This Year’s Programs Are Underway!
Assikinack Elementary’s Mental Health Awareness Team was motivated to increase the happiness and well being of their peers. After conducting a survey to determine the needs of their fellow students, they found that people experience a lack of focus and confidence in classrooms, but higher levels of self-confidence outdoors. Unfortunately, previous vandalism left little to no usable outdoor space. The Assikinack Elementary project will plant new trees and build an outdoor obstacle course to take some of that outdoor space and confidence back.
Innisfil Festival of Colours was a 5km Colour Run/Walk in May that inspired school involvement and got people active! Students walked or ran along a specific route through coloured chalk clouds. Students from surrounding elementary schools were invited to attend so that their transition to high school can be a little easier and a lot more fun. The Festival of Colours also brought some cultural awareness to the community, specifically to Hindu culture. The project used Youth United funds to purchase the materials and buses needed to successfully run the event.
Nighthawks Lunch Program is a youth-driven nutrition program created by students at Orillia Secondary School in order to reduce hunger in surrounding elementary schools. With funding from Youth United, the Nighthawks program is able to provide a healthy lunch to 72 students each week. The lunches are prepared at OSS after school one day a week and delivered to the two elementary schools overnight to be served the next day. This Youth United project ensures that kids get the nutrition they need to succeed in school and be their best.
SASSY Snacks is a student nutrition program in Midland that supports four local elementary schools. By partnering with Youth United, the school board, the Karma Project, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Eat Well to Excel, the youth-led program purchases Good Food Boxes, fresh produce and other supplies to make a deliver healthy, tasty snacks to students in Midland. SASSY Snacks will also be coming up with their own recipes and hosting peer-to-peer events to celebrate their work.
Self-Care Sanctuary is a project led by a talented group of cosmetology students who have partnered with Green Haven Shelter for Women. Their program offers a personal health day for women and children experiencing issues due to poverty. It includes a self-care talk, free salon services, a healthy lunch, a yoga session and a take-home self-care package. The Self-Care Sanctuary introduces affordable salon services for women to become more independent and confident. The project will host a similar day for Grade 8 students, too.