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Youth in action grants help young people impact their community

Youth ages 14-25 can receive up to $1,000 for projects that positively impact issues affecting youth in Perth and Huron counties
Youth In Action Grant - MP
Megan Partridge is director of governance and community impact at United Way Perth-Huron.

The amazing ideas that youth come up with never cease to amaze Megan Partridge.

The United Way Perth-Huron's director of governance and community impact has the good fortune of looking through projects presented through UWPH's Youth in Action Grants initiative, which is now open for 14–25 year old's with ideas to address issues affecting youth in Perth and Huron counties.

"The passion we see from youth when they apply and run the programs is phenomenal," Partridge said. "They put their heart and soul into it."

Projects must clearly engage their peers to be eligible for up to $1,000 in grant money.

Partridge said last year, there was a focus on mental health at area schools. One Stratford student created a naturalization project, creating a natural learning space outside that can be used by teachers and students. Another came up with an idea for an 'art cart', a travelling cart with art supplies, which were good stress relievers, Partridge said.

A project at Mitchell District High School featured a 'Be Kind' campaign that promoted equity inclusion. In St. Marys, high school students welcomed a guest speaker to talk about careers. Students also planned workshops to discuss strategies for teens affected by COVID and other activities that got students engaged.

UWPH can support about ten projects, Partridge said.

"It is fantastic to support them and provide some money to help projects come to fruition," Partridge said. "We are thrilled to offer it again and engage youth in helping other youth...we are excited to see what comes through this year."

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