleys, or creating an organization to end bullying in
schools, our primary objective is to equip young people to become
responsible citizens. In helping today's youth, we are also
contributing to building a better future for Quebec."
$1,000 to help young people become agents of change
Each school which participates in the Give Where You Live program will
be encouraged to identify causes in their community that individual
students, classes or entire schools can support. Once students have
developed an action plan, they will have the opportunity to apply for a
$1,000 charitable grant from TELUS to bring their initiative to life.
The Give Where You Live speaking tour and associated curriculum first
launched in 40 B.C. secondary schools earlier this year, with the
expectation that 150,000 youth across Canada will be involved in this
philanthropic initiative by 2016.
For more information about TELUS in our community, visit www.telus.com/community.
About Free The Children
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner.
Founded in 1995 by international activist Craig Kielburger, Free The
Children believes in a world where young people are free to achieve
their fullest potential, and empowers youth to remove barriers that
prevent them from being active local and global citizens. The
organization's domestic programs—which includes We Day, Free The
Children's signature youth empowerment event—educate, engage and
empower 1.7 million young people across North America, the UK and
around the world to become engaged global citizens. Its international
projects have brought more than 650 schools and school rooms to youth
and provided clean water and sanitation, health care and food security
to one million people around the world, freeing children and their
families from the cycle of poverty.
The organization has received the World's Children's Prize for the
Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Award from the World Association
of Non‐Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful
partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah's Angel Network. For
more information, visit www.freethechildren.com
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $11.2 billion of annual revenue and 13.2
million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless
subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million
Internet subscribers and 743,000 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 keeping with their community motto "We give where we live," TELUS and
its current and retired team members have donated over $300 million to
charitable and non-profit organizations and volunteered for a total of
4.8 million hours in the community 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
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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