On Jan. 10, a dozen groups of passionate, entrepreneurial young leaders in the community, aged 14-24, were awarded Youth in Action grants, worth up to $2,000. The grants were developed in 2009 by United Way’s Young Leaders Council, a group of volunteers aged 20 to 35, committed to creating a legacy of volunteerism and spirited giving within Peel Region.
“At United Way, we’re focused on reducing and preventing poverty in our community; we look at the root causes of poverty and how we can intervene,” said Anita Stellinga, interim president and CEO of Peel Region United Way. “Each of these diverse projects has a role in that. Whether your project is about mental health, creating networking opportunities, financial literacy or getting job-ready, you are playing a part in poverty reduction in our community.”
All of the youth-led projects will roll out in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga over the next seven months. The initiative is led by United Way’s GenNext Council, a group of dedicated young leaders in Peel Region.
“GenNext is excited to be a part of these incredible, youth-led projects that aim to address social issues, inspire change, and create impact in Peel Region,” said Jannies Le, GenNext council chairperson. GenNext leaders will provide mentorship to each group for the duration of their projects.