Youth programs receive funding
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 17, 2022 - Get Involved

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Enactus Okanagan College benefited from the Youth Initiatves Grants program in 2020.

Four funders have stepped up in a big way to help 13 new grassroots initiatives designed and led by Okanagan youth.

The money was directed through the United Way B.C.’s Youth Initiative Grants program, and it will help the youth-led projects get off the ground. Central Okanagan Foundation, Community Foundation of the North Okanagan and Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen collaborated to create a funding pool that youth organizations can apply to, driven and supported by UWBC’s GenNext Kelowna chapter.

Some of the initiatives in the works include the Sqilx’w Apna Society’s N’sis’ooloxw Youth and Medicine Project in North Okanagan, Brain Trust’s Brain Injury Youth Crime Prevention Program in Central Okanagan and a disc golf course, butterfly garden, Legion youth space and a vegetable hydroponic system in the South Okanagan and Similkameen region.

United Way B.C. said youth in previous projects have found significant social skill development and learned about funding, budgeting, promoting activities and engaging community members to provide direction and feedback.

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