Young Canadians are applying for funding to improve their communities through Canada Service Corps
YORK, PE, Sept. 25, 2018 /CNW/ - Thirty-year-old Emily VanToever has received $1,500 to study the aquatic species in her community and demonstrate that they are at risk. The funding comes from Canada Service Corps; a program that gives inspired youth a boost towards improving communities across Canada.
VanToever collected data about fish species in Covehead Bay and Brackley Bay. With this data, she created a presentation to educate and inform her community about the vulnerable aquatic life in the bays. She hopes that creating awareness will promote stronger ecological stewardship in the community. VanToever will present her findings at the North Shore Community Centre and the Stanhope Community Centre. Following the presentation, she will invite participants to attend an accessible site in the bay to collect new data and see first-hand how aquatic species are at risk.
VanToever is one of more than 590 young people who have received money to improve communities across the country.
Young Canadians between 15 and 30 years of age who are ready to turn their community service ideas into reality are encouraged to visit Canada.ca/CanadaServiceCorps to apply for funding in the fixed amounts of $250, $750 or $1,500. With support from the Government of Canada, TakingITGlobal is delivering and administering these community service grants.
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"I'm delighted to see that these grants are creating meaningful impacts on young people and communities across the country. Projects like Emily's have a positive impact on Canada's environment by creating awareness about the importance of sustaining our land and water. I encourage other young people to apply so they may have the same chance to lead initiatives, develop individual strengths and gain essential life and work experiences."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
"I am very excited to work with other young people across PEI to identify local issues and take action on creating change. I am available to answer any questions youth may have about the application process and provide ongoing support for those interested in launching their own project in PEI. Feel free to reach out to me ([email protected]) and share your ideas; all types of community projects are encouraged!"
– Sarah Gallant, PEI Youth Engagement Activator, TakingITGlobal
"TakingITGlobal is proud to support youth-led initiatives like Emily's that are working to address social issues and Sustainable Development Goals in communities across Canada. The leadership and service of grantees like Emily will inspire more young people to take action as creative problem-solvers and social innovators, made possible by our #RisingYouth grants provided through Canada Service Corps."
– Jennifer Corriero, Executive Director, TakingITGlobal
- Canada Service Corps helps young people gain valuable work experience while providing support for communities across Canada. The program is designed to achieve the following core objectives: build a culture of service among young Canadians; concrete results for communities; personal growth through participation in a diverse team of peers; and lasting impacts on participants.
- Budget 2016 announced an investment of $105 million over five years to Canada Service Corps, starting in 2016–2017. This funding will support eligible projects for young Canadians to get involved in service to communities.
- Up to 4,000 young Canadians are expected to be awarded funding by March 2020.
- Canada Service Corps offers an online matching service through Volunteer Canada that helps young people find volunteer opportunities tailored to their interests.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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